Comics2Film Wrap for March 24th, 2003


Screenwriter William Goldman will pen the draft for DC Comics'"Shazam!" movie according to today's Variety.The movie is set up at New Line Cinema.

Goldmanis a veteran scribe with Oscars on the mantle for 1969's "Butch Cassidy andthe Sundance Kid" and 1976's "All the President's Men." He's alsowritten such classis as "The Princess Bride." His latest work is intheaters now: an adaptation of Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher."

The writer professes to be a big fan of the source material. "I startedcollecting comics in 1938," Goldman told Variety. "I was a lunaticcomic book lover, and I had everything. (This project) is a big deal for me. Ihope I don't screw it up."

The movie is due out in Christmas of 2004 or summer of 2005.

Michael Uslan ("Batman" and numerous CrossGen projects) is the execproducer. New Line senior vice president of production Christopher Godsick andproduction vice president Mark Kaufman are executives on "Shazam!"



Animatronics effects guru Steve Johnson ("Blade II") scooped SCIFI Wire on his work brining Doc Ock to life in the upcoming "AmazingSpider-Man." Johnson said he's working up full animatronic arms for thevillain, rather than rely on a CG effect.

"Sam's a fan [of animatronics], and he feels like the fans would preferto see the real thing," Johnson told SCI FI. "It's a lot harder whenyou have a puppet, and you've got 18 performers on the set. It takes a lotlonger to shoot than if you do it digitally."

Johnson also said they had to scrap earlier body molds done of Ock actorAlfred Molina, due to his recent weight loss. The actor was looking pretty thickin the critically acclaimed "Frida" and has since trimmed down.



Comic book movies snagged an unprecedented eight nominations for the 75thAnnual Academy awards. But when the envelopes were opened and the golden boyshanded out, only one award went to a comic based movie.

The late Conrad L. Hall was awarded the Oscar for "Cinematography"for his work on "Road To Perdition."



ToonZone news unveiled the first image from the upcoming direct-to-videoanimated feature film "Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman" on Friday. Theartwork may or may not represent the cover artwork for the DVD, due out fall ofthis year.

The design for the new Batwoman looks as if it's inspired equally by thecurrent comic book Batgirl as well as the futuristic hero seen in "BatmanBeyond." 

Toon Zone provides this description for the movie:

"The direct-to-video [movie] has Batman tracking down a mysteriousvigilante who is posing as 'Batwoman.' But when she's captured by Bane, it fallsto the caped crusader to rescue her, defeat Bane, and foil the Penguin's deviousplots himself."



Marvel has granted Twentieth Century Fox an extension on the feature filmplans for 'X-Men,' 'Daredevil,' and 'Fantastic Four' according to TheHollywood Reporter.

In its annual report filed Friday, Marvel Enterprises, Inc. stated that itwas granting the studio more time to exploit it's rights with regards to thesemovies. The move appears to be part of the previously reported settlementbetween the two entertainment entities over the "Mutant X" dispute.

Additionally, Marvel will be negotiating up to three more film or TVproperties with the studio over the next two years.



According to the early weekend estimates provided by BoxOffice Mojo, "Daredevil" slipped out of the top 10 in its sixthweek on the charts. The man without fear completed the weekend in the 13th spot,banking a total of about $98.4 million. Presumably it'll hit the magic $100million mark in its seventh week of release.

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