Lone Wolf and Cub, CB:TM, Constantine and Fantastic Four: Comics2Film wrap for May 22, 2003


We've heard this before: Varietyreports that Darren Aronofsky is attached to develop and direct a live-actionadaptation of a comic book. This time, the comic in question is Kazuo Koike'smanga phenomena "Lone Wolf and Cub."

Themovie is set up at Paramount and Mutual Film Company. Eric Watson, Aronofsky'spartner at Protozoa pictures will produce.

"Lone Wolf and Cub" tells the story of a disgraced 17th centurysamurai who travels around Japan as an assassin for hire as he tries to clearhis family's name. His companion is his 3-year-old son, whose mother has beenkilled.

The series has been published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics, who recentlybegan publishing an American-made "re-imagining" of the concept called"Lone Wolf 2100." The comic series inspired several other comicsincluding Marvel's "Nomad" from the mid-1990s and Max Allan Collins'graphic novel "The Road To Perdition."

For Aronofsky, this is the third comic property he's become attached todirect. Fans are aware that he and comic creator Frank Miller were developing"Batman: Year One" for Warner Bros., a project that seems to have beenset aside in favor of a Chris Nolan-helmed "Batman" sequel.

The director also glommed on to Miller's DC graphic novel "Ronin"several years ago, immediately after the success of his debut effort"Pi." That movie has been languishing in development hell ever since.



Last week Comics2Film/CBR News gave you the scoop on ComicBook the Movie: a mockumentary about a comic-to-film adaptation. The film isdirected by genre fave Mark Hamill and turns the camera on an irate comic fanwho watches in helpless dismay as Hollywood ruins his favorite character.

Nowfans can get a glimpse of the movie at the website for Creative LightEntertainment, the producers of the movie. The internationalsales trailer is now online. A U.S. trailer is being prepared, but this clipgives fans the first glimpse of the movie.

In lastweek's report C2F/CBR News was the first to reveal that the movie is strongenough to attract Miramax as a distributor. Today, Varietyfollows up on the news and provides additional details.

The distribution of "CB:TM" is part of an overall first-lookproduction and distribution deal between Miramax Films and Creative LightEntertainment. Plans are to release Hamill's movie this fall.

In addition to directing the film, Hamill also stars as the fan who rushes tohis hero, Commander Courage's, defense. Donna D'Errico("Baywatch") also appears as the actress who takes on the role ofCommander Courage's boy sidekick (hey, Hollywood loves to tinker) in the movie.

With much of the footage filmed at last summer'sComic-Con in San Diego, the movie also features appearances by SidCaesar, Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Bruce Campbell, Hugh Hefner and Matt Groening.

"CB:TM" was produced by Scott Zakarin, Eric Mittleman, Hamill,Roger Rose, Billy West and Jess Harnell for Creative Light and Amazing InvisibleInk. Executive producers are Rich Tackenberg and Peter Jaysen.



Ryan Downey of MTV.comrecently chatted up "The One" himself, Keanu Reeves, who last weekre-asserted himself as the big-screen's #1 superhero in "The Matrix:Reloaded."

Downey got the actor to spill the beans on "Constantine," the movieversion of DC/Vertigo's popular "John Constantine: Hellblazer" comic.Reeves is attached to star as an Americanized version of the character.

Of course, playing the caustic sorcerer will be a sharp contrast to theMatrix's soft spoken and often-confused Neo. Reeves told MTV he was drawn to thepart by the characters edge.

"[It's] his anger. He's angry, but he's got a good heart," Reevestold MTV.

According to the report, "Constantine" is due in theaters nextsummer. Reeves first has to complete an untitled project with writer/directorNancy Meyers ("What Women Want").



Although it's been out in the open for a few weeks now, TheHollywood Reporter confirms Mark Frost is officially on board to rewrite thescript for "Fantastic Four."

According to the write-up, Frost will get started on it this week.

Frost is veteran TV writer, best known for shows like "Twin Peaks"and "The Six Million Dollar Man."

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