'Jingle Belle' movie, 'X2' box office, 'Batman,' 'Justice League' DVDs, more: Comics2Film wrap for May 9th, 2003

Fri, May 9th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

JINGLE BELLE

Paul Dini's "Jingle Belle" is the latest comic getting the

big-screen treatment. Variety

reports that Revolution Studios has optioned the property for development as a

live-action movie.

The movie tells the story of Santa Claus' rebellious teenage daughter.

Producer Steve Tisch and GMG Films partner Gary Goodman originally held the

option and are on board as producers. 

Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production shingle brought the graphic novels in

to Revolution. Sandler and partner Jack Giarraputo will exec produce. Dini is

also an executive producer. Ford Gilmore will co-produce.

 

X2: BOX OFFICE

According to numbers published late Thursday by Box

Office Mojo "X2: X-Men United" did, indeed break the $100 million

mark during the first week of its run.

"X2" took in almost $4.9 million on Wednesday, carrying it to a

total domestic take of over $103 million in just six days on the screen.

The movie faces little competition this weekend. The biggest new movie coming

out is "Daddy Day Care," the family-oriented Eddie Murphy laffer.

Chances are the "X2" will continue as the #1 film this weekend,

although the appearance of DC Comics' The Flash may lure some comic fans to the

Murphy movie.

After that, the real battle begins. Next weekend "X2" will face off

with the much-anticipated "Matrix: Reloaded." 

 

BATMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE

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reports that Warner Home Video has released the specs for the next wave of

"Batman Animated" and "Justice League" DVD releases.

The next title in the dark knight series is "Batman: The Animated Series

- Out of the shadows. 

The disc contains four episodes of the animated series including the two-part

"Two-Face" introducing Batman's divisive villain, "It's Never Too

Late," which puts Batman in the middle of two mob bosses and "I've Got

Batman In My Basement," in which Penguin gets the drop on the caped

crusader.

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align="right" width="125" height="164">The "Justice League" release is "Justice League: Paradise

Lost."

This DVD contains both parts of the "Paradise Lost" story, in which

Wonder Woman discovers her homeland has been destroyed by a villain, and both

parts  of the "War World" story, where Superman finds himself on

Mongul's battle planet.

Both discs carry an MSRP of $19.98. They're due in stores July 22nd, 2003.

 

ASTRO BOY

In an article detailing the efforts of Sony Pictures Animation, Variety

touched on the status of the "Astro Boy" movie. The year-old division

lists a number of projects on the slate including the classic anime.

However, the report also indicates that no decision has been made about which

film will be first out of the gate. Never the less, "Astro Boy" is

enjoying a resurgence in the popularity with a new TV show airing in Japan and

due to hit U.S. airwaves this year.

Eric Leighton ("Dinosaur") is still attached to direct. Producing

"Astro Boy" are Don Murphy is for Angryfilms and Lisa Henson for The

Jim Henson Co.

 

DAREDEVIL

"Daredevil" will be the first Fox film to be released on the new

D-VHS format according to today's Variety.

The new digital tape format allows for the recording of high-definition video

versions of movies.

 

THE TICK

Spooon! The fans have spoken and Sony listened. C2F told you yesterday

how you could vote to have "The Tick" released on DVD. Well, it turns

out the poll we pointed you to was old. The results had already been tallied and

reported a few weeks back. 

TVShowsOnDVD.com

reports that "The Tick," "Soap," "Newsradio" and

"Dilbert" were among the winners. Those shows are said to be slated

for the DVD release later this year.

Thanks to Armand (who wants a Guardians

of the Galaxy movie) for pointing us straight.

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