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  1. You don't need to explain how exited you are, at least not to me!


    For years, I've been wanting to see him undertake Lovecraft's Mountains of Madness.

    Never thought I'd see the day, yet here it is. Finally, after long last.


    Del Toro, Cameron and Lovecraft in one sentence.

    This is going to be incredible.



  2. Norse, now that Judge has been cast, who was rumored to be Dredd you mentioned a while back?

    As for script, Alex Garland is amazing. Can't wait to see what he's done.


    As I said back then, I didn't want to spread rumors that very well might have zero truth to them.

    But the rumor which was in various Dredd discussions back then, was that Tom Jane was a contender.

    He was certainly my ideal choice for a young Dredd, but I think Urban will do this more than justice.


    The script by Garland is absolutely fantastic. It's gritty, hardcore, violent, high octane and any other synonym for kicking ass you can think of. Unless it's watered down somewhere in the process, this movie is going to own.


  3. I think Karl Urban will do very well in the role.

    Here is a photoshop manip of what he might look like as Dredd using a still of him from the movie "Doom" and a promoshot from the Judge Dredd fan film "Judge Minty":




    Storywise, I was very worried that they'd fuck this up - up until a few days ago.

    But if the script is any indication, it's off to a damn good start! The script is intense, thrilling, and kicks all kinds of ass. I can see why they want Pete Travis to direct, it has all the intensity of Vantage Point and them some.


    If they don't tone it down in the transation from page to screen, if they give us all the brutality and nudity present, this is bound to be a cult classic.

  4. The animation you refer to is of course "Red Nails", the only movie adaptation of an original Conan story in existence. They were making three versions of it, one more family friendly, one with blood and guts, and one something in between.


    Sadly, the production company behind that animation is in shambles, so the whole thing has been put on ice for the indefinate future. As of now, it looks unlikely that it ever will be released. Sadly. Could have been cool.



  5. I've read King Conan: Crown of Iron, but as a fan of the original Robert E. Howard Conan, I am honestly happy it never got made.

    While the Milius movie was excellent in its own right, and the best sword and sorcery movie made thus far, it is a disaster as a Conan adaptation.

    Crown of Iron looked like it would be more of the same.


    While the new movie has many things going against, the Conan characther will at least be more like the original source material counterpart.

    Here is by the way another picture that just popped up online:



  6. The new Conan movie does indeed have an uphill struggle, no argue there.

    Momoa may not be dream casting, but I think he'll deliver.


    Other issues worry me tho.


    The leaked draft in comparatively wide circulation left A LOT to be desired, but was plagued by being in the middle of the transition between Ratner and Nispel.

    Word is that the shooting script is substantially rewritten, with Ratner influence taken out and Nispel's take put in its place. If that is good, bad or worse can be discussed.


    From the leaked pictures, I can help but thinking the whole production looks...cheap. It being made by Avi Lerner's Nu Boyana certainly doesn't help matters.


    All of which is really disappointing for Conan proper and REH fans, as here they had a shot at making a REAL Conan movie - yet from what we've seen, it looks like they blew it.


    Here's to hoping looks in this case are decieving.

  7. I saw that movie a few months back - it is pretty awesome, but this is one movie where expectation is everything.


    Go in expecting something Werner Herzog could have made, and you'll LOVE it.

    Go in expecting something in the vein of Apocalypto...and one might end up a tad disappointed.

  8. Instead, they went with this look:




    For a young Conan, that ain't half bad, but his hair should have been straight and jet black. They will appearantly make his eyes blue in post.


    Ratner is off the picture by the way, Conan has been shooting in Bulgaria for a month, helmed by Marcus Nispel.

    Sadly, it has appeared that Millennium head honcho Avi Lerner managed to wrestle creative control away from Malmberg and the other guys at Paradox. Here's to hoping Millennium delivers a good Conan movie despite some troubling things.


  9. Great news, it's just do depressing the great Frazetta did not get to see this.




    The highlighs:

    that’s not what I’m here for, Harry. We have something terribly exciting to talk about. Well, I know it’s especially exciting to you and me.


    A project we’ve probably talked about since we first met. As you know, I had the honor and privilege to work with FRANK FRAZETTA on a special From Dusk til Dawn poster and you’ve always asked “when are you going to get the rights to Frank Frazetta’s FIRE and ICE?”


