'Bastard Samurai' to big screen, 'X2' box office, 'Hulk' DVD: Comics2Film wrap for May 5th, 2003

Mon, May 5th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


Just a few weeks ago it was

announced that Michael Avon Oeming's "Hammer of the Gods" has been

set up as a feature film at Regency Enterprises, the mini-major who also brought

"Daredevil" to the big screen. Now Circle or Confusion producer David

Engel tells Comics2Film/CBR News that the next priority is getting Oeming's

"Bastard Samurai" set up.

Tony Jaswinski

has been hired to draft the script based on the comic.

"We're as excited about 'Bastard Samurai' as we are about 'Hammer of the

Gods.'" Engel told C2F. "Tony Jaswinski is a very talented


The comic tells the story of Jiro, a student at KoZu Sword School in

modern-day New York. The Yakuza-run school takes in orphans and twists and

transforms them into Bushido warriors. These warriors are then forced to engage

in rooftop death matches as gambling entertainment for Japanese businessmen.

"It'll be a very unique project. A really cool hybrid between present day

'Fast and the Furious' sensibilities and samurai," Engel said. "As a

fan of martial arts, Mike is very concerned that in the movie we keep all the kung fu and martial

arts very cutting edge and fun. With Mike watching my back we'll keep them cool."

Jaswinski won critical praise at the 2002 Sundance film festival when his

movie "Killing Time," which he wrote and directed, was nominated for

the Grand Jury prize. The scribe has also written a script for

"Westward" which is in development at New Line.

"Bastard Samurai" was published last year by Image Comics. Oeming

co-wrote the book with Miles Gunter. Kelsey Shannon provided the artwork.


Once again Marvel has flexed its muscle at the box office.

With a loyal fan base, years of anticipation and a flood of positive reviews

behind it, "X2: X-Men United" kicked off the summer movie season with

a bang.

According to early weekend estimates provided by Box

Office Mojo the mutant sequel from Marvel and Fox took in $85.9 million

domestically in its opening weekend. Add to that the fact that Fox is opening the

movie on a record number of screens worldwide, and "X2" is an unqualified


The "summer" movie season actually begins in spring these days,

with movies like "The Mummy Returns" and "Spider-Man"

proving that the first weekend of May is a viable kick-off event. "X2"

becomes the second best opener for this weekend landing behind the web-slinger

but ahead of the Brendon Fraser actioner. Overall, "X2" takes the

prize for the fourth biggest weekend opening of all time, behind

"Spider-Man" and the two "Harry Potter" movies.

According to Box Office Mojo, "X2's" Friday opener, took in an

estimated $31.2 million making it the third biggest opening day of all time,

again following Marvel's web-spinner and the first "Harry


Fans are reminded that "X2" isn't the only comic-based fare in

theaters right now. "Bulletproof Monk," based on the indie comic

published by Flypaper Press, is still a top 10 movie in its third weekend. That

one's performance isn't quite as spectacular though. The movie landed at #10

this week, losing another %67 of its audience. The film's total domestic gross

now stands at $21.6 million.


adds that the worldwide take on "X2" rings up at $155.2 million.


The first of the new wave of Hulk DVDs hits the shelf this week. Anchor Bay's

"The Incredible Hulk Collection" is a two disc set showcasing two of

the TV movies based on the "Incredible Hulk" TV show. "The Return

of the Incredible Hulk" guest stars the mighty Thor while "The Trial

of the Incredible Hulk" features Daredevil and the Kingpin.

The collection also has the requisite extras, including video interviews with

Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno. The set also contains Ferrigno's inspiring

documentary "Stand Tall."

If you're in New York City on Tuesday you can stop by and meet Ferrigno,

who'll be promoting the release at the Best Buy store in Chelsea. The body

builder-turned-actor will be on hand for the DVD launch at 7:00pm. The store is

located at 60 W. 23rd Street.

Ferrigno played the green goliath in "The Incredible Hulk" TV

series and three follow-up TV movies. He later returned to the role, voicing the

character on the animated TV series, which ran in the early-mid 1990s. He'll next

be seen in a cameo appearance in Universal's big-budget "Hulk" movie,

hitting screens next month.

Universal is releasing the series premiere movie of "The Incredible

Hulk" TV show on DVD next month. Fox Home Video is also getting in on the

act, pushing out "The Death of the Incredible Hulk" movie, which ended

the TV run on DVD. Also in June, animation fans can look for "The

Incredible Hulk" cartoon, with selected episodes collected on DVD and VHS.

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