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Sonambulo, Constantine, American Splendor, Marvel v Sony, Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for August 5, 2003

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MASKS OF
SONAMBULO


ICv2
reports that Rafael Navarro’s indie comic “Masks of Sonambulo” has
thrown a flying suflex on producer Sergio Aguero. 

Aguero, who produced the hit Mexican movie “Y tu Mamá También,”
is reportedly developing a movie based on the comic.

The book features the adventures of a lucha wrestler who is beaten and left
for dead. When he awakens after a decades-long slumber he finds that he can read
people’s dreams but cannot sleep himself. He retires from wrestling and uses his
abilities as a private detective.

 

CONSTANTINE

A
Variety
article detailing a recent deal concerning filmmaker Frank Cappello sheds some
light on the development of the “Constantine” movie.

The article states that Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Constantine” is due
to begin production in September. However, at this point Keanu Reeves, who will
play John Constantine, is the only cast member attached to that film.

The focus of the article is that Cappello is now on tap to write and direct
an original film based on his “Voices” pitch for New Regency
Productions.

 

AMERICAN
SPLENDOR

IGN
FilmForce
presents an in-depth interview with actor Paul Giamatti, who stars
in this month’s comic-to-film, “American Splendor.”

Giamatti told FilmForce that he’s happy with the reaction people are having
to his turn as grumpy comic scribe Harvey Pekar in the movie.

“Everything I’ve heard about the movie has been great. People really
like this movie, which is great,” Giamatti said. “For me, the
difference is I get to go home at night. He has to be like that all the time.
He’s not a happy guy. He’s had a miserable life.”

The actor later continued, “He had cancer, and he came back though
recently. But for a guy like that, it doesn’t matter. He’s happy that he beat
the cancer. But he’s still miserable.

“I mean, this is the kind of [movie] in which you’re happy, and lucky,
to do. This kind of thing doesn’t come along very often. And the fact that it
actually works and succeeds as a movie is sort of icing on the cake. It could
have very easily just not have worked at all.”

“American Splendor” debuts in New York, Los Angeles and Cleveland
on August 15th, with a wider release to follow.

 

MARVEL VS.
SONY

For the second time, Marvel has lost its appeal to have it’s case against
Sony heard by a Jury reports the
Hollywood Reporter
.

On Monday, a California appeals court has rejected a bid by Marvel
Enterprises to have its “Spider-Man” contract dispute with Sony
Pictures Entertainment heard by a jury instead of a private judge. This is the
second time the comic giant has appealed the ruling and lost.

Marvel still has the option of appealing the ruling once again at the
California Supreme Court level. Regardless, Marvel attorney Christine Pagac
said. “We’re delighted to be going forward with this case in any
form.”

HULK

“The Hulk” is ringing up receipts overseas, according to ScreenDaily.com,
but continues to perform below studio hopes.

The movie took in $2.6million from 2,180 sites in 25 countries over the
weekend, raising its international running total to $87.2 million. That figure
includes a bow in Japan where big green collected just $1.2 million in 432
theaters.