PUNISHER, IRON FIST
There’s been plenty of talk about Marvel and Artisan’s “Punisher”
movie lately, but the other Artisan project that keeps blipping on the radar is
“Iron Fist.” Today’s Variety
provides another such blip in its rundown of Artisan’s international
distribution agreement with Summit Entertainment.
According to the write-up, Artisan and Summit have renewed their current
agreement, allowing Summit to exclusively distribute Artisan fare in all
territories outside North America through 2005.
of the movies specifically mentioned are “The Punisher” and “Iron
“Iron Fist” has long been in development with Ray Park attached to
star as the K’un L’un kid. The movie was off to a promising start with a script
by John Turman, which attracted a director in Kirk Wong (“The Big
Hit”). Wong began work with his own writers on the movie, but then fell out
of the project last year. There’s been little solid news about it since, other
then the fact that it keeps getting mentioned in various places as if it’s an
The Variety article states that “Iron Fist” will go into production
Of course, fans know well that Thomas Jane recently signed on to the lead
role in “The Punisher.” That movie has been officially announced as
having a July production start date with the aim of having it in theaters in
summer of next year.
The images aren’t terribly exciting. There’re no costumes, props or
explosions. It’s mainly a lot of pictures of Tobey Maguire standing around
looking like Peter Parker and talking to Sam Raimi. There are a few images in
there of Alfred Molina (who pays Doc Ock) and Donna Murphy (who plays Ock wife
FilmForce for the lead.
X2: ENTER SUBTITLE HERE
Fox says that their new mutant movie has a cheesy subtitle and is now known
as “X2: X-Men United.” Director Bryan Singer begs to differ.
Singer told SCI FI
Wire that the the movie is simply called “X2.” No subtitle.
This hasn’t stopped fox from plastering the “X-Men United” tag on
TV spots and Internet mailings.
Regardless, fans will be flocking to theaters on May 2nd to see the movie,
which is already garnering strong buzz from early screenings.
If you want to get connected with the mutant crew, don’t forget about today’s
online live global chat. The chat features the cast and crew of the movie
including Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos,
Alan Cumming, Anna Paquin, Kelly Hu, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Bryan Singer
and Lauren Shuler Donner.
It begins at 12 pm PST/3pm ET. You’ll need to pre-register and have RealOne
Player installed in order to participate.
Check out X2-Movie.com for complete
“X2” star Kelly Hu talked to SCI
FI Wire about her other comic movie, a star turn in “Jade” based
on the title by the now-defunct Chaos! Comics. That one is in development with
Gale Anne Hurd (“The Hulk,” “The Punisher”).
Although the actress cautions that the project is still in the preliminary
stages, she did offer these insights: “The comic is actually about a
[4,000-year-old] vampire who lives in China, and she has incredible martial-arts
skills,” Hu told SCI FI. “She has a really interesting sidekick, a
woman named Silence, who doesn’t speak. And, like, a little goblin who follows
her around as well.”
“Spider-Man” didn’t do so great with the Oscars, but he’s topping
the list of nominations for MTV’s 2003 Movie Awards. The wall-crawler wasn’t the
only super-hero getting noticed. “Daredevil” also picked up three
The web-slinger is up for “Best Movie” facing off against “8 Mile,”
“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” “Barbershop” and
Tobey Maguire webbed up a “Best Male Performance” nomination. He’ll
duke it out with Eminem for “8 Mile,” Vin Diesel for “XXX,”
Leonardo DiCaprio for “Catch Me If You Can” and
Viggo Mortensen for “The Two Towers.”
Kirsten Dunst also got a nod for “Best Female Performance.” She
squares off with
Reese Witherspoon for “Sweet Home Alabama,” Halle Berry for “Die Another Day,”
Kate Hudson for “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” and Queen Latifah for
Bad guy Willem Dafoe picked up a nod in the “Best Villain”
category. He’s up against another comic book villain in Colin Farrell’s Bullseye
from “Daredevil.” They face off with Mike Myers as Goldmember in
“Austin Powers in Goldmember,” Daveigh Chase as Samara Morgan in
“The Ring” and
Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher in “Gangs of New York.”
Jennifer Garner’s turn as Elektra in “Daredevil” earned her a
nimination in the “Breakthrough Female” category. She’s up against
Nia Vardalos for “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,”
Beyonce Knowles for “Goldmember,”
Eve for “Barbershop,”
Kate Bosworth for “Blue Crush” and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Secretary.”
It won’t surprise anyone that
Tobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst lined up an nomination in the “Best Kiss.”
Although the pair would seem to be an upside-down lock for their now-classic
Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner are giving them a run for their money for
their smooching in “Daredevil.” Also-rans in this category are
Nick Cannon & Zoë Saldana for “Drumline,”
Leonardo DiCaprio & Cameron Diaz for “Gangs of New York” and
Adam Sandler & Emily Watson for “Punch-Drunk Love.”
Strangely, neither “Spider-Man” nor “Daredevil” picked up
a nod in the “Best Fight” category, so Comics2Film is throw its
Yoda vs. Christopher Lee in “Attack of the Clones.”
Remember, the fans choose the winners at the MTV awards, so stop by MTV.com
and vote for Spidey and DD!