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Comics2Film Wrap for March 24th, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

SHAZAM!

Screenwriter William Goldman will pen the draft for DC Comics’
“Shazam!” movie according to today’s Variety.
The movie is set up at New Line Cinema.


Goldman
is a veteran scribe with Oscars on the mantle for 1969’s “Butch Cassidy and
the Sundance Kid” and 1976’s “All the President’s Men.” He’s also
written such classis as “The Princess Bride.” His latest work is in
theaters now: an adaptation of Stephen King’s “Dreamcatcher.”

The writer professes to be a big fan of the source material. “I started
collecting comics in 1938,” Goldman told Variety. “I was a lunatic
comic book lover, and I had everything. (This project) is a big deal for me. I
hope I don’t screw it up.”

The movie is due out in Christmas of 2004 or summer of 2005.

Michael Uslan (“Batman” and numerous CrossGen projects) is the exec
producer. New Line senior vice president of production Christopher Godsick and
production vice president Mark Kaufman are executives on “Shazam!”

 

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Animatronics effects guru Steve Johnson (“Blade II”) scooped SCI
FI Wire
on his work brining Doc Ock to life in the upcoming “Amazing
Spider-Man.” Johnson said he’s working up full animatronic arms for the
villain, rather than rely on a CG effect.

“Sam’s a fan [of animatronics], and he feels like the fans would prefer
to see the real thing,” Johnson told SCI FI. “It’s a lot harder when
you have a puppet, and you’ve got 18 performers on the set. It takes a lot
longer to shoot than if you do it digitally.”

Johnson also said they had to scrap earlier body molds done of Ock actor
Alfred Molina, due to his recent weight loss. The actor was looking pretty thick
in the critically acclaimed “Frida” and has since trimmed down.

 

OSCARS

Comic book movies snagged an unprecedented eight nominations for the 75th
Annual Academy awards. But when the envelopes were opened and the golden boys
handed out, only one award went to a comic based movie.

The late Conrad L. Hall was awarded the Oscar for “Cinematography”
for his work on “Road To Perdition.”

 

BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN


Toon
Zone news
unveiled the first image from the upcoming direct-to-video
animated feature film “Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman” on Friday. The
artwork may or may not represent the cover artwork for the DVD, due out fall of
this year.

The design for the new Batwoman looks as if it’s inspired equally by the
current comic book Batgirl as well as the futuristic hero seen in “Batman
Beyond.” 

Toon Zone provides this description for the movie:

“The direct-to-video [movie] has Batman tracking down a mysterious
vigilante who is posing as ‘Batwoman.’ But when she’s captured by Bane, it falls
to the caped crusader to rescue her, defeat Bane, and foil the Penguin’s devious
plots himself.”

 

X-MEN, DAREDEVIL, FANTASTIC FOUR

Marvel has granted Twentieth Century Fox an extension on the feature film
plans for ‘X-Men,’ ‘Daredevil,’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ according to The
Hollywood Reporter
.

In its annual report filed Friday, Marvel Enterprises, Inc. stated that it
was granting the studio more time to exploit it’s rights with regards to these
movies. The move appears to be part of the previously reported settlement
between the two entertainment entities over the “Mutant X” dispute.

Additionally, Marvel will be negotiating up to three more film or TV
properties with the studio over the next two years.

 

DAREDEVIL

According to the early weekend estimates provided by Box
Office Mojo
, “Daredevil” slipped out of the top 10 in its sixth
week on the charts. The man without fear completed the weekend in the 13th spot,
banking a total of about $98.4 million. Presumably it’ll hit the magic $100
million mark in its seventh week of release.