Comics2Film Wrap for March 5th, 2003

Wed, March 5th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

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Rob Worley, Columnist

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TROUT

"Mage" producers Andrew Cosby and Ross Richie are now developing Troy Nixey's graphic novel "Trout" for the big screen, according to today's Variety.

Cosby, who also created UPN's late, lamented horror show "Haunted" will write the script.

"Trout" was first published by Dark Horse Comics, with a follow up series published by Oni Press. According to the write-up, the story focuses on a young boy whose nightmare escapes from his dream. The kid must join forces with a nightmare hunter to catch the monster before it brings everyone's worst nightmares to life.

Cosby and Richie are co-executive producers on the project. Phoenix Pictures acquired the rights to the concept. Brad Fischer and David Thwaites are overseeing for Phoenix.

SATURN AWARDS

Cinescape and The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced today the nominees for the 2003 Saturn Awards. All of last year's big four comic based films made one list or another.

"Men In Black II" top the list in the "Best Science Fiction Film" category. It's up against "Minority Report," "Signs," "Solaris," "Star Trek: Nemesis" and "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones."

"Spider-Man" got a nod in the "Best Fantasy Film" category. The webslinger will slug it out with "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Reign of Fire," "The Santa Clause 2" and "The Scorpion King."

"Blade 2" also received kudos in "Best Horror Film" category. Wesley Snipes' daywalker will kick ass and take names like "Eight Legged Freaks," "Frailty," "Queen of the Damned," "Resident Evil" and "The Ring."

"Road To Perdition" got a nod in the "Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film" category. Other nominees include "The Bourne Identity," "Die Another Day," "One Hour Photo," "Red Dragon" and "xXx."

Tobey Maguire, who donned the mask of "Spider-Man" is up for Saturn's "Best Actor" honors. He faces down Pierce Brosnan, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Viggo Mortensen and Robin Williams for that honor.

Tobey's love interest Kirsten Dunst was nominated for "Best Actress." She won't have any upside-down kisses for competitors Jodie Foster, Milla Jovovich, Natascha McElhone, Natalie Portman or Naomi Watts.

Tyler Hoechlin, who played Tom Hanks' son and traveling companion in "Road To Perdition" raked in a nominee in the "Best Performance by a Younger Actor" category. He's up against Alexis Bledel, Hayden Christensen, Daniel Radcliffe, Jeremy Sumpter and Elijah Wood.

Sam Raimi gets acknowledged in the "Best Direction" category for his web-spinning filmmaking. He's up against Chris Columbus, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, Bill Paxton and Steven Spielberg.

Danny Elfman's "Spider-Man" score gets a nod in the "Best Music" category.

"Spider-Man" F/X gurus John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara & John Frazier got a nomination for "Best Special Effects".

HELLBOY

We told you about it on Monday, but yesterday Revolution Studios officially announced the start of production on the "Hellboy" movie.

"Hellboy has an amazing following and we are thrilled to be bringing it to the screen for the first time," said Revolution Studios Partner Todd Garner. "[Director Guillermo del Toro] has wanted to make this film for a long time, and we are confident his vision will remain true to the dark and sophisticated tone that fans have come to expect."

The announcement contained little new information about the production.

BULLETPROOF MONK

With a major studio movie on the way, Image Comics has announced that "Bulletproof Monk" will be returning to comic stores later this month. The one-shot special "Bulletproof Monk: Tales of the Bulletproof Monk" will be in stores late March to coincide with the release of MGM's film.

Opening on April 16, "Bulletproof Monk" stars Chow Yun-Fat ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), Seann William Scott ("American Pie") and Jamie King ("Pearl Harbor"). The film adapts the original story by uniting the Bulletproof Monk and Kar in present-day urban America, where the Monk must escape his pursuers while passing on the secrets of the universe to an unknown successor.

GARFIELD

Fox has announced a release date for the big-screen version of Jim Davis' fat feline "Garfield." The movie is due in theaters December 19th. Here's how Fox describes the movie:

"In his film debut, Garfield's owner, Jon (Breckin Meyer, 'Road Trip'), takes in sweet but dimwitted pooch Odie, turning Garfield's perfect world upside down. Now, Garfield wants only one thing: Odie out of his home and life. But when the hapless pup is kidnapped by a nasty dog trainer, Garfield feels responsible. Pulling himself away from his beloved barcolounger, Garfield springs into action."

MIGHTY MOUSE

Screenwriters Maurice Chauvet and Christopher Vail have been hired to pen the big-screen adventures of "Mighty Mouse" according to today's Variety.

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Films are the studios behind the CGI animated feature film. John Woo and Terence Chang are producing the movie along with Nick Film executives Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor.

Barry Jackson, who did design work for "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will provide concept design work for this one.

SPIDER-MAN

We all know "Spider-Man" dominated in the U.S., but the webbed wonder was the number one movie in Spain last year according to today's Variety. The movie took in $24.3 million, making it the country's top film. Trailing behind were the first installment to "Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings" as well as "Star Wars: Episode II" and "The Two Towers."

 
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