Sonambulo, Constantine, American Splendor, Marvel v Sony, Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for August 5, 2003

Tue, August 5th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

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Rob Worley, Columnist




reports that Rafael Navarro's indie comic "Masks of Sonambulo" has

thrown a flying suflex on producer Sergio Aguero.

Aguero, who produced the hit Mexican movie "Y tu Mam Tambin,"

is reportedly developing a movie based on the comic.

The book features the adventures of a lucha wrestler who is beaten and left

for dead. When he awakens after a decades-long slumber he finds that he can read

people's dreams but cannot sleep himself. He retires from wrestling and uses his

abilities as a private detective.




article detailing a recent deal concerning filmmaker Frank Cappello sheds some

light on the development of the "Constantine" movie.

The article states that Warner Bros. Pictures' "Constantine" is due

to begin production in September. However, at this point Keanu Reeves, who will

play John Constantine, is the only cast member attached to that film.

The focus of the article is that Cappello is now on tap to write and direct

an original film based on his "Voices" pitch for New Regency





FilmForce presents an in-depth interview with actor Paul Giamatti, who stars

in this month's comic-to-film, "American Splendor."

Giamatti told FilmForce that he's happy with the reaction people are having

to his turn as grumpy comic scribe Harvey Pekar in the movie.

"Everything I've heard about the movie has been great. People really

like this movie, which is great," Giamatti said. "For me, the

difference is I get to go home at night. He has to be like that all the time.

He's not a happy guy. He's had a miserable life."

The actor later continued, "He had cancer, and he came back though

recently. But for a guy like that, it doesn't matter. He's happy that he beat

the cancer. But he's still miserable.

"I mean, this is the kind of [movie] in which you're happy, and lucky,

to do. This kind of thing doesn't come along very often. And the fact that it

actually works and succeeds as a movie is sort of icing on the cake. It could

have very easily just not have worked at all."

"American Splendor" debuts in New York, Los Angeles and Cleveland

on August 15th, with a wider release to follow.



For the second time, Marvel has lost its appeal to have it's case against

Sony heard by a Jury reports the

Hollywood Reporter.

On Monday, a California appeals court has rejected a bid by Marvel

Enterprises to have its "Spider-Man" contract dispute with Sony

Pictures Entertainment heard by a jury instead of a private judge. This is the

second time the comic giant has appealed the ruling and lost.

Marvel still has the option of appealing the ruling once again at the

California Supreme Court level. Regardless, Marvel attorney Christine Pagac

said. "We're delighted to be going forward with this case in any



"The Hulk" is ringing up receipts overseas, according to,

but continues to perform below studio hopes.

The movie took in $2.6million from 2,180 sites in 25 countries over the

weekend, raising its international running total to $87.2 million. That figure

includes a bow in Japan where big green collected just $1.2 million in 432


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