Criminal Macabre, Transformers, Hulk and Spider-Man: Comics2Film wrap for June 11, 2003


Steve Niles scoredbig last summer when his "30 Days of Nights" was optioned for a bigpayday, which also set Niles up as the screenwriter on the project. Today TheHollywood Reporter bears news that Niles has sold another property. Thistime MGM has optioned the film rights to his Dark Horse Comics series"Criminal Macabre."

The movie deal is worth a mid-six figure sum against low-seven figures if themovie gets made. As with "30 Days," Niles' deal allows him to pen thescript for the movie.

In the tradition of classic film noir detectives, "CriminalMacabre" tells the tale of private occult investigator Cal McDonald, whoseinvestigations lead him into the world of vampires, werewolves, and "thingseven weirder."

"Criminal Macabre" is currently in comic stores. It is one of manytitles featuring the Cal McDonald. MGM's deal grants them the film rights to"Savage Membrane" and "Guns, Drugs and Monsters" as well.

Dark Horse chief Mike Richardson ("Hellboy") is a producer on bothNiles movie ventures.



The Hasbro toy-line-turned-franchise "The Transformers" has seen arenaissance over the past few years. There's been a hit comic book by Devil'sDue and a new TV show on Cartoon Network. Now TheHollywood Reporter tells us that they robots in disguise are transformingonce again, this time into live-action movie heroes.

Comic-to-film heavyweight producers Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto are said to bereconfiguring the robots for feature film treatment. Murphy and his Angryfilmsshingle have been attached to many comic-based properties, including "FromHell" and the upcoming "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."DeSanto is well known to fans for bringing "X-Men" and "X2: X-MenUnited" to the big screen.

The pair is set to shop the project to studios and have already seen interestfrom directors. No writer has been hired for the project yet, but DeSanto is atwork on a story treatment for the film.



While "The Hulk" hasn't even arrived in theaters yet, VideoStore Magazine has an article giving fans a preview of what may be on theDVD.

Director Ang Lee told the magazine his sole concern is over the movie and isleaving decisions about the DVD up to the studio. However, he's agreed to do acommentary track for the movie. The director also said he hopes that thehome-video presentation will respect the format of the film.

"I don't even want to do pan-and-scan," Lee told Video StoreMagazine. "All I care [about] is the letterbox."

Having seen the movie at a recent press screening, Comics2Film can add thatthe pan-and-scan editors would be hard-pressed to convert many of the film'ssegments into that format, without seriously damaging the movie.

According to the report, fans can look forward to segments on the specialeffects from concept to final product for scenes such as the vicious fightbetween Hulk and a the Hulk dogs.

Thanks to Movie CityGeek for the lead on the DVD report.

Some fans can't wait for the DVD, however, or even for the movie to hittheaters. Instead, copies of a rough cut have been circulating around theInternet on file-sharing services and that's got Universal Pictures up in arms,according to a report on E!Online.

Although the Internet piracy of movies is nothing new, with "FindingNemo," "The Matrix: Reloaded" and "Spider-Man" hittingthe web ahead of their theatrical release, Uni is particularly upset by thisleak because it represents an unfinished version of the film. Even worse, moviegossip web sites are reviewing the movie and panning its special effects, eventhough they are not looking at the final product.



AnimationInsider followed up on their Friday listing of episodes for the new"Spider-Man" animated show, with a report on the final two episodes ofthe season. The show's first season will end with a two-parter called "MindGames." Steven Kriozere of "V.I.P." fame is writing the secondleg of that one.

"Spider-Man" debuts on MTV on July 11th at 10:00 p.m.

Thanks to Gogeta for the lead.



Get ready to Hulk out!

Thegood folks at Toy Biz and Comics2Film are teaming up to give you a chance tobring jade-jaws home. Enter our giveaway and you can win one of three"Hulk" action figures, based on the upcoming movie.

We're accepting entries from now until June 19 (the day before the big movieopening). Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.comfor your chance to win! 



ArtisanEntertainment loves dishing out the punishment. 

The publicity folks there told Comics2Film this week that we can now pass ona total of ten copies of the super-cool teaser poster for "ThePunisher" to you, the readers.

We'll be taking names from now until June 22 (right around the time that theofficial website officialwebsite launches). Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.comfor your chance to win!

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