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‘Bastard Samurai’ to big screen, ‘X2’ box office, ‘Hulk’ DVD: Comics2Film wrap for May 5th, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

BASTARD SAMURAI

Just a few weeks ago it was
announced
that Michael Avon Oeming’s “Hammer of the Gods” has been
set up as a feature film at Regency Enterprises, the mini-major who also brought
“Daredevil” to the big screen. Now Circle or Confusion producer David
Engel tells Comics2Film/CBR News that the next priority is getting Oeming’s
“Bastard Samurai” set up.


Tony Jaswinski
has been hired to draft the script based on the comic.

“We’re as excited about ‘Bastard Samurai’ as we are about ‘Hammer of the
Gods.'” Engel told C2F. “Tony Jaswinski is a very talented
screenwriter.”

The comic tells the story of Jiro, a student at KoZu Sword School in
modern-day New York. The Yakuza-run school takes in orphans and twists and
transforms them into Bushido warriors. These warriors are then forced to engage
in rooftop death matches as gambling entertainment for Japanese businessmen.

“It’ll be a very unique project. A really cool hybrid between present day
‘Fast and the Furious’ sensibilities and samurai,” Engel said. “As a
fan of martial arts, Mike is very concerned that in the movie we keep all the kung fu and martial
arts very cutting edge and fun. With Mike watching my back we’ll keep them cool.”

Jaswinski won critical praise at the 2002 Sundance film festival when his
movie “Killing Time,” which he wrote and directed, was nominated for
the Grand Jury prize. The scribe has also written a script for
“Westward” which is in development at New Line.

“Bastard Samurai” was published last year by Image Comics. Oeming
co-wrote the book with Miles Gunter. Kelsey Shannon provided the artwork.

 

X2, BULLETPROOF MONK BOX OFFICE

Once again Marvel has flexed its muscle at the box office.

With a loyal fan base, years of anticipation and a flood of positive reviews
behind it, “X2: X-Men United” kicked off the summer movie season with
a bang.

According to early weekend estimates provided by Box
Office Mojo
the mutant sequel from Marvel and Fox took in $85.9 million
domestically in its opening weekend. Add to that the fact that Fox is opening the
movie on a record number of screens worldwide, and “X2” is an unqualified
hit.

The “summer” movie season actually begins in spring these days,
with movies like “The Mummy Returns” and “Spider-Man”
proving that the first weekend of May is a viable kick-off event. “X2”
becomes the second best opener for this weekend landing behind the web-slinger
but ahead of the Brendon Fraser actioner. Overall, “X2” takes the
prize for the fourth biggest weekend opening of all time, behind
“Spider-Man” and the two “Harry Potter” movies.

According to Box Office Mojo, “X2’s” Friday opener, took in an
estimated $31.2 million making it the third biggest opening day of all time,
again following Marvel’s web-spinner and the first “Harry
Potter.”

Fans are reminded that “X2” isn’t the only comic-based fare in
theaters right now. “Bulletproof Monk,” based on the indie comic
published by Flypaper Press, is still a top 10 movie in its third weekend. That
one’s performance isn’t quite as spectacular though. The movie landed at #10
this week, losing another %67 of its audience. The film’s total domestic gross
now stands at $21.6 million.

Variety
adds that the worldwide take on “X2” rings up at $155.2 million.

 

HULK DVD

The first of the new wave of Hulk DVDs hits the shelf this week. Anchor Bay’s
“The Incredible Hulk Collection” is a two disc set showcasing two of
the TV movies based on the “Incredible Hulk” TV show. “The Return
of the Incredible Hulk” guest stars the mighty Thor while “The Trial
of the Incredible Hulk” features Daredevil and the Kingpin.


The collection also has the requisite extras, including video interviews with
Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno. The set also contains Ferrigno’s inspiring
documentary “Stand Tall.”

If you’re in New York City on Tuesday you can stop by and meet Ferrigno,
who’ll be promoting the release at the Best Buy store in Chelsea. The body
builder-turned-actor will be on hand for the DVD launch at 7:00pm. The store is
located at 60 W. 23rd Street.

Ferrigno played the green goliath in “The Incredible Hulk” TV
series and three follow-up TV movies. He later returned to the role, voicing the
character on the animated TV series, which ran in the early-mid 1990s. He’ll next
be seen in a cameo appearance in Universal’s big-budget “Hulk” movie,
hitting screens next month.

Universal is releasing the series premiere movie of “The Incredible
Hulk” TV show on DVD next month. Fox Home Video is also getting in on the
act, pushing out “The Death of the Incredible Hulk” movie, which ended
the TV run on DVD. Also in June, animation fans can look for “The
Incredible Hulk” cartoon, with selected episodes collected on DVD and VHS.