Gossip site Ain’t-it-cool-news
broke the story last week. Now the Hollywood
Reporter confirms the news that Peyton Reed (“Down With Love”) is
no longer attached as director of Marvel and Twentieth Century Fox’s
“Fantastic Four” movie.
The studio cites the “creative differences” as the reasons for
Reed’s exit and insists that the project is still slated for a December 2004
release, director be damned. Screenwriter Mark Frost is said to still be working
on the script for the movie.
Also following up on the reports is the newly re-christened ComiX-Fan
(formerly known as X-Fan). That site checked in with producer Ralph Winter
“[We’re] waiting on approval of the outline, and then we can go to
script,” Winter told ComiX-Fan last week. “Fox has announced a date of
12/24/04, so we have to get going soon.”
Winter said they are trying to craft a fun film, contrasting with darker
superhero movies like “X-Men,” “Daredevil” and “The
“We have to be careful not to let it become campy or that will kill all
the comic book efforts. But I think everyone knows that and is wanting to avoid
that. The characters are fun, very enjoyable, and we hope to launch another
franchise as or more successful than, ‘X-Men.'”
Winter said that they’d be looking for a director who can bring some
authenticity to the project and allow the “Fantastic Four” to inhabit
a world that closely resembles our own.
this the official teaser poster for ‘Spider-Man 2’? Superherohype
says it is. A scooper allegedly snapped a picture of it at the currently running
SIGGRAPH computer imaging show in San Diego where Sony is said to have it on
Movie Spidey’s starting to look a bit McFarlane-esque with his knee almost
looping over his shoulder!
Check out Superherohype
for the full sized image.
Love it or hate it, “The Hulk” has helped fortify Marvel’s bottom
line according to today’s Variety.
Proceeds from licensing of the character (largely around the under- performing
feature film) have led the comic giant to announce a better than expected second
Proceeds from “The Hulk”, which grossed $130 million domestically
are said to be a major factor. In the licensing arena, those wonderful
Electronic Hulk Hands are top sellers, on track to beat last year’s Spider-Man
Web-Blasters as the must-have toy for Marvel fans. Action figures and a top-five
video game also helped the company stock Hulk out.
French news outlet Allocine.fr
reports that Lambert Wilson and Sharon Stone have signed on to the new
“Catwoman” movie. The pair will allegedly play husband and wife in
otherwise unspecified roles. However, it seems unlikely that Stone could have
actually signed on without the Hollywood trades picking up on it first.
Wilson is best known to American moviegoers for his role in “The Matrix:
Reloaded” but he’s also got dozens of French films on his resume.
“Catwoman” is set to star Halle Berry in the title role. French
director Pitof is attached to helm.
THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
FilmForce confirms rumors that John Woo is interested in directing a new,
live-action “Masters of the Universe” movie. Sources close to the
director/producer claim that he’s keen to do the toy-based movie, but is
currently waiting for the right script before committing to the project.
The online “Smallville” resource KryptonSite
reports that season 3 of the super-teen show is set to debut on October 1st.
In celebration of the release of the
“Daredevil” DVD, the Daredevil Music sister site has launched a “virtual
concert page.” The new page features concert clips from the various
bands who performed on movie’s soundtrack.
Be sure to check out Comics2Film’s
review of the “Daredevil” DVD. While “Daredevil” may be
our least favorite Marvel movie, the DVD is loaded with enough cool stuff to
entice any comic fan.
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Thanks to Fox for providing the prizes and to the 2200+ people
who entered the giveaway. The
“Daredevil” DVD was released this week.