Luther Arkwright, Smallville, CrossGen, American Splendor and LXG: Comics2Film wrap for August 4, 2003

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Luther Arkwright, Smallville, CrossGen, American Splendor and LXG: Comics2Film wrap for August 4, 2003


Producer Sophie Patrick at KouKou Productions told Comics2Film that work is
progressing on the “Luther Arkwright” movie.

Patrick reports that her efforts in finding funding for the movie have
garnered interest from several production companies in Australia and the United

Screenwriter Bruce Mutard is hard at work on the script, which is tentatively
titled “Empire.” Mutard is on track to complete his script in early
September. Image Comics will publish Mutard’s graphic novel “The
Bunker” this year.



week broke
the news that “Smallville” fans can expect to see Perry White making
an appearance in season three of the show. The site came across some casting
sides for the character.
followed up with their own report, posting spoilers for the fifth episode of the
season, which will feature the irritable publisher, an episode simply titled

The role is not cast yet, but KryptonSite reports that
Jeannot Szwarc will be directing that episode. The name may be familiar to
“Superman” fans. Szwarc directed former Superman Christopher Reeve in
“Somewhere in Time” and also helmed the big screen spin-off



CBG Express – Comic
Buyer’s Guide Electronic Bulletin
reports that additional CrossGen projects
are on the way to the big screen. F.J. DeSanto, v.p. at Branded Entertainment,
revealed that Custom Entertainment has optioned “Brath,” Michael
France (“Cliffhanger”) will write the film adaptation of
“Negation,” and that “Sigil” will be a trilogy.

Branded Entertainment is the production shingle headed up by Michael Uslan,
who exclusively represents CrossGen properties in Hollywood.



The new issue of “Newsweek” (cover dated August 11 but due in
stores today) contains a feature article on actor Paul Giamatti, who plays
Harvey Pekar in this month’s “American Splendor”.

“Newsweek” General Editor Devin Gordon writes, “Actor Paul
Giamatti may never be on a first-name basis with moviegoers, but his days of
being ‘that guy in that movie’ are about to end with the performance of his
career in ‘American Splendor.'”

Check out “Newsweek” for the complete article.



“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” came in at #9 this weekend,
according to estimates published by Box
Office Mojo
. The comic-based movie took in $3.1 million over its fourth
weekend. Its total domestic gross now stands at $58.8 million.