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Fantastic Four, Spider-Man 2, Hulk, Catwoman and More: Comics2Film wrap for July 30, 2003

FANTASTICFOUR

Gossip site Ain't-it-cool-newsbroke the story last week. Now the HollywoodReporter confirms the news that Peyton Reed ("Down With Love") isno longer attached as director of Marvel and Twentieth Century Fox's"Fantastic Four" movie.

The studio cites the "creative differences" as the reasons forReed's exit and insists that the project is still slated for a December 2004release, director be damned. Screenwriter Mark Frost is said to still be workingon the script for the movie.

Also following up on the reports is the newly re-christened ComiX-Fan(formerly known as X-Fan). That site checked in with producer Ralph Winter("X-Men").

"[We're] waiting on approval of the outline, and then we can go toscript," Winter told ComiX-Fan last week. "Fox has announced a date of12/24/04, so we have to get going soon."

Winter said they are trying to craft a fun film, contrasting with darkersuperhero movies like "X-Men," "Daredevil" and "TheHulk." 

"We have to be careful not to let it become campy or that will kill allthe comic book efforts. But I think everyone knows that and is wanting to avoidthat. The characters are fun, very enjoyable, and we hope to launch anotherfranchise as or more successful than, 'X-Men.'"

Winter said that they'd be looking for a director who can bring someauthenticity to the project and allow the "Fantastic Four" to inhabita world that closely resembles our own.

 

SPIDER-MAN2

Isthis the official teaser poster for 'Spider-Man 2'? Superherohypesays it is. A scooper allegedly snapped a picture of it at the currently runningSIGGRAPH computer imaging show in San Diego where Sony is said to have it ondisplay.

Movie Spidey's starting to look a bit McFarlane-esque with his knee almostlooping over his shoulder!

Check out Superherohypefor the full sized image.

 

HULK

Love it or hate it, "The Hulk" has helped fortify Marvel's bottomline according to today's Variety.Proceeds from licensing of the character (largely around the under- performingfeature film) have led the comic giant to announce a better than expected secondquarter.

Proceeds from "The Hulk", which grossed $130 million domesticallyare said to be a major factor. In the licensing arena, those wonderfulElectronic Hulk Hands are top sellers, on track to beat last year's Spider-ManWeb-Blasters as the must-have toy for Marvel fans. Action figures and a top-fivevideo game also helped the company stock Hulk out.

 

CATWOMAN

French news outlet Allocine.frreports that Lambert Wilson and Sharon Stone have signed on to the new"Catwoman" movie. The pair will allegedly play husband and wife inotherwise unspecified roles. However, it seems unlikely that Stone could haveactually signed on without the Hollywood trades picking up on it first.

Wilson is best known to American moviegoers for his role in "The Matrix:Reloaded" but he's also got dozens of French films on his resume.

"Catwoman" is set to star Halle Berry in the title role. Frenchdirector Pitof is attached to helm.

 

HE-MAN ANDTHE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

IGNFilmForce confirms rumors that John Woo is interested in directing a new,live-action "Masters of the Universe" movie. Sources close to thedirector/producer claim that he's keen to do the toy-based movie, but iscurrently waiting for the right script before committing to the project.

 

SMALLVILLE

The online "Smallville" resource KryptonSite reports that season 3 of the super-teen show is set to debut on October 1st.

 

DAREDEVILDVD

In celebration of the release of the"Daredevil" DVD, the Daredevil Music sister site has launched a "virtualconcert page." The new page features concert clips from the variousbands who performed on movie's soundtrack.

Be sure to check out Comics2Film'sreview of the "Daredevil" DVD. While "Daredevil" may beour least favorite Marvel movie, the DVD is loaded with enough cool stuff toentice any comic fan.

Also,C2F has drawn the winners in our DVD giveaway. 20thCentury Fox provided five copies of the two-disc set. Without further ado, the recipientsof those free DD DVDs are:

Chris P of Cary, NC

Michael D of Methuen, MA

Craig S of Wheeling, IL

Matt B of Memphis, TN

Ted H of Madison, MS

Thanks to Fox for providing the prizes and to the 2200+ peoplewho entered the giveaway.  The"Daredevil" DVD was released this week.

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