Lone Wolf and Cub, CB:TM, Constantine and Fantastic Four: Comics2Film wrap for May 22, 2003

Thu, May 22nd, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


We've heard this before: Variety

reports that Darren Aronofsky is attached to develop and direct a live-action

adaptation of a comic book. This time, the comic in question is Kazuo Koike's

manga phenomena "Lone Wolf and Cub."


movie is set up at Paramount and Mutual Film Company. Eric Watson, Aronofsky's

partner at Protozoa pictures will produce.

"Lone Wolf and Cub" tells the story of a disgraced 17th century

samurai who travels around Japan as an assassin for hire as he tries to clear

his family's name. His companion is his 3-year-old son, whose mother has been


The series has been published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics, who recently

began publishing an American-made "re-imagining" of the concept called

"Lone Wolf 2100." The comic series inspired several other comics

including Marvel's "Nomad" from the mid-1990s and Max Allan Collins'

graphic novel "The Road To Perdition."

For Aronofsky, this is the third comic property he's become attached to

direct. Fans are aware that he and comic creator Frank Miller were developing

"Batman: Year One" for Warner Bros., a project that seems to have been

set aside in favor of a Chris Nolan-helmed "Batman" sequel.

The director also glommed on to Miller's DC graphic novel "Ronin"

several years ago, immediately after the success of his debut effort

"Pi." That movie has been languishing in development hell ever since.


Last week Comics2Film/CBR News gave you the scoop on Comic

Book the Movie: a mockumentary about a comic-to-film adaptation. The film is

directed by genre fave Mark Hamill and turns the camera on an irate comic fan

who watches in helpless dismay as Hollywood ruins his favorite character.


fans can get a glimpse of the movie at the website for Creative Light

Entertainment, the producers of the movie. The international

sales trailer is now online. A U.S. trailer is being prepared, but this clip

gives fans the first glimpse of the movie.

In last

week's report C2F/CBR News was the first to reveal that the movie is strong

enough to attract Miramax as a distributor. Today, Variety

follows up on the news and provides additional details.

The distribution of "CB:TM" is part of an overall first-look

production and distribution deal between Miramax Films and Creative Light

Entertainment. Plans are to release Hamill's movie this fall.

In addition to directing the film, Hamill also stars as the fan who rushes to

his hero, Commander Courage's, defense. Donna D'Errico

("Baywatch") also appears as the actress who takes on the role of

Commander Courage's boy sidekick (hey, Hollywood loves to tinker) in the movie.

With much of the footage filmed at last summer's

Comic-Con in San Diego, the movie also features appearances by Sid

Caesar, Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Bruce Campbell, Hugh Hefner and Matt Groening.

"CB:TM" was produced by Scott Zakarin, Eric Mittleman, Hamill,

Roger Rose, Billy West and Jess Harnell for Creative Light and Amazing Invisible

Ink. Executive producers are Rich Tackenberg and Peter Jaysen.


Ryan Downey of MTV.com

recently chatted up "The One" himself, Keanu Reeves, who last week

re-asserted himself as the big-screen's #1 superhero in "The Matrix:


Downey got the actor to spill the beans on "Constantine," the movie

version of DC/Vertigo's popular "John Constantine: Hellblazer" comic.

Reeves is attached to star as an Americanized version of the character.

Of course, playing the caustic sorcerer will be a sharp contrast to the

Matrix's soft spoken and often-confused Neo. Reeves told MTV he was drawn to the

part by the characters edge.

"[It's] his anger. He's angry, but he's got a good heart," Reeves

told MTV.

According to the report, "Constantine" is due in theaters next

summer. Reeves first has to complete an untitled project with writer/director

Nancy Meyers ("What Women Want").


Although it's been out in the open for a few weeks now, The

Hollywood Reporter confirms Mark Frost is officially on board to rewrite the

script for "Fantastic Four."

According to the write-up, Frost will get started on it this week.

Frost is veteran TV writer, best known for shows like "Twin Peaks"

and "The Six Million Dollar Man."

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