'Hellboy' progress, 'CBTM' distributor, 'Smallville' and 'Punisher': Comics2Film wrap for May 15, 2003

Thu, May 15th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

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Rob Worley, Columnist


Director Guillermo del Toro tells Comics2Film/CBR News that the filming of

"Hellboy" is exactly half-finished as of this week. So far the

production has gone smoothly.


just love doing this movie," del Toro said. "Long, grueling hours and

no weekends help stretch the budget and the imagination."

The question of who will provide the score for the movie may be circling in

on itself. Marco Beltrami, who worked with del Toro on "Blade II" and

"Mimic" was originally supposed to provide the score, but dropped out

earlier this year. Now it looks like the composer's schedule may work out for

"Hellboy" after all.

"If it can be done, I'd rather work with Marco than anyone else,"

del Toro said. "We'll know soon."

Sony released the first image of star Ron Perlman in "Hellboy"

makeup earlier this week. The director told us that there's more where that came


"Expect photos of Abe in his respirator next," the director said.

Also due on the official

website will be a series of character biographies, based on film. "Yes,

they will differ slightly from the bios in the comics," del Toro told us,

"but they were done as part of the script process and will be a kick for

the readers. Plus, each bio will come with a photo of the character in


Hellboy fans can go to the official site now and start gabbing on the newly

opened message boards.



News has learned that Miramax has come on board as distributor of "Comic

Book the Movie." The soon-to-be-released film is a mockumentary created

by Mark Hamill for Creative

Light Entertainment, covering a subject that's near-and-dear to our hearts:

the journey from comics to film.

Hamill makes his debut as a director and also stars in film as fictitious

fan-turned-documentarian Don Swan. Swan is a fan of the comic book character

Commander Courage who contends with a Hollywood studio who is making a

big-budget feature based on the golden-age comics. As is so often the case, Swan

is distraught over the sweeping changes made in order to make the character

suitable for mainstream audiences.

Much of the mockumentary was filmed at last summer's Comic-Con International

in San Diego and features a slew of comic book greats.

Hamill is best known to fans as Luke Skywalker in the original "Star

Wars" trilogy, as well as the voice of The Joker in the recent

"Batman" animated shows.

The movie was originally slated for a direct-to-video release this summer.

With Miramax distributing, the release will likely be delayed until fall. The

move also opens the door for a possible theatrical release.


Last week "Smallville" producer Al Gough told

C2F that Clark will hear the voice of Jor-El on the season finale to the

show. The producer was cagey about naming the actor who plays the part, simply

stating "I won't tell you who it is, but any self-respecting Superman fan

should be able to name that actor once they hear the voice."

Although the casting has been kept under wraps, the web's top

"Smallville" resource, Krypton

Site, has revealed who the actor is playing Clark's Kryptonian daddy. We

won't spoil it for those who don't want to know, but if you must find out then

click over to Krypton Site.



Artisan's "Punisher" movie revs up, the studio has opened the teaser

site for the film. PunisherTheMovie.com

is the official online home of Marvel's grim avenger.

Currently there is little there but a simple flash animation, which reveals

an official site opening date of 6/20/2003. This date coincides with the release

of "The Hulk" and the first "Punisher" teaser trailer.

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