    Yep! The awesome Ralph Bakshi and I have been working it out for a while, and it’s now a TROUBLEMAKER STUDIOS PICTURE. What’s cool is, unlike past projects that I’d get involved with that would get stalled for various reasons, I control the rights to this one. So it’s actually in my power to set it up and get it made, which wasn’t the case on other projects. And for you filmmakers out there, that’s really the best way to get things done. If you can manage to get the rights yourself to a property by dealing directly with the artists and creators like I did with Frank Miller on SIN CITY, and now with Ralph Bakshi on FIRE and ICE, it makes a world of difference and you can get started sooner rather than never.


    Yes, and it was actually very sad that this deal closed right after Frank passed, I was so looking forward to calling him and saying “At long last, we’re finally making the movie, Frank!”

    Frank was an awesome guy, I went to visit him at his house some years back and he showed me his museum. He walked me through and pointed out so many of his famous paintings, saying “I painted that in three days, I painted that in one day, that one over there in two days.” His wife Ellie was there to confirm that he wasn’t exaggerating. She was the one that had to ship them out with the paint still wet because Frank was pressing up against a deadline. To see what he was able to paint in record time was astounding. I’ve been inspired by his paintings since I was 10 years old back when I first saw those Bantam Books collections of his work at the local bookstore.

    I think that’s why I was continually drawn to Machete over the years, I always thought of Machete as my version of Frazetta’s CONAN. In fact, I have a bronze of Machete on my desk which you’ve seen where Machete’s standing in a classic Frazetta’s CONAN pose. I also have Frazetta reproduction paintings hanging all over my house, I don’t think I’ve gone a day without seeing Frank’s work somewhere in my living space. He’s been so influential to artists and filmmakers, and yet we still haven’t seen a Frazetta world truly come to life in a live action film, so that’s what I’d want to do with the FIRE and ICE project.


    Yes! You bet. It's that kind of Awesome.


    Harry that’s the same question you’ve been asking for 12 years. At least now you know you’ll finally get an answer. Stay tuned.

    Well folks - Harry here again. That's all I can share with you right now. This is a project that I'm very close to. A dream project that Robert & I have been talking about for nearly 14 years. We even painted DARK WOLF garage kits back 12 years ago. Yes, we're that kind of awesome!


  10. What exactly are those casting rumors? I've found nothing on that front.


    Those rumors are hard to find because they only appeared where hardcore Dredd fans fare, and they are also very hearsay in nature and should as such be taken with a massive grain of salt. I'd rather not say too much for fear of spreading rumors that may not have any credibility to them (but I sure hope they do, cause he'd be awesome in the role). But if you read between the lines of my above posts...


  11. Aw, you remember me!

    You'll be glad to know the poster Jeri had you sign for me at comic con is proudly on my wall, where it forever shall remain!


    I left all boards where Punisher discussion might come up a week or so prior to the opening of PWZ - as I myself wouldn't see it for a long, long time yet, not being located in the US.

    But few things will make me come back here as much as a kickass poster promoting another character I love every bit as much!


    Fingers crossed the vague casting rumors I've heard for JD are true, so that for the next poster you'll be using a more familiar model to this board for the jawline...

  12. Digg the new Judge Dredd poster!!!

    Especially as Dredd is one of two comics (the other being Conan) I possibly enjoy even more than The Punisher, it is really cool to finally see some class Dredd poster art!


    Q: Does your contractor want any more images in the future?


    For instance one with a certain actor which vague rumours would have it might be attached behind the helmet for the upcoming movie?




  13. First reviews are in:


    Nomad's mini-review on the imdb:




    followed by the first online review so far:


    Punisher: War Zone Review

    This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 at 2:54 am.

