‘Hellboy’ progress, ‘CBTM’ distributor, ‘Smallville’ and ‘Punisher’: Comics2Film wrap for May 15, 2003

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‘Hellboy’ progress, ‘CBTM’ distributor, ‘Smallville’ and ‘Punisher’: Comics2Film wrap for May 15, 2003


Director Guillermo del Toro tells Comics2Film/CBR News that the filming of
“Hellboy” is exactly half-finished as of this week. So far the
production has gone smoothly.

just love doing this movie,” del Toro said. “Long, grueling hours and
no weekends help stretch the budget and the imagination.”

The question of who will provide the score for the movie may be circling in
on itself. Marco Beltrami, who worked with del Toro on “Blade II” and
“Mimic” was originally supposed to provide the score, but dropped out
earlier this year. Now it looks like the composer’s schedule may work out for
“Hellboy” after all.

“If it can be done, I’d rather work with Marco than anyone else,”
del Toro said. “We’ll know soon.”

Sony released the first image of star Ron Perlman in “Hellboy”
makeup earlier this week. The director told us that there’s more where that came

“Expect photos of Abe in his respirator next,” the director said.

Also due on the official
will be a series of character biographies, based on film. “Yes,
they will differ slightly from the bios in the comics,” del Toro told us,
“but they were done as part of the script process and will be a kick for
the readers. Plus, each bio will come with a photo of the character in


Hellboy fans can go to the official site now and start gabbing on the newly
opened message boards. 



News has learned that Miramax has come on board as distributor of  “Comic
Book the Movie
.” The soon-to-be-released film is a mockumentary created
by Mark Hamill for Creative
Light Entertainment
, covering a subject that’s near-and-dear to our hearts:
the journey from comics to film.

Hamill makes his debut as a director and also stars in film as fictitious
fan-turned-documentarian Don Swan. Swan is a fan of the comic book character
Commander Courage who contends with a Hollywood studio who is making a
big-budget feature based on the golden-age comics. As is so often the case, Swan
is distraught over the sweeping changes made in order to make the character
suitable for mainstream audiences.

Much of the mockumentary was filmed at last summer’s Comic-Con International
in San Diego and features a slew of comic book greats. 

Hamill is best known to fans as Luke Skywalker in the original “Star
Wars” trilogy, as well as the voice of The Joker in the recent
“Batman” animated shows.

The movie was originally slated for a direct-to-video release this summer.
With Miramax distributing, the release will likely be delayed until fall. The
move also opens the door for a possible theatrical release.



Last week “Smallville” producer Al Gough told
that Clark will hear the voice of Jor-El on the season finale to the
show. The producer was cagey about naming the actor who plays the part, simply
stating “I won’t tell you who it is, but any self-respecting Superman fan
should be able to name that actor once they hear the voice.”

Although the casting has been kept under wraps, the web’s top
“Smallville” resource, Krypton
, has revealed who the actor is playing Clark’s Kryptonian daddy. We
won’t spoil it for those who don’t want to know, but if you must find out then
click over to Krypton Site.



Artisan’s “Punisher” movie revs up, the studio has opened the teaser
site for the film.
is the official online home of Marvel’s grim avenger.

Currently there is little there but a simple flash animation, which reveals
an official site opening date of 6/20/2003. This date coincides with the release
of “The Hulk” and the first “Punisher” teaser trailer.