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Comics2Film Wrap for April 15th, 2003

PUNISHER, IRON FIST

There's been plenty of talk about Marvel and Artisan's "Punisher"movie lately, but the other Artisan project that keeps blipping on the radar is"Iron Fist." Today's Varietyprovides another such blip in its rundown of Artisan's internationaldistribution agreement with Summit Entertainment.

According to the write-up, Artisan and Summit have renewed their currentagreement, allowing Summit to exclusively distribute Artisan fare in allterritories outside North America through 2005.

Twoof the movies specifically mentioned are "The Punisher" and "IronFist."

"Iron Fist" has long been in development with Ray Park attached tostar as the K'un L'un kid. The movie was off to a promising start with a scriptby John Turman, which attracted a director in Kirk Wong ("The BigHit"). Wong began work with his own writers on the movie, but then fell outof the project last year. There's been little solid news about it since, otherthen the fact that it keeps getting mentioned in various places as if it's anactive project.

The Variety article states that "Iron Fist" will go into productionthis fall.

Of course, fans know well that Thomas Jane recently signed on to the leadrole in "The Punisher." That movie has been officially announced ashaving a July production start date with the aim of having it in theaters insummer of next year.

 

SPIDER-MAN

Want to see some more pictures from the filming of the "Spider-Man"sequel? Here's three links for you: LondonFeatures International Ltd, FilmMagic.comand WireImage.

The images aren't terribly exciting. There're no costumes, props orexplosions. It's mainly a lot of pictures of Tobey Maguire standing aroundlooking like Peter Parker and talking to Sam Raimi. There are a few images inthere of Alfred Molina (who pays Doc Ock) and Donna Murphy (who plays Ock wifeRosalie).

Thanks IGNFilmForce for the lead.

 

X2: ENTER SUBTITLE HERE

Fox says that their new mutant movie has a cheesy subtitle and is now knownas "X2: X-Men United." Director Bryan Singer begs to differ.

Singer told SCI FIWire that the the movie is simply called "X2." No subtitle.

This hasn't stopped fox from plastering the "X-Men United" tag onTV spots and Internet mailings.

Regardless, fans will be flocking to theaters on May 2nd to see the movie,which is already garnering strong buzz from early screenings.

If you want to get connected with the mutant crew, don't forget about today'sonline live global chat. The chat features the cast and crew of the movieincluding Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos,Alan Cumming, Anna Paquin, Kelly Hu, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Bryan Singerand Lauren Shuler Donner.

It begins at 12 pm PST/3pm ET. You'll need to pre-register and have RealOnePlayer installed in order to participate.

Check out X2-Movie.com for completedetails.

 

JADE

"X2" star Kelly Hu talked to SCIFI Wire about her other comic movie, a star turn in "Jade" basedon the title by the now-defunct Chaos! Comics. That one is in development withGale Anne Hurd ("The Hulk," "The Punisher").

Although the actress cautions that the project is still in the preliminarystages, she did offer these insights: "The comic is actually about a[4,000-year-old] vampire who lives in China, and she has incredible martial-artsskills," Hu told SCI FI. "She has a really interesting sidekick, awoman named Silence, who doesn't speak. And, like, a little goblin who followsher around as well."

 

MTV Awards

"Spider-Man" didn't do so great with the Oscars, but he's toppingthe list of nominations for MTV's 2003 Movie Awards. The wall-crawler wasn't theonly super-hero getting noticed. "Daredevil" also picked up threenominations.

The web-slinger is up for "Best Movie" facing off against "8 Mile,""The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Barbershop" and"The Ring."

Tobey Maguire webbed up a "Best Male Performance" nomination. He'llduke it out with Eminem for "8 Mile," Vin Diesel for "XXX,"Leonardo DiCaprio for "Catch Me If You Can" andViggo Mortensen for "The Two Towers."

Kirsten Dunst also got a nod for "Best Female Performance." Shesquares off withReese Witherspoon for "Sweet Home Alabama," Halle Berry for "Die Another Day,"Kate Hudson for "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" and Queen Latifah for"Chicago."

Bad guy Willem Dafoe picked up a nod in the "Best Villain"category. He's up against another comic book villain in Colin Farrell's Bullseyefrom "Daredevil." They face off with Mike Myers as Goldmember in"Austin Powers in Goldmember," Daveigh Chase as Samara Morgan in"The Ring" andDaniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York."

Jennifer Garner's turn as Elektra in "Daredevil" earned her animination in the "Breakthrough Female" category. She's up againstNia Vardalos for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding,"Beyonce Knowles for "Goldmember,"Eve for "Barbershop,"Kate Bosworth for "Blue Crush" and Maggie Gyllenhaal for "Secretary."

It won't surprise anyone thatTobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst lined up an nomination in the "Best Kiss."Although the pair would seem to be an upside-down lock for their now-classicbig-screen moment,Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner are giving them a run for their money fortheir smooching in "Daredevil." Also-rans in this category areNick Cannon & Zoë Saldana for "Drumline,"Leonardo DiCaprio & Cameron Diaz for "Gangs of New York" andAdam Sandler & Emily Watson for "Punch-Drunk Love."

Strangely, neither "Spider-Man" nor "Daredevil" picked upa nod in the "Best Fight" category, so Comics2Film is throw itssupport behindYoda vs. Christopher Lee in "Attack of the Clones."

Remember, the fans choose the winners at the MTV awards, so stop by MTV.comand vote for Spidey and DD!

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