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Deathlok, Komikwerks, Betty & Veronica, Punisher, Teen Titans: Comics2Film wrap for July 23, 2003

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Deathlok, Komikwerks, Betty & Veronica, Punisher, Teen Titans: Comics2Film wrap for July 23, 2003


Lee Tamahori is set to direct Marvel/Paramount’s killer cyborg pic
“Deathlok” according to today’s Hollywood
. Crystal Sky Productions is co-producing and co-financing the film.

The movie tells the story of a suburban family man who is unwittingly made a
test subject for technology research that slowly turns him into a living

Tamahori is hot off the directing duties of the latest James Bond flick,
“Die Another Day.” He previously directed “Along Came a
Spider” for Paramount.

Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner (“Nosebleed”) developed the script
for the film. Marvel’s Avi Arad is producting along with Crystal Sky’s Steven



From a press release:

Komikwerks, a leader
in digital distribution of creator-owned comics, and Circle of Confusion, a
management and production company, have announced a strategic alliance to
manage, co-produce and develop comic-book properties to film, TV, video games.

Circle of Confusion manages such diverse talent as the Wachowski Bros., the
Reign of Fire writers Gregg Chabot and Kevin Peterka, and comic-book creator
Brian Michael Bendis.

Under the terms, Circle of Confusion will represent Komikwerks and its
contributors in a management capacity, as well as a producing partner on some
selected ventures.

“Circle of Confusion has an impressive roster of clients, and a track
record of working with great comic talent; it’s an honor to be working with
them,” says Komikwerks co-founder Shannon Denton.

“This arrangement continues to extend our original goal as a publisher,
which is to allow independent creators access to resources that are usually only
available to the larger publishers. We’re thrilled about this
partnership,” added Komikwerks co-founder Patrick Coyle.

Most recently Komikwerks announced a strategic partnership with ibooks, which
gives Komikwerks access to graphic novel titles with a roster of talent that
includes Jim Steranko, Harvey Kurtzman, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, Matt
Wagner, Dean Motter, Mike Mignola, Dave Gibbons, and Moebius, to name a few.



Once again, plans are afoot to bring the Archie Comics to the big screen. Variety
reports that Miramax Films and Archie Comics Entertainment will team on
“Betty & Veronica,” a live-action feature spotlighting Archie’s

The article also reports that the venerable publisher aims to emulate
Marvel’s success in launching franchises based on their characters. Archie
Comics Entertainment president Allan I. Grafman, CEO Chuck Grimes and Michael
Silberkleit and Richard Goldwater are looking to bring characters like
“Sabrina The Teenage Witch,” “Josie and the Pussycats,”
“Kate Keene, Teen Model” and Mighty Crusaders,” to the big
screen, the small screen and other media as well.



Last week, hundreds of aspiring actors trudged through the Florida heat for
their shot at fortune and glory…and punishment. The goal: land a spot as an
extra in the upcoming Marvel and Artisan movie “The Punisher.”

Now, Brian Pate of Comic
shares his experiences in a photo
journal account
of the cattle call for that movie. Pate provides an inside
look at the not-so-glamorous life of a wanna-be extra. He’s also got some nice
photos of potential “Punisher” locations.

Check it out for a good read.


From a press release:

Cartoon Network’s premiere telecast of its newest original series,
“Teen Titans” (Saturday, 9 p.m.), earned powerful ratings increases
across all target demos, according to Nielsen Media Research. The high-octane
action-comedy program earned double and triple-digit delivery and ratings gains
among kids 6-11 and 2-11, and stands as the most-watched Cartoon Network
premiere ever with boys 6-11. Additionally, the Sunday replay at 10 p.m. ranked
as the most-watched program in its time period on ad-supported basic cable with
kids 6-11, kids 2-11, boys 6-11 and boys 2-11. Highlights of the animated series’
performance vs. the same time period last year include the following: 

Saturday, 9 p.m. premiere:

  • Kids 6-11 delivery (748,000) increased by 67% and ratings (3.0) also by
  • Boys 6-11 delivery (667,000) improved by 130% and ratings (5.3) also by
  • Kids 2-11 delivery (994,000) grew by 24% and ratings (2.5) by 25%.
  • Boys 2-11 delivery (831,000) expanded by 103% and ratings (4.1) by 105%.

Sunday, 10 p.m. replay:

  • Kids 6-11 delivery (1,155,000) increased by 245% and ratings (4.7) by 236%.
  • Boys 6-11 delivery (940,000) ballooned by 278% and ratings (7.5) by 275%.
  • Kids 2-11 delivery (1,585,000) grew by 159% and ratings (4.0) by 167%.
  • Boys 2-11 delivery (1,186,000) expanded by 203% and ratings (5.8) by 205%.



has teamed up with Devil’s
Due Publishing
to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork in

We’re looking for a few good pencil and ink
gurus to work up a faux cover for the “G.I. Joe” comic. The top three
entries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil’s Due comics.

Time is
running out! Entries must be in by July 25th. Click over
to the
website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!



“Daredevil” DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th
Century Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free!

Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to pass
on to you, the faithful reader.

Just sign
up for our giveaway
between now and July 27th for your chance to win.

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