It Cool News has confirmed that Thomas Jane has
been cast in the role of "The Punisher."
The gossip site got the
word directly from Marvel Entertainment's Avi Arad and Kevin Feige who had
reportedly just "closed the deal" when they spoke to AICN's
Jane can be currently seen in theaters in "Dreamcatcher."
Fans will also remember him as Cameron Diaz's love interest in last year's
"The Sweetest Thing" and as the shark-wrangling hero of "Deep
Blue Sea." "The Punisher" would mark Jane's second outing in a comic-based movie, having previously
appeared in "The Crow: City of Angels."
Jane's involvement has been rumored since January, but
this is the first official word that he's actually been signed for the role.
Filmmaker David Goyer told Comics2Film/CBR News that comic
scribe Ed Brubaker ("Catwoman", "Sleeper")
has turned in a rewrite of the script adapting his indie comic book "The
Goyer and his producing partner Pascale Faubert optioned the "The
Fall" for their Phantom Four production company last year. Goyer describes
the comic as having a "modern-day noir setting, kind of that slacker scene
in Seattle. More in the 'Stray Bullets' vein, if you know that."
Now that the draft is in Phantom Four is currently assessing the next step in
the development effort.
Composer to the superheroes Danny Elfman will pick up the conductor's
baton for "The Hulk" according to a report from Music
from the Movies. The site simply reports that the previous composer, Mychael
Danna, "has been dropped," offering no additional details.
Thanks to Movie City
Geek for the lead.
Members of the cast and crew of "X-Men 2" made an appearance on FX
Tuesday night, hosting an airing of "X-Men." Comics
Continuum set their VCR and recorded some of the mutant moviemakers'
musings about the sequel.
Director Bryan Singer said he's got a few things in store that'll blow even
the hard-core fans away. "Even with all the Internet talk and all of
the things that people know or think they know, there will still be some
surprises," Singer said. "I guarantee it."
Hugh Jackman talked about duking it out will Kelly Hu, who play's Lady
Deathstrike in the movie.
"When Wolverine encounters Deathstrike, he's pitched in a ferocious,
fierce, ugly, flesh-tearing battle," Jackman said.
Hu was also on hand and promised that the wire work in the new move looks