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Criminal Macabre, Transformers, Hulk and Spider-Man: Comics2Film wrap for June 11, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment
Criminal Macabre, Transformers, Hulk and Spider-Man: Comics2Film wrap for June 11, 2003

CRIMINAL MACABRE


Steve Niles scored
big last summer when his “30 Days of Nights” was optioned for a big
payday, which also set Niles up as the screenwriter on the project. Today The
Hollywood Reporter
bears news that Niles has sold another property. This
time MGM has optioned the film rights to his Dark Horse Comics series
“Criminal Macabre.”

The movie deal is worth a mid-six figure sum against low-seven figures if the
movie gets made. As with “30 Days,” Niles’ deal allows him to pen the
script for the movie.

In the tradition of classic film noir detectives, “Criminal
Macabre” tells the tale of private occult investigator Cal McDonald, whose
investigations lead him into the world of vampires, werewolves, and “things
even weirder.”

“Criminal Macabre” is currently in comic stores. It is one of many
titles featuring the Cal McDonald. MGM’s deal grants them the film rights to
“Savage Membrane” and “Guns, Drugs and Monsters” as well.

Dark Horse chief Mike Richardson (“Hellboy”) is a producer on both
Niles movie ventures.

 

THE TRANSFORMERS

The Hasbro toy-line-turned-franchise “The Transformers” has seen a
renaissance over the past few years. There’s been a hit comic book by Devil’s
Due and a new TV show on Cartoon Network. Now The
Hollywood Reporter
tells us that they robots in disguise are transforming
once again, this time into live-action movie heroes.

Comic-to-film heavyweight producers Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto are said to be
reconfiguring the robots for feature film treatment. Murphy and his Angryfilms
shingle have been attached to many comic-based properties, including “From
Hell” and the upcoming “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”
DeSanto is well known to fans for bringing “X-Men” and “X2: X-Men
United” to the big screen.

The pair is set to shop the project to studios and have already seen interest
from directors. No writer has been hired for the project yet, but DeSanto is at
work on a story treatment for the film.

 

HULK

While “The Hulk” hasn’t even arrived in theaters yet, Video
Store Magazine
has an article giving fans a preview of what may be on the
DVD.

Director Ang Lee told the magazine his sole concern is over the movie and is
leaving decisions about the DVD up to the studio. However, he’s agreed to do a
commentary track for the movie. The director also said he hopes that the
home-video presentation will respect the format of the film.

“I don’t even want to do pan-and-scan,” Lee told Video Store
Magazine. “All I care [about] is the letterbox.”

Having seen the movie at a recent press screening, Comics2Film can add that
the pan-and-scan editors would be hard-pressed to convert many of the film’s
segments into that format, without seriously damaging the movie.

According to the report, fans can look forward to segments on the special
effects from concept to final product for scenes such as the vicious fight
between Hulk and a the Hulk dogs.

Thanks to Movie City
Geek
for the lead on the DVD report.

Some fans can’t wait for the DVD, however, or even for the movie to hit
theaters. Instead, copies of a rough cut have been circulating around the
Internet on file-sharing services and that’s got Universal Pictures up in arms,
according to a report on E!
Online
.

Although the Internet piracy of movies is nothing new, with “Finding
Nemo,” “The Matrix: Reloaded” and “Spider-Man” hitting
the web ahead of their theatrical release, Uni is particularly upset by this
leak because it represents an unfinished version of the film. Even worse, movie
gossip web sites are reviewing the movie and panning its special effects, even
though they are not looking at the final product.

 

SPIDER-MAN ANIMATED

Animation
Insider
followed up on their Friday listing of episodes for the new
“Spider-Man” animated show, with a report on the final two episodes of
the season. The show’s first season will end with a two-parter called “Mind
Games.” Steven Kriozere of “V.I.P.” fame is writing the second
leg of that one.

“Spider-Man” debuts on MTV on July 11th at 10:00 p.m.

Thanks to Gogeta for the lead.

 

HULK TOY GIVEAWAY!

Get ready to Hulk out!


The
good folks at Toy Biz and Comics2Film are teaming up to give you a chance to
bring jade-jaws home. Enter our giveaway and you can win one of three
“Hulk” action figures, based on the upcoming movie.

We’re accepting entries from now until June 19 (the day before the big movie
opening). Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.com
for your chance to win! 

 

PUNISHER CONTEST X 10!


Artisan
Entertainment loves dishing out the punishment. 

The publicity folks there told Comics2Film this week that we can now pass on
a total of ten copies of the super-cool teaser poster for “The
Punisher” to you, the readers.

We’ll be taking names from now until June 22 (right around the time that the
official website official
website
launches). Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.com
for your chance to win!