Comics2Film Wrap for March 11th, 2003

Tue, March 11th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN (AND LXG 2?)

Many fans of Alan Moore's comics have complained about the story changes made to "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" on its way to the big screen. One such change is the inclusion of American literary character Tom Sawyer, who doesn't appear in the comics.

Fans who hate that idea won't like what actor Shane West recently told Entertainment Weekly. West, who plays Sawyer in the movie, claims that a sequel to the movie will focus on his character.

"Tom's a young kid compared to the rest of the crew," West told EW, "but I end up king of being the leader."

"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" hits movie theaters this July.

SUPERMAN

"Superman" casting rumors are flying like speeding bullets now. A few weeks back a relatively unknown actor named Matthew Bomer was mentioned as being in the hunt for the red cape.

Who the heck is Matthew Bomer, you ask? The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly delves into the mystery.

According to a blurb in the magazine, Bomer has appeared on CBS' soap "Guiding Light" and the 23-year-old actor recently met with director Brett Ratner about the movie.

"Ratner liked him, plain and simple," Bomber's manager, Bill Treush told EW. "He thought he was a terrific actor and told him if Warner started testing unknowns, he'd be considered."

Apparently such testing is underway.

STARMAN

KnightsPast.com, the Web site dedicated to the new Tollin/Robbins "Starman" TV show ran a report from Tony Harris about the pilot script for the film.

Harris, who fans know well as the artist and co-creator of the "Starman" comics told KnightsPast, "I felt like they really nailed the Knight family dynamic, which is absolutely key to this show working. I feel like the writer really got it right."

Characters who appear in the pilot script are Jack Knight, Ted Knight, David Knight, Hope O'Dare and The Mist and family. The script is still in development and it's possible there may still be changes to the story and lineup before it actually gets to pilot.

BULLETPROOF MONK

Although it won't be timed for release with the movie, Empire Interactive announced yesterday that it had signed the interactive videogame rights to the upcoming comic-based movie, "Bulletproof Monk."

The game, which is being developed by UK-based Mucky Foot Productions and will be published by Empire, is slated to roll out this holiday season nationwide on all leading console and PC platforms.

"Bulletproof Monk" is due in theaters in April. It's based on the Flypaper Press comic written by Gotham Chopra and Brett Lewis with art by Michael Avon Oeming and Jason Baumgartner.

Chow Yun Fat, Seann William Scott and Jamie King star in the feature.

THE ARCHIES

Archie Comics Entertainment has set April 2003 for the launch of a North American talent search looking for actors, musicians and singers to portray their flagship characters Betty and Veronica, and their friends Archie, Jughead and Reggie, in the 2003 version of the The Archies musical group.

The talent search will even seek performers to fill the parts of Mr. Weatherbee and Miss Grundy, and musical groups to portray the "Riverdale Rivals" and the "Rockers."

The search begins online today, with interested parties invited to visit the Archie Comics web site, where a complete description of the talent search process, official application, consent forms and submission guidelines for each category are posted. Applications will also be published this spring in Archie Comics, reaching over 4,000,000 readers each month.

All winners will have a chance to be "Riverdale Residents" in a wide range of upcoming television and entertainment projects.

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