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Comics2Film Wrap for March 27th, 2003

BATMAN

DC Comics movie properties have been floundering around like fish on dryland. Yet Warner Bros. continues to try to bring one of these legendarycharacters to the big screen and who better to help with that than the man whohelped kick-start the Marvel movie renaissance?

Varietyreports that David Goyer, the man behind the "Blade" franchise, hassigned on to write the script for a new "Batman" feature. This willnot be "Batman: Year One." Nor will it have anything to do with"Batman Vs. Superman." It's not "Batman: The Frightening"either.

According to the write-up, Goyer will pen an all-new script based on a takeby the film's director Christopher Nolan. Nolan, who helmed such top-notch filmsas "Memento" and "Insomnia" signed on to direct a"Batman" movie last January.

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Goyer redefined Marvel's Blade for the big screen way back in 1998 and kickedoff what would be the first in a series of great movies based on Marvelcharacters. He's also written many top-selling comics for DC. "Batman"would mark his first work writing a DC character for film.

 

SPIDER-MAN

Providing even further evidence that "Spider-Man" is a mover andshaker in Hollywood is an article from today's Variety.The web-slinger's sequel has moved from it's targeted May 7, 2004 release andshaken up the entire summer release schedule.

"Spider-Man 2" is now due out on July 2, 2004. The change in plansis a result of a delay in filming, which is due to star Tobey Maguire's extendedstay on the movie "Seabiscuit." The article states that the delays arenot due to the rumored back problems the actor has allegedly been sufferingfrom.

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With the announcement, Universal jumped right in and declared that their"Van Helsing" would now open on the May weekend. That date has provensuccessful for "Van Helsing" helmer Stephen Sommers' previous twooutings, "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns."

Meanwhile, Twentieth Century Fox may be sweating the move, which now pitsSony's superhero against Will Smith's "I Robot."

 

SUPERMAN

Speaking of floundering DC film projects, SCIFI Wire sat down with director Brett Ratner, who recently announced hisdeparture from the ever-troubled "Superman" movie.

Ratner told the web site that his exit from the movie was not due toalleged tensions between himself and the film's producers. "Thelonger it took, the longer I was going to be on the film, because I'm the onlyperson that's on the film all the way through release," Ratner told SCI FI."I just had to make a choice. It was a very hard choice to make, believeme, because I was very passionate and excited about it."

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The director said he hopes the film will be made because J.J. Abrams("Alias") turned in a great script.

 

CORRECTION

Speaking of David Goyer, in yesterday's "Blade III" report weincorrectly stated that his movie "Zigzag" has not beenreleased. 

"Zigzag" which marks Goyer's debut as a director, enjoyed adirect-to-video release last summer.

The movie stars Sam Jones III ("Smallville") as Zigzag, an autistic15-year-old whose efforts to rescue his corrupt father (Wesley Snipes) lead todire circumstances. His only ally is his big brother figure (John Leguizamo) whomust help the boy get out of hot water.

Thanks to Don and Mark (both of whom recommend the movie) for setting usstraight.

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