Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Yes! Captain America is finally going to hit the silver screen.



After years of languishing in courts, Marvel Comics secured the rights to mass market Captain America from the estate of his original creators. The rights were sold to Artisan Entertainment, which transferred to Lions Gate Entertainment, a movie studio not known for blockbusters. Now Marvel has said is enough is enough, and optioned the rights to Paramount Pictures. Marvel will pay to produce the movie itself, the way George Lucas does with Fox and Star Wars movies. Fox puts in marketing and distribution money, but Lucafilm foots all production costs and keeps creative control. This is what comic book fans have been waiting for: production control by Marvel itself.

Finally, after lagging behind Spider-Man, the X-Men and even Daredevil, Cap will get his shot. Hope it's not too late after years of Hell Boy, Elektra, the Punisher and other b-list heroes clogging up the attention of movie fans. With Middle East tension still high, this Cap movie ought to be a homerun here in the U.S. of A. The hardest thing about this movie will be casting Steve Rogers (aka. Captain America). My pick is an actor who played a hard-nosed CIA agent on the CBS Show "The Agency," named John O'Mara. I don't think Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom can pull this one off, sorry ladies.

Here's the official write-up from Variety Magazine:

Paramount has signed a lucrative, exclusive distribution deal with Marvel for films based on the comic book publisher's remaining characters, reports Variety.

According to a Dow Jones report Wednesday night, Marvel has already amassed a half-billion-dollar war chest to make a slate of movies with budgets as high as $180 million, drawing on its remaining 5,000 comic-book characters.

Among the first of its superheroes headed for the silver screen: Captain America and Nick Fury.

Marvel has never produced a movie on its own until now. To fund its slate Marvel arranged a seven-year $525 million revolving credit facility with Merrill Lynch Commercial Finance Corp., secured against the movie rights to 10 comic-book characters, including Captain America, says the trade.

Paramount isn't putting up any production money; it will receive a fee for marketing and distributing an initial 10 movies, the first of which is expected to hit theaters in two years. To ensure the maximum possible audience, none of the movies will be R-rated.

13 comments:

Steve Fitzpatrick said...

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

Martini Love said...

I don't even know who Captain America is... does that make me a bad person?

O-dogg said...

Martini, what is REALLY going on? You don't know Captain America? Oh my, you don't know the power of the dark side. Most unimpressive.

Martini Love said...

sorry :(

Anonymous said...

Casting suggestions:

Just saw the movie "Spartan" yesterday and am finally convinced Val Kilmer would be good for the role of Cap.

As for the Red Skull, it can only be one man...Ralph Feinnes. We know he can play a truly evil Nazi (Schinder's List) and we know he can make himself supervillain buff for a movie (Red Dragon).

IMHO

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Toolbox said...

Just saw "Batman Forever" and STILL convinced Val ain't right for the roll. After seeing "TROY" I still say Brad is Top choice.

Toolbox said...

...oh and if you don't know who cap is , where have you been for the last 64 years?

toolebox said...

That was harsh, sorry. Lo ciento. Last post for a while, sorry to be a post hog.

Anonymous said...

Brad's too old or something-- can't put my finger on it...
My picks for Cap are (in no particular order): Josh Holloway ("Lost", sans accent), Brian Van Holt ("Basic"), Cole Hauser ("Paparazzi"), Patrick Wilson ("The Alamo")

Toolbox said...

Brad too old? You seen Mr. and Mrs. Smith yet? True, he is more aged than most of the Hollywood scene...at the same time he brings veteran talent to the role.

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ComicMovieFan said...

Okay,Here's my take Get Ready! No Val Kilmer and certainly Not Brad Pitt Should Not be picked! They don't normally pick an actor who already played one comicbook character to play another. Secondly,Brad Pitt? HELL NO! He is far from a role like Captain America. You would have to find someone who looks the part as well as acts the part. Someone who isn't like your usual out-spoken Hollywood star. Good idea: Aaron Eckhart. Bad: Viggo Mortensen. Whoever it may be, it needs to be someone who doesn't publicly anounce their views against America. If they did,they wouldn't be convincing as a Patriotic Cap. America.

O-dogg said...

Word. Glad to see so many people fired up about CAP ... even if they don't know who he is.

Casting this role will be tough - Steve Rogers is supposed to be around 18 - 21. I can't think of a tall, young, blonde actor that's man enough to carry out a well-acted dramatic/action role. This will be a make or break decision for this film. I pray for the best, love me some CAP.

No Kilmer. No Pitt. DiCaprio is too liberal and scrappy I think, but he's a fine actor. Maybe someone from the Battlestar Galactica TV show can pull it off.

We'll see, true believers.