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Issue #101

We're back, safe and sound after the big, bad Y2K rollover. Hollywood and the rest of the world are still intact, which means we have lots of news for you. First up we have a clarification of last week's Tick story, straight from the production office. We've got a field report from our pal Andy Mangels on the Faust movie. Lot's of X-Men rumors, as usual. Ben Affleck talks about Batman. Kevin Smith talks about Daredevil. There's much, much more so, read on.

THE TICK TV SHOW

The TickIt appears that last week's report regarding alleged problems with the scripting of the live-action TV version of The Tick was off-base. Comics 2 Film spoke with a source at Sonnenfeld/Josephson who told us that the picture painted by the recent NY Post article was "completely wrong."

The article stated that the Tick creator Ben Edlund and his co-writers were struggling with how to scale down the outrageous comic/cartoon concepts for live-action TV series. Our source corrected this saying that there are no co-writers, Edlund is developing the pilot script on his own and "he's not struggling."

FAUST

Longtime genre movie journalist Andy Mangels sent us an update on the upcoming movie based on David Quinn and Tim Vigil's Faust. Here's what Mangels had to share about the project:

"The Faust movie is nearing completion of filming. I talked to Jeffrey Combs (for an article in the February British Star Trek Monthly magazine) about it a few weeks back, and he had just done five weeks of shooting in Spain. It has been significantly toned down from the comic, though there is a shower love scene.

"Brian Yuzna is directing, and there are basically three movies in one: the dark super-hero Faust part, the dark psychological thriller with the woman, and a noirish crime plot. A British actor named Mark Frost is Faust; newcomer Isabel Brook is the lead; Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster) plays the satanic M, with bleached white hair; Jeffrey Combs plans police Lieutenant Dan Margolies."

No release date has been set for the movie, which is titled Faust: Love of the Damned.

X-MEN

The Sir Ian McKellen website has posted a photo of the actor in an early version of the Magneto costume. The same page also features two set photos and the Magneto design sketch which surfaced late last year on the internet.

Thanks to PGF.

The Countdown To X-Men website scored a couple of cool scoops this week.According to Lincoln, who runs C2X, We can look for the X-Men trailer, presumably in theaters, on January 28th. Previous speculation was that the trailer may air during Superbowl, which would be on the 30th.

C2X also reports that a new teaser poster will roll out at the same time. The "B" teaser is said to feature Rogue and Professor X along with the X door which was seen in "A" poster and on the official website.

Finally, C2X also features what is alleged to be a blow-by-blow description of the trailer. According to the report, the trailer will use Rob Zombie's Dragula for it's soundtrack. Viewers will see computer Rogue, Storm, Cyclops, Mystique, and what sounds like a cool action shot of Wolverine squaring off with Sabretooth. The site promise that the trailer will be available for download in the near future.

BATMAN 5

Speaking to fans via his website's message board, Ben Affleck has debunked the most recent recurrence of the rumor that he would play Batman in an upcoming sequel.

Labeling the recent NY Post/London Mirror story as "pure fiction" Affleck told fans, "As I'm sure most of you might infer, this story is absurd. There is no Batman script, no movie being planned, they have not called me or my agent and Gwyneth is much more the 'Elektra' (Daredevil reference) type..."

As for the source of the rumor the actor commented, "I really have no idea where they get this stuff. It is as if someone sits in a room and quite literally invents it."

Thanks to SCCComics and Dom for the tip!

JOE PSYCHO & MOO FROG

Joe Psycho & Moo Frog Cartoonshow is the latest animated project on the slate for Fox Kids according to a recent article in Daily Variety. Once a comic book from Goblin Entertainment, Joe Psycho now entertains netizens from his animated website.

The article describes Joe as "a round-headed freak who works with his level-headed best friend Moo Frog at a local TV station" in the fictitious town of Spleen, Ore.

STONE, SKELETON KEY

A recent article in The Hollywood Reporter indicates Sony Wonder is developing Whilce Portacio and Brian Haberlin's Stone as a kids TV show. The project will be offered at the NATPE trade show. Stone is being packaged as 52 episodes of 11 minutes each. The comic tells the story of a TV actor who must take up the role of real-life action hero to "protect a set of magical stones from evil."

Also being offered by Sony Wonder is Andi Watson's Skeleton Key. The article describes this animated show as being "about a 16-year-old girl who escapes her small-town high school and discovers a parallel mystical world." Our friends at Sunbow, who have been developing this project, tell us that comic and TV writers Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer have been hired as writers for the show.

DAREDEVIL

Hot on the heels of reports that Stephen Norrington is in talks to direct a Daredevil movie, Dark Horizons reports that Marvel Entertainment is also considering Kevin Smith (Dogma) for the job. Smith penned a successful run on the newly restarted Daredevil comics. Supposedly fan reaction to that has Marvel contemplating hiring the writer/director.

However, if Marvel is considering it, they haven't mentioned it to Smith yet. Responding to fans from the message board of his View Askew website, Smith answered the question about his involvement with a Daredevil movie, "I've never been asked, nor have I ever asked myself, to direct a DD [movie]."

BRUCE WAYNE

Harry Knowles of Ain't it Cool News reports that he's received a copy of Tim (Iron Giant) McCanlies' script for the planned Bruce Wayne TV series. According to the report, Bruce Wayne is depicted as still trying to find his way in life. He's a martial arts expert who can kick any bad guy's ass at will, but he hasn't yet been driven to his war on crime. The initial script also features a mentoring Alfred, police detective James Gordon, a 13 year old Barbara Gordon, a young Selina Kyle and a still-in-law-school Harvey Dent.

HARSH REALM

Cinescape has confirmed recent reports that the FX channel will air all eight episodes of Harsh Realm, the failed TV show based on Andrew Paquette and James Hudnall's comic of the same name. In addition, Fox is also said to be offering a screen credit to the creators. Last October, Hudnall and Paquette filed a lawsuit against Fox, Chris Carter (who developed the show) and Harris Publishing. One of the issues in the suit was the absence of an on-screen credit for the concept they created.

[Harsh Realm]Following up on this report, Rob Allstetter of the Comics Continuum spoke to the creators to see how the move effects their lawsuit. According to Hudnall, the issue of credit is not yet settled. The network made a token gesture on the third episode of the show, with a blink-or-you-miss-it mention in the closing credit.

"Fox is offering us a more prominent credit, but it is still an 'inspired by' credit. So we haven't settled yet. There will undoubtedly be a credit to us on the show from now on, but the form it will take is something we still haven't agreed on," Hudnall told Allstetter.

Paquette told Allstetter that, even by Hollywood standards, giving Carter a "created by" credit and while the comic writers get an "inspired by" credit is wholly inappropriate. "It is strictly forbidden by Writer's Guild policies to allow a 'created by' credit to be given when source material exists. Not that the Writer's Guild is above quashing the rights of their constituency in favor of the more well-heeled studios. They do it all the time; they did it with us, with The Visitor (adapted by Emmerich and Devlin from work by Jerry Burns), with Earth: Final Conflict (definitely not developed from Roddenberry's notes, but under litigation so I can't disclose true authors at this time), and many others."

SPIDER-MAN

According to a recent report from Ain't it Cool News, Jan de Bont (Speed, The Haunting) is in talks to direct the Spider-Man movie. Beyond that, no further details are given.

Recent reports indicated that Sony had narrowed the field down to Chris Columbus (Bicentennial Man) and David Fincher (Fight Club). However, those same reports claimed that the studio would close the deal with one of the two before the end of 1999. We here a Comics 2 Film are still keeping our fingers crossed for Fincher.

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