Punisher, Ghost Rider, Daredevil 2, Blade and Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for August 14, 2003

Thu, August 14th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

PUNISHER

Eduardo Yanez is the latest addition to the cast of "The Punisher"

according to the

Hollywood Reporter. The actor, who previously appeared in "Wild

Things" and "Megiddo: The Omega Code 2" has been cast in a bit

part as a Cuban gangster.

In other "Punisher" news, cover artist extraordinaire Tim

Bradstreet revealed on his official

website that he is involved with the production. Bradstreet is well known

for his gritty, urban cover paintings for crime-oriented comics and has been

providing covers for "The Punisher" for several years.

Word is that director Jonathan Hensleigh wanted the Bradstreet look for his

film early on and has been trying to get or keep the artist involved in

development almost from the start. At the recent

press conference the director noted Bradstreet's influence on the movie.

"Stick around until September when I will reveal the big news about the

new 'Punisher film,'" Bradstreet told readers of his site. "I am

involved, but to find out how, check back for the straight dope in

September."

GHOST

RIDER, DAREDEVIL 1 & 2

UGO

recently scored an interview with Mark Steven Johnson, the fan-favorite director

of "Daredevil" and the upcoming "Ghost Rider."

With regards to the hit movie, "Daredevil," UGO asked the director

if there was anything he would have done differently.

"Oh, yeah," Johnson said, laughing. "Absolutely. It was only

my second movie, and my first was so small. This was learn-as-you-go."

UGO asked specifically about the scene early in the movie where Daredevil

kills a man on the subway tracks.

"I agonized over that, and I thought that if Daredevil doesn't kill him,

then he's Batman, and every other superhero. If he stands there and lets the guy

get cut in half, then that's something I haven't seen before," Johnson

said. "Every time I could, I would try to do something different. Could the

audience root for a guy that isn't even sure if he's a good guy or a bad

guy?"

When asked if the "Born Again" storyline would be good fodder for

"Daredevil 2" Johnson responded, "I think that would be awesome.

That's something we've talked about. At some point, it would also be great to do

Kevin Smith's 'Guardian' Devil storyline."

He added, "There are some old villains that may be lame now that could

be reinvented."

Johnson is currently at work writing the script for "Ghost Rider"

which he'll also direct. Johnson said the work is going "awesome. I'm

sitting at my screen right now. I'm turning in the draft in a few weeks and I

hope to be shooting in the fall."

His take on "Ghost Rider" will center on Johnny Blaze. "I want

to take all the stuff from the original and update it. If Evel Knievel was

around today, with all his charisma, he'd probably be amazing," Johnson

said. "He'd be like king of the X-Games and bigger than Tony Hawk. I

thought I would do it the way the comics did it."

However, the look of the character will borrow more heavily from the Javier

Saltares / Mark Texiera take of the 1990s.

"I always liked Johnny Blaze more than Danny Ketch, because I liked that

cowboy southwest vibe. But the look was much better later in the Howard Mackie

storylines with villains like the [Marvel] Scarecrow."

Johnson also confirmed that Nicolas Cage is still attached to star in it.

"He's a huge fan, with a huge Ghost Rider tattoo on his left shoulder.

That's how serious he is."

For more from Mark Steven Johnson check out the complete, in depth interview at UGO.

BLADE

ANIMATED

Lion's Gate Entertainment released their earnings report for first quarter of

fiscal 2004 which included one detail about the upcoming "Blade"

animated TV series for MTV.

In summing up Lions Gate's CineGroupe animation partner and its contribution

to the company bottom line, the report contains this statement. "In

addition, CineGroupe is in development with Marvel Entertainment on the animated

series 'Blade' for MTV, based on the blockbuster film franchise."

HULK

Screen

Daily reports that "The Hulk" opened big in India. The movie grossed $214,000 from 81 theatres in India for Universal's ninth

biggest opening ever in the territory.

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