Comics2Film Wrap for March 4th, 2003

Tue, March 4th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

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30 DAYS OF NIGHT

Columbia Pictures has come on board as a partner in the production of Steve

Niles' "30 Days of Night" according to today's Hollywood

Reporter. The studio behind "Spider-Man" will head up the

distribution of the movie in North America and some international territories.

Senator International, who won the film rights to the comic in a bidding war

last summer, will work the remaining territories.

"30 Days of Night" was published as a three-issue mini-series by

IDW Publishing last June and became an instant hit. Niles is on board the

project as screenwriter. "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi and partner

Rob Tapert are producing under their Ghost House Pictures shingle.

A sequel to "30 Days of Night" called "Dark Days" arrives in stores this June.

MUTANT X

Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Entertainment's long-running lawsuit over the "Mutant X" TV series has been settled.

Fox originally brought suit against Marvel in April of 2001, charging that the show violated the comic house's contractually agreement not to develop any live-action "X-Men" spin-offs without the studio's involvement. However, Marvel's contention was that "Mutant X," while it may look a lot like "X-Men," was not an actual spin-off.

A joint statement issued by Marvel and Fox announces that they two entities have "amicably resolved their differences." The terms of the settlement are confidential, but they are designed to put the lawsuit behind and expand the relationship between Fox and Marvel.

That relationship includes perpetuating the hit movie franchises

"Daredevil" and "X-Men" as well as launching new ones like

"The Fantastic Four."

 
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