Captain America, Hulk, American Splendor, Spidey 1 & 2, Punisher: C2F wrap for June 30, 2003

Mon, June 30th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

CAPTAIN AMERICA

Recent rumors about a planned

"Captain America" movie are false.

Stories began circulating a

few weeks ago about "a big name producer" circling the project and

Brad Pitt expressing interest in signing a three-picture deal to star as

America's living legend.

According to the rumors, the alleged movie would be

based on Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch's take from "The

Ultimates."

That all sounds very exciting but Kevin Feige,

Executive Vice President of Marvel Studios tells us there is "no truth to

it at all."

"Amazing the trouble people will go to to start a rumor," Feige

said of the story.

"Captain America" is set up at Artisan

Entertainment, which licensed 15 Marvel characters for development back in the

summer of 2000. The first film to spring out of that deal is "The

Punisher," which starts filming this summer. The next most likely projects

seem to be "Man-Thing," which may film this year in Australia and

"Iron Fist" which has long had Ray Park attached to star.

HULK

In spite of strong performance during the week following its opening

"The Hulk" saw a precipitous drop in audience numbers in its second

weekend according to estimates published by Box

Office Mojo.

According to the box office analysis site, "The Hulk" lost over 70%

of its audiences in its second week, taking in a mere $18.4 million. The green

goliath did just manage to clear the $100 million mark.

Fans continue to express love-it or hate-it reactions to the movie, but the

fractured word of mouth seems to be enough to keep moviegoers away.

"The Hulk" was the #2 movie for the weekend, following

"Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" which took in $38 million, but also

failed to live up to expectations.

AMERICAN SPLENDOR

Variety

reports that 2003's sixth comic adaptation will close out the Comedia festival

in Montreal next month.

Comedia, the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival's

comedy-film event, runs from July 10 to July 20 and will showcase 25 movies,

including "American Splendor" based on Harvey Pekar's comics.

The film, starring Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis has

already garnered awards at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals.

"American Splendor" will close Comedia. The movie is due out in

limited release starting August 15th.

SPIDER-MAN 2

Fans shouldn't

start looking for a "Spider-Man 2" trailer until November, according

to today's Variety.

An

article detailing the difficulty in getting F/X work done on movies early enough

to have a compelling ad campaign revealed that the studio promotion for the

sequel wouldn't be as intense as it was for the original.

The November

trailer will be timed to capitalize on the holiday movie season, less than seven

months before the summer release. By contrast, the original movie saw it's first

teaser a full year before release.

SPIDER-MAN

LAWSUITS

Variety

reports that Marvel escalated its lawsuit against Sony on Friday, filing a new

action against the multi-media giant's electronics arm Sony Electronics. Marvel

is alleging "tortious interference" in their suit, filed in L.A.

Superior Court.

At the crux of its argument is the allegation that Sony reneged on its

agreement to develop "Spider-Man" video games and electronics

products. Further, Marvel alleges that Sony Electronics interfered with Marvel's

ability to otherwise exploit the character in those arenas by instructing Sony

Pictures not to license the character to its competitors.

According to the report, the suit seeks $10 million in damages.

PUNISHER

Artisan Entertainment confirms that is Rebecca Romijn-Stamos ("X2")

signs on for "The Punisher" she'll be playing Joan from Garth Ennis'

run on the comic. Artisan describes the character as "the Punisher's

neighbor who lives by herself and is unaware of his alter ego. A classy and

reserved woman, Joan has had her own share of hardship and feels safe and

comfortable being around the man who lives next door."

DAVID NEWMAN

Oscar- and Tony-nominated screenwriter-playwright David Newman died Thursday

in New York according to today's Variety.

Newman suffered a stroke on June 21st. He was 66 years old.

Newman is best known to Comics2Film readers as the screenwriter on

"Superman," which is regarded by many as the best comic book

adaptation of all time. He went on to write the sequels "Superman II"

and "Superman III."

In 1968 he received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for "Bonnie

and Clyde."

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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