Comics2Film Wrap for April 1st, 2003

Tue, April 1st, 2003 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

PAINKILLER JANE, SPAWN SPIN-OFF

SCI FI Channel announced it's slate of mini-series for the coming year

yesterday. On the docket for genre fans are eight new titles, two of them comic

based.

After a long absence from comics, Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti's

"Painkiller Jane" is now in development as a two-hour backdoor pilot

for the cable net. Altering the premise from the comic, SCI FI provides this

description for the show:

"This action-hero series [features] a young marine officer, Jane

Browning, who is exposed to a biochemical weapon that changes her genetically,

endowing her with incredible self-healing powers. She becomes an ultra-covert

agent fighting crime while struggling to remain free from those who would now

use her gifts for sinister purposes."

John Harrison (writer and director of "Frank Herbert's Dune") will

write, direct and serve as executive producer on the show. Don Opper is also

writing and serving as executive producer. Greg Gold is executive producing as

well.

Spinning out of the pages of Todd McFarlane's "Spawn" comics comes

"Suture Girl."

After being violently murdered by a serial killer, a beautiful former

advertising executive is literally stitched back to life and imbued with special

powers by a mysterious gypsy woman. Now, living amongst her new family in the

gypsy community, Suture -- still curiously beautiful -- is a voice for the

oppressed and a court of last resort, as she fearlessly fights evil with the

help of a handsome crusading lawyer.

Alan McElroy created the character in the pages of "Curse of the

Spawn." McElroy has been very involved with McFarlane's flagship franchise,

writing scripts for the "Spawn" feature film, the "Spawn"

animated series and many of the comics. He'll be writing the script for this TV

pilot too.

Fireworks Entertainment and Edmonds Entertainment's CEO/President Tracey E.

Edmonda, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, and Edmonds Entertainment's head of

television Sheila Ducksworth are all executive producers. McFarlane will also

serve as a producer.

The two new comic-based shows join the previously announced Marvel shows

"Brother Voodoo" and "1000 Days" (based on "Strikeforce

Morituri") on the SCI FI Channel development slate.

Other newly announced titles include "Dead Lawyers," "The

Divide," "Legion," "Stargate: Atlantis," "Clive

Barker's The Evil One" and "Total Eclipse."

BATTLE CHASERS

Variety

reports that Twentieth Century Fox has picked up the feature film option on Joe

Madureira's "Battle Chasers."

Stuart Hazeldine, who wrote the SCI FI series "Riverworld," is in

negotiations to write the script for the movie. Alex Young, Ken Levin and Jason

Netter are executive producers.

THE CROW 4

Edward Furlong talked to MTV.com

about his upcoming gig as James O'Barr's tormented avenger The Crow. In the

fourth big-screen installment, dubbed "The Crow: Wicked Prayer"

features Furlong coming back from the dead after getting stomped by a gang of

bikers.

"The story is, like, people taking peyote," Furlong promised.

"It's crazy."

The actor, speaking at last week's "Spun" premiere, wore a cast on

his arm after a household mishap. Never the less, he said he's getting into

fighting trim for the new role.

The movie is due to start filming in a couple of months. Lance Mungia

("Six String Samurai") is directing.

"I think it's going to be the best one," Furlong said. "I come

in. I kill the bad guys. I'm the Crow. ... It's going to be dope!"

X-MEN 2

"X-Men 2" director Bryan Singer told World

Entertainment News Network that he doesn't sweat that other superhero movie

"The Matrix: Reloaded."

"I think we're in a different world than 'The Matrix,' and we're

exciting in a different way, and we have different characters and a different

tone," Singer said. "We operate in our own universe. We don't worry

about 'Superman' and 'Spider-Man' and 'The Matrix' and 'The Hulk.'"

The much-anticipated cyber-actioner bows just two weeks after Marvel's

Mutants hit the big-screen. "X-Men 2" is due in theaters May 2.

 
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