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Death, Deathlok, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for June 4, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING

Neil Gaiman is feeling optimistic about the movie version of “Death: The
High Cost of Living.” He recently posted an update for fans in his online
journal at NeilGaiman.com.

“Today was a good day,” Gaiman starts his May 31 entry.

“It started with a terrific meeting with Roger and Brenda, my directors
on the ‘Tam Lin’ project. Then I walked across the hall and met with a company
who wanted to finance ‘Death: The High Cost of Living,’ and the only condition
that they had thought might be a sticking point was something I already wanted.
Things can go wrong (things can always go wrong) and lots of deals need to be
made before a formal announcement can be made, but I wouldn’t be surprised to be
shooting ‘Death’ next Spring.”

Gaiman has long been attached to direct the movie, based on his best-loved
comic book character. He turned in the latest draft of the script for the film
last year.

Thanks to Aint-it-cool-news
for the lead.

 

DEATHLOK

Are Marvel and Paramount about to sign a director for the big-screen version
of “Deathlok?” That’s the rumor published Monday by IGN
FilmForce
.

The the typically reliable site’s sources tell them that Lee Tamahori tops
the list to direct the movie. 

However, today’s Hollywood
Reporter
tells us that MGM has signed the director to the upcoming
“Risk Addiction”, which was developed initially as a “Basic
Instinct” sequel but has now been separated from those roots.

The two
reports don’t necessarily contradict one another. Hot directors often attach
themselves to many projects simultaneously, filming one while developing the
others and allowing them to have many projects at the ready. 

Tamahori most recently helmed the James Bond pic “Die Another Day”
for MGM and also had directing creds for “Along Came a Spider,”
“The Edge,” “Mulholland Falls” and “Once Were
Warriors.”

 

IRON MAN

Insights into the new “Iron Man” movie can be found in the latest
issue of Cinescape
magazine. Quotes from article, provided by IGN
FilmForce
reveal plans are to remain true to the comic and portray Tony
Stark as an alcoholic whose armor not only gives him super-human abilities, but
helps keep his damaged heart working.

Producers Avi Arad (“X2”), Don Murphy (“The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen”) and screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar
(“Smallville”) commented on the movie.

Gough told Cinescape “the intriguing thing to us [Gough & partner
Miles Millar] was [Tony Stark] has an alcohol problem and he needs the suit to
stay alive.”

The writer also said to expect ‘Iron Man’ to take on bigger problems than
simple crime-fighting. “[The movie is] a very relevant sort of thing to be
doing somebody who’s basically a weapons manufacturer in this world situation
we’re in. And also, it’s global. It’s not a guy protecting one city; it has a
James Bond-meets-Tom Clancy feel. That’s our approach.”

 Millar added that Iron Man is “a very unique character in terms of
he’s not a teenager struggling with a superpower. … he’s like the Howard
Hughes of superheroes.”

Producer Don Murphy told Cinescape, “He’s not going to be Superman
turning back the world. It’s believable stuff.”

Arad’s comments on the film may surprise fans. The Marvel chief said,
“‘Iron Man’ is about a kid whose father was bigger-than-life and he felt
like, ‘What’s in it for me?'” Arad told Cinescape. “Then he loses his
parents and never got to say a kind word to [his father] like, ‘Dad, I admire
you and I love you and I didn’t mean to be an [expletive].”

Look for more on “Iron Man” in Cinescape magazine.

 

SPIDER-MAN ANIMATED


Comics
Continuum
posted a trio of swell new images from MTV’s upcoming
“Spider-Man” animated TV series. The images depict Spidey in action, a
group shot of Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson and Harry Osborn and an image of a
new, Black Cat-like villain named Talon.

 

HULK

From a press release:


The
soundtrack for “Hulk,” will be released on Decca/UMG Soundtracks June
17, 2003. 

It’ll feature the music score by Danny Elfman, as well as the exclusive new
track, “Set Me Free,” performed by the as-yet-unnamed music group
featuring Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots), Slash, Duff McKagan
and Matt Sorum, (all formerly of Guns N’ Roses), and Dave Kushner (of Suicidal
Tendencies).

Elfman is no stranger to comic book adaptations, providing the music for
“Spider-Man,” “Batman” and the “Men In Black”
movies.

Always an active presence in the world of film world, Danny Elfman has been
nominated for several Grammys, including Planet of the Apes for “Best Score
Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media”
and Batman and The Nightmare Before Christmas. He won a Grammy for “Best
Instrumental Composition” for “The Batman Theme.”

“Set Me Free” was inspired by the movie itself and appears in the
film’s closing scroll. This is the first-ever commercially available track from
this new hard rock mega-group and can be downloaded exclusively on Apple’s
iTunes Music Store from June 8, 2003 through June 17, 2003.

The currently unnamed band was invited by director Ang Lee to see an early
cut of the film, which inspired them to write a powerful song that would match
the movie in both theme and intensity. Slash commented, “Writing songs is
really cool, but if you get inspired to do it for a really good movie, the
outcome is more fulfilling. We got a certain energy from watching the film, and
we wanted to do something that would be really appropriate for it. The Hulk is a
very dramatic version of the same stuff that we all go through. All this
bottled-up tension is what the song’s about, so it’s a pretty good marriage: the
theme of the song and what The Hulk is all about.”

Added Scott Weiland, “Ang Lee had a lot of intensity about the movie and
his art form.” He met with the band following their screening and provided
some additional ideas and inspiration for lyrics that would closely reflect the
story of Bruce Banner and his struggle with his monstrous alter-ego, The Hulk.

 

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