Wonder Woman, Hulk, Catwoman, Constantine, Platinum Studios: C2F wrap for June 24, 2003

Tue, June 24th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

WONDER WOMAN

In early May, Comics2Film/CBR News was broke the first solid

news in over a year about the planned "Wonder Woman" movie when we

exclusively reported that "Smallville" scribe Philip Levens had come

on board to write a new script for the project. In the wake of that the rumor

mill has started buzzing again with sound bytes and speculation about the shape

of this long-suffering movie project.

Entertainment Weekly managed

to extract a few comments from producer Leonard Goldberg about the project.

Goldberg is currently doing press for this weekend's "Charlie's Angels:

Full Throttle."

The producer told EW that there should be a director on board in the next

three months. As far as casting goes, Goldberg said the perfect leading lady

would be, "in her early to mid-20."

EW also speculates that "Buffy" star Sarah

Michelle Gellar is eager to don the star tiara, but she's not the only one.

According to Australia's Woman's Day magazine, Jennifer Lopez would also love

to get the part. "I'd love to play Wonder Woman. I loved her when I was

growing up -- she's hot," J. Lo is quoted as saying.

In the article Lopez points to the "crazy" wardrobe and invisible

jet as attractions for her.

Fans are reminded that actresses from Jennifer Aniston to Chyna have

speculated that they wished for the part for years, each time sparking a round

of rumors that they are actually attached. In almost all cases, none of them

actually were. So, while Gellar and Lopez may adore "Wonder Woman,"

there are still no actual casting attachments for this film.

Thanks to Lauren and Renny for the scoops!

HULK

While the big box office of the "The Hulk" was widely trumpeted

yesterday, today's Variety

contains an interesting analysis of the dark cloud that silver lining may be

attached to.

In the wake of what looked like positive news on Monday, investors begin to

dump Marvel stock, driving it down 11% to a closing price of $18.75. Speculation

is that this is in anticipation of a steep drop-off at theaters for the green

giant.

Skeptics point to the trend already starting over the weekend, where receipts

on the usually brisk Saturday showing were actually down from the Friday take.

One unnamed source, who is simply identified as a veteran studio production

exec told Variety, "It could be a franchise-killer, and that's what hurts.

It might end up making money way down the line, but it's basically a push. The

goal was to kick off a franchise."

A record number of licensing deals were signed around "The Hulk."

These are critical to Marvel's bottom line, with their participation in the

movie's profits capped. Ancillary products could go bust if the movie doesn't

perform over the next few weeks (although C2F personally feels there will always

be a market for Hulk Hands).

CATWOMAN, CONSTANTINE

Stax over at IGN FilmForce has been

busy rummaging around the Internet looking for comic-to-film news. He dug up a

pair of script fragments of interest to readers here.

The Showfax website, a actors' resource posting casting information for

upcoming movies, recently posted script pages for the comic-based Warner pics

"Constantine"

and "Catwoman."

The pages went up last week and are intended for use by actors who may be

seeking parts in the production. They may give insights into the direction of

both movies. However, there's no telling how fresh the pages actually are and if

they reflect the current scripts.

Both movies have already cast the leads with Keanu Reeves ("The

Matrix") playing DC/Vertigo's Hellblazer (who is reportedly written as an

American in the film) and Halle Berry ("X2") playing Catwoman (who is

not Selena Kyle in the film).

The pages do contain spoilers, so click the above links at your own risk.

PLATINUM EXPERT

From a press release:

Platinum Studios, the premier company for comic book to film adaptation,

announced yesterday an exclusive four-year development deal with Colonel John B.

Alexander, U.S Army (Ret.), noted government advisor and one of the world's

foremost experts on advanced weaponry and technological threats. This

partnership will allow Platinum to produce a series of original comic books and

graphic novels incorporating Col. Alexander's concepts and scenarios, which will

be developed for all media, including film, television, and interactive gaming.

Because Col. Alexander's knowledge of advanced weapons and future warfare is so

sophisticated, and the threats so genuine, these works will more than blur the

line between science fiction and reality.

Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, chairman of Platinum Studios, will produce for film

and TV. The deal will also allow Platinum to take advantage of the $10 billion

gaming industry, where licensed projects make up more than a majority of the top

releases. Platinum also announced today extensive deals with one of the nation's

leading independent game developers, Blue shift, Inc. and leaders in

next-generation handheld development, Handheld Games, to create interactive

properties based on Col. Alexander's expertise and his futuristic vision of

military combat.

Platinum recently saw great success with its comic-based TV series

"Jeremiah." The show returns to Showtime for its second season in

August.

"This stuff is real - the genetic and biological capabilities that exist

right now, the cutting-edge weapons, technologies and threats - these are real

scenarios that we could literally face today and it's mind-blowing," said

Col. John Alexander. "I'll be able to offer Platinum, Blue Shift and

Handheld the inside scoop in order to create exciting, innovative fictional

stories for new audiences across the board."

