Comics2Film Wrap for April 3rd, 2003

Thu, April 3rd, 2003 at 12:00am PST

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Rob Worley, Columnist



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

absolutely fantastic.

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