'Hulk' pics, 'Solomon Kane,' 'Road To Perdition' and 'Y': Comics2Film wrap for May 20, 2003

Tue, May 20th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

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The San Francisco Chronicle (via SFGate.com)

recently chatted with "Hulk" director Ang Lee about his surprising

transition from doing intimate, human films to helming the adventures of a

green, CGI, rage-a-holic comic book character.

While Lee was initially influenced to do the "Hulk" by his

children, he soon discovered the complex underpinnings of the character.

"That grabbed me right away," Lee told the Chronicle. "I was

on the way to doing something like that in 'Crouching Tiger,' to mix serious

drama with pop art. I got a taste of that and thought I could do that

bigger."

Of course, movies like "Hulk" are made in two phases, with the real

actors being filmed first and the CGI leading man added in post-production. For

Lee, setting up his director's chair at the Industrial Light and Magic F/X shop

was a new and gratifying experience.

"This is the best part of making the movie, I think -- making the movie

at ILM. It was pretty much a contrast to what I expected it to be," Lee

said. "They call it Industrial Light & Magic, but there's no feeling of

industry. It feels totally handcraft. Every individual artist who works on the

shots -- it's very hands on."

ILM animation director Colin Brady, said Lee had plenty of input as to the

direction of the CGI actor, which may have included grunts, growls and bicep

flexing from the soft-spoken director.

"There's a lot of Ang in the Hulk," Brady told The Chronicle.

"Ang would have no problem getting up and acting out exactly what he was

looking for. It's a wonderful contrast to see this very soft-spoken guy launch

into this very broad action. Next thing you know, he's biting my arm or getting

me in a headlock or something."

The director hopes he's left his mark on the character.

"I would like to think that the fans, as loud and earnest as they can

be, I hope they make up, like, 0.1 percent of the audience," Lee said.

"I wanted to embrace (the comic), but I also wanted to feel free to create

my episode of the Hulk. If I got opinions from other places, I would be very

distracted."

For more about how Ang Lee brought the green goliath to the big screen, check

out the

complete article.

Thanks to Welshcat for the lead.

SOLOMON KANE

Following up on yesterday's announcement of the "Solomon Kane"

project, IGN

FilmForce spoke with producer Don Murphy, who had been attached to the movie

in the past, but whose name was conspicuously absent from the new mention.

Regular C2F readers should be well familiar with the producer, who shepherded

Alan Moore's "From Hell" and "The League of Extraordinary

Gentlemen" to the big screen. He's also working on "Iron Man" for

Marvel and New Line, "Spawn 2" and a slew of other comic-based fare.

Murphy spoke frankly about his prior involvement with the movie and why he's

no longer on board the "Solomon Kane" project.

"This is one of those classic stories that come up from time to time

when you are a successful producer specializing in a certain area (Sci-Fi,

Fantasy) and you agree to deal with wannabes," Murphy said of Paul and

Michael Berrow, whose Wandering Star shingle controls the rights to Robert E.

Howard's character. "EVERY

time I have ever agreed to deal with a wannabe outside Hollywood I have wasted

enormous time and resources and sworn never again, only to have something

incredible offered which makes me change my mind – and get burned again."

Murphy worked with the Berrows and brought the project to New Line where it

was all but set up, prompting an announcement last October. However, Murphy said

as the deals for all parties were negotiated, they were subsequently "BLOWN up by the Berrows – over nothing. I was confused.

New Line was confused."

Murphy also expressed skepticism over current producer current producer

Samuel Hadida and sympathy for writers David Jung and Steve Dandois who he says,

"worked on

this for a year without pay."

The outspoken producer closed his remarks saying, "Solomon Kane may still

happen once the Howard

estate realizes they are missing the boat with the Berrows."

ROAD TO PERDITION

"Spider-Man" and"Blade II" went home dejected and

empty handed but "Road To Perdition" took two trophies at The 29th

Annual Saturn Awards.

Cinescape

reports that the Tom Hanks gangster movie took "Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film"

honors at the genre awards presentation on Sunday night.

Tyler Hoechlin also scored a "Best Younger Actor" award for his

portrayal of Hanks' young son.

Y: THE LAST MAN

Variety

confirms last Friday's report that Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra's DC/Vertigo

title "Y: The Last Man" has been optioned by New Line Cinema.

As reported, Benderspink principals Chris Bender and JC Spink; Mason Novick;

and producer David Goyer are producing the movie.

Goyer revealed to variety that he might pen the script for the movie,

although he's had interest from numerous writers about it.

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