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Comics2Film Wrap for April 18th, 2003

PREACHER

It seems like it's been in the works forever and now actor James Marsden saidit might be close to happening this summer. While talking to MTV.comthe "X-Men" actor said he may soon get in front of the cameras to starin the movie version of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's "Preacher."

"Right now it's in one of those weird Hollywood states where financingis still kind of questionable at this point," Marsden told MTV."But they keep threatening to start [filming] in June, so if they do it,I'm thrilled to be a part of it."

Marsden has been attached to play the lead role of Jesse Custer since lastsummer. "Tank Girl" helmer Rachel Talalay has been on board theproject for many years as well. She would direct the feature from Ennis' script.The movie had previously targeted production starts in 2001 and 2002. Let's seeif 2003 is the charm.

Marsden said he's drawn to several of the mature themes of the books,including the relationship between Custer and Tulip and the religious issuesraised in the book. He also likes the fact that John Wayne's ghost is in thestory.

"I also like the bravery in Garth Ennis' writing. He's not afraid totackle the hypocrisies of modern religion and things like that," Marsdensaid. "A couple ofpeople have said, 'Boy, if Garth Ennis had created a religion, I would surelike to be a part of that.' It just makes sense, the way he tackles things init. It's really heavy stuff [and] it's incredibly well written."

The actor said he's definitely looking forward to playing the part, shouldcameras rolls this June.

 

BULLETPROOF MONK

The comic based "Bulletproof Monk" opened in theaters everywhere onWednesday. The movie stars Chow Yun-Fat is as the titular hero who teams withSeann William Scott's street-smart punk to protect a sacred scroll.

MGM has provided CBR readers with links to new clips from the the movie.Check out these previews:

SMALLVILLE

Season Two of the WB's hit show "Smallville" is winding down. Clickover to KryptonSite forall the details, including spoilers, on the episodes 'Accelerate,' 'Calling,'and 'Exodus.'

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