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Issue #96

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SPIDER-MAN


Reports appearing on Ain’t it Cool News late last week indicated
Barry Sonnenfeld (Wild Wild West) may now be the front-runner to
direct the Spider-Man movie. AICN followed up on their previous
report which indicated that, along with Sonnenfeld, David Fincher
(Fight Club), Michael Bay (Armageddon) and Chris Columbus (Mrs.
Doubtfire) were all under heavy consideration for the job.

According to the most recent report, Fincher has passed on the job.
Likewise, Bay is too busy with his Pearl Harbor and also didn’t feel
David Koepp’s current Spidey script was up to par. Unnamed sources
who have seen Koepp’s told AICN that it was a “dud”. AICN had no
word from the Columbus’ people.

An earlier report from AICN indicated that Sonnenfeld was eager to
come on board and bring a new writer with him. That report indicated
the director would create a new “mad scientist” villain for the movie.

Has Chris O’Donnell (Batman & Robin) been cast in the title role of
the Spider-Man movie? A Thanksgiving report on Ted Casablanca’s The
Awful Truth column on the E! website suggests just that. Supposedly
the actor was heard to shout, “I am Spider-Man!” while running down
the halls at Sony (no doubt with scissors in hand). There have been
no official casting announcements about the movie, so it’s hard to
say what to make of the former boy wonder’s outburst.

In a related story Ain’t it Cool News continues to catch buzz on the
director choice for the movie. Although they’d previously reported
that David Fincher (Fight Club) had bowed out of the running, the
latest update indicates that the director is only now getting a
formal offer from Sony. Regardless of who helms the picture AICN’s
sources tell them that the script needs a significant rewrite.

And speaking of the script, Corona Coming Attractions points readers
to an online excerpt of James Cameron’s treatment for the movie.
David Koepp’s screenplay is said to be based on Cameron’s work.

X-MEN


Of the seemingly endless array of X-Men set reports, the latest comes
from the most credible source yet: Sir Ian McKellen who plays Magneto
in the movie. Reporting from the X-Men section of his official
website, McKellen talks about his recent experiences shooting the
movie.

In his November 10, update McKellen talks a bit weather conditions
that effect the shooting, “The location filming in Hamilton has been
through the night, for a week, from dusk ’til freezing dawn,” The
actor said. “Pity Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in her blue Mystique
disguise, a makeup that takes four hours to apply and leaves her
almost naked with no protection against the night cold. Never a word
of complaint, though. In comparison I am molly-coddled, with warming
tights under my outfit of grey sweater, black pants and knee-length
boots.”

The actor goes on to describe the costume he wears as the master of
magnetism, “Magneto’s work-uniform is a tight fit, inspired by the
comic strip design but influenced by the latest catwalk fashion. It
involves a maroon-lined cloak, a steel-grey tunic and pants and boots
and a deep-red fiberglass helmet. I hope it looks as good as it feels
to wear. And, yes, Magneto has a wide metallic belt as X-Men fans
would expect.”

Here’s a bit about the makeup for Sabretooth and Toad, “Magneto’s
closest brethren are Sabretooth and Toad – hirsute Tyler Mane
striding out at 7’4″ and Ray Park, his complexion painted bright
green. The makeup effects are achieved by a team led by Ann
Browdie, my compatriot whom I worked with on A Touch of Love, my
first film. The makeup and hair trailer, specially designed to
accommodate up to a dozen actors and technicians, is a nest amongst
the jungle of vehicles that convey the film’s support system. It is
warm with efficient heating and good humour, melting early morning or
late-night thespian grumps.”

McKellen also talks about the rabid-fan interest in the movie and
what a set visit might look like to a visitor. By the actor’s
description, watching the filming might well be very tedious.
McKellen cautions eager fans, “Be content – keep away from the set
and wait for the film to reach you onscreen. Then you will know where
to look.”

Corona Coming Attractions has learned that teaser trailers for the X-
Men movie will be seen by moviegoers on December 17th. The trailers
are set to run in front of Disney’s Bicentennial Man.

The site also reports that URL for the official X-Men movie website
is said to be, http://www.x-men-the-movie.com. The domain is
currently inactive, but a domain registry query reveals that it is,
in fact registered to Marvel (as are the variants http://www.x-men-
themovie.com and http://www.xmen-themovie.com).

