MARVEL SET TO BID ON ARTISAN
Will the Hollywood arm of Marvel go from a production shingle to a full-blown
studio? It could happen, according to a piece in today’s Hollywood
Reporter. Although rumors have been circulating for over a year that Marvel
is looking to get bought by a major movie studio, the Report indicates that
Marvel has actually emerged as a potential buyer of the ailing Artisan
Artisan is entering the second round of the auction process but currently has
three suitors circling for a buy-out.
Marvel Enterprises, who pacted with the mini-studio years ago on a
15-charcter agreement, is said to be looking like a likely bidder. According to
the write-up the comic giant stepped into the fray a few weeks ago. Marvel sees
Artisan as a path to the home video market and a way to further exploit its
Although Marvel sealed a deal with Artisan in 2000 to bring as many as 15 of
its characters to TV and Film, that deal is only now starting to bear fruit as
the $30 million movie “The Punisher” goes into production. Artisan’s
floundering financial situations is one of the reasons so few projects have made
it out of the gate.
Bids on the company are due July 11th.
Hollywood players Stanley Jaffe and Scott Greenstein are also in contention
for the studio. Greenstein topped USA Films while Jaffe ran the show at
Paramount pictures. They’re looking to convert Artisan into a mini-major film
studio, according to The Reporter.
Steve Rattner’s Quadrangle Partners is the third party bidding for Artisan.
They’ll be looking to merge their recently purchased home-video arm Good Times
Entertainment with Artisan’s library.
Artisan previously rejected a bid from Lions Gate Entertainment in the $100
million-$110 million range as being too low.
When “Teen Titans” hits the small screen in a few weeks, fans will
be greeted with a funky Jpop theme song by Tokyo-based
duo Puffy AmiYumi.
Singers Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura have enjoyed chart-topping success in
Japan, and began their crossover to the U.S. last year with their compilation
disc “An Illustrated History.”
Their new album “NICE” features “Teen Titans
Theme,” an English-language track created for the new Cartoon
Network series. The track is said to be “a shout-along instant classic that somehow
manages to blend the spy-movie cool of Johnny Rivers’ ‘Secret Agent
Man’ with the adolescent excitement of the Bay City Rollers’ ‘Saturday
Titans fans can hear a sample of the track playing as the opening of the
Cartoon Network’s official
Teen Titans website. “Teen Titans” makes its debut Saturday, July
19, at 9 p.m. (ET, PT).
It’s more bad news for “The Hulk” according to today’s Variety.
When the pic opens in Germany it’ll be on fewer screens than hoped-for due to a
boycott by the territory’s second largest exhibitor Cinemaxx.
The theater chain is up in arms over distributor United International
Pictures’ new pricing scheme and refuses to show Marvel’s blockbuster in its
first week of release. Cinemaxx may screen the movie in its second round.
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CALLING ALL FAN ARTISTS: G.I. JOE WANTS YOU
has teamed up with Devil’s
Due Publishing to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork in
We’re looking for a few good pencil and ink
gurus to work up a faux cover for the “G.I. Joe” comic. The top three
entries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil’s Due comics.
just launched the contest, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. Click over
to the Comics2Film.com
website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!