Comics2Film: Issue #104

Wed, January 26th, 2000 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Rob Worley, Columnist

X-MEN

Last week, Corona Coming Attractions came up with a preview of what the

X-Men movie will look like. In their latest update, CCA has provided

fans with a look at three more of the design sketches for the movie.

[Mystique]

The first illustration features a front view of Mystique, who will be

played by Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)

in the movie. The second illustration is a back view of the

character. The article accompanying the illustrations states that, on-

screen, the character will have skin colored a darker shade of blue and

hair colored a darker shade of red. The character is also said to

sport a "bikini" of scales which will keep the MPAA rating down.

The third sketch depicts a back view of Cyclops. This sketch looks to

be the companion of the previous Cyclops sketch posted by Corona. For

full-sized views of all the images visit Corona Coming Attractions.

Later in the week, CCA had reports that the movie will depict many

more recognizable mutants than those in the main cast. Rumors have

been circulating that Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat will turn up in the movie.

One of CCA's reliable scoopers insists that Pryde will be seen in the

film as will other younger mutants from the X-Men comics.

Furthermore, these characters may be a bit more involved in the story

than was previously speculated.

[Cyclops]

A different scooper for the site claims that an actress named Sumela

Kay (Simon Birch) will play Pryde in the movie. Furthermore, the

scooper claims that Katrina Florece will play pyrotechnic mutant

Jubilee in the movie. CCA has not been able to confirm this. Shawn

Ashmore of the TV show Animorphs is also rumored to be in the movie as

a mutant named Bobby. Speculation is that he could be young Bobby

Drake a.k.a. Ice Man.

Early this week, CCA produced evidence to support their prior scoops

about younger mutants from the comics appearing in the movie. A call

sheet for the film (of which a digitized image is on display at the

site) clearly lists "Kitty" and "Jubilee" as characters involved with

a shoot that was scheduled to occur on January 11. Consistent with

recent reports, Sumela Kay is the actor playing Kitty and Katrina

Florece is listed with Jubilee. One of the scenes being filmed is

described as "Kitty goes through door - Greenscreen." All the scenes

described on the sheet take place at Xavier's school.

Also corroborating the previous report, Shawn Ashmore is listed as

"Bobby". Furthermore an actor named Alex Burton is listed as John

which fans speculate could refer to John Proudstar (Thunderbird) or

Jonathan Starsmore (Chamber).

However, it was Ain't it Cool News that gave fans what they wanted

this weekend when that site displayed over a dozen pieces of

promotional artwork for the upcoming X-Men movie. Images posted by

that site include photos of Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), James Marsden

(Cyclops), Halle Berry (Storm), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), Patrick

Stewart (Professor X), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Mystique), Ray Park

(Toad) and Tyler Mane (Sabretooth) all in costume and makeup. Also

posted were a few set pictures depicting some of the characters in

action. While many of the characters had two promotional shots, no

images of Anna Paquin as Rogue were posted.

According to the Mighty Marvel Mailer that arrived via e-mail this

Monday, there will be no X-Men trailer airing during the upcoming

Super Bowl broadcast. Producer Tom DeSanto broke the information

stating that they want the first look at the film to be the theatrical

trailer. DeSanto estimates that the trailer will likely air in late

February or early March.

Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Magneto in the movie, continues to keep

fans posted via his own website. His latest posting gives several

insights into his take on the character. Also of interest is that

fact that the character's name has been restored to that of the

comics. When a fan complained about the character's name having been

changed from Erik Magnus Lensherr to Max Lensherr, McKellen responded,

"Apparently someone agreed with you because the early scripts which

called him Max were changed months ago to Erik."

Finally, the February issue of Movieline has a few buried tidbits

about X-Men. Cover girl Rebecca Romijn-Stamos commented on whether or

not her role as Mystique moves her toward being a "real actress".

Romijn responded, "Well, I'm going to have my own action figure, so

that does put me in another league, doesn't it? Actually my part is

pretty small and I don't say that much." The actress also states that

her 14 hour body painting sessions for Sports Illustrated may have

helped her get the makeup-heavy part.

[X]

A brief mention elsewhere in the issue stats that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is in talks to take on music supervision chores on the movie.

