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Captain America, Hulk, American Splendor, Spidey 1 & 2, Punisher: C2F wrap for June 30, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment
Captain America, Hulk, American Splendor, Spidey 1 & 2, Punisher: C2F wrap for June 30, 2003

CAPTAIN AMERICA

Recent rumors about a planned
“Captain America” movie are false.

Stories began circulating a
few weeks ago about “a big name producer” circling the project and
Brad Pitt expressing interest in signing a three-picture deal to star as
America’s living legend.

According to the rumors, the alleged movie would be
based on Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s take from “The
Ultimates.”

That all sounds very exciting but Kevin Feige,
Executive Vice President of Marvel Studios tells us there is “no truth to
it at all.”

“Amazing the trouble people will go to to start a rumor,” Feige
said of the story.

“Captain America” is set up at Artisan
Entertainment, which licensed 15 Marvel characters for development back in the
summer of 2000. The first film to spring out of that deal is “The
Punisher,” which starts filming this summer. The next most likely projects
seem to be “Man-Thing,” which may film this year in Australia and
“Iron Fist” which has long had Ray Park attached to star.

HULK

In spite of strong performance during the week following its opening
“The Hulk” saw a precipitous drop in audience numbers in its second
weekend according to estimates published by Box
Office Mojo
.

According to the box office analysis site, “The Hulk” lost over 70%
of its audiences in its second week, taking in a mere $18.4 million. The green
goliath did just manage to clear the $100 million mark.

Fans continue to express love-it or hate-it reactions to the movie, but the
fractured word of mouth seems to be enough to keep moviegoers away.

“The Hulk” was the #2 movie for the weekend, following
“Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” which took in $38 million, but also
failed to live up to expectations.

AMERICAN SPLENDOR

Variety
reports that 2003’s sixth comic adaptation will close out the Comedia festival
in Montreal next month.

Comedia, the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival’s
comedy-film event, runs from July 10 to July 20 and will showcase 25 movies,
including “American Splendor” based on Harvey Pekar’s comics.

The film, starring Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis has
already garnered awards at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals.

“American Splendor” will close Comedia. The movie is due out in
limited release starting August 15th.

SPIDER-MAN 2

Fans shouldn’t
start looking for a “Spider-Man 2” trailer until November, according
to today’s Variety.

An
article detailing the difficulty in getting F/X work done on movies early enough
to have a compelling ad campaign revealed that the studio promotion for the
sequel wouldn’t be as intense as it was for the original.

The November
trailer will be timed to capitalize on the holiday movie season, less than seven
months before the summer release. By contrast, the original movie saw it’s first
teaser a full year before release.

SPIDER-MAN
LAWSUITS

Variety
reports that Marvel escalated its lawsuit against Sony on Friday, filing a new
action against the multi-media giant’s electronics arm Sony Electronics. Marvel
is alleging “tortious interference” in their suit, filed in L.A.
Superior Court.

At the crux of its argument is the allegation that Sony reneged on its
agreement to develop “Spider-Man” video games and electronics
products. Further, Marvel alleges that Sony Electronics interfered with Marvel’s
ability to otherwise exploit the character in those arenas by instructing Sony
Pictures not to license the character to its competitors.

According to the report, the suit seeks $10 million in damages.

PUNISHER

Artisan Entertainment confirms that is Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (“X2”)
signs on for “The Punisher” she’ll be playing Joan from Garth Ennis’
run on the comic. Artisan describes the character as “the Punisher’s
neighbor who lives by herself and is unaware of his alter ego. A classy and
reserved woman, Joan has had her own share of hardship and feels safe and
comfortable being around the man who lives next door.”

DAVID NEWMAN

Oscar- and Tony-nominated screenwriter-playwright David Newman died Thursday
in New York according to today’s Variety.

Newman suffered a stroke on June 21st. He was 66 years old.

Newman is best known to Comics2Film readers as the screenwriter on
“Superman,” which is regarded by many as the best comic book
adaptation of all time. He went on to write the sequels “Superman II”
and “Superman III.”

In 1968 he received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for “Bonnie
and Clyde.”

DD DVD GIVEAWAY

The
“Daredevil” DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th
Century Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free!

Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to pass
on to you, the faithful reader.

Just sign
up for our giveaway
at Comics2Film.com
between now and July 27th for your chance to win.

CALLING ALL FAN ARTISTS: G.I. JOE WANTS YOU

Comics2Film
has teamed up with Devil’s
Due Publishing
to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork in
print.

We’re looking for a few good pencil and ink
gurus to work up a faux cover for the “G.I. Joe” comic. The top three
entries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil’s Due comics.

We’ve
just launched the contest, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. Click over
to the Comics2Film.com
website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!

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