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Comics2Film Wrap for April 17th, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

ELEKTRA


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Regency and Twentieth Century Fox have hired Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner to
pen the script for the “Daredevil” spinoff “Elektra”
according to today’s Variety.
The pair previously wrote “Deathlok” for Marvel and Paramount.

Jennifer Garner, who played Elektra in “Daredevil” heard the pitch
from the writers and is reportedly happy with it. Apparently the storyline will
draw from Frank Miller’s “Elektra Saga” and introduce the femme
fatale’s mentor Stick to moviegoers.

Mark Steven Johnson will not direct “Elektra” although he is on
board as a producer. The director recently committed to helming “Ghost
Rider” for Marvel, Columbia Pictures and Crystal Sky. Johnson will
definitely be back behind the cameras for “Daredevil 2” as well.

Johnson’s Horseshoe Bay partner Gary Foster, and Marvel’s Avi Arad will also
produce.

 

BATMAN WATCH

What’s it going to be: magic or bats? That’s the choice director Chris Nolan
(“Memento”) may have to make with his slate of upcoming projects
according to today’s Variety

Fans know that earlier in the year Nolan became attached to direct the next
installment of the “Batman” franchise. Just last month David Goyer
(“Blade”) came on board to write the screenplay for the movie.

However, Nolan has now agreed to direct “The Prestige,” based on a
novel by Christopher Priest about a bitter feud between Victorian era stage
magicians. The script for that one has already been written by Jonathan Nolan,
the director’s brother who also wrote the short story that became the basis for
“Memento.”

Nolan is set to act as producer on “The Prestige” as well.

Does this mean trouble for “Batman?” Not necessarily. According to
the write up, Nolan is still committed to the caped crusader but it may have to
wait until “The Prestige,” which appears to be further along, wraps.

 

LXG

IGN
FilmForce
said fans who go to looking for “League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen” fun meals at the local burger joint, or the smash-and-grab Mr.
Hyde figure at the toy store, are bound to be disappointed.

Unlike most comic based adaptation, Fox is not planning any ancillary
products to tie in with the “LXG” movie. No toys, no trading cards,
not even a comic adaptation of the movie that adapts the comic. The only
“LXG” products that will be on the shelves come show time are the
graphic novels and comics themselves, and the novelization of the movie.

In other LXG news, FilmForce reports that the movie’s official title remains
“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” in spite of Internet rumors to
the contrary.

LXG is in theaters July 11, 2003.