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Luke Cage, Asterix, X2, LXG, Punisher: Comics2Film wrap for June 5, 2003

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Luke Cage, Asterix, X2, LXG, Punisher: Comics2Film wrap for June 5, 2003


Hero for hire “Luke Cage” is the latest Marvel comics character to
attract the attention of Columbia Pictures according to today’s Hollywood

Ben Ramsey (“The Big Hit”) is set to write the script for the
movie, which would feature one of Marvel’s most prominent black

The description provided by The Reporter closely mirrors the comic book
origin. “Cage” is about a former gang member who is framed for a
crime. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving
him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Cage escapes
and becomes a hero for hire.

Neal Moritz’s Original Film is producing. Original has rapidly made a name
for itself with modern, youth-oriented franchises like “xXx” and
“Fast and the Furious.” Avi Arad at Marvel will also produce, natch.

Marvel and Columbia have previously teamed for the “Spider-Man”
movie and its currently-filming sequel, and are currently developing “Ghost
Rider” for a late-2003 production start.



While fans in the U.S. are still waiting to see the wildly popular movies
based on the “Asterix” comics, Variety
reports that new developments in France may be thwarting attempts for a third
installment in the franchise.

Although the producers of the previous two movies at Claude Berri’s Renn
Prods. and Pathe have announced their intentions to make a third, the rights
holders, which include Creators Albert Uderzo, Anne Goscinny and publisher
Editions Albert Rene have publicly stated that they are not interested.

Jacques-Eric Strauss, who handles international sales of Berri’s films,
talked the project up at the recent Cannes Film Festival. Berri’s position is
that they are in negotiations with the rights holders for the sequel.

“There are no negotiations going on with Pathe,” a spokesman for
Editions Albert Rene told Daily Variety. “If they come to us with a good
proposal, we’ll talk. But now, there is nothing.”

In the mean time, the rights holders are apparently going forward with an
animated feature based on the character. French network M6 announced in Cannes
the production of “Asterix and the Vikings,” a $25.7 million animated

The live-action “Asterix” movies were huge hits in France, each
breaking box office records. Miramax holds the U.S. distribution rights for the
films, but has not yet scheduled them for a domestic release.



Daily statistic published by Box
Office Mojo
reveal that Marvel and Fox’s “X2: X-Men United” topped
$200 million on Tuesday.

The mutant sequel collected another cool half-million dollars in its 33rd day
of release, sending it north of the double-century milestone.



Fans wanting a close up look at Captain Nemo’s Nautilus can click over to
A new, animated segment of the official website for “The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen” reveals the secret of scientifically advanced



Entertainment loves dishing out the punishment. 

The publicity folks
there told Comics2Film this week that we can now pass on a total of ten copies
of the super-cool teaser poster for “The Punisher” to you, the

We’ll be taking names from now until June 22 (right around the time
that the official website official
launches). Just fill out the simple entry form on
for your chance to win!

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