Comics2Film Wrap for March 24th, 2003

Mon, March 24th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


Screenwriter William Goldman will pen the draft for DC Comics'

"Shazam!" movie according to today's Variety.

The movie is set up at New Line Cinema.


is a veteran scribe with Oscars on the mantle for 1969's "Butch Cassidy and

the Sundance Kid" and 1976's "All the President's Men." He's also

written such classis as "The Princess Bride." His latest work is in

theaters now: an adaptation of Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher."

The writer professes to be a big fan of the source material. "I started

collecting comics in 1938," Goldman told Variety. "I was a lunatic

comic book lover, and I had everything. (This project) is a big deal for me. I

hope I don't screw it up."

The movie is due out in Christmas of 2004 or summer of 2005.

Michael Uslan ("Batman" and numerous CrossGen projects) is the exec

producer. New Line senior vice president of production Christopher Godsick and

production vice president Mark Kaufman are executives on "Shazam!"


Animatronics effects guru Steve Johnson ("Blade II") scooped SCI

FI Wire on his work brining Doc Ock to life in the upcoming "Amazing

Spider-Man." Johnson said he's working up full animatronic arms for the

villain, rather than rely on a CG effect.

"Sam's a fan [of animatronics], and he feels like the fans would prefer

to see the real thing," Johnson told SCI FI. "It's a lot harder when

you have a puppet, and you've got 18 performers on the set. It takes a lot

longer to shoot than if you do it digitally."

Johnson also said they had to scrap earlier body molds done of Ock actor

Alfred Molina, due to his recent weight loss. The actor was looking pretty thick

in the critically acclaimed "Frida" and has since trimmed down.


Comic book movies snagged an unprecedented eight nominations for the 75th

Annual Academy awards. But when the envelopes were opened and the golden boys

handed out, only one award went to a comic based movie.

The late Conrad L. Hall was awarded the Oscar for "Cinematography"

for his work on "Road To Perdition."



Zone news unveiled the first image from the upcoming direct-to-video

animated feature film "Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman" on Friday. The

artwork may or may not represent the cover artwork for the DVD, due out fall of

this year.

The design for the new Batwoman looks as if it's inspired equally by the

current comic book Batgirl as well as the futuristic hero seen in "Batman


Toon Zone provides this description for the movie:

"The direct-to-video [movie] has Batman tracking down a mysterious

vigilante who is posing as 'Batwoman.' But when she's captured by Bane, it falls

to the caped crusader to rescue her, defeat Bane, and foil the Penguin's devious

plots himself."


Marvel has granted Twentieth Century Fox an extension on the feature film

plans for 'X-Men,' 'Daredevil,' and 'Fantastic Four' according to The

Hollywood Reporter.

In its annual report filed Friday, Marvel Enterprises, Inc. stated that it

was granting the studio more time to exploit it's rights with regards to these

movies. The move appears to be part of the previously reported settlement

between the two entertainment entities over the "Mutant X" dispute.

Additionally, Marvel will be negotiating up to three more film or TV

properties with the studio over the next two years.


According to the early weekend estimates provided by Box

Office Mojo, "Daredevil" slipped out of the top 10 in its sixth

week on the charts. The man without fear completed the weekend in the 13th spot,

banking a total of about $98.4 million. Presumably it'll hit the magic $100

million mark in its seventh week of release.

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