DAN BRERETON AT THE MOVIES
world,” says Circle of Confusion producer David Engel of the comic writer
and painter whose quirky mix of horror and pulp action figures are about to
invade Hollywood. Engel tells us that he’s got four of Brereton’s projects in
play and all are garnering significant interest.
Brereton’s flagship creation, “The Nocturnals” is finally heating
up as a viable Hollywood property.
“We’re on the
verge of closing a deal to partner with Lorenzo di Bonaventura,” Engel told
Di Bonaventura was formerly president, worldwide
production at Warner Bros. He vacated that position late last year in order to
pursue projects as an independent producer. Since then he has attached himself
to DC/Warner’s “Constantine” and may now join “Nocturnals”
as a producer.
Brereton’s comic tells of a team of adventurers all of whom are
drawn from classic monster archetypes. It’s been described in the past as
“‘X-Men’ meets ‘Sleepy Hollow.'”
Brereton creation, published a few years back by DC is “GiantKiller.”
Circle of Confusion is also shopping that project around.
“The book is hot and never been
sold to Hollywood, so we’re really excited about ‘GiantKiller,'” Engel told
C2F/CBR News. Apparently the project has already gotten interest from several
directors whose names would be well known to C2F readers.
The book told of a portal that opens near L.A. allowing giant, Godzilla-sized
creatures to come through. The U.S. government uses the monster DNA to engineer
“Jack,” as their agent to stalk and kill the creatures. But as Jack
gets deeper into kaiju territory he realizes that his mission may not be as
simple as it seems.
Brereton also recently completed the script for “Undeadly” with
co-writer Jonathan Bresman. “Undeadly” is a kind of revamp of
“The Warriors” with all the rival gangs being filled out by
supernatural creatures. It’s a concept Brereton created for film, but will
likely see print as a comic as well.
Finally, Engel tells us that “The Psycho” is getting interest from
a major studio. That comic represents some of Brereton’s earliest work as an
artist. He teamed with writer James Hudnall (“Harsh Realm”) to create
the story of Jake Riley, a man forced to become the thing he hates: a superhuman
agent in the service of the government.
Engel tells us to expect more Brereton news soon.
Sony is set to handle the international distribution rights for Marvel and
Artisan’s “The Punisher” according to today’s Variety.
Legal issues with Marvel notwithstanding, Sony division Columbia TriStar Film
Distributor’s Intl. has picked up the film’s distribution rights to most
international territories. The only exceptions will be eight
Southeast Asian and Middle East territories, including China and India, which
were previously sold to other outlets.
Artisan will, of course, distribute the movie in the
THE GATE OF THE DRAGON AND TIGER
Action star and director Donny Yen will direct a comic based movie in China
this year. Variety
reports that Mandarin Films has tapped the veteran martial arts filmmaker to
helm “The Gate of the Dragon and Tiger,” based on a long-running comic
Fans will remember Yen for his appearance as Snowman in “Blade II.”
More recently he played the heavy in “Shanghai Knights” and also
appeared in the acclaimed martial arts epic “Hero.”
No casting for “The Gate of the Dragon and Tiger” has been
confirmed but cameras are set to roll in November.
An anonymous source for Corona/Cinescape
reports that 20th Century Fox is eyeing Canada as a location for the upcoming
“Fantastic Four” movie. The studio is allegedly looking to Toronto or
Vancouver, both or which served as locations for “X-Men” and
Corona vouches for their source, pointing out that he has a well-established
track record with providing the site with credible information.
Fans who want to know everything about the soon-to-film
“Blade III” can check out a script review at Creature
Corner. The horror site presents an in-depth look at David Goyer’s final
chapter to the franchise that started the Marvel movie revolution.
is positive but contains significant spoilers.
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CALLING ALL FAN ARTISTS: G.I. JOE WANTS YOU
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We’re looking for a few good pencil and ink
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