Comics2Film Wrap for April 2nd, 2003

Wed, April 2nd, 2003 at 12:00am PST

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


In a posting on the Babylon 5 Newsgroup (,

TV and comic creator J. Michael Straczynski updated fans on his current

workload, including and interesting development for his recently completed

"Midnight Nation" comic.


director of 'Daredevil' has said he wants to make 'Midnight Nation' his next

film," Straczynski told his fans, "so we're taking meetings over the

next few weeks to see if we can make that happen."

The director of "Daredevil" is, of course, Mark Steven Johnson who

likely has plenty of clout after that movie's box office performance. The

"Midnight Nation" news may be a disappointment to "DD" fans

that hoped he would get to work straightaway on the sequel or the

"Elektra" spin-off.

Top Cow/Image published "Midnight Nation" last year as a

twelve-issue mini-series. It told the story of a detective who finds himself

trapped in a shadow world inhabited by the cast-offs of the real world:

abandoned objects and buildings, forgotten people and other lost souls. The

detective embarks on a trek from L.A. to New York in hopes of finding his way

back to the real world.

Straczynski also told fans that season two of the hit series

"Jeremiah" has wrapped production. The show should start running on

ShowTime some time in early or mid August. Straczynski is the show runner on

that series, based on Hermann Huppen's comic of the same name.

Finally, Straczynski reveals, "I have a new television series currently

in development, we finalized the contract with the company last week, and we'll

see where it goes."


"X-Men 2" director Bryan Singer recently chatted it up with SCI

FI Wire about the difficulty in juggling the large cast of characters he has

in the new mutant movie. Singer said he was able to draw on his experiences from

the first film, as well as his work on the ensemble piece "The Usual

Suspect," to make "X2" work.

He said "X2," like the original, will focus on the arcs of specific

characters. "It's not really an ensemble," Singer told SCI FI Wire.

"There are key characters that have key relationships that are at the

center of our story."

While the first one focused on Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto, the sequel

will shift the emphasis. "It's juggled a little differently. But, again,

there are central characters and central relationships," Singer said.

"It's hard to explain, but there's a certain finesse of accepting the fact

that certain characters will be more prominent than others, but being truthful

to all the characters and their relationships to the X-Men universe. It's become

my obsession, to see how many characters I can actually pay off in a single


"X2" is just a month away from theatrical release now.


A write-up in The

Washington Post regarding "The Bhangra Blowout," a festival

celebrating a new wave of pop-music culture imported from India, yielded a bit

of information about "The Hulk" movie.

According to the article, the British music group the Dhol Foundation just

completed a recording session on the "Hulk" soundtrack. The drum-heavy

group can also be heard on the "Gangs of New York" soundtrack. Of

course, the Dhol Foundation rocked the house at the Blowout on Saturday.

Thanks to the spiffy new Movie City

Geek for the lead.


The mysterious court filings between Marvel and Sony vis--vis

"Spider-Man" get more and more intriguing. This week Variety

got into the act, requesting that the veil of secrecy over the recent filings be


Back in February, Marvel filed a complaint against the movie studio in

California court. The complaint was filed under seal, preventing the public from

having any idea what the issue at hand is.

Last Friday, Sony filed a response, with a motion to seal all records and

proceedings in the case. That motion itself was filed under seal.

Will the public ever find out what's going on? Perhaps. Variety and the Daily

Journal have now filed their own motion. This one is to unseal the Sony's motion

and Marvel's complaint and expose the issue to public scrutiny.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alexander H. Williams said Tuesday that he

would render a decision on Monday as to whether the media could get a copy of

the motion. According to Variety's write-up, unsealing the motion appeared to be

likely, with the judge citing First Amendment issues.


According to The

Hollywood Reporter, the WB Network has ordered up six episodes of Stan Lee's

and reality-show maven Bruce Nash's new superhero contest "Who Wants To Be

A Superhero?"

The show, would run in the vein of "American Idol," but instead

offer contestants a chance to create a superhero persona.

"The tone of the show is going to be fun," Nash, creator of

"Meet My Parents," told The Reporter. "It's wish-fulfillment, a

blend of fantasy and reality. ... It's not going to be about sexual tension or

winning a million dollars."

The winner could see his character further developed by Lee and company as a

comic book or other media production.

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