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Comics2Film Wrap for March 19th, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

MICRONAUTS


She’s
already got a slate of comic-based movies that would make Don Murphy jealous,
including Marvel top-liners like “The Hulk” and “The
Punisher.” Now Variety
reports producer Gale Anne Hurd is teaming with Emmett/Furla Films (EFF) to
develop “Micronauts” for feature film and TV.

Abrams/Gentile Entertainment, the property’s current owner who has been
working to revive the line for years, is part of the partnership. Also on board
is Character Vision who has handled the “Micronauts” licensing of
late.

Randall Emmett and George Furla’s EFF brought the property to Hurd.

“Micronauts” originated as a Mego Toy line and was developed as a
comic book by Marvel. 

Most recently “Micronauts” have seen a revival
as a comic line by Josh Blaylock’s Devil’s
Due
studio. The article makes no mention of whether or not the development
of storylines for the movies or TV shows will be consistent with those presented
in the comics.

 

NEXUS

Steve Rude gave
Comics2Film/CBR News an update on the planned “Nexus” animated pilot.
Rude tells us that the promo film will be ready for a screening at this year’s
Comic-Con International in San Diego.

“It will feature approximately 2 minutes of all the ‘Nexus’ characters in
various situations, guaranteed to leave a lasting impression,” Rude said.

He and his crew are hard at work finishing up the initial
animation.

 

SUPERHUMAN

In his “Bad Signal” e-mail newsletter, Warren Ellis informs readers
that he’s just inked a deal to develop a TV movie for SCI-FI Channel called
“Superhuman.” 

The cable outlet approached Ellis about creating a comic book like show.
“What I gave them back was something action-based but more grounded and
science-fictional; more

in common with Sturgeon, Pohl, Zelazny and Silverberg than ‘Spider-Man,'”
Ellis said, ”And they bought it anyway, bless them.

“It’s about the confluence of physical change and transhuman
technological approach bringing on superhumanity.”

Ellis stated he will be “originator and a producer” on the show,
but also cautions fans that there’s no telling how far things will go at this
point.

Ellis says the deal was brokered by manager Aaron Michiel and agent Angela

Cheng Caplan with Carel Cutler at Writers And Artists.

Here’s a shout out to Brian from the Comic Cubicle in Williamsburg, VA for
sending in the tip.

 

BARBARELLA

It’s been pretty quiet on the “Barbarella” movie front lately.
About two and a half years ago it was announced that Drew Barrymore was
developing a new movie version of Jean-Claude Forest’s classic adult comic. John
August (“Charlie’s Angels”) wrote the script and we haven’t heard much
since.

Today’s Variety
provides a small blip for fans who still have “Barbarella” on their
radar. An article in the trade details a two-year extension to the deal between
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Flower Films, the production shingle headed up
by Barrymore and partner Nancy Juvonen.

“Barbarella” is named as one of the films on Flower’s development
slate. Other films on deck are “Fifty First Kisses,”
“Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Duplex” and “A Confederacy of Dunces.”

 

SANTO: INFRATERRESTRE


He’s
been a legend in the Mexican luche libra circuit for decades. A professional
wrestler turned comic-book hero and movie and TV star. He’s El Santo and he’s
one of the biggest superstars of Mexican pop culture.

Soon fans in the U.S. will get a look at the character’s latest cinematic
extravaganza, “Santo: Infraterrestre.”

 Rise Above Entertainment announced this week the U.S. distribution of
the film on DVD, slated for a Cinco De Mayo release (well, the actual date will
be May 6th).

The new movie, produced in 2000 by Molinar Films, features Jorge Guzman, the
son of the Rodolfo Guzman Huerta, the original El Santo. Here’s how Rise Above
Entertainment describes the movie. 

“‘Santo: Infraterrestre’ pits the legend in the silver mask against a
nefarious group of kidnappers, who either hail from a criminal organization…or
outer space! Are they extraterrestrials bent on world domination or a group of
thugs looking to terrorize the city for material gain? Diego, a young boy knows
the truth, and only El Santo, the number one agent for the Agency of National
Security and his friends can save him…and the world!”

The movie is due out on May 6th in both a feature-packed DVD as well as in
the VHS format. 

Additionally, Rise Above Entertainment will release the classic films of El
Santo starting with “Santo in The Treasure of Dracula” and “Santo
and Blue Demon vs. Dr. Frankenstein,” both also due out on the 6th. Two
classic Santo titles will be released each month after that.