ASTRO BOY/SCUD


A source at Henson Pictures told Comics 2 Film that Tim Burton
(Sleepy Hollow) has not been approached to direct the upcoming Astro
Boy. “We’d obviously love him to direct it, and maybe at some point
we’d consider going to him,” our source told us, “but right now we’re
just trying to work out the story.”

Our source also told us that Rob Schrab (Scud: The Disposable
Assassin) is still working on a “giant robot” movie screenplay for
Henson. However, that work is unrelated to both Scud and the
recently reported Robot Bastard.

SUPERMAN: THE MENACE OF METALLO


The latest in superman animated programming debuted this week but you
won’t see it on your TV screen. The first installment of Superman:
The Menace of Metallo, a web-based animated serial, may now be seen
on the newly launched Entertaindom website. The Superman serial is
the first of many “Multi-Path Movies” which may will be seen on the
website

The movie is populated by a 3D computer animated actors, much like
the ones seen in popular video games like Tomb Raider or Quake. The
Multi-Path Movies allow the viewer to select difference scenes as the
story progresses, rather than watching the movie in a linear fashion.
We found that most of the offshoot scenes featured different
characters delivering soliloquies about their respective roles in the
story.

BLADE 2


Ain’t it Cool News ran what is said to be a review of David Goyer’s
screenplay for the Blade sequel. The screenplay is titled Blade 2:
Bloodhunt. The reviewer gave the work high marks. The story centers
around a creature which is as threatening to vampires as it is to
humans. According the report, Blade teams up with a group of vampire
warriors called the Bloodpack to oppose the deadly creature.

BRUCE WAYNE


Rob Allstetter of the The Comics Continuum reports that a live-action
television pilot called Bruce Wayne is under consideration at the WB
network. Unnamed sources claim such a show would feature young Wayne
traveling the world and training for his role as a crime fighter.
According to the report, the show may be tied in with plans for the
much-rumored Batman: Year One feature.

DOC SAVAGE


Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to follow up his recently released End
of Days with the Phoenix Picture’s The Sixth Day according to the
Hollywood Reporter. Sixth is slated to begin filming on December
8th. Following that, the actor has committed to star in the Warner
Bros. thriller Collateral Damage, which lenses July 1 of next year.
According to the article, the actor will follow that movie with
either True Lies 2 or Doc Savage: Man of Bronze.

HELLHOLE/BALL AND CHAIN


Scott Lobdell spoke with Rob Allstetter of the The Comics Continuum
about the movie version of his comic book Hellhole. The writer said
that he had turned in the first draft of the script and was awaiting
notes from Miramax.

Lobdell also said that his comic book Ball and Chain is being
considered by Cruise-Wagner, Tom Cruise’s production company. As a
bit of trivia, the writer told The Continuum that the name of the lead
male character in that comic was changed from Thomas to Edgar on the
possibility that Cruise would be playing that role and would not want
the character to have the same first name as the actor.

INVISIBLES


Corona Coming Attractions reports that an adaptation of Grant
Morrison’s The Invisibles may be back on. You may recall that
Morrison was developing the concept as a BBC mini-series but that
project reportedly ran aground.

However, a new scooper claims that an Invisibles feature film may be
in the works and Artisan Entertainment (Blair Witch Project) may be
involved. CCA was unable to verify this information, so lets
consider it rumor for now.

KABUKI


David Mack spoke with Rob Allstetter of the The Comics Continuum
about progress on the movie version of his Kabuki comic. Catherine
Winder (Aeon Flux, Spawn animated show) will produce the movie which
is set up at Fox Animation. Mack reports that he’s turned in four
drafts of the screenplay for the feature, which is based on the Skin
Deep and Circle of Blood story lines. The animated feature may be
released in 2002.

MAGE


Kevin Smith (Dogma) has long been attached to write, and possibly
direct, a movie adaptation of Matt Wagner’s Mage. Corona Coming
Attractions recently spoke to Smith about the project. According to
Smith, the producers Critical Mass Entertainment may have moved the
film from Miramax and may be looking for a new home for it. “I think
I’m still going to write it no matter where it lands,” Smith told
CCA. “And I think…they took it to another studio, and I guess
they’re finalizing their deal, and presumably I’ll take a stab at
adapting it, which isn’t too tough, because it’s a really well-
written piece. So once it’s final somewhere, once it’s locked in
somewhere, I guess then I’ll come up and do what I was supposed to
do.”