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‘Mask 2’ Casting, ‘X2’ and ‘X3’ Talk, ‘The Tick’ strikes back, more: Comics2Film wrap for May 8th, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

SON OF THE MASK

Fresh from his blue-faced turn in “X2”, Alan Cumming is poised to
bamf into another comic-based effort according to The
Hollywood Reporter
. The actor is said to be in early negotiations to play
the heavy in New Line’s “Son of the Mask” sequel.

Cumming will play the villainous Loki, creator of the mask that endows the
wearer with all the abilities of a Tex Avery cartoon character. Jamie Kennedy is
on board to star in the film. He’ll play a struggling cartoonist coping with
fatherhood who finds himself raising a baby who wields Loki’s powers.

This will be Cumming’s third outing in a comic-based movie. In addition to
“X2,” the actor played a villain in 2001’s “Josie and the
Pussycats.”

Cameras are set to roll on “Son of the Mask” this summer.

X2 BOX OFFICE, DVD, CONTROVERSY

Statistics published by Box
Office Mojo
indicate that “X2: X-Men United” probably passed the
$100 million mark on Wednesday, its seventh day of release.

The Internet box office tracking site reported that the Tuesday take for the
movie came in at over $6 million, bringing the overall domestic tally up to $98
million. With those legs it’s a sure bet that it got the receipts to push it
over the top on Wednesday.

Chicago
Sun Times
columnist Cindy Pearlman talked to Hugh Jackman recently about the
movie. The Wolverine actor revealed that there might be some fun stuff for fans
on the upcoming “X2” DVD.

“Bryan wanted to do a
goof reel, so I came up, grabbed him and kissed him on the lips. You’ve never
seen anyone run that fast,” Jackman said, laughing.

Pearlman asked the director if the bit would make the disc. “That depends if my producer cons me into letting
him have that little piece of priceless film because it’s horrible. I’m wearing
the same outfit that [Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey] is wearing,” Singer
reported.

The X-Men may be all about tolerance and understanding, but try telling that
to Muslim civil rights group, Project Islamic H.O.P.E. The group claims the
movie contains anti-Islamic propaganda and it wants an apology from Bryan
Singer, according to a write-up on EURWEB.

The infotainment website reports that Project Islamic H.O.P.E’s Najee Ali
made this statement on behalf of the group:

“Within the first 5 minutes of ‘X2: X-Men United,’ an evil villain,
‘Col. William Stryker,’ is shown signing a document in the White House. He is
shown wearing a ring featuring the Arabic symbol for ‘Allah.’ Colonel Stryker
was never depicted as a Muslim in the comic book series. We feel this is a
subtle but obvious attack on Islam.”

So subtle was the reference that nobody really noticed it until the group
started complaining about it.

X3: WE’VE GOT YOUR SUBTITLE RIGHT HERE

“X2” production designer Guy Dyas recently gave an in depth
interview with Counting
Down
about his designs for the movie. In it he reveals some interesting
tidbits about what fans may be able to expect in the next installment.

Dyas hinted at which new mutants may turn up in the sequel. “Beast was
so close to making it into ‘X2’ that I’m almost certain that he’ll appear in the
next film,” Dyas said. Later he added “I’m sure that we’ll see a lot
more of Colossus and this effect in future X-Men films.”

The Danger Room was also supposed to show up in this segment, but was cut.
Dyas also believes that they’ll find room for it in “X3.” He has also
worked on designs for Sentinels, which he hopes see light in a sequel.

There’s lots of great information about “X2” in the interview so
click over to Counting
Down
for the complete story.

THE TICK DVD

Fans who haven’t gotten over the demise of the short-lived, live-action
“Tick” TV show (me being one of them) now have a chance to bring back
the big blue arachnid.

Sony Pictures and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment are conducting a consumer
poll
to decide which TV shows to release on DVD. “The Tick” is a
contender (along with 31 other hopefuls) for a full-season DVD release.

C2F urges all Tick fans to yell “Spooon” and then click
over to the poll
and stuff the ballot box with righteousness. (Yelling
“Spoon” is optional).

FANTASTIC FOUR

There’s been a lot of talk about “Fantastic Four” this week. While
C2F/CBR News reported
Tuesday
that Marvel had announced a 2004 release date for the movie, Cinescape
followed up by listening in on Marvel’s conference call, expanding on the
report.

In that call, Marvel chief Avi Arad said the movie is actually targeted for a
November 4, 2004 release. That’s a pretty ambitious schedule for the movie, but
“X-Men” was done in less time than that.

Then over at Ain’t
It Cool
, Harry Knowles says he’s chatted about the movie with Arad himself.
Arad told Knowles that he wants George Clooney for the role of Reed Richards.
The site reports that Fox is in “deadly serious talks” with the actor.