Comics2Film Wrap for March 26th, 2003


Filmmaker David Goyer told Comics2Film/CBR News that the final chapter ofthe "Blade" trilogy should roll cameras later this year. The scriptfor "Blade III" has been turned in and Goyer tells us it "verywell received."

The next job is to hire a director, which may or may not be the screenwriterhimself. "We're talking about the director situation now -- but however itpans out, we will probably be shooting by September," Goyer said.

The filmmaker made his directing debut last year with the as-yet-unreleasedmovie "Zigzag." 



Varietyreports that comic-to-film players Al Gough and Miles Millar have signed alucrative deal with Warner Bros. TV to stay on as the "Smallville"showrunners for two more years. The deal is worth seven figures to the pair, whoshepherded the young Superman concept to being one of the net's top-rated shows.

As with any TV series, the goal is to have "Smallville" run atleast long enough to collect into a syndication package. This deal wouldhopefully keep the show's quality and ratings up through a fourth season.

The writers told Variety that they were happy to stay on what has become apet project.

"With any show you create, you're invested in it and want to protectthat vision and ensure it continues," Gough said. "We still have a lotof stories to tell and we're excited about where we can this saga and thesecharacters."

While "Smallville" may be their TV baby, Gough and Millar haveseveral irons in the big-screen fires too. They are the writer's behind the OwenWilson/Jackie Chan "Shanghai" franchise. They also penned a draft of"The Amazing Spider-Man" and are currently hard at work on Marvel's"Iron Man" for New Line.



A source at the Mad Chance production house tells us that DC Comics'"Jonah Hex" remains in development. The movie had previously beenpitched as a TV series, but the producers are now eyeballing it (with their goodeye) as a feature film. This one is still in the very early stages.

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