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Comics2Film Wrap for April 2nd, 2003

MIDNIGHT NATION, JEREMIAH

In a posting on the Babylon 5 Newsgroup (rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated),TV and comic creator J. Michael Straczynski updated fans on his currentworkload, including and interesting development for his recently completed"Midnight Nation" comic.

"Thedirector of 'Daredevil' has said he wants to make 'Midnight Nation' his nextfilm," Straczynski told his fans, "so we're taking meetings over thenext few weeks to see if we can make that happen."

The director of "Daredevil" is, of course, Mark Steven Johnson wholikely has plenty of clout after that movie's box office performance. The"Midnight Nation" news may be a disappointment to "DD" fansthat hoped he would get to work straightaway on the sequel or the"Elektra" spin-off.

Top Cow/Image published "Midnight Nation" last year as atwelve-issue mini-series. It told the story of a detective who finds himselftrapped in a shadow world inhabited by the cast-offs of the real world:abandoned objects and buildings, forgotten people and other lost souls. Thedetective embarks on a trek from L.A. to New York in hopes of finding his wayback to the real world.

Straczynski also told fans that season two of the hit series"Jeremiah" has wrapped production. The show should start running onShowTime some time in early or mid August. Straczynski is the show runner onthat series, based on Hermann Huppen's comic of the same name.

Finally, Straczynski reveals, "I have a new television series currentlyin development, we finalized the contract with the company last week, and we'llsee where it goes."

 

X-MEN 2

"X-Men 2" director Bryan Singer recently chatted it up with SCIFI Wire about the difficulty in juggling the large cast of characters he hasin the new mutant movie. Singer said he was able to draw on his experiences fromthe first film, as well as his work on the ensemble piece "The UsualSuspect," to make "X2" work.

He said "X2," like the original, will focus on the arcs of specificcharacters. "It's not really an ensemble," Singer told SCI FI Wire."There are key characters that have key relationships that are at thecenter of our story."

While the first one focused on Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto, the sequelwill shift the emphasis. "It's juggled a little differently. But, again,there are central characters and central relationships," Singer said."It's hard to explain, but there's a certain finesse of accepting the factthat certain characters will be more prominent than others, but being truthfulto all the characters and their relationships to the X-Men universe. It's becomemy obsession, to see how many characters I can actually pay off in a singlemovie."

"X2" is just a month away from theatrical release now.

 

THE HULK

A write-up in TheWashington Post regarding "The Bhangra Blowout," a festivalcelebrating a new wave of pop-music culture imported from India, yielded a bitof information about "The Hulk" movie.

According to the article, the British music group the Dhol Foundation justcompleted a recording session on the "Hulk" soundtrack. The drum-heavygroup can also be heard on the "Gangs of New York" soundtrack. Ofcourse, the Dhol Foundation rocked the house at the Blowout on Saturday. 

Thanks to the spiffy new Movie CityGeek for the lead.

 

SPIDER-MAN

The mysterious court filings between Marvel and Sony vis-à-vis"Spider-Man" get more and more intriguing. This week Varietygot into the act, requesting that the veil of secrecy over the recent filings belifted.

Back in February, Marvel filed a complaint against the movie studio inCalifornia court. The complaint was filed under seal, preventing the public fromhaving any idea what the issue at hand is.

Last Friday, Sony filed a response, with a motion to seal all records andproceedings in the case. That motion itself was filed under seal.

Will the public ever find out what's going on? Perhaps. Variety and the DailyJournal have now filed their own motion. This one is to unseal the Sony's motionand Marvel's complaint and expose the issue to public scrutiny.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alexander H. Williams said Tuesday that hewould render a decision on Monday as to whether the media could get a copy ofthe motion. According to Variety's write-up, unsealing the motion appeared to belikely, with the judge citing First Amendment issues.

 

WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?

According to TheHollywood Reporter, the WB Network has ordered up six episodes of Stan Lee'sand reality-show maven Bruce Nash's new superhero contest "Who Wants To BeA Superhero?"

The show, would run in the vein of "American Idol," but insteadoffer contestants a chance to create a superhero persona.

"The tone of the show is going to be fun," Nash, creator of"Meet My Parents," told The Reporter. "It's wish-fulfillment, ablend of fantasy and reality. ... It's not going to be about sexual tension orwinning a million dollars."

The winner could see his character further developed by Lee and company as acomic book or other media production.

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