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Punisher, Garfield, Blueberry and Matrix vs. Spider-Man: Comics2Film wrap for May 23, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

PUNISHER CONTEST


Last
week Artisan shipped the teaser poster for next summer’s “The
Punisher” to movie theaters everywhere. The artwork got a good reaction
from fans, with it’s menacing skull and black and red color scheme.

Now Artisan has provided Comics2Film with a copy of the one-sheet to pass on
to you members of the Punisher posse.

Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.com
for your chance to win! 

 

GARFIELD

Who needs actors these days when you have CGI? Synthespians are landing prime
acting these days, with computer-generated guys like the incredible Hulk and
Scooby Doo now starring in movies.

The next animated leading man is set to be the titular star of
“Garfield” who goes to work on his movie this month.

Principal photography involving the traditional actors wrapped early this
month. On May 7th Breckin Meyer (“Road Trip”), Jennifer Love Hewitt
(“The Tuxedo”) and Stephen Tobolowsky (“Memento”) completed
their duties as the flesh and blood participants in the movie. Meyer plays
Garfield’s owner, Jon Arbuckle while Hewitt plays the love-interest Liz Wilson.
Tobolowsky plays the ironically named Happy.

Work now begins on animating the flabby feline. Word is that creator Jim
Davis is in constant communication with the animation team.

So far the voice of Garfield has not been cast, but recording sessions are
set to begin soon.

In the meantime Twentieth Century Fox has pushed back the release date for
the movie, to give CGI actor time to work. The film is now due out June 4th, 2004.
Fox has acquired the domain name GarfieldMovie.com
in anticipation, although the address currently redirects to the general Fox
movie site.

 

BLUEBERRY

In a report from Cannes Variety
states that France-based UGC Intl. has presold distribution of the comic-based
“Blueberry” to almost every non-English speaking territory in the
world.

“Blueberry” is based on Moebius’ western comic of the same name.
Jan Kounen (“Doberman”) directed the $35 million movie, which filmed in
Mexico last summer.

The movie stars Vincent Cassel as Lt. Blueberry. Other cast members include
Juliette Lewis (“Old School”), Colm Meaney (“Star Trek: The Next
Generation”), Michael Madsen (“Reservoir Dogs”) and Eddie Izzard
(“Mystery Men”).

According to Variety, distribution deals included Filmax in Spain, Tobis in
Germany, Central Partnership in Russia, Pyrine in Poland and Hungary, Proptiki
in Greece and I Vision in Korea. Japan was sold to Media Factory at the AFM.

 

SPIDER-MAN BOX OFFICE

Warner Bros. has announced that “The Matrix: Reloaded” has struck
down another box-office record set by comic-to-film champ
“Spider-Man.”

“The Matrix” sequel has rung up $157.6 million in its first seven
days, outdoing the web-spinner by $6 million.

When the movie opened last weekend, it also toppled Spidey’s high-water mark
for biggest five-day weekend opening. However, the Marvel star is still champ to
the three-day weekend opening category.

The cyber-sequel new enjoys a total domestic gross of $158.2 million.

This weekend Neo takes on God himself. “Reloaded’s” big competition
at the box office will be “Bruce Almighty,” which features Jim
Carrey’s return to movies that are funny.