Comics2Film Wrap for March 19th, 2003

Wed, March 19th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



already got a slate of comic-based movies that would make Don Murphy jealous,

including Marvel top-liners like "The Hulk" and "The

Punisher." Now Variety

reports producer Gale Anne Hurd is teaming with Emmett/Furla Films (EFF) to

develop "Micronauts" for feature film and TV.

Abrams/Gentile Entertainment, the property's current owner who has been

working to revive the line for years, is part of the partnership. Also on board

is Character Vision who has handled the "Micronauts" licensing of


Randall Emmett and George Furla's EFF brought the property to Hurd.

"Micronauts" originated as a Mego Toy line and was developed as a

comic book by Marvel.

Most recently "Micronauts" have seen a revival

as a comic line by Josh Blaylock's Devil's

Due studio. The article makes no mention of whether or not the development

of storylines for the movies or TV shows will be consistent with those presented

in the comics.


Steve Rude gave

Comics2Film/CBR News an update on the planned "Nexus" animated pilot.

Rude tells us that the promo film will be ready for a screening at this year's

Comic-Con International in San Diego.

"It will feature approximately 2 minutes of all the 'Nexus' characters in

various situations, guaranteed to leave a lasting impression," Rude said.

He and his crew are hard at work finishing up the initial



In his "Bad Signal" e-mail newsletter, Warren Ellis informs readers

that he's just inked a deal to develop a TV movie for SCI-FI Channel called


The cable outlet approached Ellis about creating a comic book like show.

"What I gave them back was something action-based but more grounded and

science-fictional; more

in common with Sturgeon, Pohl, Zelazny and Silverberg than 'Spider-Man,'"

Ellis said, ''And they bought it anyway, bless them.

"It's about the confluence of physical change and transhuman

technological approach bringing on superhumanity."

Ellis stated he will be "originator and a producer" on the show,

but also cautions fans that there's no telling how far things will go at this


Ellis says the deal was brokered by manager Aaron Michiel and agent Angela

Cheng Caplan with Carel Cutler at Writers And Artists.

Here's a shout out to Brian from the Comic Cubicle in Williamsburg, VA for

sending in the tip.


It's been pretty quiet on the "Barbarella" movie front lately.

About two and a half years ago it was announced that Drew Barrymore was

developing a new movie version of Jean-Claude Forest's classic adult comic. John

August ("Charlie's Angels") wrote the script and we haven't heard much


Today's Variety

provides a small blip for fans who still have "Barbarella" on their

radar. An article in the trade details a two-year extension to the deal between

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Flower Films, the production shingle headed up

by Barrymore and partner Nancy Juvonen.

"Barbarella" is named as one of the films on Flower's development

slate. Other films on deck are "Fifty First Kisses,"

"Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," "Duplex" and "A Confederacy of Dunces."



been a legend in the Mexican luche libra circuit for decades. A professional

wrestler turned comic-book hero and movie and TV star. He's El Santo and he's

one of the biggest superstars of Mexican pop culture.

Soon fans in the U.S. will get a look at the character's latest cinematic

extravaganza, "Santo: Infraterrestre."

Rise Above Entertainment announced this week the U.S. distribution of

the film on DVD, slated for a Cinco De Mayo release (well, the actual date will

be May 6th).

The new movie, produced in 2000 by Molinar Films, features Jorge Guzman, the

son of the Rodolfo Guzman Huerta, the original El Santo. Here's how Rise Above

Entertainment describes the movie.

"'Santo: Infraterrestre' pits the legend in the silver mask against a

nefarious group of kidnappers, who either hail from a criminal organization...or

outer space! Are they extraterrestrials bent on world domination or a group of

thugs looking to terrorize the city for material gain? Diego, a young boy knows

the truth, and only El Santo, the number one agent for the Agency of National

Security and his friends can save him…and the world!"

The movie is due out on May 6th in both a feature-packed DVD as well as in

the VHS format.

Additionally, Rise Above Entertainment will release the classic films of El

Santo starting with "Santo in The Treasure of Dracula" and "Santo

and Blue Demon vs. Dr. Frankenstein," both also due out on the 6th. Two

classic Santo titles will be released each month after that.

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