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Comics2Film Wrap for April 11th, 2003

SHANG CHI

"Band of Brothers" scribe Bruce McKenna is set to write the latestnew project based on a Marvel comics character according to Today's Variety."The Hands of Shang Chi" will blend Marvel's master of kung fu withthe crime family sensibilities of "The Godfather" says Varietycolumnist Michael Fleming. 

Woo-ping Yuen, who is best known to genre fans as the fight choreographer for"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and "The Matrix" is set todirect the movie. The movie is set up at DreamWorks

McKenna described the movie for Variety. "A young kung fu master learnshis father is the worst criminal in the world and the drama becomes 'TheGodfather' in reverse, because Shang Chi doesn't want to be like MichaelCorleone. There's this contemporary world of Chinese billionaire industrialists,but it's a bit like the Wild West or the robber baron era because the influenceof the mafia is so strong."

DreamWorks' Michael DeLuca hopes that "Shang Chi" will be for hisnew employer what "Blade" was for his old stomping grounds, New LineCinema: a modest-budget take on a low-profile character that is "visuallydistinctive and totally cool."

 

VENUS KINCAID

Jeremy Love ofGettosakeEntertainment told Comics2Film/CBR News that the first draft of screenplayfor the "Venus Kincaid" movie has beencompleted. Last September, TV writer Lori Lakin ("The AmericanEmbassy") was tapped to write the all-ages feature for Twentieth CenturyFox's Fox 2000 banner.

"Fox is very, very pleased," said Love. "There will be one round of re-writes andhopefully it'll go to casting."

Venus Kincaid is the subject of an online, animated comic that tells the story of a super secret agent, bomb squad expert,diver, pilot and superhuman athlete who is transformed from a 30 year-old womanto a 12 year-old girl by a mad scientist. She's still got all her spy-skills,but is mentally and physically 12 years old.

Fox 2000 purchased the film rights for the property last March. Plans are todevelop it as a live-action feature.

 

HULK

"Hulk"photos are popping up all over the net. DarkHorizons posted a nifty shot of the much-rumored Hulk dogs. The pic showsjade jaws facing down one of these mutated mastiffs. We'll give you a peek here,but head over to Dark Horizons for the full view.

 

X-MEN 2

Wantto see more of "X-Men 2" before it gets into theaters? A new previewclip is available online via the official site and Apple.com's QuickTime portal.Click herefor a clip exploring Iceman (a.k.a. Bobby Drake, played by Shawn Ashmore) andhis relationship with Rogue.

Then, if you want to see a bunch of coolpublicity shots head over to MovieCity Geek who scored about a half-dozen leaked images from the new movie.

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