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HULK

The San Francisco Chronicle (via SFGate.com)recently chatted with "Hulk" director Ang Lee about his surprisingtransition from doing intimate, human films to helming the adventures of agreen, CGI, rage-a-holic comic book character.

While Lee was initially influenced to do the "Hulk" by hischildren, he soon discovered the complex underpinnings of the character.

"That grabbed me right away," Lee told the Chronicle. "I wason the way to doing something like that in 'Crouching Tiger,' to mix seriousdrama with pop art. I got a taste of that and thought I could do thatbigger."

Of course, movies like "Hulk" are made in two phases, with the realactors being filmed first and the CGI leading man added in post-production. ForLee, setting up his director's chair at the Industrial Light and Magic F/X shopwas a new and gratifying experience.

"This is the best part of making the movie, I think -- making the movieat ILM. It was pretty much a contrast to what I expected it to be," Leesaid. "They call it Industrial Light & Magic, but there's no feeling ofindustry. It feels totally handcraft. Every individual artist who works on theshots -- it's very hands on."

ILM animation director Colin Brady, said Lee had plenty of input as to thedirection of the CGI actor, which may have included grunts, growls and bicepflexing from the soft-spoken director.

"There's a lot of Ang in the Hulk," Brady told The Chronicle."Ang would have no problem getting up and acting out exactly what he waslooking for. It's a wonderful contrast to see this very soft-spoken guy launchinto this very broad action. Next thing you know, he's biting my arm or gettingme in a headlock or something."

The director hopes he's left his mark on the character.

"I would like to think that the fans, as loud and earnest as they canbe, I hope they make up, like, 0.1 percent of the audience," Lee said."I wanted to embrace (the comic), but I also wanted to feel free to createmy episode of the Hulk. If I got opinions from other places, I would be verydistracted."

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SOLOMON KANE

Following up on yesterday's announcement of the "Solomon Kane"project, IGNFilmForce spoke with producer Don Murphy, who had been attached to the moviein the past, but whose name was conspicuously absent from the new mention. 

Regular C2F readers should be well familiar with the producer, who shepherdedAlan Moore's "From Hell" and "The League of ExtraordinaryGentlemen" to the big screen. He's also working on "Iron Man" forMarvel and New Line, "Spawn 2" and a slew of other comic-based fare.

Murphy spoke frankly about his prior involvement with the movie and why he'sno longer on board the "Solomon Kane" project.

"This is one of those classic stories that come up from time to timewhen you are a successful producer specializing in a certain area (Sci-Fi,Fantasy) and you agree to deal with wannabes," Murphy said of Paul andMichael Berrow, whose Wandering Star shingle controls the rights to Robert E.Howard's character. "EVERYtime I have ever agreed to deal with a wannabe outside Hollywood I have wastedenormous time and resources and sworn never again, only to have somethingincredible offered which makes me change my mind – and get burned again."

Murphy worked with the Berrows and brought the project to New Line where itwas all but set up, prompting an announcement last October. However, Murphy saidas the deals for all parties were negotiated, they were subsequently "BLOWN up by the Berrows – over nothing. I was confused.New Line was confused."

Murphy also expressed skepticism over current producer current producerSamuel Hadida and sympathy for writers David Jung and Steve Dandois who he says,"worked onthis for a year without pay."

The outspoken producer closed his remarks saying, "Solomon Kane may stillhappen once the Howardestate realizes they are missing the boat with the Berrows."

 

ROAD TO PERDITION

"Spider-Man" and "Blade II" went home dejected andempty handed but "Road To Perdition" took two trophies at The 29thAnnual Saturn Awards.

Cinescapereports that the Tom Hanks gangster movie took "Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film"honors at the genre awards presentation on Sunday night.

Tyler Hoechlin also scored a "Best Younger Actor" award for hisportrayal of Hanks' young son.

 

Y: THE LAST MAN

Varietyconfirms last Friday's report that Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra's DC/Vertigotitle "Y: The Last Man" has been optioned by New Line Cinema.

As reported, Benderspink principals Chris Bender and JC Spink; Mason Novick;and producer David Goyer are producing the movie.

Goyer revealed to variety that he might pen the script for the movie,although he's had interest from numerous writers about it.

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