    Categories: Reviews | By John


    So earlier tonight I had just walked out of the screening of Punisher: War Zone and was standing around in the foyer of the theater… and Ray Stevenson (star of Punisher) comes walking up to me and asks me “So what did you think?” I paused for just a second, looked him right in the eyes and said:


    “You know something Ray, I’m one of the guys who has been predicting that this movie was going to suck. I’m also one of the guys who has been saying that you were the wrong guy to cast as the Punisher. No offense against you, but I’m a Thomas Jane fan. But now I have to go home tonight and eat my words… caused I really liked it, and dude… you were pretty much perfect as Frank Castle”


    And that’s the total truth. Don’t get me wrong, I never gave up ALL hope for this flick… there is always SOME hope, but my hope was SLIM. Very slim. Almost non-existent slim. But despite all of the weaknesses (and trust me, there is a lot wrong with this movie), by the time the credits rolled I had a great experience at the movie theater.


    Full review here: http://www.themovieblog.com/2008/12/punisher-war-zone-review


    Sounds pretty darn good to me, I'm just pissed I have to wait for months still!

  14. ...

    Have thus far steered clear of 10,000 BC.


    - TB


    Good call, I personally hate that movie with a passion. I went in hoping it would be something like the excellent "Quest for fire", but boy was I wrong on that one. The horror that is 10.000 BC even gave implicit support of Graham Hancock, the greatest hack and liar the field of archeology has ever known.


    But anyways, 2012 looks set to have breathtaking effects at least. I'll be checking it out for sure.

    But I can't help but thinking it looks awfully similar to the iminent "The Day The Earth Stood Still" remake effectswise.


  15. Also, Sage how is the term "Dieing like a dog" an inherently bad thing?
    Inherently, dying like a dog would be something I consider to be quite neutral. I didn't even think about it the first three times he used it, but the next dozen became really tedious, repetive and downright stupid.


    On screen it probably would have meant "revolve 180 degrees, look blankly into the air for a second before falling down forward", but reading it, I kept thinking 'what does he have against dogs', or 'isn't that term about a 150 years out of date, at least in the western world?'


    It's not a big issue, far from it. The real issues have been adressed already, but I just found it annoying and repetitive.

  16. It was just somewhat of a joke, but I've read plenty of stuff on there, and people either seem to detest Jane, Hensleigh or the 2004 film. I know Norse Sage is 2 for 3 on that.


    Very true. Just to avoid any misunderstanting though, I detest Hensleigh and The Punisher '04 (despite having it in both my DVD and Blu-ray collection). Jane, I have but the highest respect for.

    Fearembodied and myself are among the ones consistenly defending Jane and his perfomance when attacked on the imdb.


    And now for something completely different and more relevant to the current discussion:



    Interview with Jonathan Barton




    English Version:


    Could you tell us something about your career and how did you get to collaborating with movies productions like this one?


    Well, I spent over 8 years in the United States Marine Corps infantry with combat deployments overseas. My focus in the Marines was always weapons and weapon systems and advanced urban combat, then teaching Marines what I knew.

    I had friends that had gotten out of the Corps and told me about working in Hollywood with professional military advisors, and I thought that would be a very cool job to have. I came to Hollywood and started working for those advisors as well, and after some time realized that I need to reinvent how military advisors worked in Hollywood. I met Matt Sigloch while working on “J.A.G.” and he and I started Gunmetal. Over the years I’ve worked on a ton of really great projects and always try to raise the bar in military cool-ness on screen. I have a very unique and fun technique to working with actors and directors so thankfully they keep calling!


    Your work on this film seems to be wide, from training to military consulting service. What was the level of this collaboration? Did you work behind the scenes or were you an active part on the set?


    Both. I supervised the stage one combat training of Ray Stevenson in Los Angeles two months before the movie even went into pre productions. Lexi Alexander wanted to make the most realistic Punisher ever, so she pushed and fought to have me relocate to Canada to join her and the rest of the crew in pre-production in order to help her with the combat choreography and gun play in the film, as well as to continue Ray Stevenson’s training and train all the other actors and stunt-men in current weapon handling.

    I had to supervise, and in some cases design, the types and kinds of guns and other weapons that were being used for Frank Castle. Some of what I wanted to use didn’t exist in Canada so I had to contact weapons manufactures in the States and have them build and ship what I needed. I think the final piece didn’t arrive until the day we started rolling cameras! After that I switched gears into the filming phase where every day on set I help Lexi with her vision of a true to life Marine Frank Castle. Trust me, never a dull moment working on set for moths of night shoots in one of the worst Canadian winter in years!


