Artisan unveils new Punisher Poster!

Fri, October 17th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


Entertainment just shot CBR News a copy of the new teaser poster for 'The

Punisher.' This poster is an online exclusive between now and next week, when

it'll start showing up in theaters across the country. Click the thumbnail for the full-size image!

Artisan has also issued this end of production press release for the film:

Tampa, October 17, 2003 -- Artisan Entertainment and Marvel Studio's 'The

Punisher' starring Thomas Jane, John Travolta and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos has

wrapped production after an 11-week shoot on location in Tampa, Florida it was

announced by Artisan Pictures President of Production Richard Saperstein and

Marvel Studios CEO Avi Arad. Written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, 'The

Punisher' is produced by Avi Arad and producer Gale Anne Hurd. Kevin Feige is the

executive producer. Ari Arad is the co-producer along with Germany's The

VIP-Group. Supporting cast members include Roy Scheider, Samantha Mathis, Laura

Harring, Will Patton, Ben Foster, James Carpinello, Mark Collie, Eddie Jemison,

Russell Andrews, John Pinette and Kevin Nash. The event film will be released in

North America by Artisan Entertainment on April 16, 2004.

Marvel's unstoppable vigilante 'The Punisher' hits the screen in a new action

thriller that introduces a comic book hero unlike any other. The Punisher brings

to the screen one of Marvel's top-selling solo comic books and a marquee

character whose popularity parallels that of Marvel stars X-Men, Spider-Man, and

the Fantastic Four. The Punisher walks through the world we all know, a world

darkened by war, crime, cruelty, and injustice. He has no superpowers to battle

the evil he sees - only his fierce intelligence, his years of combat experience

and, above all, his iron determination to avenge those wronged by society's


'The Punisher' marks the directorial debut of Jonathan Hensleigh, renowned

screenwriter of genre blockbusters The Rock, Armageddon and Die Hard: With a

Vengeance. Thomas Jane (Dreamcatcher, *61, Deep Blue Sea) stars in the title

role, squaring off against superstar John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) as

the story's formidable villain. Co-starring are Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (X-Men,

X-2: X-Men United) as a woman climbing back from a troubled past, Laura Harring

(Mulholland Drive) as Travolta's vengeful wife, and Samantha Mathis (American

Psycho) as The Punisher's wife.

Thomas Jane is a versatile actor with a wide range of strong performances to

his credit. Jane most recently starred in the Warner Bros.' film, Dreamcatcher,

alongside Morgan Freeman and can next be seen in the title role of Stander for

director Bronwen Hughes. Jane starred opposite Cameron Diaz in Columbia

Pictures' The Sweetest Thing. Prior to that, Jane starred as legendary baseball

player Mickey Mantle in HBO's acclaimed film 61*. Additional credits for Jane

include roles in Lions Gate's Under Suspicion, Warner Brothers' Deep Blue Sea,

20th Century Fox's The Thin Red Line and New Line's Boogie Nights.

A proven megastar with over forty films to his credit, John Travolta has

starred in some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters and earned critics' praise

for several commanding performances. He has garnered two Academy Award Best

Actor nominations -- for his memorable performances as a hit man in Pulp Fiction

and white suited disco hustler in Saturday Night Fever - and received multiple

Golden Globe Award accolades including winner in the Best Actor, Musical/Comedy

for Get Shorty. Additional credits include roles as a free spirited archangel in

Michael and as an ordinary man bestowed surreal powers in Phenomenon. He can

next be seen opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming film Ladder 49 for Buena

Vista Pictures.

Romijn-Stamos is a talented actress who continues to turn in impressive

performances in her films. She recently completed shooting Godsend opposite

Robert De Niro and Greg Kinnear. Romijn-Stamos' previous credits include Femme

Fatale opposite Antonio Banderas, Rollerball, opposite Chris Klein and LL Cool

J, a role opposite Al Pacino in Simone, and the hugely successful films X-Men

and X-2: X-Men United.

Writer and Director Jonathan Hensleigh has written some of the genre's most

notable action films including The Rock, Armageddon, Jumanji and Die Hard: With

a Vengence. Hensleigh also executive produced Armageddon as well as Gone in

Sixty Seconds and Con Air.

Avi Arad is President and CEO of Marvel Studios. Following the

record-breaking success of the box office smash hit, Spider-Man (Columbia

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Pictures), and the establishment of two more proven franchises in his first

Marvel features - Blade (New Line) and X-Men: The Movie (Twentieth Century Fox)

- Arad has numerous film projects based on Marvel super heroes in various stages

of development. He has aligned Marvel with several prominent studios to produce

full-feature films including: Twentieth Century Fox (X-Men 2, The Silver Surfer,

Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Elektra), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man 2, Ghost

Rider), Universal Studios (The Hulk, Namor), New Line (Iron Man), Dimension

(Werewolf By Night, Dr. Strange), Artisan Entertainment (The Punisher) and

Paramount (Deathlok). His reputation has attracted some of Hollywood's most

prestigious directors (i.e. Sam Raimi, Ang Lee and Bryan Singer) and writers who

are helping translate the ever-popular Marvel super heroes for the big screen.

Gale Anne Hurd recently produced the hit epic fantasy-adventure, The Hulk.

Hurd has produced such box office hits as Armageddon, Terminator, Aliens, The

Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Ghost and the Darkness, The Relic and

Dante's Peak, and served as an executive producer of this past summer's

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Impressively, both Armageddon and Terminator

2: Judgment Day ranked number one in worldwide box office gross in their

respective years of release. Her films have earned over $2.5 billion at the box

office and have won multiple Academy Awards.

Locations for 'The Punisher' included downtown Tampa, The Tampa Port, Ybor

City, Ft. DeSoto State Park, Honeymoon Island State Park, the Old Federal

Courthouse and The University of South Florida.

Behind-the-scenes talent includes Cinematographer Conrad W. Hall (Panic Room)

Production Designer Michael Hanan (Gods and Generals, Blow,) and Costume

Designer Lisa Tomczeszyn.

Artisan Entertainment Inc. is the leading independent producer and

distributor of theatrical, television and home entertainment product. The

company coordinates its business activities through two wholly owned operating

divisions, Artisan Pictures and Artisan Home Entertainment.

The Artisan Pictures division is responsible for the development, production,

marketing and distribution of the company's annual slate of theatrical films.

The Artisan Home Entertainment division has an extensive library of over 7,000

titles which includes its own properties, as well as a wide spectrum of films

from Academy Award winning classics to blockbusters and cult favorites.

Marvel Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: MVL) is a leading global character-based

entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 4,700

characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60

years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product

licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of

feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team also

supports the creation of video games and toy lines based on its characters as

well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services

including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic book

division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as

an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is a

recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing,

developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional

information visit

The Munich based VIP-Group is one of the leading German independent full

service investment advisors as well as product initiator and asset manager with

one key area in investments into film production. The VIP-Group has structured

its own production company over the past years thus being able to control the

investments made by various funds. Being the largest non-bank-related media

funds in Germany with an overall investment of together above 250 mio , the

VIP-Group has a long history of successfully producing international movies,

starring i.e. academy-award winner Kevin Costner, Charlize Theron and Christina

Ricci, as well as national feature films, i.e. a fairy tale comedy with

well-known German comedians.

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