Luke Cage, Asterix, X2, LXG, Punisher: Comics2Film wrap for June 5, 2003

Thu, June 5th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


Hero for hire "Luke Cage" is the latest Marvel comics character to

attract the attention of Columbia Pictures according to today's Hollywood


Ben Ramsey ("The Big Hit") is set to write the script for the

movie, which would feature one of Marvel's most prominent black


The description provided by The Reporter closely mirrors the comic book

origin. "Cage" is about a former gang member who is framed for a

crime. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving

him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Cage escapes

and becomes a hero for hire.

Neal Moritz's Original Film is producing. Original has rapidly made a name

for itself with modern, youth-oriented franchises like "xXx" and

"Fast and the Furious." Avi Arad at Marvel will also produce, natch.

Marvel and Columbia have previously teamed for the "Spider-Man"

movie and its currently-filming sequel, and are currently developing "Ghost

Rider" for a late-2003 production start.


While fans in the U.S. are still waiting to see the wildly popular movies

based on the "Asterix" comics, Variety

reports that new developments in France may be thwarting attempts for a third

installment in the franchise.

Although the producers of the previous two movies at Claude Berri's Renn

Prods. and Pathe have announced their intentions to make a third, the rights

holders, which include Creators Albert Uderzo, Anne Goscinny and publisher

Editions Albert Rene have publicly stated that they are not interested.

Jacques-Eric Strauss, who handles international sales of Berri's films,

talked the project up at the recent Cannes Film Festival. Berri's position is

that they are in negotiations with the rights holders for the sequel.

"There are no negotiations going on with Pathe," a spokesman for

Editions Albert Rene told Daily Variety. "If they come to us with a good

proposal, we'll talk. But now, there is nothing."

In the mean time, the rights holders are apparently going forward with an

animated feature based on the character. French network M6 announced in Cannes

the production of "Asterix and the Vikings," a $25.7 million animated


The live-action "Asterix" movies were huge hits in France, each

breaking box office records. Miramax holds the U.S. distribution rights for the

films, but has not yet scheduled them for a domestic release.


Daily statistic published by Box

Office Mojo reveal that Marvel and Fox's "X2: X-Men United" topped

$200 million on Tuesday.

The mutant sequel collected another cool half-million dollars in its 33rd day

of release, sending it north of the double-century milestone.


Fans wanting a close up look at Captain Nemo's Nautilus can click over to

A new, animated segment of the official website for "The League of

Extraordinary Gentlemen" reveals the secret of scientifically advanced




Entertainment loves dishing out the punishment.

The publicity folks

there told Comics2Film this week that we can now pass on a total of ten copies

of the super-cool teaser poster for "The Punisher" to you, the


We'll be taking names from now until June 22 (right around the time

that the official website official

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