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
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
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 Awardsâ.
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 http://www.marvel.com.
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.