Hulk, Hellboy, Alien Legion, X2: Comics2Film wrap for June 16, 2003

Mon, June 16th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


Fans are set to Hulk out all over the world this week and Universal is

cranking the publicity boom box up to 11.

First up is a selection of video clips for fans to enjoy. We've got

behind-the-scenes footage from the recording of the single "Set Me

Free" by the band made up of Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum

and Dave Kushner. Uni publicity claims the band is not named yet, but apparently

they've gone by the working names "The Project" and

"Reloaded" in the past.

We've also got some nice interview snippets from director Ang Lee, actor Sam

Elliott (who plays General Thunderbolt Ross in the movie) and producer Gale Anne


Finally there are a few of the spots you've been seeing on TV in the past

month. You'll need the Windows Media Player installed to view them:

SubjectWindows Media
Newswrap - "Set Me Free" performed by

Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner

Interview - Ang LeeLowHigh
Interview - Sam ElliottLowHigh
Interview - Gale Anne HurdLowHigh
TV Clip - "Stupid Ideals"LowHigh
TV Clip - "Watch That Temper"LowHigh

In other "Hulk" news Variety

reports that video game fans will want to watch the movie closely, and possibly

bring paper and a pencil with you. Passwords and unlock codes for the new

"Hulk" video game will be found embedded in the movie.

"You may see a license plate in the movie and that will be a code to

open up areas in the game," Vivendi Universal Games chief Luc Vanhal told


One of the goodies fans will be able to unlock in the game is the gray Hulk.

On Wednesday night, "Hulk" enthusiasts can tune in for a

behind-the-scenes special on SCI FI Channel. According to SCI

FI Wire "Hulk: The Lowdown" airs June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The film's co-stars, Sam Elliott and Josh Lucas, will host the special, which

will feature on-set interviews with director Ang Lee and stars Eric Bana and

Jennifer Connelly.

The Lowdown will also include never-before-seen footage from the film, take

viewers inside effects house Industrial Light & Magic and feature an

interview with comic-book legend Stan Lee.


"Hellboy" continues to invade the web, with movie sites converging

on the Prague set.

Counting Down continues to provide the best coverage. Last week they posted a

great interview with director Guillermo del Toro. They followed that with a

couple of nice chats with star

Ron Perlman and special effects guru Mike

Elizalde of Spectral Motion.

If it's more cool pictures you want, click over to Ain't-it-cool-news

who posted additional frame grabs from the licensing video tape, including a

number of nice shots of Abe.

Finally, Nick Nunziata continues his Prague travelogue with part

3 online now. So far there're no juicy "Hellboy" tidbits, but Nick

promises they are coming.


In an message to the Alien

Legion e-mail group, comic creator Carl Potts gave fans an update on the

planned "Alien Legion" animated TV show.

The show, based on the fondly remembered Marvel/Epic comic from about ten

years ago, is in development with Mainframe animation. Mainframe is well known

for their CGI cartoons, including the upcoming "Spider-Man" show.

According to Potts, the creative forces behind the show have finished the

pitch bible of the series and are now taking it out to "potential U.S.

broadcast partners."

The reaction has reportedly been positive so far. "It

is, unfortunately, a slow process with lots of small steps," Potts wrote.

In a follow-up e-mail, Potts also told "Alien Legion" fans that he

is still working to set the property up as a feature film.

"I retained the live action feature film rights in my deal with

Mainframe and

hope to get a movie project up an running when the timing is right," Potts

wrote. "I firmly believe that 'Alien Legion' can spawn a number of great

feature films and become a major film franchise.

"Getting those who pull the triggers in Hollywood to on board is not

always easy!"

In the mean time, readers can look for additional "Alien Legion"

trade paperbacks due out this year. U.K. publisher Titan just signed with

Potts to release volumes collecting the "On The Edge" and "Tenants From Hell"

story arcs.

Finally, Potts told fans that he's open to the idea of publishing additional

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comics based on the property, but wants to find the right opportunity to do so.


"X2: X-Men United" remains a top 10 movie in its seventh week of

release, according to the latest estimates published by Box

Office Mojo.

The Marvel mutants came in at #10 this weekend and now have a domestic tally

of about $207.2 million. This may be the last week in the top 10 for Charlie's

gifted youngsters, with "The Hulk" poised to smash the competition on




has teamed up with Devil's

Due Publishing to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork in


We're looking for a few good pencil and ink

gurus to work up a faux cover for the "G.I. Joe" comic. The top three

entries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil's Due comics.


just launched the contest, so there's still plenty of time to enter. Click over

to the

website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!



Entertainment can't stop the punishment!

They've already provided ten posters for Comics2Film readers in our currently

in progress giveaway. Now the studio has ponied up five t-shirts promoting the

movie as well.

So we're expanding the drawing once again with a new prize structure: One

grand prize winner will get both a poster and a t-shirt. Nine individual winners

will get a poster. Four individual winners will get t-shirts.

If you've already entered, you don't need to do anything else.

If you haven't entered yet, we'll be taking names from now until June 22 (right around the time that the

official website official

website launches). Just fill out the simple entry form on

for your chance to win!


Get ready to Hulk out!


good folks at Toy Biz and Comics2Film are teaming up to give you a chance to

bring jade-jaws home. Enter our giveaway and you can win one of three

"Hulk" action figures, based on the upcoming movie.

We're accepting entries from now until June 19 (the day before the big movie

opening). Just fill out the simple entry form on

for your chance to win!

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