Skinfreak, a Comics 2 Film reader from the UK, reports that additional

X-Men publicity materials have turned up in his local theater. "I

spotted a giant 3D X-Men promo piece at my local Odeon cinema a couple

of weeks ago. It's identical to the sheet A poster we know, but is

about 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide (if memory serves) and looks so

[gosh darn] cool. I was going to steal it but then realized it

wouldn't get through the door. It offers no information apart from the

website address and 'coming soon'."

MONKEY BONE (AND X-MEN) ART

[Monkey Bone]

Promotional artwork for the live-action/animated Monkey Bone movie can be found at the 20th Century Fox UK website. Also posted on the site is promotional artwork for X-Men. Monkey Bone is an adaptation of Kaja Blackley's graphic novel Dark Town. The movie stars Brendan Fraser as a cartoonist who falls into a coma, only to encounter a strange world inhabited by his cartoon creations.

The Monkey Bone does not currently have a website. However, we have noticed that 20th Century Fox has purchased a number of domain names that relate to the title. Among them are monkey-bone.com, monkeybonemovie.com, monkeybone-movie.com, monkeybonesmovie.com, monkeybones-movie.com, and monkey-bones.com. None of these domains are currently active as Monkey Bone websites. Following the above links will take you to a Fox site or a dead end.

TODD McFARLANE GORILLA SHOW

Sources at Todd McFarlane Entertainment want to make clear that the

futuristic Gorilla show in the works for UPN is not called Gorilla

World as was recently suggested. Our source tells us that name was

"very briefly bantered about, but Todd and Terry have chosen to move

forward with no title at this time." Our source also encourages

interested readers to visit the newly revamped Spawn.com for

information on all things McFarlane.

BATMAN 5

Comics 2 Film has learned that our recent report regarding the rumored

live-action Batman Beyond movie was blown out of proportion in

relation to the actual facts submitted by the original source.

Writer, cartoonist and graphic designer Brian Saner Lamken contacted

us today and informed us that he was the source of the story recently

found on Ain't it Cool News. That story seemed to imply that Paul

Dini and Alan Burnett are involved in the development of the rumored

movie. However, Lamken also told us that his comments posted on AICN

were not intended as on-record remarks for publication.

Lamken had intended to go on record with some direct quotes from Bruce

Timm, Dini and Burnett's co-creator on the recent Batman and Superman

animated shows. Here is Lamken's summary of his Timm interview:

"I spoke to Bruce Timm late last year, over the course of a few days,

for a wide-ranging interview to be printed in the first issue of

Comicology -- a comics magazine that I've self-published in the past

and that will be relaunched this April through TwoMorrows Publishing,

home of, among other magazines, The Jack Kirby Collector.

"One of the questions that I pretty much had to ask Bruce was whether

he and the rest of the animated Batman gang would be interested in

working on a live-action feature, and whether there was a chance in

hell of that happening. His response:

"'I would love to do that. Are you kidding? My pay scale would get a

significant bump, so I'd owe it to my family to say yes...But, no, I

don't think that there's a chance in hell. The only thing that's

possible at this point is that Alan [Burnett] and Paul [Dini] have both

been approached by the people on the [Warner Bros. Pictures] lot to

submit ideas for a [live-action] Batman Beyond movie, but it's all

speculation at this point.'"

The remainder of the interview will appear in the Lamken's relaunched

Comicology. In the interview, Timm discusses the direct-to-video

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, the future of the classic Batman

animated show and other new animated projects he and his animation

partners are pursuing. The magazine will be solicited in the next

Diamond catalog for an April release.

Comicology Volume Two launches in April as a quarterly, 100-page

magazine with a U.S. price of $5.95. "Fans will get more bang for their

buck from Comicology than from just about any other magazine," Lamken

said. "The whole TwoMorrows line is like that. We'll have major

features in every issue, light on the advertising and so heavy on the

in-depth interviews, reviews, commentary, historical retrospectives, &

sketchbook sections that we'll probably need extra-strength staples."

