Son of the Mask, Watchmen, Blade III, Transformers, More: C2F wrap for July 15, 2003

Tue, July 15th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



Dark Horse Entertainment honcho Mike Richardson told C2F/CBR News that a new

wave of Dark Horse movies are on the way, starting with "Hellboy" and

the soon-to-film "Son of the Mask."

"Son of the Mask" is the sequel to the surprise hit adaptation

"The Mask" which featured a pre-superstardom Jim Carrey, a

then-unknown Cameron Diaz and tons of inventive CGI effects.

Jamie Kennedy ("The Jamie Kennedy Experiment") has signed on to

star in the sequel with Alan Cumming ("X2: X-Men United") slated to

play the villainous Loki, originator of the mask.

It's unclear if Kennedy, who plays a struggling cartoonist and single father,

will actually don the mask. Some reports indicate that his infant son may be the

wearer in this one.

Richardson isn't telling. "The Mask [character] will appear in the movie,"

is all the Dark Horse chief would dish, "but there're some new surprising


Richardson did tell us that Kennedy is in active talks with Dark Horse about another movie

project, but again, the details are being kept under wraps.

Also in the works for Dark Horse is a big screen version of the long-running

comic strip "Blondie and Dagwood." Dark Horse is working with Dean

Young, son of "Blondie" creator Chip Young and current author of the

strip, to develop the concept into a feature.

Fans of the defunct "Comics Greatest World" line from the mid-1990s

may be able to look forward to a "Ghost" movie. Richardson tells us

that they are developing that concept with Sam Dickerson of Wolfgang Petersen's

Radiant Productions.

"Ghost" tells the story of a beautiful but dead gun-slinging

avenger who stalks the city of Arcadia trying to unravel the mystery of her

death and take revenge on her killers.

Richardson cautions us that this one is in the early stages. Presently Dark

Horse is looking to attach a writer to the project.


Producer Lloyd Levin ("Tomb Raider 2: Cradle of Life") told IGN


Levin reports that they have a completed script from David Hayter

("X-Men"), "that absolutely celebrates the book. It's a great

adaptation of it. It's very faithful."

Levin said that they have no intention of trying to dumb-down the material,

but rather "approach whatever you do with as much seriousness as possible

and give it as much dignity as it deserves."

Hayter is still a contender to direct but there is no timetable for starting

pre-production of "Watchmen."



Look for a big presence by the mockumentary "Comic Book: The Movie"

at Comic-Con International

this week. Creative Light Entertainment will be set up at booths 3924 and 3825.

Here's a round up of their events at the con:

Are you within a super powered leap of San Diego? Plan to be at the Con. The

cast of Comic Book the movie will be there signing autographs. Plus: mention the

Codename Code Word: Jefferson Dale and get a free "Have Courage"


And just look at all the other folks your pals at Creative Light have rustled

up for you to say hi to (and get an autograph from):

Creative Light Entertainment invites you to meet the stars and filmmakers

behind the next generation of indy sci-fi and comics films.

Friday July 17th. 10:30 - Noon - COMIC BOOKS IN THE MOVIES PANEL with Stan

Lee, Mark Altman, Scott Zakarin and Chase Masterson

Some of the warriors of Sci-Fi and comic book themed movies join Stan Lee for

an insightful panel about the hottest phenomenon in movies today-the comic book.

Lee, who is one the original creators of the biggest blockbuster films in recent

years (i.e. Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men) explores why big Hollywood studios are not

the only players in this game with highly independent producers in the comic

book genre. Joining Lee on the panel are Creative Light Entertainment's Scott

Zakarin (Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels, Comic Book: The Movie),

Mindfire Entertainment's Mark Altman (The Specials, House of the Dead), and

actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Creature Unknown). The

panelists will share the secrets of what it takes to make a successful super

hero movie and how to make comic book themed movies economically.

Stan Lee will be signing autographs after the panel from 12:30 to 1:30!

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Check the Creative Light Entertainment Booth for location.

Chase Masterson will be signing autographs at 3 pm - 4:30

at the Creative Light Entertainment Booth!

Friday July 17th. 7:00 PM - 9:00PM - MARK HAMILL'S SNEAK PEEK AT COMIC BOOK


Last year, thousands of fans were blown away by the Mark Hamill Wants You In

His Movie panel that featured the voices behind the Joker, Spongebob Squarepants,

Ren & Stimpy, Winnie the Pooh and several of the hottest cartoons on

television. In addition to being part of the filming of the climatic scene of

Creative Light Entertainment and Amazing Invisible, Inc.'s Comic Book: The

Movie, they were treated to over four hours of the most amazing stories,

impressions, music, and Q & A session by the most famous voice over artists

in animation today.

This year, director Mark Hamill and the core cast of Comic Book: The Movie

are returning to the scene of the crime to share exclusive scenes and outtakes

from the movie which Miramax Films is releasing later this Fall. Joining Mark

Hamill on the panel are Donna D'Errico (Baywatch), Billy West (Futurama, Ren

& Stimpy), Roger Rose (Johnny Bravo), Jess Harnell (Animaniacs), Tom Kenny (Spongebob

Squarepants), Lori Alan (Spongebob Squarepants), Daran Norris (Fairly Odd

Parents), Gary Owens ( Laugh In, Spaceghost), Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh),

Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain), Debbi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), and

Creative Light CEO Scott Zakarin (Comic Book: The Movie, producer). Stay tuned

for other surprise appearances!

