Punisher, Comic Book Idol, Predator vs. Aliens, Catwoman, More: Comic Reel Wrap for October 7th


Time magazine ran a photo of Thomas Jane as the Punisher, and we're happy to present it for your review.


The high-powered people who brought "Men in Black" to the silver screen, Platinum Studios, are at it again. Variety reports that two participants from the Comic Book Idol contest (seen right here on Comicbookresources.com) -- L. Frank Weber and Michael Flores -- have been attached to "Love Bytes" (a romantic comedy) and "Seen" respectively. Both properties are being developed simultaneously as graphic novels and feature films.


According to Elston Gunn at Ain't It Cool News (AICN), "Millenium" veteran Lance Henriksen has been cast in the Fox motion picture. Shooting begins later this month in Prague, and since Dark Horse still holds the comic book license, expect a comic adaptation in due course.


The Sci-Fi Network reports that the Alan Moore adaptation is raking in the pounds, drachma, francs and rubles, topping box-office standings all over Europe. The international total is at $51.5 million after a "disappointing" showing of $66 million in the US.


More new looks at the cast (as listed on both IMDB and the aforementioned AICN) including character actors Alex Borstein and Michael Massee joining Halle Berry, Sharon Stone and Benjamin Bratt.


Elston Gunn has all the dirt today -- he reports that Laeta Kalogridis (best known as one of the creators of the failed "Birds of Prey" television show) has stepped in to write a new script for producers Joel Silver and Leonard Goldberg.


[The Exec]Elston Gunn's last tidbit comes from the indie comics world. Doug Miers, editor of Prophecy Magazine, was also a comic book creator, and his corporations-rule-the-world property "The Exec" (the final installment of his Accounts Deceivable trilogy, including "Operator 99" and "The Taxman" one shots, all collected on an innovative CD-ROM available at Miers' Comics Conspiracy website) has Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "Identity") attached to direct (also noted on IGN's Filmforce), David Heyman, Emma Tomas and Akiva Goldsman as producers and Jonathan Nolan writing the script.


Cinescape talks about the third Wesley Snipes vampire flick, based on the Marvel Comics property. Comic book fans will note that the Hannibal King character will be introduced, played by Ryan Reynolds (best known as "Van Wilder") and wrestling fans will delight at the inclusion of Triple H to the cast. The movie is slated to be released August 13, 2004, and David Goyer is once again providing the script.


Cinescape also reports that director Guillermo del Toro told message board posters on the official site that the "Hellboy" movie poster, painted by Drew Struzan, will be in lobbies everywhere this November. Struzan painted posters for both "Star Wars" prequels, as well as for the special editions for the classic trilogy. Hellboy opens April 2, 2004.


DVD Answers has a look at the official artwork for the upcoming DVD release of the summer blockbuster.


According to the Sci-Fi Channel, the makers of the eye-popping 70mm film format are taking a look at mainstream films "Spider-Man 2" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" to raise Imax's profile amongst moviegoers. "I would like to have more visibility," said Imax co-CEO Brad Wechsler. "We want to show theater owners we have a continuous flow of product."


Already the word is beginning to spread that CBR has returned to comic book movie coverage, but it's not too late to get in on the action. If you have the scoop on anything related to comic book movies, TV adapatations or just want to give us a truck full of cash, no questions asked, drop us a line and let's coordinate. 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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