'Mask 2' Casting, 'X2' and 'X3' Talk, 'The Tick' strikes back, more: Comics2Film wrap for May 8th, 2003

Thu, May 8th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


Fresh from his blue-faced turn in "X2", Alan Cumming is poised to

bamf into another comic-based effort according to The

Hollywood Reporter. The actor is said to be in early negotiations to play

the heavy in New Line's "Son of the Mask" sequel.

Cumming will play the villainous Loki, creator of the mask that endows the

wearer with all the abilities of a Tex Avery cartoon character. Jamie Kennedy is

on board to star in the film. He'll play a struggling cartoonist coping with

fatherhood who finds himself raising a baby who wields Loki's powers.

This will be Cumming's third outing in a comic-based movie. In addition to

"X2," the actor played a villain in 2001's "Josie and the


Cameras are set to roll on "Son of the Mask" this summer.


Statistics published by Box

Office Mojo indicate that "X2: X-Men United" probably passed the

$100 million mark on Wednesday, its seventh day of release.

The Internet box office tracking site reported that the Tuesday take for the

movie came in at over $6 million, bringing the overall domestic tally up to $98

million. With those legs it's a sure bet that it got the receipts to push it

over the top on Wednesday.


Sun Times columnist Cindy Pearlman talked to Hugh Jackman recently about the

movie. The Wolverine actor revealed that there might be some fun stuff for fans

on the upcoming "X2" DVD.

"Bryan wanted to do a

goof reel, so I came up, grabbed him and kissed him on the lips. You've never

seen anyone run that fast," Jackman said, laughing.

Pearlman asked the director if the bit would make the disc. "That depends if my producer cons me into letting

him have that little piece of priceless film because it's horrible. I'm wearing

the same outfit that [Famke Janssen's Jean Grey] is wearing," Singer


The X-Men may be all about tolerance and understanding, but try telling that

to Muslim civil rights group, Project Islamic H.O.P.E. The group claims the

movie contains anti-Islamic propaganda and it wants an apology from Bryan

Singer, according to a write-up on EURWEB.

The infotainment website reports that Project Islamic H.O.P.E's Najee Ali

made this statement on behalf of the group:

"Within the first 5 minutes of 'X2: X-Men United,' an evil villain,

'Col. William Stryker,' is shown signing a document in the White House. He is

shown wearing a ring featuring the Arabic symbol for 'Allah.' Colonel Stryker

was never depicted as a Muslim in the comic book series. We feel this is a

subtle but obvious attack on Islam."

So subtle was the reference that nobody really noticed it until the group

started complaining about it.


"X2" production designer Guy Dyas recently gave an in depth

interview with Counting

Down about his designs for the movie. In it he reveals some interesting

tidbits about what fans may be able to expect in the next installment.

Dyas hinted at which new mutants may turn up in the sequel. "Beast was

so close to making it into 'X2' that I'm almost certain that he'll appear in the

next film," Dyas said. Later he added "I'm sure that we'll see a lot

more of Colossus and this effect in future X-Men films."

The Danger Room was also supposed to show up in this segment, but was cut.

Dyas also believes that they'll find room for it in "X3." He has also

worked on designs for Sentinels, which he hopes see light in a sequel.

There's lots of great information about "X2" in the interview so

click over to Counting

Down for the complete story.


Fans who haven't gotten over the demise of the short-lived, live-action

"Tick" TV show (me being one of them) now have a chance to bring back

the big blue arachnid.

Sony Pictures and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment are conducting a consumer

poll to decide which TV shows to release on DVD. "The Tick" is a

contender (along with 31 other hopefuls) for a full-season DVD release.

C2F urges all Tick fans to yell "Spooon" and then click

over to the poll and stuff the ballot box with righteousness. (Yelling

"Spoon" is optional).


There's been a lot of talk about "Fantastic Four" this week. While

C2F/CBR News reported

Tuesday that Marvel had announced a 2004 release date for the movie, Cinescape

followed up by listening in on Marvel's conference call, expanding on the


In that call, Marvel chief Avi Arad said the movie is actually targeted for a

November 4, 2004 release. That's a pretty ambitious schedule for the movie, but

"X-Men" was done in less time than that.

Then over at Ain't

It Cool, Harry Knowles says he's chatted about the movie with Arad himself.

Arad told Knowles that he wants George Clooney for the role of Reed Richards.

The site reports that Fox is in "deadly serious talks" with the actor.

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