'Spider-Man' set pics. 'Crow,' 'Astro Boy,' 'Constantine' and more: Comics2Film Wrap for April 30th, 2003

Wed, April 30th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

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Rob Worley, Columnist


Photographer Steve Ingkavet woke up this week and discovered some unsavory

elements had moved into the neighborhood. That would be "Otto Octavius

Incorporated," who opened up offices in New York City as part of the

filming of "The Amazing Spider-Man."

Here are two of the photos Steve snapped yesterday of the Octavius offices and a nearby

Daily Bugle van:

Thanks to Peter B., artist and writer of Short Bus Comics for sending these in.


Four actors have signed on for the fourth installment of "The Crow"

according to today's Hollywood

Reporter. Fans already knew about Edward Furlong ("Terminator 2"),

who has been chatting up his casting as the latest of James O'Barr's undead

avatars of justice and revenge.

The Reporter also reveals that "Angel" star David Boreanaz is on

board to play the heavy in the new movie. Dennis Hopper ("24") and

Tara Reid ("American Pie") have also signed on.

Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Snow Day"), Danny Trejo ("Spy Kids"), Marcus Chong

("The Matrix") and Tito Ortiz ("Cradle 2 The Grave") make up

the rest of the cast.

As has been previously reported, Lance Mungia is on board to direct the

movie. Edward R. Pressman and Jeff Most, both of whom have shepherded "The

Crow" to the movies three times and to TV once, will produce the fourth


The Reporter provides this description for "The Crow: Wicked

Prayer": Set in the Southwest, "Prayer" tells the story of ex-con Jimmy Cuervo

(Furlong) and his girlfriend, Lily (Chriqui), who are murdered by Luc Crash

(Boreanaz) and his satanic gang Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as part of a

ritual for Crash to become an immortal demon.

Cameras are set to roll on the movie in June.

Thanks to Brian

and Dave for the lead.


He's still an infant but "Astro Boy" now has a deal to appear in a

new TV series on American sets later this year. Today's Variety

reports that Sony Pictures Television, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Japan and Tezuka Prods will air their updated animated series on Kids' WB during

the 2003-2004 season.

"Astro Boy" was created in the 1950s by Osamu Tezuka and told a

atomic-age Pinocchio story about a grieving scientist who creates a robot after

losing his own son. In the story, Astro Boy is brought to life on April 6, 2003.

The new show is already airing on Japan's Fuji TV, making its debut in

conjunction with the fictitious birth date.


While making the press rounds for "X2", producer Lauren

Shuler-Donner scooped SCI

FI Wire on the status of her other comic-based feature,

"Constantine" (based on DC/Vertigo's "Hellblazer" comic).

Keanu Reeves is attached to star as DC's chain-smoking occultist. Music video

director Francis Lawrence will helm the picture. Shuler-Donner told SCI FI that

the movie will be PG-13 but have a darker tone than "X-Men."

"It's really focused on

John Constantine, and it's more spiritual. He sends demons back down to

hell," Shuler-Donner said.

The producer also revealed that the movie is now slated to roll cameras in


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