Fathom Movie Update

Fathom Movie Update

Find out what I learned regarding the status of Fathom movie while attending Saturday's Aspen Comics panel during the San Diego Comic Con! There's another Michael Turner based movie in the works as well!

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By Nathan Best - 7/27/2009
News that there's a Fathom movie in the works isn't really news... Neither is the fact that Megan Fox wants to play Aspen, the main character from Michael Turner's Fathom comic series. Here's what I DID learn during the Aspin Comics panel on Saturday.

Jordan Mechner turned the script in about two weeks ago to 20th Century Fox. He said that it's "perfect" as far as he's concerned. I'm sure the studio will have some changes.



They said that Megan Fox will be playing Aspen, but that they're still looking for a director to head up the project.

No details yet on budget, release date, etc.

The movie will be based on the first story arch of volume 1. Mechner has taken some liberties with converting it to the big-screen, but he didn't really elaborate the changes.

It was also announced that David Schwartz, writer of Meltdown from Image Comics, will take over the writing duties for Volume 4 of Fathom

The other big news that came out of the panel was announced by Gale Anne Hurd from Valhalla Motion Pictures. She announced that they are putting Michael Turner's Soulfire comic on the big screen!



For those not familiar with Fathom, here's some info from Wikipedia:

Fathom begins as the cruise ship Paradise arrives in San Diego 10 years after it was reported to have disappeared. A military quarantine was established to cross examine the crew and passengers. However no one on board knew that they had been missing. Compounding the mystery was an amnesiac girl discovered by the crew while the Paradise was still at sea. The girl could only remember that her name was Aspen. Aspen was taken from the ship by a vacationing naval officer named Captain Matthews, who adopted her and raised her as his own. Aspen has a strange attraction to water, spent much of her youth swimming, eventually made the US Olympic team for the 1988 Seoul games. She even won the gold, but has her medal taken away after she gives an abnormal response to a drug test. Afterward, Aspen attended UC San Diego and received a degree in Marine Biology. She is then invited to study at a top-secret underwater science facility known as the DMD, or Deep Marine Discovery. The DMD is a joint project between the United States and Japan. The facility was built over an underwater craft of unknown origin.Both nations were determined to find its origin. However, the Americans and Japanese no longer trust each other, and rely on an intermediary named Cannon Hawke to share research data. Aspen is also introduced to a mysterious man who somehow entered the DMD. Therein he requested to be placed into a tube filled with water. As he requires no air, the DMD deduced that despite his appearance, he is not human.

Meanwhile, a US Navy test pilot named Chance Calloway is testing an experimental amphibious fighter plane for Admiral Maylander the head of Naval Intelligence. Maylander is also the man who oversaw the quarantine of the Paradise. Chance's wing-man is suddenly killed by a craft resembling the one at the DMD. Violating orders, Chance pursues the craft, first in the air, and then underwater. Disobeying orders, he fires a torpedo at the craft, only to have it dissolve into the water before the torpedo reaches its target. Without a target, the torpedo locks onto the generator at the DMD. It is destroyed, but severely damages the facility. Before she drowns, Aspen is rescued by the man in the tube, who springs to life and attempts to take her with him. He begins to dissolve into water just like the alien craft, and Aspen begins to subconsciously dissolve as well. However, Naval rescue teams arrive and the man flees. Aspen is rescued, though not before Calloway sees her in her half-dissolved form. He goes AWOL to find Aspen and figure out what he saw. He eventually finds Aspen, who cannot explain her abilities. Before she can find out more, she is abducted by government personnel and brought to the man held in the DMD known as Killian. He tells Aspen that she is a member of a race of aquatic humanoids called the Blue, who possess the ability to control water.
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CaptainAmerica - 7/27/2009, 1:22 PM
Never read this, any good?
NateBest - 7/27/2009, 1:24 PM
I REALLY like it. I had the first four issues when it came out, but kind of lost track. After attending the panel I visited their booth and picked up the volume one and two bundles and have been cranking through them. The art is amazing, and the story, so far, is great!
NateBest - 7/27/2009, 1:25 PM
BTW, had to delete the "first", "second" posts... Hopefully that doesn't hurt anyone's feelings :)
Shadowelfz - 7/27/2009, 1:25 PM
Ever notice whenever they decide to make a movie about a heroine with dark hair and blue eyes they always say 'Megan Fox is perfect' for the role? I dont hate Megan Fox as much as a bunch of others but it seems shes being cast in every comic book movie, or at least being seriously considered. Soon she will complain about being type-casted...
Shadowelfz - 7/27/2009, 1:26 PM
Good job Nathan. That whole First and second crap is pointless and stupid.
answer - 7/27/2009, 1:37 PM
They should get casting on this that is not Fox so we can have another hottie to legitimately look at. ;)
NateBest - 7/27/2009, 1:46 PM
If it's anything like the comic, they'll need a LOT of hotties to fill the cast :)
CaptainAmerica - 7/27/2009, 2:07 PM
hey Nathan, i guess someone did get butthurt about it^^^
Jetsaholic - 7/27/2009, 2:26 PM
Great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been hoping for this movie for years. I know it's gonna be awesome. And to find out that Soulfire is in the works too? Michael Turner was such a great artist. God took him from us too soon...

