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Allred co-directing MADMAN with Rodriguez' The man himself speaks about the MADMAN flick!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the latest word on MADMAN from the creator himself, Mr. Mike Allred. I have no doubt SIN CITY is going to rock my world, but I'm really salivating at seeing Rodriguez do a flat out superhero movie. Some of the stuff Allred says has been said by him before (the bit about Madman being cast already, but for some reason I don't think the below scooper is right on his guess... doesn't fit the character, but I could be wrong), but there's also some new stuff. I'm particularly intrigued with Allred pulling a Frank Miller and co-directing with Rodriguez and I love George Huang's stuff, so that's good news as well... Anyway, read on before I talk about every damn thing included below!

Hiya, Harry, Morry, Quint

I noticed you guys haven't put up anything about yer pal Robert Rodriguez in a while, what with him up to his ass in Sin City and all (although I was surprised no one said anything when he had to leave Princess of Mars).

Anyway, it's been even loooonger since you guys put up any info on his big-screen version of Mike Allred's zany 90s comic Madman. Earlier this year, Allred did an interview regarding his upcoming comics when the subject of the movie came up. Long story short:

Rodriguez wants Allred to co-direct (a la Frank Miller)

Rodriguez wanted to direct this first, but the opportunity to do Sin City came up and he couldn't say No (can you blame him?)

George Huang (Swimming with Sharks, the How to Make a Monster remake) is writing the screenplay

Rodriguez and Allred already have an actor in mind for the title role--"star of 2003's biggest money-maker" say Allred (Hey, Harry, remember that Viggo Mortensen rumour some time back?)

But don't take my word for it, read it for yourself here: LIKE, RIGHT HERE!!! (look for the picture of the guy with a cape dodging arrows).

Keep up the great work, guys.


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  • Oct. 29, 2004, 5:39 a.m. CST

    This rules

    by Crowbot

    no more to be said.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 6:07 a.m. CST

    As the proud owner of Allred's G-Men From Hell...

    by CaptNish

    I hope not. Because certain things should be taken out of it's creator's hands. -- Nate

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Johhny Depp, not Viggo

    by Andy Travis

    Depp's been spotted with the Madman script under his arm. When Allred said Madman would be played by the star of 2003's biggest moneymaker, he was forgetting ROTK (and Nemo). He meant Pirates of the Caribbean.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Depp, exactly

    by Cerebud

    ...and over at, Rich Johnston's Lying in the Gutters column has a scoop that Depp has been seen walking around with a Madman screenplay under his arm. Depp IS perfect for the role. He can do kooky, and he can do sullen, and Madman is both.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 8:19 a.m. CST

    ok, time to say it

    by talbuckin

    Robert Rodriguez belongs to this class of filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro and some more I am forgetting, that no doubt, are the coolest peoples on earth. They are sure to be some of the best friends you can have. But they are not good directors. Their movies are ok at best, but they always get the coolest projects!!! I am sure that it is because they are just plain cool! But they are not so good directors!!! I bet Sin City will not be tood good. Wont be too bad but definitely not up to the comic book quality. I would love to be wrong, though! But I have seen all Rodriguez has done, and frankly I don

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by ELGordo

    Allert shouldn't be allowed to direct. Just watch Astroesque. No come to think of it don't. Just know that it's a piece of shit film and Allert, as great a comic creator he is, he's not a director. And after seeing Rodruguez

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 9:16 a.m. CST

    rock my world

    by Moe Ron

    rock my world, hit it outta the park, own my ass, shut the fuck up already. I'm outta here. I mean BEEP.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Maybe allred will direct the book of mormon movie to

    by The Data

    since he's already doing the comic.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by Pair a'dice Lost

    You only liked the Spykids stuff? Well try watching one of the movies he directed...for adults then comment on his directing skills. As for DelToro, watch The Devils Backbone or Cronos. Consider yourself educated.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 12:06 p.m. CST

    The only one...

