Spider-Man the Musical?

Variety is reporting (and E! Online, too, for free) that Marvel Comics has teamed up with producer Tony Adams to turn the Spider-Man franchise into a musical. Sources told Variety that the planned project would bring Julie Taymor, of Broadway’s “The Lion King,” on board to direct; Neil Jordan would write the script; and U2’s The Edge and Bono would create the music. (Be still, my heart!)

Will it happen? No comment from any of the rumored players (of course). If the project did get off the ground, though, there’s no guarantee it would be successful; E! wonders whether such a musical would be an enduring hit of Annie proportions — or a Saturday Night Fever-scale flop. Hmmm. I wonder if Tobey Maguire can dance.

Big Damn Heros

Filming started on Joss Whedon’s Serenity a few weeks ago – keep up with the cast and screw via the official on-set weblog. But that’s no even the first set ‘leak’ – cast and crew have been posting all over the fan sites, so there’s an unofficial blog that keeps an eye out. And don’t miss the first set pics.

Comic Book Movies.. of the FUTURE!

I saw Spiderman 2 this week… In short? It was a good comic book movie but I really wanted to slap Peter Parker around. The non-action parts (and Kirsten Dunst) completely failed to pull me in. But the Spidey fans seem to like it.

Some comic-book news has surfaced: The first picture from Electra, featuring Jennifer Garner’s character from the flop Daredevil. There are also new pictures from Halle Berry’s Catwoman and Batman Begins – Christian Bale! Liam Neeson! Gary Oldman!.

And apparently Hayden Christensen is being considered for Daredevil 2. Run, Hayden – run FAR away. This is one used leather suit you don’t want to fill.

Trailer Park

First off, The Grudge, a remake of a Japanese horror film starring Buffy‘s Sarah Michelle Gellar. She really should go back to her original hair color though, because I spent the whole trailer expecting Willow or Giles to show up.

A new King Arthur trailer, with more Keira Knightley for the Karrdes. There’s also the laughable wig-laden epic Alexander.

Garden State, an indie film with tremendous buzz. It does have Natalie Portman, and for us geek-loving ladies, is written, directed, and headlined by Zach Braff of Scrubs.

And we finish up with a few ‘adaptations’ – I, Robot, sure to give any Asimov purists convulsions, and Constantine, which has already given Hellblazer fans spazms with the dubious miscasting of Keanu Reeves in the title role. On the plus side, there’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, which looks pretty on track despite the presence of Jim Carey.