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J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars VII; The Sixth Gun to TV; Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For update

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013

Matt and Kyle discuss the week’s big news, with J.J. Abrams set to direct Star Wars VII; The Sixth Gun coming to TV; a possible Image Comics movie; and a Sin City 2 update.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do you think of J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars VII?

According to Deadline, The Wrap, The Hollywood Reporter and other sources, “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams will direct another famous “Star” film — the much anticipated “Star Wars VII” from Disney. Abrams’ next film, “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” is scheduled to release on May 17. “Star Wars VII” is aiming at a 2015 release. The “Star Wars” franchise created by George Lucas was considered the key factor in Disney’s 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion.

TOPIC 1: The Sixth Gun may come to NBC

The Sixth Gun, Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s supernatural western series, has been picked up for a TV pilot, Deadline has announced.  Carlton Cuse, former “Lost” showrunner, is one of the show’s executive producers.  .

TOPIC 2:  Image Comics movie?  

According to Dream Movie Cast, artist Rob Liefeld has written a screenplay about the formation of Image Comics.  The publisher was formed in the early 1990s when hot Marvel Comics artists including Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane and Liefeld started their own company.  Liefeld also tells the site who he’d cast for the film, including Chris Pine as himself and Christian Bale as “Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane.

TOPIC 3:  Sin City: A Dame To Kill For !  

MTV caught up with Robert Rodriguez to talk about the Sin City sequel, “A Dame to Kill For.”   Josh Brolin takes on the role of Dwight McCarthy, which was played by Clive Owen in the original movie.  Those who have read the comics will know why the character will be played by a different actor.  Rodriguez told MTV that Brolin is perfect in the role.  ”Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” hits theaters October 2, 2013.

REVIEW FILE

 

  • Uncanny X-Force  #1  Sam Humphries, Ron Garney

The X-Force branch of the X-Men of late has been a task force that takes on missions that require more compromise than one would ask of the X-Men team.  The latest iteration of the Uncanny X-Force is led by Psylocke, who has left the Jean Grey school after confronting a student.  Storm joins in the leadership of this team, which also features Puck.  In the first issue, Humphries introduces the current whereabouts of X-villain Spiral, former X-Man-turned-foe Bishop, and Fantomex-split-personality Cluster.   Ron Garney, known for action-packed artwork on books like “Captain America” and “Wolverine,” creates compelling storytelling here.  Humphries is a good candidate to replace Remender on the violent side of the X-Men’s world, and this issue is a good start.

 

  • Uncanny Avengers #3  Rick Remender, John Cassaday    

Red Skull is using his new psychic powers to incite both humans and mutants, causing violence against mutants worldwide.

Havok leads the Uncanny Avengers against the threat, as he becomes more assertive as the leader of the team.    The story is heavy in themes and dialogue, with action that’s at times brutal.  The art by former Oklahoman John Cassaday continues to impress, and Remender’s story continues to build.   Overall, it’s a good-looking, well-written book that continues the best-selling arc.

 

  • Young Avengers #1 Gillen, McKelvie, Norton, Wilson    

A great-looking book from Marvel NOW! that brings back the popular Young Avengers characters.  Kieron Gillen writes, with art by Jamie McKelvie assisted by Mike Norton.  Matthew Wilson is credited with “color arts,” and he does make this issue pop with a great, unique color look and palette.   Hulkling and Wiccan return, and have a discussion about their relationship and their relationship with superheroics.  Kate Bishop, who’s been an excellent supporting character in “Hawkeye,” gets a scene to shine here, along with Noh-Varr, the former Marvel Boy.

Beautifully stylish, with a great examination of youth and superheroics, “Young Avengers” is among the class of the Marvel NOW! releases.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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