"We're talking about everything from electromagnetic pulse weapons that

could cripple a country by wiping out all its electronics, to controlling

insects with pheromones to make whole cities uninhabitable, just to name a

couple of examples," said Platinum Studios Chairman Scott Mitchell

Rosenberg. "It sounds like science fiction, but these are bona fide matters

the military is concerned about as the future of warfare-and possible future

terrorist threats. And Col. Alexander is THE expert on all of it."

Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton have publicly praised Col. John Alexander for

help on their books, as he is the utmost authority on advanced weapons

technology and future warfare scenarios - the what ifs of high-tech military

planning and threats. John Alexander's advising includes the National

Intelligence Council, to which the directors of all 12 members of the US

intelligence community (including the CIA and NSA) report, to the U.S. Special

Operations Command, which oversees all U.S. special operations and has also run

major advanced weaponry programs for Los Alamos National. His real-life and

current experiences and knowledge will allow Platinum Studios to create

entertainment that will make audiences and gamers question what they think they

know about today and fear what could happen tomorrow.

"At the same time Platinum's creative staff and writers are working

closely with Col. Alexander to devise original storylines and characters for the

comic book line, and future feature film and television adaptations, we'll be

doing the same for the interactive gaming market, heading up story development

and designing and programming the game engine and technology that will be

provided to third-party software publishers," said President of Blue Shift

John Brooks.

Additionally, the team at Handheld will work with Col. Alexander to create

games for systems ranging from the popular Nintendo GameBoy Advance to PDAs and

cell phones.

The deal was crafted by Barry Friedman, CEO of Fog Studios, which exclusively

represents all parties. Fog, formerly ICG, is America's largest interactive

management company. "Col. Alexander knows how tomorrow's wars will be

fought because he has advised just about every area of the military in this

regard, including the Pentagon, CIA, Los Alamos, NATO, and the National Research

Council, which is about as high-level as you get in the U.S. for research,"

said Friedman. "We are talking about the coolest of the cool military

technologies--and the scariest new threats." Friedman went on to say,

"This is a unique co-development process. With most entertainment

franchises, the multimedia and game development are an afterthought. By

designing both sides simultaneously, it gives us much more flexibility in

marketing, and it allows a rich exchange of ideas back and forth. So it benefits

the creative process and the business side."

Platinum will control all media and ancillary rights for the projects created

under the deal, with Alexander, Blue Shift and Handheld, Inc. having equity

stakes.

COMIC BOOK MOVIES BOOK

From a press release:

For decades, comic books have been a hobby and a fascination for many people,

and the adaptation of several into cartoons has immortalized childhood memories.

Over 25 years ago, Hollywood joined the band-wagon of comic book adaptation with

the release of the cult classic Superman: The Movie. Since then, there have been

both major box-office hits such as the Academy Award nominated Spiderman, the

high-profile X-Men and X-Men 2, and more independent off-beat films such as

Akira in 1988. Virgin Film: Comic Book Movies is the first guide of its kind to

cover this movie phenomenon with everything you want to know about twenty of the

most essential comic movies to date, including the still unreleased and eagerly

awaited Hulk.

The comic book obsession is not just amongst children, it is a craze that

lasts a life- time. Their wide assortment of characters; heroes, villains,

side-kicks and damsels, and the ever intriguing inter-connecting story lines

keep readers' imaginations constantly running wild. Now with increasingly

brilliant graphics and revolutionary developments in movie technology, these

characters have been brought to life for their fans. But where did these

characters come from? How are the films made? How did Bruce Wayne become Batman,

and how did Michael Keaton become Bruce Wayne? This guide covers an amazing

amount of detail from the birth of the comic, to the costume fittings in the

movies, and even including unaccredited cast. Included are interviews with key

comic and film creators and full analysis of previous films, TV Shows, and

sequels.

Virgin Film: Comic Book Movies is published to coincide with the release of

the latest film from the Marvel comics empire; The Hulk and provides an

enjoyable and informative critique of a diverse range of comic book movies. This

book is perfect for both comic and movie buffs and casual fans alike.

COMICS 2 RADIO

Wolverine is the best he is at what he does, and what he does is rockin' the

mic, yo. At least that's the scoop according to today's Hollywood

Reporter. Wolverine and the X-Men will be among the characters showing up on

the new, online radio station Radio Kids' WB. This is part of the AOL Radio@

Network providing audio content for broadband users.

Programming for Radio Kids' WB will be based on The WB TV network's

successful animated programming, including shows like "X-Men:

Evolution" and "Static Shock!"

Programming will include music familiar to viewers of Kids' WB! television

programs like the "Static Shock" theme song, which is sung by Lil'

Romeo and written by his father, Master P.

DD DVD GIVEAWAY

The

"Daredevil" DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th

Century Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free!

Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to pass

on to you, the faithful reader.

Just sign

up for our giveaway

at Comics2Film.com between now and July 27th for your chance to win.

CALLING ALL FAN ARTISTS: G.I. JOE WANTS YOU

Comics2Film

has teamed up with Devil's

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

print.

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.

We've

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

to the Comics2Film.com

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

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