Punisher, Planet Terry, Queen & Country, LXG, Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for July 7, 2003

Mon, July 7th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



reader Lauren points us to a June 19 article at The

Hollywood Reporter which reveals yet another cast member has joined

"The Punisher."

Ben Foster will play "Dave" in the movie, who is said to be a

variation on Garth Ennis' "Spacker Dave" character from his first run

on "The Punisher" comics. The write-up describes Dave as "

the title character's deadbeat but loyal and good-hearted neighbor," which

is consistent with the comic book character.

Foster is currently seen on HBO's "Six Feet Under" and was also

recently seen on the big screen in "Big Trouble."


New Line Cinema has picked up the feature film rights to Rob Liefeld's latest

would-be comic property according to Variety.

According to the write-up, "Planet Terry" concerns a middle-aged

family man in extraordinary circumstances similar to movies like "Liar

Liar" and "Bruce Almighty."

Liefeld initially planned "Planet Terry" to be an online strip. He

had similar success with "Shrink!," which ran for a few panels online

before getting picked up by Jennifer Lopez as a movie project for her to produce

and star in for Columbia.

Liefeld's new reps at Brooklyn Weaver's Energy Entertainment showed the

project to New Line creative executive Keith Goldberg. He'll oversee development

of the movie for the studio.

Liefeld and Weaver will likely come on board as producers.

The article also makes mention or Liefeld's long-dormant "The

Mark." That one had Will Smith attached to star although little has been

mentioned about it in years. It is apparently still set up at Paramount along

with the comic creator's "Galaxy Girl."


Screenwriter John Rogers told Comics2Film/CBR News that he's turned in a

draft of his script adapting Greg Rucka's spy comic "Queen and

Country" and the reaction has been very positive from the producers at Tall

Tree Productions.

"Just general joy. The producer notes are literally a half-page

long," Rogers told us. He expects his rewrite to go to the studio this


Of course, they're talking about casting with actresses whom Rogers calls,

"the usual suspects," but there've been no offers extended.

"Queen and Country" is set up at 20th Century Fox. The Oni Press

comic tells of Tara Chace, an assassin (or minder) employed in the service of

Britain's MI6.

Rogers is also developing "Foundation" for Fox.


'The Hulk' hangs in at the box office, dropping to #5 in its third weekend of

release according to estimates published by Box

Office Mojo. The Marvel/Universal effort took in another $8.2 million for

the holiday weekend bringing its total to $117 million.

The comic movie lost ground to "Finding Nemo" which has been

swimming the box office for three weeks longer. However, the green goliath

outperformed newer fare like "Sinbad," which debuted at #6 and

"28 Days Later" which sits at #7 in its second week of release.

Topping the charts, or course, is Arnold Schwarzenegger who is back as the

T-800 model 101 in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." Following

that are fellow sequels "Legally Blonde 2" and "Charlie's Angels


In other "Hulk" box office news Variety

reports that the boycott of the movie by German theater chains Cinemaxx and

Kinopolis is over. The exhibitors have reached an agreement with the UIP

distributor over the movie.

They had been boycotting the film's opening weekend due to a dispute over

rental prices, thereby hampering the film's release in that country.


Want to listen to the soundtrack for "League of Extraordinary

Gentlemen?" Then you'll have to go to the movie theater or download it from

Apple iTunes according to the

Chicago Sun-Times.

The soundtrack will include portions of the score, composed by Trevor Jones

("The Last of the Mohicans'') and performed by the London Symphony

Orchestra. Also featured on the soundtrack will be two new, previously

unreleased tracks by African vocal combo Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

According to the write up, the soundtrack will not be issued on any physical

medium by any standard music label.



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