Saturday July 18th. Time TBD - Meet the stars of COMIC BOOK: THE MOVIE

The stars of Comic Book the Movie will be signing autographs at the Creative

Light Entertainment Booth!! Joining Mark Hamill on the panel are Donna D'Errico

(Baywatch), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy), Roger Rose (Johnny Bravo),

Jess Harnell (Animaniacs), Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants), Lori Alan (Spongebob

Squarepants), Daran Norris (Fairly Odd Parents), Gary Owens ( Laugh In,

Spaceghost), Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain),

Debbi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), and Creative Light CEO Scott Zakarin (Comic

Book: The Movie, producer). (Sorry, Mark Hamill will not be signing any Star

Wars related materials)

Saturday July 18th. 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Renee O'Connor - Renee (Gabrielle from Xena: Warrior Princess) will be

signing autographs at the Creative Light Booth!

Saturday July 18th. 4:00PM - 5:30PM - THE VOICES OF CARTOON TV!

Join in on the fun as the Voice Over stars of your favorite Cartoons gather

to do a script reading, some improv and Q&A - Mark Hamill, Jess Harnell,

Roger Rose, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Bob Bergen, Gregg Burger and many



Fans who must know everything can find another review of the "Blade

III" script online. This time up, FilmJerk

took a gander at David Goyer's script. The review

is very positive with some minor spoilers.

"Blade III" is set to lens in September. Goyer, who also wrote the

first two and produced the second one, is acting as writer, producer and

director on the final chapter to the comic franchise.



for Entertainment Rights to distribute "Transformers: Armada" on DVD

this year. Variety

reports that the UK distributor has secured the North American rights to the

animated show.




FI Wire chatted up screenwriter Miles Millar about his work on the

"Iron Man" movie. Millar said he and partner Alfred Gough are about

halfway done with the script, which he deems faithful, but updated...and gold!


screenwriting duo was challenged by the notion of updating things beyond a

simple man in an iron suit take. "I think we found a really cool way,

actually, to reinvent the suit, make it very high-tech, make it very cool

visually," Millar said.

It was the depth of the man under the mask that

attracted the writers. "Tony Stark, I think, ... [is] a really interesting

character," Millar said. "That's what I think really drew us to the

character in the first place. It's that he had a depth and an originality that

you hadn't seen in a superhero before. There's no character like this currently

in superhero movies."



The VisitTampaBay

site has the latest word on casting extra's for "The Punisher." Here's

an excerpt directly from the site:

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"If you've ever dreamed of being in the movies, here's your chance.

Producers of The Punisher, the full-length feature film being shot on location

in Tampa, will be conducting an open casting call for extras on Saturday, July

19 at The Florida Aquarium from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

"Participants are asked to bring a recent snapshot; a professional

headshot is not required. Approximately 2,000 extras will be needed for several

small scenes throughout the course of the movie. Casting agents are interested

in a wide range of looks, so people of all demographic profiles are encouraged

to participate."

For more information VisitTampaBay.



From a press release:

Earlier this year, the New York City Comic Book Museum (NYCCBM) successfully

raised funds through an eBay auction of an authentic poster from the smash-hit

movie "Daredevil," featuring autographs from the four key stars, the

director and the executive producer.

Now, the winner of that auction, Adam Kellenberger, is setting up a raffle

for the poster to coincide with this week's Comic-Con

International: San Diego 2003. Kellenberger, who owns a comic book store

called Hobby Monkey in Rocklin, California and administers a comic book

creator's forum online called The Comic Boards, will have a booth at the annual

San Diego event this week.

Kellenberger will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the raffle to NYCCBM.

Raffle tickets are $1 each, and the raffle will begin at the opening of Comic

Con International: San Diego 2003 on Wednesday, July 15 and continue through

Sunday, July 20. The winner of the raffle will be notified on Monday, July 21.

The original movie poster, which was originally donated to NYCCBM by Marvel

Entertainment's Avi Arad and Kevin Feige, features the image of Ben Affleck as

Daredevil as well as the other three major characters of Elektra, the Kingpin

and Bullseye. The poster is signed by the stars Affleck, Jennifer Garner,

Michael Clarke Duncan and Collin Farrell, as well as director Mark Steven

Johnson and executive producer Avi Arad.



From a press release:

Hollywood moves 125 miles south for a few days this summer as Comic-Con

International, the nation's largest comic book and popular arts convention

will play host to some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities.

From Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie, to Academy Award winner Halle

Berry. From film director Kevin Smith, to Academy Award nominee Edward James

Olmos, the stars will truly shine in San Diego. And that's just a very small


"We couldn't be more pleased," commented David Glanzer,

spokesperson for the non profit event, "to see such an impressive lineup

for our show is just truly staggering."

Comic-Con International will be held July 17th through the 20th, 2003, and is

known for its wide appeal to lovers of comic books, movies, television, Japanese

animation and all things pop culture.

A San Diego institution, Comic-Con International began many years ago with

only 300 people in its first year. The 2002 show saw the attendance reach an

impressive 63,000 unique attendees.

The years have seen the show grow in both size and scope, from it's origins

in the basement of a local hotel, to the expansive 450,000 square feet it now

utilizes of the San Diego Convention Center.

In addition to the variety of movie stars, Comic-Con International also plays

host to panels, workshops, programs and discussions on all aspects of the

popular arts including: How to Self Publish your Comic Book; Independent

Filmmaking; and Proper Training in Art to name just a few.

If that weren't enough, Comic-Con also features an Independent Film Festival

as well as the Lucasfilm Ltd, and Atom Films Star Wars Fan Film Festival.

"Though it sounds somewhat clich, there really is something for

everyone," continued Glanzer.

Comic-Con International is a non profit educational organization dedicated to

creating awareness of and appreciation of comics and related popular art forms

primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the

historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

A complete listing of events can be found at



"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 between now and July 27th for your chance to win.



has teamed up with Devil's

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


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.


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

to the

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

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