C2Freader Lauren points us to a June 19 article at TheHollywood Reporter which reveals yet another cast member has joined"The Punisher."
Ben Foster will play "Dave" in the movie, who is said to be avariation on Garth Ennis' "Spacker Dave" character from his first runon "The Punisher" comics. The write-up describes Dave as "the title character's deadbeat but loyal and good-hearted neighbor," whichis consistent with the comic book character.
Foster is currently seen on HBO's "Six Feet Under" and was alsorecently seen on the big screen in "Big Trouble."
New Line Cinema has picked up the feature film rights to Rob Liefeld's latestwould-be comic property according to Variety.
According to the write-up, "Planet Terry" concerns a middle-agedfamily man in extraordinary circumstances similar to movies like "LiarLiar" and "Bruce Almighty."
Liefeld initially planned "Planet Terry" to be an online strip. Hehad similar success with "Shrink!," which ran for a few panels onlinebefore getting picked up by Jennifer Lopez as a movie project for her to produceand star in for Columbia.
Liefeld's new reps at Brooklyn Weaver's Energy Entertainment showed theproject to New Line creative executive Keith Goldberg. He'll oversee developmentof the movie for the studio.
Liefeld and Weaver will likely come on board as producers.
The article also makes mention or Liefeld's long-dormant "TheMark." That one had Will Smith attached to star although little has beenmentioned about it in years. It is apparently still set up at Paramount alongwith the comic creator's "Galaxy Girl."
QUEEN & COUNTRY
Screenwriter John Rogers told Comics2Film/CBR News that he's turned in adraft of his script adapting Greg Rucka's spy comic "Queen andCountry" and the reaction has been very positive from the producers at TallTree Productions.
"Just general joy. The producer notes are literally a half-pagelong," Rogers told us. He expects his rewrite to go to the studio thismonth.
Of course, they're talking about casting with actresses whom Rogers calls,"the usual suspects," but there've been no offers extended.
"Queen and Country" is set up at 20th Century Fox. The Oni Presscomic tells of Tara Chace, an assassin (or minder) employed in the service ofBritain's MI6.
Rogers is also developing "Foundation" for Fox.
'The Hulk' hangs in at the box office, dropping to #5 in its third weekend ofrelease according to estimates published by BoxOffice Mojo. The Marvel/Universal effort took in another $8.2 million forthe holiday weekend bringing its total to $117 million.
The comic movie lost ground to "Finding Nemo" which has beenswimming the box office for three weeks longer. However, the green goliathoutperformed newer fare like "Sinbad," which debuted at #6 and "28 Days Later" which sits at #7 in its second week of release.
Topping the charts, or course, is Arnold Schwarzenegger who is back as theT-800 model 101 in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." Followingthat are fellow sequels "Legally Blonde 2" and "Charlie's Angels2."
In other "Hulk" box office news Varietyreports that the boycott of the movie by German theater chains Cinemaxx andKinopolis is over. The exhibitors have reached an agreement with the UIPdistributor over the movie.
They had been boycotting the film's opening weekend due to a dispute overrental prices, thereby hampering the film's release in that country.
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
Want to listen to the soundtrack for "League of ExtraordinaryGentlemen?" Then you'll have to go to the movie theater or download it fromApple iTunes according to theChicago Sun-Times.
The soundtrack will include portions of the score, composed by Trevor Jones("The Last of the Mohicans'') and performed by the London SymphonyOrchestra. Also featured on the soundtrack will be two new, previouslyunreleased tracks by African vocal combo Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
According to the write up, the soundtrack will not be issued on any physicalmedium by any standard music label.
DD DVD GIVEAWAY
Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to passon to you, the faithful reader.
Just signup for our giveawayat Comics2Film.com between now and July 27th for your chance to win.
CALLING ALL FAN ARTISTS: G.I. JOE WANTS YOU
Comics2Filmhas teamed up with Devil'sDue Publishing to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork inprint.
We're looking for a few good pencil and inkgurus to work up a faux cover for the "G.I. Joe" comic. The top threeentries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil's Due comics.
We'vejust launched the contest, so there's still plenty of time to enter. Click overto the Comics2Film.comwebsite for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!