What a great way to start my week!!! Thnak you!!!!!!!!!
GUNSMITH - 7/27/2009, 2:37 PM
IF MEGAN FOX DOES THIS MOVIE IT WOULD PUT HER ON THE MAP, NOT SAYING TRANSFORMERS DIDNT,THIS WOULD BE THE MAP MAP
StephenStrange - 7/27/2009, 3:43 PM
I only have a couple of these but I can tell you it's a quality book.
NateBest - 7/27/2009, 4:02 PM
I can't speak for Soulfire, as I've never read it (although I'm going online right now to order them), but what's not to like about the Fathom series? Great art, great colors, a good story, scantily clad women...

Just trying to find out where the "crap" is that people don't like about it...
RorMachine - 7/27/2009, 4:31 PM
Well, i only read a couple of issues but i have to say it bored me to tears! Yes the art is great and the ladies are eye candy but i didn't think much of the writing or story..but maybe i need to read more to properly judge.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 7/27/2009, 4:44 PM
she'd ruin the comic.
ComicChic - 7/27/2009, 6:10 PM
That is the ugliest photo of Fox I've ever seen.
NateBest - 7/27/2009, 6:34 PM
Yeah, it's not great, but I was trying to find something that looked similar to Aspen... Couldn't find any pictures with Megan having wet hair...
Bandrews1 - 7/27/2009, 7:42 PM
Never read the comic, so I'm not to sure about this.
ComicChic - 7/27/2009, 9:15 PM
No offense meant, it was just my reaction to her nasty rat hair in that photo (I'm usually a fan of the hottness). But at least we can't see the toe-thumbs!
Osiris - 7/27/2009, 9:56 PM
dude I was really excited about this, I love Fathom, I love Michel Turner, but 20th century FOX come on, can't another company get the rights to this? why the hell does FOX have to get all the awesome comics and turn them into shity movies... I'll go see it but I'm not getting hyped up for it anymore.

I just started reading Soulfire, I couldn't find any issue anywhere for the longest time it was ridiculous but now that I have em I'm gona be going through them like a mad man. I'm glade FOX didn't get the rights to Soulfire as well.
Ghola - 7/28/2009, 12:29 AM
How about Natalie Martinez from Death Race as Aspen.
Joslezio85 - 7/28/2009, 12:54 AM
Just to throw this out there. The creator of Fathom, and Megan Fox were really good friends, before he died, he actually modeled Fathom after her, and hand picked her to play the part. That sounds kinda perfect to me. Oh and I believe I did a Fathom fan cast a while back if anyone is interested.

If not, check out some of my other stuff. Maybe youll like something.
Joslezio85 - 7/28/2009, 12:58 AM
oh and i pretty much dig almost every comic on this production label.
LEEE777 - 7/28/2009, 6:11 AM
Cool news @ BRENT!!!

I can actually see her play ASPEN, she seems perfect for this role unlike WW and all the rest! ; )

joslezio @ I'll deff check out that later dude!!!
NateBest - 7/28/2009, 8:50 AM
@ joslezio85 - I turned the URL for your fan cast into a clickable link ;o)
Osiris - 7/28/2009, 10:30 AM
I like the casting for this movie considering Turner did hand pick her, and they did know each other, and Fox reads the comics, but with FOX being behind this movie it is bound to fail, look at what happened to XMO: Wolverine they screwed up his entire background.

Apparently they changed things for Fathom from the story to screen and they are probably big things just like in Wolverine.... I am a huge Turner fan and like I said I will go see this but i have no hopes for it being epic win.
shibazz - 7/28/2009, 1:58 PM
she is perfect for this role..... i want to f her right now!
loganoneil - 7/28/2009, 6:13 PM
Osiris - I agree with your opinion about FOX being behind the movie - no good can come of this (their past track record speaks for itself)!

Shibazz - Get in line! I personally think she couldn't act her way out of a paper bag, but she IS fun to look at (so there's that...).
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 7/29/2009, 11:35 PM
shibazz look at her she looks kinda splochy ( her skin ) u want 2 f*ck her because of transformers
Imran - 9/8/2009, 4:59 AM
I don't like Megan Fox but she might be good as Aspen..
dexhellhound - 1/6/2010, 4:27 PM
for sum of who dont relly payation to megan fox is she happens to be a big fan of fathom and michel work. i trust her with this movie honstly.Its going to turn out good that Micheal Family will probly be pisst if it did end up screwwy as all hell, i know cus i will be pissed

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