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Exclusive ‘Spider-Man’ video, ‘Punisher’ casting, ‘Dredd’ progress: Comics2Film wrap for May 14th, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Filming on “The Amazing Spider-Man” continues in downtown New York
City.

A few weeks back Comics2Film/CBR News readers got a nice look at some exclusive
pictures
from the set of the shoot, including an exterior shot of Otto
Octavius’ offices.

Now, Pete B. of Short-Bus
Comics
sends in another round of images and also an exclusive video of
Spidey in action. These images were taken by Angela Samson during this week’s
filming. Click the thumbnails for a full-size look:





If those photos weren’t cool enough, Angela also managed to capture a quick
video clip of Spidey swinging through the trees like Tarzan. Tip your monitor on
its side and then click
here
to watch the 560kb MPEG video (Windows or Real Media players
required). 

 

THE PUNISHER

Thomas Jane’s “Punisher” now has his nemesis according to today’s Variety.
John Travolta has been cast to play the villain in the upcoming Artisan feature
based on Marvel’s tormented hero.

Travolta plays a character, created just for the movie, named Howard Saint.
Saint is described as “a former underworld figure who goes straight but returns to
old habits after his son is slain,” a character not unlike the Punisher
himself. Naturally the two men are drawn into conflict with one another.

Travolta mounted his big-screen comeback playing a criminal in “Pulp
Fiction,” years ago. Since then his most memorable parts have been playing
heavies in movies like “Broken Arrow,” “Face/Off” and
“Swordfish.”

Filming on “The Punisher” is set to begin in July with an eye
toward a summer 2004 release.

In other “Punisher” news, Superhero
Hype
has posted an image of the teaser poster for the movie. The poster
utilizes the skull that was seen in the recently
released publicity photo
.

 

JUDGE DREDD

Shoreline Entertainment recently announced
the formation of Riptide Entertainment, a genre movie division that would
spearhead the development of two “Judge Dredd” movies.

Comics2Film/CBR News checked in with producer Jason Kingsley about progress
being made on the dual productions. Kingsley tells us that a late-summer filming
start is “looking very good” on the back-to-back movies.

“The budgets look like they’re going up as well, given the massive
positive feedback and excitement we’ve been receiving from distributors and fans
alike,” Kingsley said.

The producer reports that they are in negotiations with a director as we
speak and hope to move on casting as soon as the director is locked.

For insights into the movie’s plotlines, Dredd fans are directed to synopses
for Judge
Dredd: Dredd Reckoning
and Judge
Dredd: Possession
which were recently posted on the Shoreline Entertainment
website.

Kingsley tells us that these synopses do reflect the current scripts, but
cautions that things could change when the director is finalized.

Thanks to Dredd head Scojo for the lead!