    Was your advice requested since the beginning of the definitive version of the script or did you get onboard later to give a proper shape to the action?


    Sort of. The first day I met Lexi and Ray, we started talking through the action scenes that were already in the finished script. Over the next few weeks of training, Lexi would bring up ideas and twists in the scenes and explained what she wanted to bring to life and I would give my advice on what really would or would not happen and what weapons and equipment he might use to get that job done. I told her about new weapons being developed and how Frank Castle could use them and she would listen and get excited and consequently the scenes would start to take new directions. For example, on the 3rd day of Ray’s training I was teaching combat quick draw and Ray wanted to know what the biggest and strongest handgun was. I told him it was the Smith&Wesson model 500, and then showed him a picture. Instantly he wanted it as the Punisher’s primary weapon and Lexi agreed. When I got to Montreal they handed me a new revision of the script and there was a scene written around this gun!


    We can imagine that the character you worked on most was Frank Castle: his military skills required a realistic performance in the film. What was your job on The Punisher? How did you try to portray him, according to your scopes?


    Basically, my job was Military Advisor and Combat trainer. After my first week I realized that I had to get my fingers into the other departments on the show and take more of an assertive role in making sure the Punisher character fit Lexi’s vision. This meant stepping on some toes from time to time and taking control of certain elements in other departments, but Lexi had told me what she wanted and by damn, it was gonna get done!

    After the first week I was designing costumes, designing weapons, inventing props, training not only Ray but his stunt double and all the other actors and stuntmen, and writing and rehearsing weapon choreography! I felt like I was back in the Corps!


    Did you offer your services even to characterize the villains? If yes, how did you differentiate them by the Punisher or police forces, talking about tactics?


    For this particular project none of the main bad guys had military or Law enforcement back-story so I just worked on weapons safety and helped them work different types of guns into their characters. For each actor on their first day of weapons training, I had them go to a table filled with rifles, handguns, grenade launchers, and shotguns, and told them to pick one. Every actor picked different sets of weapons that complemented their back story. We then worked on how each of them, in character, would try to shoot the Punisher if he were coming after them. So basically we invented different shooting styles!


    What kind of weapons have been used? Conventional or even unconventional, as sometimes seen in the comic book?


    We used weapons based on need and back-story and nothing made up. All of the Punisher’s weapons currently exist and are being used in modern combat! The Punisher originated out of Vietnam, so his primary weapon in the film is an M-4 which he would feel the most comfortable with. To that I mounted a mini grenade launcher using thermo baric grenades for point detonations. I followed that up with the most powerful revolver on the planet, a Knight’s Armament/Smith&Wesson custom Model 500 .50 cal, in a breakaway leg holster as his back-up!

    We created two fully automatic Beretta 92f handguns for close quarter combat.

    In the opening of the film he uses ultra reliable H&K custom MP5’s in fully automatic that he carries in the small of his back, and for speed draws a H&K USP compact .45.

    I also had a custom mini 13” Bolo machete combat knife created that he carries on a leg holster for hand to hand.

    The result was modern weapons used in the modern time, but in full Punisher style!


    Has ever occurred that you had to note that some element originally planned was unrealistic or not believable? From your point of view, what is the realism level of this movie?


    This is by far the most realist Punisher ever made. Every scene, every plot point, every scenario was discussed and brought to real world scenarios. Having said that, we were still making a comic book adaptation, and Lexi was able to have freedom to make some of the action larger than life because that’s how the comic was written. As a Marine I am extremely excited about how well this movie portrays this character. I think audiences will really connect to this Punisher like never before!


    Did you enjoy working on such an extreme fighter as Castle? How does this kind of character seem to a serviceman?


    The Punisher will always be a symbol to the Marine Corps infantryman, as well as other branches of service, of the ultimate warrior. A guy that takes the fight to the enemy’s doorstep, then kicks his door in. As a Marine being on the front lines you have to feel no fear and have the courage to fight even when you are scared out of your mind in order to bring yourself and your buddies home. I think the Punisher embodies the true fighting spirit of what all combat troops feel when the enter a room full of people that want to do them harm. It’s important that symbols like Punisher exist for us in the military and he will always have a home with the US Marines! “Semper fi” Frank!


    Sounds good to me!

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