Comics2Film Wrap for March 18th, 2003


Tobey Maguire may not be able to return to the role of "Spider-Man" for the sequel. That's the word from today's Variety.

The actor finished work on the first "Spider-Man" movie in April of 2001 and just wrapped filming on the racehorse jockey biopic "Seabiscuit" last month. Now, he's expected on set of "The Amazing Spider-Man" in April, but may not be up to the task.

"After doing two physically demanding films in a row, Tobey has experienced mild discomfort in his back, which is in the final stages of healing," Maguire's spokeswoman said in a statement. "With an April 12 start date around the corner, everyone involved wants to be certain he is able to do the intense stunts."

"Spider-Man" made Maguire a household name and propelled him to career-high paydays.

Sony is reportedly eying the more economical Jake Gyllenhaal ("Moonlight Mile," "Donnie Darko") as a replacement should Maguire fail to recuperate in time for the shoot.


"Superman" casting continues to confound Warner Bros. according to today's Hollywood Reporter. The latest contenders Brendan Fraser ("The Mummy") and Matthew Bomer ("Guiding Light") are now said to be out of the running for the lead role in the movie.

On top of that, director Brett Ratner's contract for the gig expired over the weekend. The Reporter says that the studio will convene today to decide if Ratner will stay on board or not.


The comic strip based reality skein "Ripley's Believe it or Not" will run an additional 11 episodes in its fourth season TBS Superstation announced the order yesterday.

The show, which features former Superman Dean Cain as host, has been a top performer on the cable outlet.

The show airs on Superstation on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET)/10 p.m. (PT).


Movies like "Spider-Man" and "Daredevil" are busting up the box office in the U.S., but comic based movies are raking in big money overseas as well.

Variety reports that the Spanish film "Mortadelo and Filemon" is the third highest-grossing Spanish film of all time, pulling in $22 million in 38 days. The movie is still enjoying its run in Spain. The movie broke box office records by ringing up $5.4 million in its first three days.

Now Sogecable distribution company Sogepaq has licensed the movie to outlets in other markets. Among them are Art Port in Japan, Apex in Korea and Falcom Media Group in Germany. Other previously closed deals will see the movie screening in Portugal, Switzerland, much of Eastern and Central Europe, Greece, Thailand, Iceland and the Middle East.

The article gives no word if and when the movie will reach American outlets.

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