Comics2Film Wrap for March 3rd, 2003

Mon, March 3rd, 2003 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

HELLBOY

"Hellboy" director Guillermo del Toro told C2F/CBR News that cameras started rolling on the movie version of Mike Mignola's paranormal investigator on February 20th. The filming was to capture simple establishing shots, vistas and plates, but never the less, production has begun. Filming will continue until July.

Del Toro also tells fans to watch for photos "very soon."

BRIAN WOOD

Inside sources tell us that Hollywood is buzzing around Brian Wood's comic books. C2F/CBR News reported last year that a screenplay by Jason Shepley based on "Couscous Express" was generating a lot of heat. Our sources also tell us that "Channel Zero" and "Couriers" is garnering interest as well.

Additionally, Wood was recently spotted having coffee with Hampton Fancher who wrote the script for "Blade Runner." The pair reportedly discussed "Channel Zero."

All three books are published through AiT/Planet Lar.

SUPERMAN

Josh Hartnett ("Black Hawn Down") has officially bowed out of contention for the lead role in the new "Superman" production according to last week's Hollywood Reporter. The young actor tested well for the part, but apparently was put off by the studio's desire to sign their leading man to sign a three-consecutive-picture deal.

New candidates, who'll be doing screen tests soon are Brendan Fraser ("The Mummy"), Paul Walker ("The Fast and the Furious") and newcomer Matthew Bomer ("Guiding Light").

CATWOMAN

Variety reports that star Ashley Judd is officially off the "Catwoman" movie project. Although the project is heating up, Judd has opted to star in a run of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway.

Screenwriters Mike Ferris and John Brancato ("Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines") have reportedly turned in a strong rewrite of script for the movie, based on the previous version by John Rogers.

SPIDER-MAN

Alfred Molina has been cast to play Doctor Octopus in the soon-to-lens "Spider-Man" sequel. Molina was recently seen playing artist Diego Rivera in the movie "Frida," for which he's received many award nominations. Fans may best remember him as the guy who wouldn't give Indy the whip in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT

Variety reports that Robert Nelson Jacobs, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "Chocolat" and "Shipping News," is set to write a new draft of Marvel's "Werewolf By Night" movie.

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

Variety reports that the total budget of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" came in at $78 million.

MERIDIAN

Screen and comic writer Bob Gale has been tapped to pen the script for the animated feature film version of the CrossGen title "Meridian," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gale may be best known for writing the scripts for the classic "Back to the Future" trilogy as well as recent issues of the "Daredevil" comics.

GARFIELD

Casting is underway on the live action/CGI animated feature film version of Jim Davis' "Garfield" according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Breckin Meyer ("Road Trip," "Inside Schwartz") has landed the role of Jon Arbuckle, the put-upon owner of the lasagna-loving cat. Jennifer Love Hewitt ("The Tuxedo") is said to be finalizing a deal to play the love interest.

Peter Hewitt ("Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey") is directing from a script by Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow (both of "Toy Story" fame). The story focuses the rivalry between the portly red tabby and his mentally challenged but terminally good natured puppy friend Odie.

FREE FOR ALL

Brett Merhar's comic strip "Free For All" will be the basis for an animated series on the cable channel Showtime, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Film Roman, who brought "X-Men: Evolution" to TV will producer seven episodes of the animated show. The comedy features a pair of cynical friends whose world includes a drunken ferret and a homicidal grandmother.

Jonathan Silverman ("The Single Guy"), Jeremy Piven ("Old School"), Juliette Lewis ("Old School"), Mitzi McCall ("Ice Age") and Sam McMurray ("Lone Star State of Mind") are all on board to provide voices.

Merriweather Williams ("SpongeBob SquarePants," "Wonder Twins" movie) will co-write and executive produce the show along with Merhar himself. Film Roman's John Hyde and Richard Hull are also executive producers.

WITCHBLADE

The Oxygen channel may be looking to pick up TNT's "Witchblade" TV show, perhaps as reruns or even a series revival.

Witchblade Central Station reports that the women's network is trying to collect demographic information about fans of the show. Interested parties are directed to visit the Web site, or else send a postcard with your name, location, age and level of education to:

Debby Beece, President of Programming


Oxygen Media


75 9th AVE


New York, NY 10011

STAN LEE/FOREVER MAN

Stan Lee continues to crank out the Hollywood legends. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Lee's latest media effort, POW! Films, has struck a deal to bring one of the comic giant's newest creations to the big screen.

Lee will produce a feature film called "Forever Man" with the new production house Idiom Films.

Luke McMullen ("Pigeonholed") will pen the script about about a near-future superhero. While the story details were not disclosed, Lee did tell The Reporter to expect something different from his previous superheroes.

"It has to do with crime and punishment in the not-too-distant future and a unique way of punishing people who are menaces to society," Lee said. "It's a concept that hasn't been seen before, with tremendously interesting villains with unique powers."

BIONICLE

It's not based on comics, but our pal Henry Gilroy ("The Mask/Joker") tells us that the new trailer for the 3D CGI movie "Bionicle: Mask of Light" (based on the Lego toys) is online. Fans can view the trailer at the movie's official site MaskOfLight.com. Gilroy, who may be best known as a writer on the "Batman" animated series as well as "The Tick" cartoon, co-wrote the script with Greg Weisman ("Max Steel").

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