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‘X3’ talk, ‘LXG’ trailer, ‘Dredd’ start and more: Comics2Film wrap for May 7th, 2003

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‘X3’ talk, ‘LXG’ trailer, ‘Dredd’ start and more: Comics2Film wrap for May 7th, 2003

X2 AND X3: MORE X-MENNY THAN THE LAST ONE

We know it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of time before somebody
makes it official. Chicago
Sun Times
columnist Cindy Pearlman isn’t waiting though. Pearlman has
already chatted it up with “X2” director Bryan Singer to talk about
“X-Men 3” (or “X3” or “X3: With Some Subtitle”).

For his own part, Singer said he’s interested in continuing to grow the
big-screen franchise he helped create. 

“It depends on the circumstances. I know I love this cast and I love the
experiences I have on these movies. I feel great affection and proprietorship
when it comes to this franchise, so I would probably want to be involved in a
third film,” Singer told Pearlman.

Pearlman also asked Singer about rumors that Oscar winner Halle Berry, whose
Storm character has seemed disconnected from the rest of the team in the mutant
movies, will not return for another. The director holds out hope that, if her
character is developed appropriately, Berry could be lured back one more
time. 

Thanks to SCI
FI Wire
for the lead on that one.

No matter how much fans and critics agree that “X2” is a top-notch
movie, some cinemagoers can’t help looking for trouble.

The readers at the Movie
Mistakes
website have now reported 47 mistakes in the mutant masterpiece.
The fun Movie Mistakes site catalogs continuity errors in Hollywood movies.

However, a quick gloss-over of many of the reported errors indicates that
nitpickers are really stretching to find flaws. Some purported problems with the
film include gripes like Nightcrawler’s tail isn’t seen often enough or
misinterpretations of how the x-factor gene triggers mutation, as opposed to
true mistakes, like the President’s magically closing file folder at the end of
the movie.

In other X-news…

When the X-Men are united, is there anyone who can withstand their uncanny
might? Apparently the South Koreans can. Screen
Daily
reports that one market where “X2” failed to top the charts
this weekend was in South Korea.

Instead the homegrown success “Memories Of Murder” was the number
one movie there for the second week in a row, keeping the mutants’ debut at
number two.

“Memories” is a critically acclaimed black comedy by director Bong
Joon-ho based on a real-life case of serial killings in Korea in the 1980’s.

Thanks to the super-portal Movie City
Geek
for the leads on those last two.

 

LXG

Fans who caught a weekend screening of “X2: X-Men United” (surely
some of our readers did) have already seen it, but Fox has now put the trailer
for “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” online. As with so many
trailers these days, the new clip can be found at the Apple.com
Quicktime trailers
site.

One point of interest that has been rumored and discussed over the past few
weeks is the use of the shortened title, “The League.” In the new
preview the on-screen title graphic still displays the complete five-word title.
However, the narrator of the clip simply refers to the movie by the two-word
shorthand.

Another puzzling point is that the trailer doesn’t seem to make any attempts
to encapsulate the broad concept: that this is a team up between a half-dozen or
so characters from classic literature. Although the start of the clip focuses on
Sean Connery’s character, they never refer to him as Allan Quatermain. Nor to
they allude to the identities of the rest of the League, with the exception of
Dr. Jekyll, who is named in passing in the dialog.

One wonders if the studio is assuming that the average moviegoer won’t
appreciate the finer points of Alan Moore’s clever concept. Never-the-less check
out the trailer
for what looks to be a rockin’ good action flick.

 

 

JUDGE DREDD

Shoreline Entertainment announced last week that they’ve formed a new genre
imprint called Riptide Entertainment. The Riptide division will handle
Shoreline’s development of horror and action movies.

This is of interest to comic fans, who have been waiting for word of the new
“Judge Dredd” movies since they were announced eighteen month ago. The
legendary British comic character is said to be the top priority for the new
division.

Plans have always called for Shoreline to film two new “Dredd”
movies back to back. According to the press release, Shoreline/Riptide is set to
begin production on the films in July 2003. 

Other irons in the Riptide fires include horror titles “Parasite”
and “Centipede.”

Heading up the new division is Steve Chicorel.

 

CROW: WICKED PRAYER

“Angel” star David Boreanaz recently talked to SCI
FI Wire
about his upcoming turn as the bad guy in “The Crow: Wicked
Prayer.”

According to SCI FI, the actor plays a character named Luc Crash, the leader
of a biker gang who has a history with the film’s protagonist Jimmy Cuervo
(played by Edward Furlong).

“They’re two buddies that grew up
together, but fell apart somewhere, because of a love triangle around this girl,
Lily [Emmanuelle Chriqui], who was an Indian,” Boreanaz said. “So
there are a lot of racial elements to it. There’s a lot of angst between miners
and Indians and casinos. It brings together so much vulnerability and
conflict.”

Boreanaz also reports that his character heads up a biker gang called “the Four Horsemen of the
Apocalypse,” cozies up with big, bad, biker mama Tara Reid (“Josie and
the Pussycats”) and owes all his badness to Dennis Hopper (who doesn’t?). Hopper is
“The guy who pretty much turned
me into Satan,” Boreanaz said.

The movie is shooting in June in Utah.

 

OVER THE HEDGE

“Over the Hedge” co-creator T Lewis recently scooped Aint-it-cool-news
on the status of the CGI feature based on his and Mike Fry’s strip. The strip
focuses on a raccoon named RJ and his turtle buddy Verne who have to cope with
an encroaching human population.

As C2F has previously reported, the lead critters will be voiced by Jim Carrey
and Gary Shandling respectively.

Lewis also provided a list of the talent attached to the film, including some
new names we haven’t reported before. Bonnie Arnold (“Toy Story”) is
producing. Jim Cox (“Ferngully”) is co-producing. Tim Johnson
(“Antz”, “Sinbad”) will direct the feature with Ash
Brannon (“Toy Story”) co-directing. Len Blum (“Private
Parts”) is writing the script.

Lewis reports that DreamWorks is prepping the feature for a holiday 2005
release.