Brereton, Punisher, Dragon/Tiger, Fantastic Four and Blade III: C2F wrap for July 1, 2003

Tue, July 1st, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



Dan Brereton's

world," says Circle of Confusion producer David Engel of the comic writer

and painter whose quirky mix of horror and pulp action figures are about to

invade Hollywood. Engel tells us that he's got four of Brereton's projects in

play and all are garnering significant interest.

Brereton's flagship creation, "The Nocturnals" is finally heating

up as a viable Hollywood property.

"We're on the

verge of closing a deal to partner with Lorenzo di Bonaventura," Engel told

Comics2Film/CBR News.

Di Bonaventura was formerly president, worldwide

production at Warner Bros. He vacated that position late last year in order to

pursue projects as an independent producer. Since then he has attached himself

to DC/Warner's "Constantine" and may now join "Nocturnals"

as a producer.

Brereton's comic tells of a team of adventurers all of whom are

drawn from classic monster archetypes. It's been described in the past as

"'X-Men' meets 'Sleepy Hollow.'"


Brereton creation, published a few years back by DC is "GiantKiller."

Circle of Confusion is also shopping that project around.

"The book is hot and never been

sold to Hollywood, so we're really excited about 'GiantKiller,'" Engel told

C2F/CBR News. Apparently the project has already gotten interest from several

directors whose names would be well known to C2F readers.

The book told of a portal that opens near L.A. allowing giant, Godzilla-sized

creatures to come through. The U.S. government uses the monster DNA to engineer

"Jack," as their agent to stalk and kill the creatures. But as Jack

gets deeper into kaiju territory he realizes that his mission may not be as

simple as it seems.

Brereton also recently completed the script for "Undeadly" with

co-writer Jonathan Bresman. "Undeadly" is a kind of revamp of

"The Warriors" with all the rival gangs being filled out by

supernatural creatures. It's a concept Brereton created for film, but will

likely see print as a comic as well.

Finally, Engel tells us that "The Psycho" is getting interest from

a major studio. That comic represents some of Brereton's earliest work as an

artist. He teamed with writer James Hudnall ("Harsh Realm") to create

the story of Jake Riley, a man forced to become the thing he hates: a superhuman

agent in the service of the government.

Engel tells us to expect more Brereton news soon.


Sony is set to handle the international distribution rights for Marvel and

Artisan's "The Punisher" according to today's Variety.

Legal issues with Marvel notwithstanding, Sony division Columbia TriStar Film

Distributor's Intl. has picked up the film's distribution rights to most

international territories. The only exceptions will be eight

Southeast Asian and Middle East territories, including China and India, which

were previously sold to other outlets.

Artisan will, of course, distribute the movie in the



Action star and director Donny Yen will direct a comic based movie in China

this year. Variety

reports that Mandarin Films has tapped the veteran martial arts filmmaker to

helm "The Gate of the Dragon and Tiger," based on a long-running comic

book series.

Fans will remember Yen for his appearance as Snowman in "Blade II."

More recently he played the heavy in "Shanghai Knights" and also

appeared in the acclaimed martial arts epic "Hero."

No casting for "The Gate of the Dragon and Tiger" has been

confirmed but cameras are set to roll in November.


An anonymous source for Corona/Cinescape

reports that 20th Century Fox is eyeing Canada as a location for the upcoming

"Fantastic Four" movie. The studio is allegedly looking to Toronto or

Vancouver, both or which served as locations for "X-Men" and

"X2" respectively.

Corona vouches for their source, pointing out that he has a well-established

track record with providing the site with credible information.


Fans who want to know everything about the soon-to-film

"Blade III" can check out a script review at Creature

Corner. The horror site presents an in-depth look at David Goyer's final

chapter to the franchise that started the Marvel movie revolution.

The review

is positive but contains significant spoilers.



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