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Comics2Film Wrap for April 14th, 2003

SPIDER-MAN 2

Cameras are rolling on the "Spider-Man 2" movie (a.k.a "TheAmazing Spider-Man"). Aint-It-Cool-Newssnagged a photo from the set featuring Peter Parker and Dr. Curtis Conners. 

Character actor Dylan Baker is playing professor to Tobey Maguire's Parker.Baker has a long filmography and can currently be seen in the TV sitcom"The Pitts" (which lives up to its name). "Spider-Man 2"would only feature Conners in one-armed doctor form. The character will nottransform into the Lizard in this installment.

AICN also reports Donna Murphy is set to play Rosalie Octavius although thatcasting has not been verified.

A few weeks back word came out in the trades that Sony was eying JakeGyllenhaal ("Moonlight Mile") to possibly replace Maguire in thesequel. Some fans poo-pooed the report as mere rumor. However, today's Varietyfeatures an interesting account of what happened in the behind-the-scenes powerstruggle between the studio and the rising star.

The report indicates that the studio was becoming increasingly unhappy withMaguire's behavior in the pre-production of the movie and they felt that thestar's reported back problems were being used as a bargaining chip to leveragethe actor's demands.

What were those demands? The article is not specific. Supposedly any moneyissues were resolved in February. However, the studio decided to push back andtold Maguire they would make the movie without him. Apparently Sony went as faras to extend an offer to Gyllenhaal.

Following that, the disagreements with Maguire were quickly smoothed over andthe star was back in the picture.

Maguire is reportedly seeking new representation in the wake of thecareer-scare, in spite of the fact that his previous agents bagged him a $17million salary for "Spider-Man 2" and worked out the cricks in hisaching back. 

 

X2: X-MEN UNITED

Fileit under the heading of "What the," but Twentieth Century Fox saysthat the official title of the "X-Men" sequel is now "X2: X-MenUnited." No word as to why the sudden title change, but the new heading canbe seen on trailers and TV commercials rolling out now.

And if you needed a new poster for the film, check out this new one dug up byLatino Review.

"X2: X-Men United" opens in theaters on May 2.

 

KING CONAN

Will Sean Connery be cast in the "King Conan: Crown of Iron"sequel? 

TheArnold Fans reports and IGNFilmforce confirms that writer-director John Milius wrote a part in the newscript just for Connery. The part is said to be "Alba Metallus Fortunas,Conan's commander and tyrannical Emperor." 

However, actually having Connery in the movie is by no means close tohappening. The movie seems to be snagged in the depths of development hell and,if it does get made, there's no telling if Connery will actually be offered oraccept the role.

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