Smallville, Constantine, Yu-Gi-Oh, Akira, Punisher: Comics2Film wrap for August 1, 2003

Fri, August 1st, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

SMALLVILLE

KryptonSite.com

reports that Rutger Hauer is slated to appear in several episodes of

"Smallville" next season. He'll play a character taken straight from

the "Superman" comic books: shady media mogul Morgan Edge.

Check out

KryptonSite for more details about Hauer's episodes.

Over on his personal

website the actor talks about his experiences on the set of

"Smallville," where he became a huge fan of Tom Welling.

CONSTANTINE

Is special effects guru Stan Winston really working on the

"Constantine" movie, or is he just confused? It's hard to tell based

on a recent interview he did with MovieHole.

While the interview focused on Winston's recent production "Wrong

Turn" he also commented on the DC Comics-based movie.

"Right now, I'm in the middle of working on a wonderful movie over at

Columbia – with Laura Ziskin, who did 'Spider-Man,' called 'Constantine,'

based on a comic called 'Hellblazer.' I can't say too much, because of a

confidentially agreement I have with them, but the script is wonderful and we're

working on some great character designs for it," Winston told Moviehole.

The puzzling things are, as far as we know, "Constantine" is at

Warner Bros, not Columbia. Producing the movie is Lauren Shuler-Donner

("X2") and not Laura Ziskin.

YU-GI-OH

Warner

Bros. is looking to ride the wave of the popular manga/anime "Yu-Gi-Oh,"

according to today's Variety.

The

studio is negotiating to acquire worldwide distribution rights to the

Japanese-produced feature film.

Fans in the U.S. can expect to see the "Yu-Gi-Oh" movie next

summer. Warner Bros. will be giving away collectible trading cards with movie

tickets as a promotional tie-in.

AKIRA

"League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" director Stephen Norrington has

had it with Hollywood and will not be party to the Americanized remake of

"Akira." At least that's what he told Wizard Magazine.

"I have dropped out of all my Hollywood development deals because I want

to pursue more creative avenues," Norrington is quoted as saying.

Warner Brothers confirmed Norrington's departure and told the magazine that

the film was back in development and no new director had been attached.

Thanks to CountingDown

for the scoop.

 

PUNISHER

Cameras began rolling on 'The Punisher' a few days earlier than expected

according to Bay

News 9 in Tampa Bay, Florida. The production moved into Bay News 9 studios

to film reporters Rick Elmhorst and Carleth Keys acting like, well, reporters.

Principal production on the movie begins next week.

CBR News

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