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Death, Deathlok, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for June 4, 2003

DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING

Neil Gaiman is feeling optimistic about the movie version of "Death: TheHigh Cost of Living." He recently posted an update for fans in his onlinejournal at NeilGaiman.com.

"Today was a good day," Gaiman starts his May 31 entry.

"It started with a terrific meeting with Roger and Brenda, my directorson the 'Tam Lin' project. Then I walked across the hall and met with a companywho wanted to finance 'Death: The High Cost of Living,' and the only conditionthat they had thought might be a sticking point was something I already wanted.Things can go wrong (things can always go wrong) and lots of deals need to bemade before a formal announcement can be made, but I wouldn't be surprised to beshooting 'Death' next Spring."

Gaiman has long been attached to direct the movie, based on his best-lovedcomic book character. He turned in the latest draft of the script for the filmlast year.

Thanks to Aint-it-cool-newsfor the lead.

 

DEATHLOK

Are Marvel and Paramount about to sign a director for the big-screen versionof "Deathlok?" That's the rumor published Monday by IGNFilmForce.

The the typically reliable site's sources tell them that Lee Tamahori topsthe list to direct the movie. 

However, today's HollywoodReporter tells us that MGM has signed the director to the upcoming"Risk Addiction", which was developed initially as a "BasicInstinct" sequel but has now been separated from those roots.

The tworeports don't necessarily contradict one another. Hot directors often attachthemselves to many projects simultaneously, filming one while developing theothers and allowing them to have many projects at the ready. 

Tamahori most recently helmed the James Bond pic "Die Another Day"for MGM and also had directing creds for "Along Came a Spider,""The Edge," "Mulholland Falls" and "Once WereWarriors."

 

IRON MAN

Insights into the new "Iron Man" movie can be found in the latestissue of Cinescapemagazine. Quotes from article, provided by IGNFilmForce reveal plans are to remain true to the comic and portray TonyStark as an alcoholic whose armor not only gives him super-human abilities, buthelps keep his damaged heart working.

Producers Avi Arad ("X2"), Don Murphy ("The League ofExtraordinary Gentlemen") and screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar("Smallville") commented on the movie.

Gough told Cinescape "the intriguing thing to us [Gough & partnerMiles Millar] was [Tony Stark] has an alcohol problem and he needs the suit tostay alive."

The writer also said to expect 'Iron Man' to take on bigger problems thansimple crime-fighting. "[The movie is] a very relevant sort of thing to bedoing somebody who's basically a weapons manufacturer in this world situationwe're in. And also, it's global. It's not a guy protecting one city; it has aJames Bond-meets-Tom Clancy feel. That's our approach."

 Millar added that Iron Man is "a very unique character in terms ofhe's not a teenager struggling with a superpower. ... he's like the HowardHughes of superheroes."

Producer Don Murphy told Cinescape, "He's not going to be Supermanturning back the world. It's believable stuff."

Arad's comments on the film may surprise fans. The Marvel chief said,"'Iron Man' is about a kid whose father was bigger-than-life and he feltlike, 'What's in it for me?'" Arad told Cinescape. "Then he loses hisparents and never got to say a kind word to [his father] like, 'Dad, I admireyou and I love you and I didn't mean to be an [expletive]."

Look for more on "Iron Man" in Cinescape magazine.

 

SPIDER-MAN ANIMATED

ComicsContinuum posted a trio of swell new images from MTV's upcoming"Spider-Man" animated TV series. The images depict Spidey in action, agroup shot of Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson and Harry Osborn and an image of anew, Black Cat-like villain named Talon.

 

HULK

From a press release:

Thesoundtrack for "Hulk," will be released on Decca/UMG Soundtracks June17, 2003. 

It'll feature the music score by Danny Elfman, as well as the exclusive newtrack, "Set Me Free," performed by the as-yet-unnamed music groupfeaturing Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots), Slash, Duff McKaganand Matt Sorum, (all formerly of Guns N' Roses), and Dave Kushner (of SuicidalTendencies).

Elfman is no stranger to comic book adaptations, providing the music for"Spider-Man," "Batman" and the "Men In Black"movies.

Always an active presence in the world of film world, Danny Elfman has beennominated for several Grammys, including Planet of the Apes for "Best ScoreSoundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media"and Batman and The Nightmare Before Christmas. He won a Grammy for "BestInstrumental Composition" for "The Batman Theme."

"Set Me Free" was inspired by the movie itself and appears in thefilm's closing scroll. This is the first-ever commercially available track fromthis new hard rock mega-group and can be downloaded exclusively on Apple'siTunes Music Store from June 8, 2003 through June 17, 2003.

The currently unnamed band was invited by director Ang Lee to see an earlycut of the film, which inspired them to write a powerful song that would matchthe movie in both theme and intensity. Slash commented, "Writing songs isreally cool, but if you get inspired to do it for a really good movie, theoutcome is more fulfilling. We got a certain energy from watching the film, andwe wanted to do something that would be really appropriate for it. The Hulk is avery dramatic version of the same stuff that we all go through. All thisbottled-up tension is what the song's about, so it's a pretty good marriage: thetheme of the song and what The Hulk is all about."

Added Scott Weiland, "Ang Lee had a lot of intensity about the movie andhis art form." He met with the band following their screening and providedsome additional ideas and inspiration for lyrics that would closely reflect thestory of Bruce Banner and his struggle with his monstrous alter-ego, The Hulk.

 

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