Here’s a fun little tidbit that falls under pure speculation at this point, but seems worth considering nonetheless. Zak Penn, writer of X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and Elektra, was recently interviewed by Collider about his upcoming movie The Grand. Of course, the talk eventually came around to comic book movies, and specifically Marvel’s Avengers movie, which Penn has been hired to write. When asked for his thoughts on animated comic book movies, Penn replied with this statement:
“There’s been the discussion about The Avengers doing some sort of next levelÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ whatever the next iteration of computer animation is after this, the next step after Beowulf, is something we would definitely conisder for that. And I actually think it’s worth considering for a lot of movies, I think it’s amazing. It has a tremendous amount of potential.”
Hmm, so an Avengers movie done with motion capture and CG? It could be interesting. It would be a smart way of getting around the budgetary issue of having so many stars in one movie (the same reason that the Justice League movie was originally rumoured to be animated). I would say the technology is almost there. The thing is, once people start to make all the big FX movies this way, will we ever see another blockbuster done in live action again?
On a related note, Jon Favreau has previously hinted that he could get to direct the Avengers movie if Iron Man does well. What do you think?