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Comics2Film Wrap for March 14th, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

CATWOMAN

Back in January Comics2Film was able to report that Oscar winning action star
Halle Berry (“X-Men”, “James Bond: Die Another Day”) was a
contender to replace Ashley Judd as the lead role in the “Catwoman”
movie. At the time Berry had not signed on and later Nicole Kidman was also said
to be a contender. 


Now
Variety
reports that Berry has emerged as the likely star of the “Batman”
spin-off. She hasn’t signed on the dotted line yet, but her people met with
Warner Bros. people yesterday and she’s expected to sign soon.

Berry is no stranger to the superhero genre, having played Storm in
“X-Men” and the upcoming “X-Men 2.” She also played an
American spy named Jinx in “Die Another Day,” a role that’s led to
talk of a spin-off featuring that character. 

French filmmaker Pitof (“Vidocq”) will direct “Catwoman”
from a script by John Rogers, Mike Ferris and John Brancato. Denise Di Novi is
producing. Cameras are expected to roll later this year.

 

SUPERMAN

While casting rumors on the “Superman” movie abound, today’s Variety
has narrowed the list by one. “Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker
has bowed out of the running to play the man of steel on the big screen.

Walker,
along with Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy”) and newcomer Matthew Bomer
(“Guiding Light”) tested for the part last week. However the young
actor was uncomfortable about the seven-year commitment required for the planned
trilogy of “Superman” movies.

Fraser, of course, brings a marquee
name to the movie while Bomer’s newcomer status could help trim the budget on
what will be an expensive film.

 

THE REAL SUPERMAN

The
New York Times
provides an update on the fascinating and heroic struggles of
former “Superman” star Christopher Reeve.

On February 28th Reeve underwent an experimental procedure at University Hospitals of
Cleveland, which would allow him to breath without a respirator for the first
time since the tragic accident that left him in a wheel chair. 

The operation involved implanting electrodes that stimulate the muscles in
his diaphragm. Now he can breath through his nose, rather than through the respirator
hole in his throat, but only for short periods.

“I actually woke up and smelled the coffee,” Reeve told a news conference
yesterday.

For now Reeve can breath without the respirator for 15-minute periods. The
actor continues to work towards rehabilitation.

 

BULLETPROOF MONK





MGM has given C2F/CBR News a new set of stills from the upcoming comic-based
movie “Bulletproof Monk.” The new photos feature Chow Yun-Fat and
Seann William Scott and kung fu bad-girl Jamie King. 

Here’s how the studio describes the movie:

“The Monk (Chow Yun-Fat) is a Zen-calm martial arts master whose duty
has been to protect a powerful ancient scroll. Faced with finding the scroll’s
next guardian, the Monk’s quest brings him to New York City where, to his
disbelief, it appears his successor is a smart-mouthed pickpocket named Kar
(Seann William Scott). Kar’s a charming, street-tough wild card who enjoys his
life of no responsibility. As the Monk instructs Kar the unlikely duo become
partners in protecting the scroll from a power-monger who’s been chasing it for
60 years. Amidst high-flying acrobatics and martial arts action, this comical
odd couple has to work together to keep the scroll — and mankind — safe.”

“Bulletproof Monk” is due in theaters on April 16th. The movie has
been assigned a PG-13 rating by the MPAA.

 

MEN IN BLACK III

In spite of the difficulty in bringing the disappointing “Men in Black
II” to the big screen, Columbia pictures has started work on a third
installment to the comic-based franchise, according to today’s Variety.

According to the write-up, director and producer Barry Sonnenfeld is on
board, developing a sequel concept from none other than Will Smith. Smith’s
pitch includes co-star Tommy Lee Jones of course.

However, the road to the new segment is already proving perilous. The article
says that there are tensions between Sonnenfeld and producer Walter Parkes.
Sonnenfeld recently bailed on the Jim Carrey project “Lemony Snicket”
when Parkes came on board with DreamWorks.

Still Sonnenfeld holds the cards with the “MiB” franchise, with
Smith and Jones standing firm in the director’s corner.