The Losers

April 26, 2010 | 3:00 p.m.

Andy Diggle: ‘Losers’ on screen is ‘a lot lighter, less grim, a lot less political’

“The Losers” arrived at theaters this weekend, and the second not-mainstream comic book movie to launch in the last month or so wound up fourth, with $9.6 million, according to studio estimates. Across the Atlantic, the comic book’s driving force, writer Andy Diggle, took it all in and then charred with Hero Complex contributor Jevon Phillips about watching his page creations come to life in Hollywood. JP: Was there as much of a collaborative effort on “The Losers” between the comic book creators and the screenwriters as the “Kick Ass” writers enjoyed? AD: It wasn’t a huge amount, to be honest. The main difference in production style between this and  “Kick Ass” is that “Kick Ass” is creator-owned. Mark Millar and John Romita own all the rights, so they get to choose who adapts it and how and all the rest of it. They […]
March 06, 2010 | 2:50 p.m.

King Arthur, Hollywood’s once and future film property?

Steven Zeitchik has made “24 Frames“ a must-read blog on Hollywood scoops, and now he has some news about Hollywood’s possible return to Camelot (and no, it’s not a remake of “Excalibur,” we just like the poster)… Sylvain White could be headed from black-ops agents to medieval jousters. The up-and-coming director, who was behind the camera for the April 23 hit-man action film “The Losers,” is negotiating to take on “Pendragon,” a story of knights and kings set in period England. (The title is a reference to the medieval English term for “chief dragon,” a euphemism for leader.) The “Pendragon” script, from Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, is an origin story of a sort, looking at characters like Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere as they meet at Camelot. (Hey, if Kirk and Spock could do it….) White also directed “Stomp the Yard,” […]
Jan. 29, 2010 | 7:35 p.m.

‘The Losers’ are on a mission — and don’t call them ‘The B-Team’

“The Losers” are on a mission — and don’t even think about calling them “The B-Team.” Above is a cast photo from the new commando adventure “The Losers”  which opens on April 9, two months before that other military-ops movie, “The A-Team,” which has a somewhat similar plot: An elite team is sent on suicide missions but survive and return to go after their duplicitous superiors. But “The Losers” director Sylvain White says that his action film marches to its own drummer. White, whose profile surged with “Stomp the Yard,” said the “Losers” script by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt presented him with a chance to make a movie that had international action and tension but also a lighter sense of itself than the Jason Bourne and most recent James Bond films. The script, as comics fans already know, adapts the Vertigo series by […]
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