Thursday, July 22, 2010

UPDATES ON PERSIAN EPIC "XERXES". BRAD PITT TO STAR IN "WORLD WAR Z". "ASTRO CITY" COMIC BOOK ADAPTATION

A few months ago, I've showed you the first images from "Xerxes", the upcoming graphic novel from the author of Spartan epic "300", but now director Zack Snyder has officially revealed that they've bought the rights for the movie adaptation and that they are already writing the script. However, it won't be neither a prequel or sequel to "300" but an independent epic. "Xerxes" will follow Themistocles and the Battle of Artemisium, which coincidentally happens on the exact same three days as the Battle of Thermopylae ,which was the basis of "300". The film will first quickly retell the reasons of the Persian wars, starting off at the Battle of Marathon and then it will go back to Themistocles finding out that Persians are invading again.

"Astro City", one of the praised comic books from the 90's, will also get its movie version. This comic book series follows Samaritan, Winged Victory, the Hanged Man and Jack-in-the-Box who patrol the skies, protect a city and uphold justice, while the "normal" people have to cope with a life surrounded by danger and wonder, their lives interacting with those of the heroes above.

HOLLYWOOD SPY already wrote last year that "World War Z", the graphic novel which describes the history of the zombie war and chronicles a worldwide zombie outbreak through the first-hand accounts of survivors, will be made into a movie, but now it seems that Paramount has also bought the adaptation rights for the sequels of the novel and the studio has also officially hired Brad Pitt to star in the film. Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace") is still attached to direct "World War Z".

15 comments:

  1. Wow, this zombie book and movie theme is on the rise. I have noticed more and more lately. Maybe it has something to do with video games?

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  2. Or maybe it has something to do with the global alienation among people and with all of us slowly becoming emotional zombies :))))

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  3. Xerxes sounds promising!
    And if the zombies eat Pitt, then it'll be the best zombie movie ever.

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  4. only if they eat Angelina as well :)))

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  5. World War Z has a talent pool that could make it an event. Astro City sounds like it could have some potential as something somewhat unique.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  6. Mmm, many exciting tidbits. Thanks Dezmond!

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  7. lol! dezmond, that last comment made my day!

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  8. @Arlee and Matthew
    glad you like the news ;) And ASTRO CITY does seem as a unique deconstruction of the super hero genre.

    @Aspiring X
    yep, Angie, proved she was kind of a - "B-word". She came to Serbia a few weeks ago to meet with an owner of a big film studio in Belgrade, and got mad when he turned down her offer to shoot the movie she wanted to produce in his studios. He turned her down because she has a lot of superficial prejudices and she wanted to use them in her film by depicting Serbs as evil people.

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  9. LOVE IT! I hope the zombies eat both of them too!!!

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  10. oh WOW... that's just... WOW... yep. don't like her even MORE now!

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  11. Another zombie movie, eh? I still have to see Zombieland. My friends tell me I have to see it.

    I'm looking forward to the release of Cassatar. This is one of only a few trailers that I like out there in Blogdom. Well done.

    Stephen Tremp

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  12. These all look unique..interesting cast!
    My kids like Zombieland; I haven't watched it...

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  13. @Kristin
    the hope always remains :)

    @AspiringX
    you see what I mean now :(

    @Stephen
    zombies are the new vampires. Autumn will even bring us a first zombie TV show THE WALKING DEAD.

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  14. @Ellie
    I've also never seen ZOMBIELAND.

    @Avalon
    we might be the last remaining fighters :)

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