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Comics2Film Wrap for April 16th, 2003

X2

"X2" director Bryan Singer told SCIFI Wire that the new Marvel movie is the film the original should have been."X-Men," as well received as it was, presented a learning curve forthe directors and actors, even as the story was burdened with laying down thefoundation of the mutant universe. All that should pay off in the sequel.

"There were limitations, financial limitations, scheduling limitations.And yet I couldn't have made 'X2' without having made the first 'X-Men'picture," Singer told SCI FI. "So this is definitely the movie that Iwould have, could have, should have made. Yet it does take off from where theother one left off, and I don't think it could have been made had I not had thefirst experience."

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BLADE III

Although German director Oliver Hirschbiegel was once under consideration forthe job of directing "Blade III," Varietynow reports that he's attached to a conflicting project.

Hirschbiegel will instead helm "Der Untergang -- Hitler und das Ende des3. Reichs" ("The Downfall -- Hitler and the End of the ThirdReich") for Constantin Films. That project is set to roll in August of thisyear.

"Blade III" writer and producer David Goyer previouslytold C2F/CBR News that the Marvel movie could be shooting as early asSeptember of this year, which would now make Hirschbiegel's participationimpossible.

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BATTLE ANGEL ALITA

Although it's a project that's been discussed for years, filmmaking giantJames Cameron told Hot Dog magazine that he still plans on making a big screenversion of "Battle Angel Alita." Cameron (whose comments werereprinted by Moviehole.net)says "Battle Angel" will be a movie that he directs, but it may not bethe next movie he directs.

"The issue is will it be the next film, or will it be the one after thenext film? That's really all there is to it at this point," Cameron isquoted as saying. "We've done atremendous amount of design for the film, we're fine-tuning the script, it'sjust a matter of time."

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FREE FOR ALL

Film Roman, Inc., the makers of animated fare like "The Simpsons"and "X-Men: Evolution" announced yesterday that the ShowTime cable nethas ordered up seven episodes of an animated series based on Brett Merhar'scomic strip, "Free For All."

The show will be presented in Hi-Definition. The show will present a blend ofhand-drawn animation, as well as 2D and 3D computer animation.

Film Roman's president and CEO John Hyde, commented, "We have hitanother milestone in animation by devising new methodology to enable affordabletop quality production to take place right here under our roof."

"The day has finally arrived where we can combine the talents oftraditional animators with the vast array of software solutions now available tocreate top quality animated shows within the financial conditions of the currentmarketplace," says Mindi Lipschultz, line producer for "Free ForAll."

The cast of the show includes Jonathan Silverman ("Weekend atBernie's") who will voice Johnny who still lives with his parents andattends a pseudo-community college. Juliette Lewis ("Old School") hasbeen tapped to play Paula, Johnny's unattainable love interest, and Brett Merharwill voice the character of Clay, who is enjoying his millions won in afrivolous lawsuit from a fast-food restaurant. The series will also boast thetalents of Mitzi McCall ("Ice Age") and Sam McMurray ("SunshineState").

"Free For All" is co-written and executive produced by MerriwetherWilliams ("Spongebob Squarepants," "Wonder Twins"). BrettMerhar, creator of the comic strip, will also serve as co-writer and executiveproducer. 

"Free For All" is slated to air on ShowTime this summer.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE

From a press release: 

Beginning April 21, 2003, seven of the world's most popular, fearlesscrime-fighting Super Heroes -- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern,Flash, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl -- will leap off the pages of DC Comicsand burst out of the TV screen for a power-packed kids' promotion atparticipating Burger King restaurants nationwide. DC Comics' Justice LeagueSuper Heroes are bounding into Burger King Big Kids' Meals in the form of eightaction toys.

"These Super Heroes appeal both to kids who have come to know and lovethe Justice League cartoon as well as parents who grew up admiring these popularcharacters," said Craig Braasch, vice president, global advertising andpromotions, Burger King Corporation. "These eight action-based toys insideour Kids Meals, as well as the mini-comic books, will give our young customershours of enjoyment."

Power-Packed Fun: About The Toys

Each toy features a Justice League crime fighter showcasing their uniquepowers in a display of Super Hero prowess. The promotion runs for five weeks,during which time kids can collect all eight toys as well as accompanying 12-page mini comic books. Each comic book features storylines inspired by eachtoy's activity and will be the one of the largest per custom-comic project printruns ever published!

"We are extremely excited to bring these well-loved and empowering SuperHeroes to Burger King restaurants," said Joel Ehrlich, Senior VicePresident of Advertising and Promotions for Warner Bros. Consumer Products andDC Comics. "We are certain that this supreme team of Justice League memberswill provide the same fun and excitement they have offered for decades to thekids of today at Burger King restaurants."

Blast Off With New Spicy Catsup Dipping Sauce

The Justice League superheroes will burst into Burger King restaurants with anexciting, new "Power Blast" spicy Catsup Dipping Sauce. Kids can havea "blast" with dipping one of the most popular items on the Burger KingBig Kids menu, Chicken Tenders, in fun star and lightning bolt shapes.

Catsup is the #1 kids condiment and the new "Power Blast" spicy CatsupDipping Sauce brings catsup into a whole new realm! Kids will love to dip their Chicken Tendersinto this new dipping sauce with a "powerful," tangy kick. "Weknow that kids like to 'have it their way' with unique, fun food presented inimaginative ways," said Braasch. "Kids can order their old favoritesat Burger King, like Chicken Tenders, in cool shapes and dip them into newcatsup with a spicy twist."

Super-powered Online Fun

To add further excitement to the Burger King Justice League promotion, thepackaging for each superhero toy will contain special codes -- available only atBurger King restaurants! -- that kids can use on the Cartoon Network Web site towin cToon online trading cards and other items from Justice League and Burger King.By entering the Cartoon Orbit area microsite on Cartoonnetwork.com,kids can use their exclusive Burger King cToons to win screen savers, Burger King"Burger Bucks" gift certificates and more toys, featuring their favorite cartooncharacters.

Become a Justice League Character!

In conjunction with the in-restaurant premium promotion at Burger King, for thefirst time ever, Cartoon Network and DC Comics are holding the "JusticeLeague Adventure Sweepstakes." Contestants can log on to Cartoonnetwork.comto enter. In addition to several amazing runner-up prizes, the grand prizewinner will be illustrated in a real Justice League comic book and receive theoriginal artwork from the DC Comics artist.

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