    by RedFive

    The only guy who can pull off Madman to prefection is Johnny Depp.I think most geeks will agree Depps the one and only.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Uhh, wasn't Passion of the Christ 2003's biggest moneymaker?

    by spiffy-thedog

    That'd make it Caveziel.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 12:49 p.m. CST

    wait, my bad. that's 2004 already. nt

    by spiffy-thedog

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 1:17 p.m. CST

    whats madman about

    by liljuniorbrown

    i cant be the only one right? sounds cool though, especially if it's Depp..i mean the only really good thing about Once Upon Time in Mexico is Depps charector,"are you a mexican or a mexican't"

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    his band Chingon is better than his directing- their disc is insane. I expect him to redeem himself with Sin City. If it fails- then I lose all faith in him. The cast, source material, Tarantino directing a scene and extending guidance, stark black & white... Please don't fuck that up- it could very well be the best film of 2005. I don't think Episode III is much of a contender for that title.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Passion isn't even this years top moneymaker, it's #3 and would

    by minderbinder

    Thanks for playing, though.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by muvynupe

    Passion probably WAS the biggest MONEYMAKER (from an ROI standpoint), just not TOP-GROSSING. Shrek 2 and Spidey 2 cost buttloads more than Passion...

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Nope, Passion wasn't most profitable either, F911 was.

    by minderbinder

    Passion made an impressive 12 times what it cost...but F911 made almost 20 times the budget.

  • Oct. 29, 2004, 8:24 p.m. CST

    hey you paradice

    by talbuckin

    for the record I have seen all what they have done, kid. Devils backbone, real title, el espinazo del diablo, is just ok, with some good parts. Cronos just the same, ok with some good parts. Mimic is crap. Blade II is crap. What makes you think I hadnt see that stuff. I like to kwnow what I talk about, smartass. And ofr Rodriguez, the only stuff I enjoy from him is the spy kids movies. In case it is not clear I HAVE SEEN ALL THE OTHER MOVIES HE HAS MADE and all are crap. BTW, I consider myself educated, but way before your message.

  • Oct. 30, 2004, 1 a.m. CST

    George Huang

    by beamish13

    SWIMMING WITH SHARKS is nowhere near as good as ENTROPY, LIVING IN OBLIVION, and of course, THE PLAYER.

  • Oct. 30, 2004, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Okay, let's now separate church and state, shall we?

    by Ribbons

    It's bizarre how readily people are willing to turn each talkback into a shouting match over hot button issues with almost no provocation. 'Passion of the Christ' or 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' I don't know how much money either made, but I think the more important piece of information is, well, hmmm.... neither of them came out in 2003, thus rendering them ineligible for any sort of consideration as Allred's mystery movie (and a movie starring no one but Michael Moore and George W. Bush being considered in the first place? Can I buy some pot from you?) and making it wholly unnecessary to discuss either film in this here articly. And if you really wanna get into it, I think 'Shrek 2' made more than either of them. So Madman. Hmmm.... I'm not gonna speculate who's who, especially since I haven't read the comic nor do I know about B.O. receipts. I do think it's really cool that Rodriguez is giving creators like Miller and Allred chances to adapt their own work, although I think it made more sense in Miller's case. Then again, I haven't read "Madman" (although I am kinda sorta familiar with Allred's work via "X-Force"). Then again, this news could be bunk. We shall see.

  • Oct. 30, 2004, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Profit is profit

    by muvynupe

    If Passion's budget was in the 30 millions, then it netted 330,000,000 bucks for Gibson and Co. Assuming Moore's budget of 6.5 million, his profit is only 123,000,000. That rounds out to a net win for Mel of almost $110,000,000. I'll concede that ROI is the wrong measure, but Passion still wins. Is there a studio in the world that wouldn't take the additonal 100 mil in pure profit for the sake of the ROI argument??? Nope, and neither would you.

  • Nov. 2, 2004, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Way to keep changing the rules, muvynupe. So let's look at worl

    by minderbinder

    Give it up and go vote straight ticket republican already.