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‘Luther Arkwright’ and ‘Brotherman’ movie deals. ‘Lady Death’ trailer. ‘Iron Fist’ director. More: Comics2Film wrap for April 28th, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

THE ADVENTURES OF LUTHER ARKWRIGHT


Bryan
Talbot’s “The Adventures of Luther Arkwright” may be heading to a
theater near you (in this or other parallel realities) soon. KouKou Productions,
an Australian, Melbourne-based film production company, today announced plans to
develop the award-winning British graphic novel as a feature length film.

Melbourne-based comic book writer and artist Bruce Mutard is set to pen the
script for the film. Mutard will see his graphic novel “The Bunker”
published by Image Comics this year.

“‘The Adventures of Luther Arkwright’ is a stunning, quasi-futuristic
graphic novel that deserves the big-screen treatment,” says Sophie Patrick,
Producer, KouKou Productions.

“It’s an intricate adventure story that spans multiple universes,
combing

the best elements of science fiction, action movies and historical drama,”

explains Patrick.

Most of the action in “The Adventures of Luther Arkwright” takes
place on one of many alternate parallels, where psychically gifted agents Luther
Arkwright and Rose Wylde are sent to investigate a cosmic conspiracy that
threatens to destroy the very fabric of the multiverse.

“Luther and Rose are not your typical action heroes – and ‘Luther
Arkwright’

isn’t going to be your typical ‘buddy’ action movie,” says Patrick.
“They are complex and fascinating characters, with unique abilities, but
who aren’t afraid of using deadly force when the fate of the multiverse is at
stake!”

Talbot’s hero was first published as a nine-issue comic. The series won the
prestigious Eagle Awards for “Best New Comic” and “Favorite
Character”, before being published in America by Dark Horse comics, where
it became a best seller.

KouKou Productions aims to start cameras rolling on ‘Luther Arkwright’ next
year.

 

BROTHERMAN


Jason
and Guy Sims and Dawud Anyabwile of Flipbook
Communications
have pacted with Distant Horizon to bring their
“Brotherman” comic to the big screen according to The
Hollywood Reporter
.

The urban, indie comic features Antonio Valor, a public defender by day and
costumed avenger by night, as he goes up against the dark forces lurking in Big
City, U.S.

Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh and Brian Cox will produce the movie. Ben
Silverman of Reveille Entertainment brought the project in. Distant and Reveille
will also work on a television spinoff.

 

LADY DEATH

Cyber Fiends
president and co founder Dave Ballance writes in to alert “Lady Death”
fans to the new animated trailer that is now online.

ADV Films has posted a short clip from their in-production animated feature on
their ADVFilms.com website feature

The sexy “Lady Death” became the flagship character for Brian
Pulido’s now-defunct Chaos! Comics. Although that publisher filed Chapter 7
bankruptcy last year, the character lives on. CrossGen Entertainment is now
publishing new comics featuring an all-new take on the character.

The direct-to-DVD feature has long been in development with Carl Macek
(“Robotech”) directing. Plans are for it to be in video stores this
year.

    

IRON FIST

Coming
Soon
reports that director Steve Carr (“Next Friday”) may direct
Marvel’s “Iron Fist” movie. The director, doing press for his new
movie “Daddy Day Care,” revealed that he might do the adaptation.

“I finally gave in,” Carr told Coming Soon. “Every director
has to do a super hero movie apparently, and I’m gonna do that, I think.”

 

X2 REVIEW

The
Hollywood Reporter
posted a positive review for this week’s big release,
“X2: X-Men United.” 

The trade publication says the movie “explodes with ass-kicking style
and sass,” and adds: “Fox has a presummer hit on its hands that should
rack up substantial boxoffice numbers.”

“X2” is due in theaters on Friday.

 

BULLETPROOF MONK

“Bulletproof Monk” saw a significant drop off in audience in it
second week, but still managed to outperform some of the new releases according
to early estimates published by Box
Office Mojo
.

The movie slipped to #6, down two notches from it’s opening weekend. It took
in $4.7 million, about 46.3% less than its first week. So far the movie’s
cumulative total is $19.2 million.

The new thriller “Identity” took top honors for the week, finally
knocking Adam Sandler’s “Anger Management” down to the #2 spot. The
family-oriented “Holes” hung in at #3, while Jamie Kennedy’s white-splotation
effort “Malibu’s Most Wanted” claimed the #4 spot. The critically
praised “Confidence” debuted at #5, barely outperforming
“Monk” with a $4.8 million take.

Other newcomers for the week “It Runs in the Family” and “The
Real Cancun” made dismal showings in the ninth and tenth spots
respectively.