Comics2Film Wrap for March 27th, 2003

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Comics2Film Wrap for March 27th, 2003


DC Comics movie properties have been floundering around like fish on dry
land. Yet Warner Bros. continues to try to bring one of these legendary
characters to the big screen and who better to help with that than the man who
helped kick-start the Marvel movie renaissance?

reports that David Goyer, the man behind the “Blade” franchise, has
signed on to write the script for a new “Batman” feature. This will
not be “Batman: Year One.” Nor will it have anything to do with
“Batman Vs. Superman.” It’s not “Batman: The Frightening”

According to the write-up, Goyer will pen an all-new script based on a take
by the film’s director Christopher Nolan. Nolan, who helmed such top-notch films
as “Memento” and “Insomnia” signed on to direct a
“Batman” movie last January.

Goyer redefined Marvel’s Blade for the big screen way back in 1998 and kicked
off what would be the first in a series of great movies based on Marvel
characters. He’s also written many top-selling comics for DC. “Batman”
would mark his first work writing a DC character for film.



Providing even further evidence that “Spider-Man” is a mover and
shaker in Hollywood is an article from today’s Variety.
The web-slinger’s sequel has moved from it’s targeted May 7, 2004 release and
shaken up the entire summer release schedule.

“Spider-Man 2” is now due out on July 2, 2004. The change in plans
is a result of a delay in filming, which is due to star Tobey Maguire’s extended
stay on the movie “Seabiscuit.” The article states that the delays are
not due to the rumored back problems the actor has allegedly been suffering

With the announcement, Universal jumped right in and declared that their
“Van Helsing” would now open on the May weekend. That date has proven
successful for “Van Helsing” helmer Stephen Sommers’ previous two
outings, “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns.”

Meanwhile, Twentieth Century Fox may be sweating the move, which now pits
Sony’s superhero against Will Smith’s “I Robot.”



Speaking of floundering DC film projects, SCI
FI Wire
sat down with director Brett Ratner, who recently announced his
departure from the ever-troubled “Superman” movie.

Ratner told the web site that his exit from the movie was not due to
alleged tensions between himself and the film’s producers. “The
longer it took, the longer I was going to be on the film, because I’m the only
person that’s on the film all the way through release,” Ratner told SCI FI.
“I just had to make a choice. It was a very hard choice to make, believe
me, because I was very passionate and excited about it.”

The director said he hopes the film will be made because J.J. Abrams
(“Alias”) turned in a great script.



Speaking of David Goyer, in yesterday’s “Blade III” report we
incorrectly stated that his movie “Zigzag” has not been

“Zigzag” which marks Goyer’s debut as a director, enjoyed a
direct-to-video release last summer.

The movie stars Sam Jones III (“Smallville”) as Zigzag, an autistic
15-year-old whose efforts to rescue his corrupt father (Wesley Snipes) lead to
dire circumstances. His only ally is his big brother figure (John Leguizamo) who
must help the boy get out of hot water.

Thanks to Don and Mark (both of whom recommend the movie) for setting us