According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Spike TV has ordered a total of 13 hours, including the previously announced two-hour pilot/original movie, with a premiere date set for June. The pickup marks the first scripted series for the cable network.”
Variety (subscription required) is reporting that Atmosphere Entertainment MM and Platinum Studios have made a deal to team on a live-action film based on the Platinum graphic novel “Killing Demons.” Atmosphere’s Mark Canton and Platinum’s Scott Mitchell Rosenberg will produce.
Tons of web-spinning news today. First, if you can make it through the shilling of his new comic book, CBR’s own Rich Johnston has a new rumor that actress Theresa Russell, playing the wife of the Sandman, will have more to do than conjugal duties. He alleges that the character’s name will be Felicia Hardy, a name many fans should recognize (or a decent Google search should turn up).
The Just Jared blog has a batch of new photos from the Sam Raimi-helmed sequel, while actor Brandon Henschel admits on his website that he plays a role in the film, but he won’t say what. Tease! (UPDATED 2/14/06: The website’s postmaster wrote in to tell us what Henschel was doing, but asked us not to tell you … not that it’s anything like the work Paula Abdul or Debbie Allen have done … draw your own conclusions) At least Kiana Rene admitted she was just a restaurant patron — a very pretty extra, basically.
Finally, southern California fans can clog the streets of Pasadena, because the city’s film calendar states that the production will take over 1480 Michigan (don’t ask us, ask Mapquest) on February 10th.
The soon-to-be-erstwhile WB has released a new trailer for this week’s episode, “Vengeance.”
IESB has a rumor that “I, Robot” director Alex Proyas may be helming the adventures of Tony Stark. Mmm, could be …
THE MARVEL COLLECTION
Speaking of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, following up on plans from the “Ultimate Avengers” DVD there’s a story at IGN’s FilmForce saying “Lionsgate has dipped into the Marvel catalog again, and the result, if all goes to plan, could be a feature film entitled ‘The Marvel Collection.’ Here’s what we know so far: ‘The Marvel Collection’ would feature four cutting-edge animated films, combining standard animation with CGI-enhancements, taking the animation beyond standard TV fare. A 3-D presentation isn’t out of the question, as Lionsgate has acquired the rights from Marvel to develop movies in the 3-D format. So who gets the call from the Marvel catalog? Word has it that the four films will star at least five Marvel characters. They are: The Hulk, The Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Iron Man and Captain America. Lionsgate also owns rights for feature adaptations of Iron Fist and Black Widow. There is, however, no word as to whether those two characters will appear in ‘The Marvel Collection.'”
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