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Samwise direct ‘Jeremiah.’ ‘Hulk’ writer creds determined. ‘X2’ set for global explosion: Comics2Film wrap for April 25th, 2003

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JEREMIAH

When the second season Showtime’s comic-based “Jeremiah” returns
this year it’ll have a new cast member. This year Jeremiah (Luke Perry) and
Kurdy (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) will be joined in their travels by Sean Astin, who
is best known to fans as Frodo Baggins’ traveling companion Samwise Gamgee in
“The Lord of the Rings” movies. 

On one episode Astin will be pulling double duty, stepping behind the camera
as well as in front. Astin has directed the 13th episode of the new season.

The episode isn’t the first time at the helm for the fledgling director. Fans
who watched one of the making-of specials for “Rings” last fall also
saw a segment on the making-of Astin’s short film “The Long and Short of
It.” That movie was filmed on the same location as Peter Jackson’s fantasy
epic and even features Jackson in a supporting role.

He’s also directed episodes of the Buffy spin-off “Angel” and
comic-based “Perversions of Science.”

Astin is currently acting in his new movie “50 First Kisses” and
will next be seen on the big-screen in the final “Rings” installment
“The Return of the King.”

“Jeremiah” returns to ShowTime in August. 

 

HULK 

The
Writers Guild of America has rendered its determination in the credits for
“The Hulk.” The official screenwriting credits for the film, as
determined by the WGA are: “Screenplay by John Turman, Michael France and
James Schamus. Story by James Schamus.”

Turman, who has penned many comic
book scripts including “Iron Fist,” was one of the first people
working on the movie and began his work in 1994. He reportedly continued work on
the project until 1996 and many of his innovations to the story remain in the
final work.

France was actually the third writer to work on the project,
coming on board in 1997. France returned to take another pass at the script
during the period of 1999-2000, after writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh’s run
at the material.

It wasn’t long after that that director Ang Lee came on board
with producer/partner James Schamus to carry the project to theaters.

The WGA
arbitration process is designed for projects like “The Hulk” where as
many as eleven writers have worked on the script over the course of almost nine
years. The process is a review of all drafts by three arbiters in order to
determine that writers are fairly represented in the final credits of the movie.

 

X2

“X2: X-Men United” is just a week away and the hype is louder than
ever.

Twentieth Century Fox has announced that they are set to make motion picture
history with the mutant movie, giving it the largest-ever, global day-and-date
release.

“X2” will have an unprecedented opening, bowing simultaneously in
93 markets around the world.

Expectations are high for the movie, which will likely top the original’s
$300 million worldwide box office.

The anticipation for the movie is apparently through the roof. Fox reports
that people are scalping tickets for the radio promotion screening to be held on
May 1st at the AMC Empire in New York City. Tickets for the winners-only
audience are reportedly going for $25 a piece.

Comics2Film/CBR News reviewed
‘X2’
earlier this week and we find it to be a major improvement over the
first.

 

HULK DVD CORRECTION

In our early-April Hulk
DVD report
we incorrectly reported that Mariette Hartley’s Emmy Award for
her 1978 turn in the “Married” episode of “The Incredible
Hulk” was the first time a sci-fi-themed show won an Emmy award in a
non-technical category.

Reader David Carreiro points out that Lindsay Wagner
took home a best actress Emmy for her work in “The Bionic Woman” in
1977.