Comics2Film Wrap for March 20th, 2003

Thu, March 20th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



Ratner has departed the "Superman" movie and moved on to do another

"Rush Hour 3" sequel according to today's Variety.

After six months of development on the high-profile comic book movie, the

director has bailed due to frustrations over a casting process that seemed to be

dragging on interminably. The trade reports that Ratner may have been further

aggravated by the fact that he wanted to sign newcomer Matthew Bomer for the

part, but Warner Bros. nixed that plan.

Although Ratner's contract for the project expired on Saturday, the director

insisted he was still on board, right up until late Wednesday afternoon. At that

time he issued the following statement.

"I have chosen to withdraw as director of 'Superman.' The difficulty of

casting the role of Superman has contributed to my decision. I appreciate the

efforts of Warner Bros. and the entire production team during this


Warners production president Jeff Robinov also issued a statement in response

saying, "We have tremendous regard for Brett's creativity and passion for

this project and we understand that this was a very tough choice for him. We are

disappointed but wish him the best in his future pursuits."

Ratner will instead transition over to doing another "Rush Hour"

sequel for New Line. Warner Bros., in the mean time, has no director or leading

man on a project that was slated to start production in August. Although rumors

have swirled for months that director Michael Bay was being courted to replace

Ratner, both Bay and Ratner hotly denied such talk back in January.


Josh Olson will pen the script for New Line Cinema's big screen version of

the DC/Paradox Press graphic novel "A History of Violence,"

according to The

Hollywood Reporter.

The graphic novel was written by John Wagner with art by Vince Locke.

According to the write-up, the story follows "an ordinary family's life

after the father receives unwanted national attention for a seemingly vigilante

self-defense killing at his diner."

Olson most recently wrote and directed the creature feature


New Line announced the project last September with Benderspink principals JC

Spink and Chris Bender producing.


There's no denying it. The Sony publicity machine went all out to make

"Spider-Man" the most successful comic book movie of all time. Now Variety

reports that the campaign for that movie is the winner of Maxwell Weinberg

showmanship award, bestowed on Hollywood publicists.

The Spidey spin-doctors beat out campaigns for "Die Another Day,"

"8 Mile," "Ice Age" and "Signs."


Fans of comic book TV shows may enjoy an upcoming segment of VH1's

"Where Are They Now" series.

The episode, "Where Are They Now?: TV Heroes & Villains" will

trace the paths of actors who have played small screen heroes. Fans will hear

from the following guests:

  • Lou Ferrigno ("The Incredible Hulk")
  • Burt Ward (Robin from the "Batman" TV show)
  • Nicholas Hammond (TV's live-action "Spider-Man")
  • Eartha Kitt (Catwoman from "Batman")
  • Frank Gorshin (The Riddler from "Batman")
  • Lee Meriwether (Catwoman from "Batman")
  • Judy Strangis (Dyna Girl from "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl")
  • Joanna Cameron (TV's "Isis")
  • Michael Gray (Billy Batson from TV's "Shazam")
  • Jackson Bostwick (Captain Marvel from TV's "Shazam")
  • Dick Durock ("The Swamp Thing").


Are They Now?: TV Heroes & Villains" premieres on Monday, March 24

at 10 p.m.

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