Global Frequency, Smallville, Alan Moore, Punisher, more: Comic Reel Wrap for October 21


[Global Frequency]Miranda Zero is on the line, and she has good news. CBR received a number of emails (thanks David Doub, Stephen Theaker and Douglas Hahner) as well as finding word in Warren Ellis' Bad Signal email list and other sources that producer Mark Barnett ("Survivor") has teamed with writer-producer John Rogers ("Cosby") to create a drama based on Warren Ellis' maxi-series "Global Frequency." It's handled under a deal Barnett has with Warner Brothers, who have a "script commitment" from the WB for the new show.


We were unable to puzzle out a lot of the English translation of this Portuguese news story but as near as we can figure, internationally renowned comic book "Tanguy and Laverdure," which appears to be about two adventurous pilots, is being adapted into a movie. Now you can never say we don't look beyond US shores to bring you the latest news.


First, Craig at Krypton Site emailed in, noting that they have pictures from the October 29 episode with the spoilerish title, and "a gallery of not-so-clean outtakes from this week's episode that I wouldn't be surprised if I have to take it down." Don't click if you don't like seeing Kryptonian lower body parts, your mileage may vary. Second, Comics Continuum notes that the five R.E.M. songs to be featured on tonight's episode will include "Imitation of Life," "Everybody Hurts," "Losing My Religion," "Bad Day" and "At My Most Beautiful." All five are on a new "Best Of" CD released through Warner Bros. Records.


Richard Emms from AP Comics sent out an email noting that their comic Monster Club (on issue #7 with #8 at their printer, according to their site) will be made into a feature length animated movie. Their website has a number of preview pages, if you're not acquainted with the work.


Fans in San Francisco can get a look into the brain of a genius when "The Mindscape of Alan Moore" debuts at the San Francisco World Film Festival, October 24 at 9:30 PM, in the Avalon Ballroom. The site explains, "The film brings the audience on an exploration of the critically acclaimed and admired comics writer Alan Moore. Moving from his background to the early stages of his career up to his immersion in a magical worldview where science, spirituality and society are part of the same universe."


WWE.com has a feature about wrestler Kevin Nash, who plays the role of a Russian assassin in the upcoming Thomas Jane-helmed film. "Anybody who reads the comic book will know the Russian assassin," Nash said, which implies that Garth Ennis' Daredevil-loving murderer will hit the silver screen. Nash said he wasn't in any scenes with Travolta, but "working with Thomas was fun. He's a really good actor." Filmforce has supplemental coverage, clearing up rumors of Tombstone's involvement.


Superherohype.com has heard a rumor that Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release the first season of MTV's animated Spider-Man on a two-disc Special Edition DVD on January 13. No more information or coroboration was offered. In other web-related news, The News Transcript has an article about a 12-year-old cast as "Henry" in the upcoming sequel.


Figures.com has some groovy photos of action figures being released in conjunction with the film.


Wesley Snipes talked to The Chicago Sun-Times about the whole "Blade" franchise. "I never saw this film as a trilogy," Snipes said, "but the fans seem to want it. As long as they're there, I'm going to be messing with all the blood." The Sun-Times says the plot is "vampires might take over the Earth and Blade must stop the blood suckers from snapping up all our prime real estate. To make it even more timely, the solution might be a vampire-killing virus."


Fans of flaming heads and motorcycles have to wait a little while longer. FilmJerk.com notes that Nicolas Cage's involvement in other films, such as "The Weather Man" and Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut "Sympathy for Delicious" continue to push the start of filming back deeper into 2004, with no concrete date set as of yet.


According to Yahoo News, the teen-spirited comic strip has been acquired by Dick Clark Productions for a half-hour live-action TV show.


It was a great day in comics movie news, in part, due to readers just like you. If you have the scoop on anything related to comic book movies, TV adaptations or just want to give us a truck full of cash, no questions asked, drop us a line and let's coordinate. You can choose an alias if you'd like, or be mentioned by name -- we honor requests for anonymity. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, and (insert pithy sign-off here, once it gets out of development hell).

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