'Luther Arkwright' and 'Brotherman' movie deals. 'Lady Death' trailer. 'Iron Fist' director. More: Comics2Film wrap for April 28th, 2003

Mon, April 28th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



Talbot's "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" may be heading to a

theater near you (in this or other parallel realities) soon. KouKou Productions,

an Australian, Melbourne-based film production company, today announced plans to

develop the award-winning British graphic novel as a feature length film.

Melbourne-based comic book writer and artist Bruce Mutard is set to pen the

script for the film. Mutard will see his graphic novel "The Bunker"

published by Image Comics this year.

"'The Adventures of Luther Arkwright' is a stunning, quasi-futuristic

graphic novel that deserves the big-screen treatment," says Sophie Patrick,

Producer, KouKou Productions.

"It's an intricate adventure story that spans multiple universes,


the best elements of science fiction, action movies and historical drama,"

explains Patrick.

Most of the action in "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" takes

place on one of many alternate parallels, where psychically gifted agents Luther

Arkwright and Rose Wylde are sent to investigate a cosmic conspiracy that

threatens to destroy the very fabric of the multiverse.

"Luther and Rose are not your typical action heroes – and 'Luther


isn't going to be your typical 'buddy' action movie," says Patrick.

"They are complex and fascinating characters, with unique abilities, but

who aren't afraid of using deadly force when the fate of the multiverse is at


Talbot's hero was first published as a nine-issue comic. The series won the

prestigious Eagle Awards for "Best New Comic" and "Favorite

Character", before being published in America by Dark Horse comics, where

it became a best seller.

KouKou Productions aims to start cameras rolling on 'Luther Arkwright' next




and Guy Sims and Dawud Anyabwile of Flipbook

Communications have pacted with Distant Horizon to bring their

"Brotherman" comic to the big screen according to The

Hollywood Reporter.

The urban, indie comic features Antonio Valor, a public defender by day and

costumed avenger by night, as he goes up against the dark forces lurking in Big

City, U.S.

Distant Horizon's Anant Singh and Brian Cox will produce the movie. Ben

Silverman of Reveille Entertainment brought the project in. Distant and Reveille

will also work on a television spinoff.


Cyber Fiends

president and co founder Dave Ballance writes in to alert "Lady Death"

fans to the new animated trailer that is now online.

ADV Films has posted a short clip from their in-production animated feature on

their ADVFilms.com website feature.

The sexy "Lady Death" became the flagship character for Brian

Pulido's now-defunct Chaos! Comics. Although that publisher filed Chapter 7

bankruptcy last year, the character lives on. CrossGen Entertainment is now

publishing new comics featuring an all-new take on the character.

The direct-to-DVD feature has long been in development with Carl Macek

("Robotech") directing. Plans are for it to be in video stores this




Soon reports that director Steve Carr ("Next Friday") may direct

Marvel's "Iron Fist" movie. The director, doing press for his new

movie "Daddy Day Care," revealed that he might do the adaptation.

"I finally gave in," Carr told Coming Soon. "Every director

has to do a super hero movie apparently, and I'm gonna do that, I think."



Hollywood Reporter posted a positive review for this week's big release,

"X2: X-Men United."

The trade publication says the movie "explodes with ass-kicking style

and sass," and adds: "Fox has a presummer hit on its hands that should

rack up substantial boxoffice numbers."

"X2" is due in theaters on Friday.


"Bulletproof Monk" saw a significant drop off in audience in it

second week, but still managed to outperform some of the new releases according

to early estimates published by Box

Office Mojo.

The movie slipped to #6, down two notches from it's opening weekend. It took

in $4.7 million, about 46.3% less than its first week. So far the movie's

cumulative total is $19.2 million.

The new thriller "Identity" took top honors for the week, finally

knocking Adam Sandler's "Anger Management" down to the #2 spot. The

family-oriented "Holes" hung in at #3, while Jamie Kennedy's white-splotation

effort "Malibu's Most Wanted" claimed the #4 spot. The critically

praised "Confidence" debuted at #5, barely outperforming

"Monk" with a $4.8 million take.

Other newcomers for the week "It Runs in the Family" and "The

Real Cancun" made dismal showings in the ninth and tenth spots


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