Marvel - The Studio, Teen Titans and Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for July 2, 2003

Wed, July 2nd, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

MARVEL SET TO BID ON ARTISAN

Will the Hollywood arm of Marvel go from a production shingle to a full-blown

studio? It could happen, according to a piece in today's Hollywood

Reporter. Although rumors have been circulating for over a year that Marvel

is looking to get bought by a major movie studio, the Report indicates that

Marvel has actually emerged as a potential buyer of the ailing Artisan

Entertainment.

Artisan is entering the second round of the auction process but currently has

three suitors circling for a buy-out.

Marvel Enterprises, who pacted with the mini-studio years ago on a

15-charcter agreement, is said to be looking like a likely bidder. According to

the write-up the comic giant stepped into the fray a few weeks ago. Marvel sees

Artisan as a path to the home video market and a way to further exploit its

characters.

Although Marvel sealed a deal with Artisan in 2000 to bring as many as 15 of

its characters to TV and Film, that deal is only now starting to bear fruit as

the $30 million movie "The Punisher" goes into production. Artisan's

floundering financial situations is one of the reasons so few projects have made

it out of the gate.

Bids on the company are due July 11th.

Hollywood players Stanley Jaffe and Scott Greenstein are also in contention

for the studio. Greenstein topped USA Films while Jaffe ran the show at

Paramount pictures. They're looking to convert Artisan into a mini-major film

studio, according to The Reporter.

Steve Rattner's Quadrangle Partners is the third party bidding for Artisan.

They'll be looking to merge their recently purchased home-video arm Good Times

Entertainment with Artisan's library.

Artisan previously rejected a bid from Lions Gate Entertainment in the $100

million-$110 million range as being too low.

TEEN TITANS

When "Teen Titans" hits the small screen in a few weeks, fans will

be greeted with a funky Jpop theme song by Tokyo-based

duo Puffy AmiYumi.

Singers Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura have enjoyed chart-topping success in

Japan, and began their crossover to the U.S. last year with their compilation

disc "An Illustrated History."

Their new album "NICE" features "Teen Titans

Theme," an English-language track created for the new Cartoon

Network series. The track is said to be "a shout-along instant classic that somehow

manages to blend the spy-movie cool of Johnny Rivers' 'Secret Agent

Man' with the adolescent excitement of the Bay City Rollers' 'Saturday

Night.'"

Titans fans can hear a sample of the track playing as the opening of the

Cartoon Network's official

Teen Titans website. "Teen Titans" makes its debut Saturday, July

19, at 9 p.m. (ET, PT).

HULK

It's more bad news for "The Hulk" according to today's Variety.

When the pic opens in Germany it'll be on fewer screens than hoped-for due to a

boycott by the territory's second largest exhibitor Cinemaxx.

The theater chain is up in arms over distributor United International

Pictures' new pricing scheme and refuses to show Marvel's blockbuster in its

first week of release. Cinemaxx may screen the movie in its second round.

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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