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Comics2Film Wrap for March 26th, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

BLADE III


Filmmaker David Goyer told Comics2Film/CBR News that the final chapter of
the “Blade” trilogy should roll cameras later this year. The script
for “Blade III” has been turned in and Goyer tells us it “very
well received.”

The next job is to hire a director, which may or may not be the screenwriter
himself. “We’re talking about the director situation now — but however it
pans out, we will probably be shooting by September,” Goyer said.

The filmmaker made his directing debut last year with the as-yet-unreleased
movie “Zigzag.” 

 

SMALLVILLE

Variety
reports that comic-to-film players Al Gough and Miles Millar have signed a
lucrative deal with Warner Bros. TV to stay on as the “Smallville”
showrunners for two more years. The deal is worth seven figures to the pair, who
shepherded the young Superman concept to being one of the net’s top-rated shows.

As with any TV series, the goal is to have “Smallville” run at
least long enough to collect into a syndication package. This deal would
hopefully keep the show’s quality and ratings up through a fourth season.

The writers told Variety that they were happy to stay on what has become a
pet project.

“With any show you create, you’re invested in it and want to protect
that vision and ensure it continues,” Gough said. “We still have a lot
of stories to tell and we’re excited about where we can this saga and these
characters.”

While “Smallville” may be their TV baby, Gough and Millar have
several irons in the big-screen fires too. They are the writer’s behind the Owen
Wilson/Jackie Chan “Shanghai” franchise. They also penned a draft of
“The Amazing Spider-Man” and are currently hard at work on Marvel’s
“Iron Man” for New Line.

 

JONAH HEX

A source at the Mad Chance production house tells us that DC Comics’
“Jonah Hex” remains in development. The movie had previously been
pitched as a TV series, but the producers are now eyeballing it (with their good
eye) as a feature film. This one is still in the very early stages.