Punisher, Garfield, Blueberry and Matrix vs. Spider-Man: Comics2Film wrap for May 23, 2003

Fri, May 23rd, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

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Rob Worley, Columnist

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PUNISHER CONTEST

Last

week Artisan shipped the teaser poster for next summer's "The

Punisher" to movie theaters everywhere. The artwork got a good reaction

from fans, with it's menacing skull and black and red color scheme.

Now Artisan has provided Comics2Film with a copy of the one-sheet to pass on

to you members of the Punisher posse.

Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.com

for your chance to win!

GARFIELD

Who needs actors these days when you have CGI? Synthespians are landing prime

acting these days, with computer-generated guys like the incredible Hulk and

Scooby Doo now starring in movies.

The next animated leading man is set to be the titular star of

"Garfield" who goes to work on his movie this month.

Principal photography involving the traditional actors wrapped early this

month. On May 7th Breckin Meyer ("Road Trip"), Jennifer Love Hewitt

("The Tuxedo") and Stephen Tobolowsky ("Memento") completed

their duties as the flesh and blood participants in the movie. Meyer plays

Garfield's owner, Jon Arbuckle while Hewitt plays the love-interest Liz Wilson.

Tobolowsky plays the ironically named Happy.

Work now begins on animating the flabby feline. Word is that creator Jim

Davis is in constant communication with the animation team.

So far the voice of Garfield has not been cast, but recording sessions are

set to begin soon.

In the meantime Twentieth Century Fox has pushed back the release date for

the movie, to give CGI actor time to work. The film is now due out June 4th, 2004.

Fox has acquired the domain name GarfieldMovie.com

in anticipation, although the address currently redirects to the general Fox

movie site.

BLUEBERRY

In a report from Cannes Variety

states that France-based UGC Intl. has presold distribution of the comic-based

"Blueberry" to almost every non-English speaking territory in the

world.

"Blueberry" is based on Moebius' western comic of the same name.

Jan Kounen ("Doberman") directed the $35 million movie, which filmed in

Mexico last summer.

The movie stars Vincent Cassel as Lt. Blueberry. Other cast members include

Juliette Lewis ("Old School"), Colm Meaney ("Star Trek: The Next

Generation"), Michael Madsen ("Reservoir Dogs") and Eddie Izzard

("Mystery Men").

According to Variety, distribution deals included Filmax in Spain, Tobis in

Germany, Central Partnership in Russia, Pyrine in Poland and Hungary, Proptiki

in Greece and I Vision in Korea. Japan was sold to Media Factory at the AFM.

SPIDER-MAN BOX OFFICE

Warner Bros. has announced that "The Matrix: Reloaded" has struck

down another box-office record set by comic-to-film champ

"Spider-Man."

"The Matrix" sequel has rung up $157.6 million in its first seven

days, outdoing the web-spinner by $6 million.

When the movie opened last weekend, it also toppled Spidey's high-water mark

for biggest five-day weekend opening. However, the Marvel star is still champ to

the three-day weekend opening category.

The cyber-sequel new enjoys a total domestic gross of $158.2 million.

This weekend Neo takes on God himself. "Reloaded's" big competition

at the box office will be "Bruce Almighty," which features Jim

Carrey's return to movies that are funny.

 
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