Comics2Film Wrap for April 15th, 2003

Tue, April 15th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

PUNISHER, IRON FIST

There's been plenty of talk about Marvel and Artisan's "Punisher"

movie lately, but the other Artisan project that keeps blipping on the radar is

"Iron Fist." Today's Variety

provides another such blip in its rundown of Artisan's international

distribution agreement with Summit Entertainment.

According to the write-up, Artisan and Summit have renewed their current

agreement, allowing Summit to exclusively distribute Artisan fare in all

territories outside North America through 2005.

Two

of the movies specifically mentioned are "The Punisher" and "Iron

Fist."

"Iron Fist" has long been in development with Ray Park attached to

star as the K'un L'un kid. The movie was off to a promising start with a script

by John Turman, which attracted a director in Kirk Wong ("The Big

Hit"). Wong began work with his own writers on the movie, but then fell out

of the project last year. There's been little solid news about it since, other

then the fact that it keeps getting mentioned in various places as if it's an

active project.

The Variety article states that "Iron Fist" will go into production

this fall.

Of course, fans know well that Thomas Jane recently signed on to the lead

role in "The Punisher." That movie has been officially announced as

having a July production start date with the aim of having it in theaters in

summer of next year.

SPIDER-MAN

Want to see some more pictures from the filming of the "Spider-Man"

sequel? Here's three links for you: London

Features International Ltd, FilmMagic.com

and WireImage.

The images aren't terribly exciting. There're no costumes, props or

explosions. It's mainly a lot of pictures of Tobey Maguire standing around

looking like Peter Parker and talking to Sam Raimi. There are a few images in

there of Alfred Molina (who pays Doc Ock) and Donna Murphy (who plays Ock wife

Rosalie).

Thanks IGN

FilmForce for the lead.

X2: ENTER SUBTITLE HERE

Fox says that their new mutant movie has a cheesy subtitle and is now known

as "X2: X-Men United." Director Bryan Singer begs to differ.

Singer told SCI FI

Wire that the the movie is simply called "X2." No subtitle.

This hasn't stopped fox from plastering the "X-Men United" tag on

TV spots and Internet mailings.

Regardless, fans will be flocking to theaters on May 2nd to see the movie,

which is already garnering strong buzz from early screenings.

If you want to get connected with the mutant crew, don't forget about today's

online live global chat. The chat features the cast and crew of the movie

including Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos,

Alan Cumming, Anna Paquin, Kelly Hu, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Bryan Singer

and Lauren Shuler Donner.

It begins at 12 pm PST/3pm ET. You'll need to pre-register and have RealOne

Player installed in order to participate.

Check out X2-Movie.com for complete

details.

JADE

"X2" star Kelly Hu talked to SCI

FI Wire about her other comic movie, a star turn in "Jade" based

on the title by the now-defunct Chaos! Comics. That one is in development with

Gale Anne Hurd ("The Hulk," "The Punisher").

Although the actress cautions that the project is still in the preliminary

stages, she did offer these insights: "The comic is actually about a

[4,000-year-old] vampire who lives in China, and she has incredible martial-arts

skills," Hu told SCI FI. "She has a really interesting sidekick, a

woman named Silence, who doesn't speak. And, like, a little goblin who follows

her around as well."

MTV Awards

"Spider-Man" didn't do so great with the Oscars, but he's topping

the list of nominations for MTV's 2003 Movie Awards. The wall-crawler wasn't the

only super-hero getting noticed. "Daredevil" also picked up three

nominations.

The web-slinger is up for "Best Movie" facing off against "8 Mile,"

"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Barbershop" and

"The Ring."

Tobey Maguire webbed up a "Best Male Performance" nomination. He'll

duke it out with Eminem for "8 Mile," Vin Diesel for "XXX,"

Leonardo DiCaprio for "Catch Me If You Can" and

Viggo Mortensen for "The Two Towers."

Kirsten Dunst also got a nod for "Best Female Performance." She

squares off with

Reese Witherspoon for "Sweet Home Alabama," Halle Berry for "Die Another Day,"

Kate Hudson for "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" and Queen Latifah for

"Chicago."

Bad guy Willem Dafoe picked up a nod in the "Best Villain"

category. He's up against another comic book villain in Colin Farrell's Bullseye

from "Daredevil." They face off with Mike Myers as Goldmember in

"Austin Powers in Goldmember," Daveigh Chase as Samara Morgan in

"The Ring" and

Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York."

Jennifer Garner's turn as Elektra in "Daredevil" earned her a

nimination in the "Breakthrough Female" category. She's up against

Nia Vardalos for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding,"

Beyonce Knowles for "Goldmember,"

Eve for "Barbershop,"

Kate Bosworth for "Blue Crush" and Maggie Gyllenhaal for "Secretary."

It won't surprise anyone that

Tobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst lined up an nomination in the "Best Kiss."

Although the pair would seem to be an upside-down lock for their now-classic

big-screen moment,

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner are giving them a run for their money for

their smooching in "Daredevil." Also-rans in this category are

Nick Cannon & Zo Saldana for "Drumline,"

Leonardo DiCaprio & Cameron Diaz for "Gangs of New York" and

Adam Sandler & Emily Watson for "Punch-Drunk Love."

Strangely, neither "Spider-Man" nor "Daredevil" picked up

a nod in the "Best Fight" category, so Comics2Film is throw its

support behind

Yoda vs. Christopher Lee in "Attack of the Clones."

Remember, the fans choose the winners at the MTV awards, so stop by MTV.com

and vote for Spidey and DD!

 
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