Tibits that came out of Comic Con:
Apparently, Peter Jackson can –if Warners give them more money- turn his upcoming The Hobbit into three films instead of the planned two. Asked about the reports, Jackson tells Hitfix that “We have certainly been talking to the studio about some of the material we can’t film, and we’ve been asking them so we can do a bit more filming next year. I don’t know what would come of that, whether it’d be extended editions or whatnot. But those discussions are ongoing.” While this might make some bean counters and shareholders happy, would it be necessary? While studios have found profit in expanding the final movie in a franchise, at what point does it become just a way to score more cash than add material that does not need to be added? That being said, a studio spokesman told Variety that there are “no planned or surprise announcements” involving a third film. “The plan was always for two.”
Director Guillermo del Toro and actor Ron Perlman dropped some Hellboy 3 news on the Comic Con audience. According to an Entertainment Weekly interview, del Toro said: “I can say publicly that now we are together in trying [to do Hellboy 3].” Part of the reason that the talks have begun was a recent gig Perlman did for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Zachary, a six-year-old leukemia patient, told them that he wanted to “meet and become Hellboy.” Perlman was all in, and got made up as Hellboy. This act of charity convinced del Toro that there is an audience out there, and maybe it’s the right time to finish the trilogy he began so long ago.
We still have several months to wait for Cartoon Networks Adult Swim series The Venture Bros. Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick said that he fifth season won’t begin until early 2013 (the last new episode aired in November 2010). But there will be a Halloween special this autumn and a one-hour episode to bridge Seasons Five and Six. And unlike season four, neither season five or six will be split –each should have 13 episodes.
Bryan Fuller, who’s created a cadre of brilliant, quirky but hard to find a mainstream audience TV shows told the Comic Con crowd –there to talk about his reboot of The Munsters- after being asked the inevitable question about the fate of his last show, Pushing Daises. “There is another Pushing Daisies project that is not a comic and that is not a miniseries that we’re working on.” A Web series? A movie? Even a novel?