Exclusive 'Spider-Man' video, 'Punisher' casting, 'Dredd' progress: Comics2Film wrap for May 14th, 2003

Wed, May 14th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Filming on "The Amazing Spider-Man" continues in downtown New York

City.

A few weeks back Comics2Film/CBR News readers got a nice look at some exclusive

pictures from the set of the shoot, including an exterior shot of Otto

Octavius' offices.

Now, Pete B. of Short-Bus

Comics sends in another round of images and also an exclusive video of

Spidey in action. These images were taken by Angela Samson during this week's

filming. Click the thumbnails for a full-size look:

If those photos weren't cool enough, Angela also managed to capture a quick

video clip of Spidey swinging through the trees like Tarzan. Tip your monitor on

its side and then click

here to watch the 560kb MPEG video (Windows or Real Media players

required).

THE PUNISHER

Thomas Jane's "Punisher" now has his nemesis according to today's Variety.

John Travolta has been cast to play the villain in the upcoming Artisan feature

based on Marvel's tormented hero.

Travolta plays a character, created just for the movie, named Howard Saint.

Saint is described as "a former underworld figure who goes straight but returns to

old habits after his son is slain," a character not unlike the Punisher

himself. Naturally the two men are drawn into conflict with one another.

Travolta mounted his big-screen comeback playing a criminal in "Pulp

Fiction," years ago. Since then his most memorable parts have been playing

heavies in movies like "Broken Arrow," "Face/Off" and

"Swordfish."

Filming on "The Punisher" is set to begin in July with an eye

toward a summer 2004 release.

In other "Punisher" news, Superhero

Hype has posted an image of the teaser poster for the movie. The poster

utilizes the skull that was seen in the recently

released publicity photo.

JUDGE DREDD

Shoreline Entertainment recently announced

the formation of Riptide Entertainment, a genre movie division that would

spearhead the development of two "Judge Dredd" movies.

Comics2Film/CBR News checked in with producer Jason Kingsley about progress

being made on the dual productions. Kingsley tells us that a late-summer filming

start is "looking very good" on the back-to-back movies.

"The budgets look like they're going up as well, given the massive

positive feedback and excitement we've been receiving from distributors and fans

alike," Kingsley said.

The producer reports that they are in negotiations with a director as we

speak and hope to move on casting as soon as the director is locked.

For insights into the movie's plotlines, Dredd fans are directed to synopses

for Judge

Dredd: Dredd Reckoning and Judge

Dredd: Possession which were recently posted on the Shoreline Entertainment

website.

Kingsley tells us that these synopses do reflect the current scripts, but

cautions that things could change when the director is finalized.

Thanks to Dredd head Scojo for the lead!

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