Deathlok, Komikwerks, Betty & Veronica, Punisher, Teen Titans: Comics2Film wrap for July 23, 2003

Wed, July 23rd, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


Lee Tamahori is set to direct Marvel/Paramount's killer cyborg pic

"Deathlok" according to today's Hollywood

Reporter. Crystal Sky Productions is co-producing and co-financing the film.

The movie tells the story of a suburban family man who is unwittingly made a

test subject for technology research that slowly turns him into a living


Tamahori is hot off the directing duties of the latest James Bond flick,

"Die Another Day." He previously directed "Along Came a

Spider" for Paramount.

Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner ("Nosebleed") developed the script

for the film. Marvel's Avi Arad is producting along with Crystal Sky's Steven



From a press release:

Komikwerks, a leader

in digital distribution of creator-owned comics, and Circle of Confusion, a

management and production company, have announced a strategic alliance to

manage, co-produce and develop comic-book properties to film, TV, video games.

Circle of Confusion manages such diverse talent as the Wachowski Bros., the

Reign of Fire writers Gregg Chabot and Kevin Peterka, and comic-book creator

Brian Michael Bendis.

Under the terms, Circle of Confusion will represent Komikwerks and its

contributors in a management capacity, as well as a producing partner on some

selected ventures.

"Circle of Confusion has an impressive roster of clients, and a track

record of working with great comic talent; it's an honor to be working with

them," says Komikwerks co-founder Shannon Denton.

"This arrangement continues to extend our original goal as a publisher,

which is to allow independent creators access to resources that are usually only

available to the larger publishers. We're thrilled about this

partnership," added Komikwerks co-founder Patrick Coyle.

Most recently Komikwerks announced a strategic partnership with ibooks, which

gives Komikwerks access to graphic novel titles with a roster of talent that

includes Jim Steranko, Harvey Kurtzman, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, Matt

Wagner, Dean Motter, Mike Mignola, Dave Gibbons, and Moebius, to name a few.



Once again, plans are afoot to bring the Archie Comics to the big screen. Variety

reports that Miramax Films and Archie Comics Entertainment will team on

"Betty & Veronica," a live-action feature spotlighting Archie's


The article also reports that the venerable publisher aims to emulate

Marvel's success in launching franchises based on their characters. Archie

Comics Entertainment president Allan I. Grafman, CEO Chuck Grimes and Michael

Silberkleit and Richard Goldwater are looking to bring characters like

"Sabrina The Teenage Witch," "Josie and the Pussycats,"

"Kate Keene, Teen Model" and Mighty Crusaders," to the big

screen, the small screen and other media as well.


Last week, hundreds of aspiring actors trudged through the Florida heat for

their shot at fortune and glory...and punishment. The goal: land a spot as an

extra in the upcoming Marvel and Artisan movie "The Punisher."

Now, Brian Pate of Comic

Book shares his experiences in a photo

journal account of the cattle call for that movie. Pate provides an inside

look at the not-so-glamorous life of a wanna-be extra. He's also got some nice

photos of potential "Punisher" locations.

Check it out for a good read.



From a press release:

Cartoon Network's premiere telecast of its newest original series,

"Teen Titans" (Saturday, 9 p.m.), earned powerful ratings increases

across all target demos, according to Nielsen Media Research. The high-octane

action-comedy program earned double and triple-digit delivery and ratings gains

among kids 6-11 and 2-11, and stands as the most-watched Cartoon Network

premiere ever with boys 6-11. Additionally, the Sunday replay at 10 p.m. ranked

as the most-watched program in its time period on ad-supported basic cable with

kids 6-11, kids 2-11, boys 6-11 and boys 2-11. Highlights of the animated series'

performance vs. the same time period last year include the following:

Saturday, 9 p.m. premiere:

  • Kids 6-11 delivery (748,000) increased by 67% and ratings (3.0) also by


  • Boys 6-11 delivery (667,000) improved by 130% and ratings (5.3) also by


  • Kids 2-11 delivery (994,000) grew by 24% and ratings (2.5) by 25%.
  • Boys 2-11 delivery (831,000) expanded by 103% and ratings (4.1) by 105%.

Sunday, 10 p.m. replay:

  • Kids 6-11 delivery (1,155,000) increased by 245% and ratings (4.7) by 236%.
  • Boys 6-11 delivery (940,000) ballooned by 278% and ratings (7.5) by 275%.
  • Kids 2-11 delivery (1,585,000) grew by 159% and ratings (4.0) by 167%.
  • Boys 2-11 delivery (1,186,000) expanded by 203% and ratings (5.8) by 205%.




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.

Time is

running out! Entries must be in by July 25th. Click over

to the

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



"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.

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