Aside from the Timm interview and cover art, the magazine will sport a

flip cover by Lea Hernandez featuring characters from her critically

acclaimed Texas Steampunk graphic novels. Interiors feature a

Hernandez interview; a look at Stan Sakai's critically acclaimed Usagi

Yojimbo; a gallery of rare & previously unpublished Timm artwork that

spotlights your favorite DC & Marvel Comics characters as well as a few

surprises; and a long conversation with Batman: Dark Victory writer

Jeph Loeb.

BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER

[Batman Beyond]

Warner Bros. has released a teaser trailer for the feature-length,

animated video Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. A QuickTime

version of the trailer can be found at the New Batman/Superman

Adventures website. A copy of the trailer is also available at the

Batman Beyond Video website. Curiously, that trailer is a lower

quality (and easier download) version.

Mark Hamill's Joker laugh can be heard over the dramatic music and

narration on the clip. The movie is said to feature the character's

appearance in the futuristic Batman Beyond setting. The story will

answer many of the questions about what happened between the era of the

classic show and the start of the Beyond continuity.

The movie is due out November 7, 2000.

THE CROW: SALVATION

Irony Despair, webmaster of A Boy and His Bird (The Crow Website)

stopped by to give us the confirmed music track listing for the

upcoming The Crow: Salvation. According to Irony, the soundtrack "will

feature previously unreleased songs and remixes from a number of rock,

hip-hop and electronica acts, including Hole (covering Bob Dylan's It's

All Over Now Baby Blue), Kid Rock (Warm Winter), Rob Zombie (doing a

remix of Living Dead Girl by Nine Inch Nails' Charlie Clouser) and

Tricky (on a remix of Antihistamine). Also on the 16-cut soundtrack,

due March 28, is a new Days of the New song and remixes and previously

released songs from Crystal Method, Filter, Static-X, Danzig, Monster

Magnet and Stabbing Westward."

SHEENA: QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE

The image of Gena Lee Nolin, in costume as Sheena, Queen of the Jungle,

graces to the cover of The Hollywood Reporter's special issue covering

the NATPE televison trade show. The report indicates that Sheena is

one of Columbia-TriStar's most important shows of the year. The jungle

heroine is to be depicted as "environmentally conscious" in her adventures.

BONE 3-D ONLINE

Cyberworld International Corporation, a new-media enterprise committed

to transforming the web into an interactive multimedia experience for

everyone, has today announced that Jeff Smith's Bone, one of the

world's best selling, and most popular alternative comics, has joined

Cyberworld to produce a new multidimensional interactive Boneville website.

Cyberworld President & CEO Keith Soley said, "We are delighted to have

a tremendous talent like Jeff Smith and Cartoon Books using Cyberworld

to showcase his award winning art and stories. Jeff's agreement to use

Cyberworld's multidimensional web authoring software is another

endorsement of our technology and its incredible potential to transform

the web into a true multidimensional, multimedia information and

entertainment platform."

"This is really exciting" Smith said. "Cyberworld's ability to

transform my art and vision into a three dimensional walk through

adventure is exactly what I've always wanted for our Boneville web

site. This is an incredibly exciting new aspect of the web I only

dreamed would one day be available."

The new Boneville.com internet site, featuring Cyberworld 3D

Technology, is scheduled to make its Internet debut February 1st, 2000!

A Bone Theme Pack, which will allow fans to build their own 'Bone'

worlds, will follow soon.

Bone is a fantasy adventure about three cousins; lost and stranded in a

strange and mysterious forest populated by good guys, bad guys, giant

rat creatures and dragons. Visitors to the new Boneville.com will now

be able to actually step into the story and explore the trails, walk

amongst the trees, dodge the 'stupid stupid rat creatures' lurking in

the forests, and discover a whole new adventure. With Cyberworld's new

browser visitors now have the ability to 'walk into' the 3-D village of

Boneville, stroll through the town , visit the county fair, and walk

amongst and mingle with the Bone characters.

[Deadworld]DEADWORLD

The "final, final script" for a Deadworld movie was turned in back in

November according to Corona Coming Attractions. CCA cited a posting

on the Caliber Comics website as their source.

Deadworld features a planet overrun by Zombies, lead by the sole

intelligent undead flesh-eater: King Zombie. The property was

purchased by Warner Bros. for George Clooney's Maysville Pictures back

in July of 1998.

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