Comics2Film/CBR News has learned that, only three months after we broke the
news that Philip Levens (“Smallville”) was writing a screenplay for the “Wonder
Woman” feature film, yet another new writer as come on board the project.
Laeta Kalogridis has been hired by Warner Bros. to whip the Amazonian
princess into shape.
Kalogridis is well known to C2F readers as writer and executive producer on
the “Birds of Prey” series. She also wrote the screenplay for Oliver
Stone’s epic “Alexander” which stars Colin Farrell as Alexander the
While her filmography may show only those two official credits, Kalogridis is
known around town for writing tough, female action heroes. She did extensive
uncredited work on “X-Men” as well as taking passes at scripts
for “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” “Modesty Blaise” and
“Catwoman.” She also sold a highly regarded “Joan of Arc”
spec early in her career.
Kalogridis will be starting “Wonder Woman” from scratch, writing a
completely new script, which deals with the origins of the character.
MOVIES AND DVDs
Marvel Enterprises published their second
quarter financial results, which included projections for upcoming movie
The report lists “The Punisher” as being slated for a
spring/summer release next year, which could mean it’ll hit theaters sooner than
“Blade III” is due out in August.
The statement still
lists “Fantastic Four” as a December 2004 release, but later allows
that it may be a 2005 release. The latter date seems more likely given that the
movie’s script is still being worked on and that the project currently lacks a
The “Spider-Man 2” DVD is projected to be out in November
2004. The movie, of course, is scheduled for July 2nd.
Other film projects said to be on
the near horizon are “X-Men 3” for Fox, “The Hulk 2” and “Namor”
for Universal Pictures, “Elektra” for New Regency/Fox, “Iron
Man” for New Line Cinema, “Ghost Rider” for Sony and
“Deathlok” for Paramount.
The long discussed “Blade
Animated” series is also said to be in the works for MTV, presumable
following the wrap of that franchise.
reports that an animated TV show based on Aaron McGruder’s strip “The
Boondocks” may air on Fox TV. The network ordered up a pilot of the
McGruder and partner Reggie Hudlin will write the pilot and serve as
executive producers for Sony Pictures TV. A seven-minute presentation clip is
due at the network by early spring. Any announcements would be made after that.
The show could be ready for the 2004-05 midseason.
McGruder and Hudlin are also developing “Boondocks” as an animated
Plans for a third installment of the popular “Asterix” feature film
franchise have been scuttled, according to today’s The
Hollywood Reporter. Producer Claude Berri is reportedly giving up on the
sequel to what were two of the biggest box office winners in France.
Last June we
reported that “Asterix” creators Albert Uderzo, Anne Goscinny and
publisher Editions Albert Rene had publicly stated that they are not interested
in doing more live-action movies and seemed to be holding out for a better deal.
All the principals were ready to return for the third installment.
Daily reports that another French comic is now in development as a feature
film. Alain Berberian will direct “Enquete Corse” based on the comics
by Rene Petillon.
Christian Clavier and Jean Reno, both of whom starred in the French “Les
Visiteurs” and the Hollywood remake “Just Visiting,” will top line
Filming is due to begin in Corsica on September 24. Alain Goldman and his
Legende Entreprises are producing. Gaumont will distribute the film.
reports that Scott Neeson has transitioned from president of 20th Century Fox’s
international theatrical division to Sony’s senior executive vice president for
marketing at Columbia TriStar Film Distributors Intl.
Neeson’s first order of business will be to generate overseas marketng
strategies for “Spider-Man 2”, “Hellboy,” “Bad Boys
2” and “Peter Pan.”