SAN DIEGO, DAY 3: Comics2Film round-up: Hollywood news from CCI on Saturday

Sun, August 4th, 2002 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Rob Worley, Columnist

Twentieth Century Fox kicked off the most exciting studio presentation at Comic-Con International in San Diego with an appearance by king of the world James Cameron. Cameron presented a clip from the upcoming film "Solaris," which he is producing for the studio. The movie is based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem. It's directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars George Clooney (both of "Ocean's Eleven").

The producer, director also announced that he is developing the manga/anime property "Battle Angel" Alita as a feature film.

Fans also were witness to a chapter in the ongoing saga of Dan Poole who directed the cult independent movie "The Green Goblin's Last Stand." Poole filmed the low-budget, high-octane adaptation of Spider-Man in hopes of getting Cameron's attention a decade ago, when the filmmaker was attached to the big-budget Spider-Man movie. In front of the panel crowd, Poole asked Cameron to look at the tape, in spite of the fact that producer now has no involvement with the movie franchise. Poole achieved his dream of getting his film in front of Cameron when, after some cajoling on the part the crowd, the filmmaker accepted a copy of the DVD from Poole.

James Cameron wasn't the only big name in attendance. Superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger made a surprise appearance at Saturday's Warner Bros. presentation at CCI. The actor was on hand to present clips for the currently-in-production "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines."

During the subsequent Q & A Arnold commented on a couple of his pulp novel properties that are of interest to comic book movie fans. When asked about work on "King Conan: Crown of Iron" the actor had very little new news to divulge. "The project is set up at Warner Bros right now. The script is complete by

John Milius. It's now up to Warner if they want to do the movie but I'm looking forward to it because I thing it's a great franchise and it's a great character to play."

The actor was also asked what is happening with Doc Savage. "Beats me," Schwarzenegger replied. "I really don't know. I mean Frank Darabont wrote a fantastic script for Doc Savage."

However, the studio estimated that the script would cost $220 million to produce. "I think that's right. They're shy about making this kind of movie because it costs that much money. So maybe some day they will do this movie."

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