Punisher, Planet Terry, Queen & Country, LXG, Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for July 7, 2003

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Punisher, Planet Terry, Queen & Country, LXG, Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for July 7, 2003


reader Lauren points us to a June 19 article at The
Hollywood Reporter
which reveals yet another cast member has joined
“The Punisher.”

Ben Foster will play “Dave” in the movie, who is said to be a
variation on Garth Ennis’ “Spacker Dave” character from his first run
on “The Punisher” comics. The write-up describes Dave as ”
the title character’s deadbeat but loyal and good-hearted neighbor,” which
is consistent with the comic book character.

Foster is currently seen on HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and was also
recently seen on the big screen in “Big Trouble.”



New Line Cinema has picked up the feature film rights to Rob Liefeld’s latest
would-be comic property according to Variety.

According to the write-up, “Planet Terry” concerns a middle-aged
family man in extraordinary circumstances similar to movies like “Liar
Liar” and “Bruce Almighty.”

Liefeld initially planned “Planet Terry” to be an online strip. He
had similar success with “Shrink!,” which ran for a few panels online
before getting picked up by Jennifer Lopez as a movie project for her to produce
and star in for Columbia.

Liefeld’s new reps at Brooklyn Weaver’s Energy Entertainment showed the
project to New Line creative executive Keith Goldberg. He’ll oversee development
of the movie for the studio.

Liefeld and Weaver will likely come on board as producers.

The article also makes mention or Liefeld’s long-dormant “The
Mark.” That one had Will Smith attached to star although little has been
mentioned about it in years. It is apparently still set up at Paramount along
with the comic creator’s “Galaxy Girl.”



Screenwriter John Rogers told Comics2Film/CBR News that he’s turned in a
draft of his script adapting Greg Rucka’s spy comic “Queen and
Country” and the reaction has been very positive from the producers at Tall
Tree Productions.

“Just general joy. The producer notes are literally a half-page
long,” Rogers told us. He expects his rewrite to go to the studio this

Of course, they’re talking about casting with actresses whom Rogers calls,
“the usual suspects,” but there’ve been no offers extended.

“Queen and Country” is set up at 20th Century Fox. The Oni Press
comic tells of Tara Chace, an assassin (or minder) employed in the service of
Britain’s MI6.

Rogers is also developing “Foundation” for Fox.



‘The Hulk’ hangs in at the box office, dropping to #5 in its third weekend of
release according to estimates published by Box
Office Mojo
. The Marvel/Universal effort took in another $8.2 million for
the holiday weekend bringing its total to $117 million.

The comic movie lost ground to “Finding Nemo” which has been
swimming the box office for three weeks longer. However, the green goliath
outperformed newer fare like “Sinbad,” which debuted at #6 and 
“28 Days Later” which sits at #7 in its second week of release.

Topping the charts, or course, is Arnold Schwarzenegger who is back as the
T-800 model 101 in “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.” Following
that are fellow sequels “Legally Blonde 2” and “Charlie’s Angels

In other “Hulk” box office news Variety
reports that the boycott of the movie by German theater chains Cinemaxx and
Kinopolis is over. The exhibitors have reached an agreement with the UIP
distributor over the movie.

They had been boycotting the film’s opening weekend due to a dispute over
rental prices, thereby hampering the film’s release in that country.



Want to listen to the soundtrack for “League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen?” Then you’ll have to go to the movie theater or download it from
Apple iTunes according to the
Chicago Sun-Times

The soundtrack will include portions of the score, composed by Trevor Jones
(“The Last of the Mohicans”) and performed by the London Symphony
Orchestra. Also featured on the soundtrack will be two new, previously
unreleased tracks by African vocal combo Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

According to the write up, the soundtrack will not be issued on any physical
medium by any standard music label.



“Daredevil” DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th
Century Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free!

Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to pass
on to you, the faithful reader.

Just sign
up for our giveaway
between now and July 27th for your chance to win. 



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We’re looking for a few good pencil and ink
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