Luther Arkwright, Smallville, CrossGen, American Splendor and LXG: Comics2Film wrap for August 4, 2003

Mon, August 4th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



Producer Sophie Patrick at KouKou Productions told Comics2Film that work is

progressing on the "Luther Arkwright" movie.

Patrick reports that her efforts in finding funding for the movie have

garnered interest from several production companies in Australia and the United


Screenwriter Bruce Mutard is hard at work on the script, which is tentatively

titled "Empire." Mutard is on track to complete his script in early

September. Image Comics will publish Mutard's graphic novel "The

Bunker" this year.



week broke

the news that "Smallville" fans can expect to see Perry White making

an appearance in season three of the show. The site came across some casting

sides for the character.

followed up with their own report, posting spoilers for the fifth episode of the

season, which will feature the irritable publisher, an episode simply titled


The role is not cast yet, but KryptonSite reports that

Jeannot Szwarc will be directing that episode. The name may be familiar to

"Superman" fans. Szwarc directed former Superman Christopher Reeve in

"Somewhere in Time" and also helmed the big screen spin-off



CBG Express - Comic

Buyer's Guide Electronic Bulletin reports that additional CrossGen projects

are on the way to the big screen. F.J. DeSanto, v.p. at Branded Entertainment,

revealed that Custom Entertainment has optioned "Brath," Michael

France ("Cliffhanger") will write the film adaptation of

"Negation," and that "Sigil" will be a trilogy.

Branded Entertainment is the production shingle headed up by Michael Uslan,

who exclusively represents CrossGen properties in Hollywood.



The new issue of "Newsweek" (cover dated August 11 but due in

stores today) contains a feature article on actor Paul Giamatti, who plays

Harvey Pekar in this month's "American Splendor".

"Newsweek" General Editor Devin Gordon writes, "Actor Paul

Giamatti may never be on a first-name basis with moviegoers, but his days of

being 'that guy in that movie' are about to end with the performance of his

career in 'American Splendor.'"

Check out "Newsweek" for the complete article.



"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" came in at #9 this weekend,

according to estimates published by Box

Office Mojo. The comic-based movie took in $3.1 million over its fourth

weekend. Its total domestic gross now stands at $58.8 million.

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