Deathlok, Komikwerks, Betty & Veronica, Punisher, Teen Titans: Comics2Film wrap for July 23, 2003


Lee Tamahori is set to direct Marvel/Paramount's killer cyborg pic"Deathlok" according to today's HollywoodReporter. Crystal Sky Productions is co-producing and co-financing the film.

The movie tells the story of a suburban family man who is unwittingly made atest subject for technology research that slowly turns him into a livingcomputer.

Tamahori is hot off the directing duties of the latest James Bond flick,"Die Another Day." He previously directed "Along Came aSpider" for Paramount.

Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner ("Nosebleed") developed the scriptfor the film. Marvel's Avi Arad is producting along with Crystal Sky's StevenPaul.



From a press release:

Komikwerks, a leaderin digital distribution of creator-owned comics, and Circle of Confusion, amanagement and production company, have announced a strategic alliance tomanage, co-produce and develop comic-book properties to film, TV, video games.

Circle of Confusion manages such diverse talent as the Wachowski Bros., theReign of Fire writers Gregg Chabot and Kevin Peterka, and comic-book creatorBrian Michael Bendis.

Under the terms, Circle of Confusion will represent Komikwerks and itscontributors in a management capacity, as well as a producing partner on someselected ventures.

"Circle of Confusion has an impressive roster of clients, and a trackrecord of working with great comic talent; it's an honor to be working withthem," says Komikwerks co-founder Shannon Denton.

"This arrangement continues to extend our original goal as a publisher,which is to allow independent creators access to resources that are usually onlyavailable to the larger publishers. We're thrilled about thispartnership," added Komikwerks co-founder Patrick Coyle.

Most recently Komikwerks announced a strategic partnership with ibooks, whichgives Komikwerks access to graphic novel titles with a roster of talent thatincludes Jim Steranko, Harvey Kurtzman, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, MattWagner, Dean Motter, Mike Mignola, Dave Gibbons, and Moebius, to name a few. 



Once again, plans are afoot to bring the Archie Comics to the big screen. Varietyreports that Miramax Films and Archie Comics Entertainment will team on"Betty & Veronica," a live-action feature spotlighting Archie'sgirlfriends.

The article also reports that the venerable publisher aims to emulateMarvel's success in launching franchises based on their characters. ArchieComics Entertainment president Allan I. Grafman, CEO Chuck Grimes and MichaelSilberkleit and Richard Goldwater are looking to bring characters like"Sabrina The Teenage Witch," "Josie and the Pussycats,""Kate Keene, Teen Model" and Mighty Crusaders," to the bigscreen, the small screen and other media as well.



Last week, hundreds of aspiring actors trudged through the Florida heat fortheir shot at fortune and glory...and punishment. The goal: land a spot as anextra in the upcoming Marvel and Artisan movie "The Punisher."

Now, Brian Pate of ComicBook Conventions.com shares his experiences in a photojournal account of the cattle call for that movie. Pate provides an insidelook at the not-so-glamorous life of a wanna-be extra. He's also got some nicephotos of potential "Punisher" locations.

Check it out for a good read.


From a press release:

Cartoon Network's premiere telecast of its newest original series,"Teen Titans" (Saturday, 9 p.m.), earned powerful ratings increasesacross all target demos, according to Nielsen Media Research. The high-octaneaction-comedy program earned double and triple-digit delivery and ratings gainsamong kids 6-11 and 2-11, and stands as the most-watched Cartoon Networkpremiere ever with boys 6-11. Additionally, the Sunday replay at 10 p.m. rankedas the most-watched program in its time period on ad-supported basic cable withkids 6-11, kids 2-11, boys 6-11 and boys 2-11. Highlights of the animated series'performance vs. the same time period last year include the following: 

Saturday, 9 p.m. premiere:

  • Kids 6-11 delivery (748,000) increased by 67% and ratings (3.0) also by 67%.
  • Boys 6-11 delivery (667,000) improved by 130% and ratings (5.3) also by 130%.
  • Kids 2-11 delivery (994,000) grew by 24% and ratings (2.5) by 25%.
  • Boys 2-11 delivery (831,000) expanded by 103% and ratings (4.1) by 105%.

Sunday, 10 p.m. replay:

  • Kids 6-11 delivery (1,155,000) increased by 245% and ratings (4.7) by 236%.
  • Boys 6-11 delivery (940,000) ballooned by 278% and ratings (7.5) by 275%.
  • Kids 2-11 delivery (1,585,000) grew by 159% and ratings (4.0) by 167%.
  • Boys 2-11 delivery (1,186,000) expanded by 203% and ratings (5.8) by 205%.



Comics2Filmhas teamed up with Devil'sDue Publishing to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork inprint. 

We're looking for a few good pencil and inkgurus to work up a faux cover for the "G.I. Joe" comic. The top threeentries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil's Due comics.

Time isrunning out! Entries must be in by July 25th. Click overto the Comics2Film.comwebsite for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!



The"Daredevil" DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20thCentury Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free!

Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to passon to you, the faithful reader.

Just signup for our giveawayat Comics2Film.com between now and July 27th for your chance to win.

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