With the upcoming X-Men: First Class, Kick Ass and his memorable directorial debut Layer Cake, it’s no wonder people forget Matthew Vaughn’s sophomore directorial effort, Stardust. It’s just your average $70 million Hollywood adventure fairy tale starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Claire Danes. Oh, and it has Mark Strong, Ricky Gervais, Sienna Miller, Rupert Everett and Peter O’Toole in it too. Yeah, who would remember a movie like that? And did we mention that it’s based on an award-winning novel by none other than legendary writer Neil Gaiman?
Stardust is an entertaining and imaginative film that’s criminally underrated. Maybe this brand new Blu-ray will change that. Hit the jump for more.
Matthew Vaughn, director of the near-universally-loved-by-geeks (although it isn’t tracking very well among everyone else) Kick-Ass, is looking at another comic book with Bloodshot. Latino Review reports that Vaughn intends to fully finance the film and begin casting late this summer. He’ll also be re-teaming with Jane Goldman who wrote Kick-Ass and Vaughn’s previous film, the under-rated Stardust.
Vaughn will reportedly adapt the second volume of the series, which is about a Frankstein’s Monster-like character named Angelo Mortalli, who is a former mob hitman who is murdered and then revived by the FBI to extract info from his brain using “nanites”. Instead, Mortalli comes back from the dead, escapes, and uses the nanites to control things like blood-flow, adrenaline, healing, etc, making him a very dangerous fellow. He takes the name “Bloodshot” because “Very Dangerous Fellow” doesn’t sound as cool as how your eyes are described when you’re really tired or stoned.
The second volume [via Wikipedia] has the nanites as sentient beings that see Mortalli as their God and provoke him to self induce a trance like state using a mixture of substances in order to communicate with him directly. Mortalli’s quest is to piece together who he was and what happened to him.
Hammer Films has sent over a press release announcing they’ve optioned the film rights to Susan Hill’s best selling, ghost story horror novel, The Woman in Black, and will produce a feature film adaptation with Talisman Films. Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass) is writing the screenplay and James Watkins (Eden Lake, Methuselah) will direct. More after the jump: