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Punisher, Powers, Hellboy, CrossGen, LXG: Comics2Film wrap for August 11, 2003

PUNISHER

Lastweek Marvel and Artisan announced that Roy Scheider had been cast in anunspecified role in "The Punisher."

Comics2Film/CBR News has learned that Scheider will play Frank Castle'sfather in the movie. Our source was unsure if the lead character would interactwith his father in present day or in flashback.

Scheider is a veteran actor with almost eighty credits to his name. He playedtough guys in movies like "The French Connection" and "MarathonMan" in the 1970s. He also commanded the futuristic sub-marine "SeaQuestDSV" on TV in the 1990s. He's best-known for the role of Police ChiefMartin Brody in "Jaws."

In other "Punisher" news, ComiX-Faninterviewed Garth Ennis whose successful run on the comic book is, in part,basis for the storyline of the movie.

"I'm kind of tickled they used some of my characters, but I've got a bitof a 'wait-and-see' attitude to movies these days," Ennis told ComiX-Fan."A nice, brutal, fast-paced, well-plotted action movie would be a welcomingbreak from most of the stuff coming out at the moment - the key to the wholething is Frank's character, of course. Soften him or tone him down and you'vegot just another vaguely edgy anti-hero, but get him right and you can have somevery dark fun indeed."

Of the casting, Ennis commented, "Thomas Jane is a good choice [to playFrank], I think; he has a good enough range to suggest he knows how to handlesomething like this."

Ennis also added, "I hope it's good, and I hope they have the courage oftheir convictions. And I hope there's a fantastically successful Mr. Bumpospin-off movie that makes me about a billion ******* dollars, that would be kindof nice.

"Failing that, I'll settle for a good, entertaining action film."

For more from Ennis, including lots of talk about his "Punisher"book for Marvel Max check out thecomplete interview.

 

POWERS

Comic superstar Brian Michael Bendis addressed a packed room in an informaland entertaining Q & A session at this weekend's WizardWorld. Although theconversation mostly centered on his work in comics, Bendis did talk about the"Powers" movie.

"Frank Oz is directing it. He's in the middle of making 'Stepford Wives'right now and so, when he's done with that, I think 'Powers' is next,"Bendis said.

That statement was greeted with enthusiastic cheers, but Bendis alsocautioned, "I've been down this road before and this is as far as it's evergotten on anything so we'll see."

Bendis had high praise for Oz. "I've met a lot of scummy people in thisbusiness and he is by far the nicest, most generous, God damn storyteller I'veever met. It's really damn inspiring to be around him because...he really knowshow to tell a story.

"He's so involved with me and ['Powers' co-creator Mike Oeming] aboutwriting material, which is such an honor," Bendis said.

Although Oz is a well-established director with movies like "TheScore," "Bowfinger" and "What About Bob?" on hisresume, fans also remember that he was the voice of many Muppets on the variousJim Henson TV shows and is still the voice of Yoda in the "Star Wars"movies.

"He's a distinguished filmmaker and every once in a while he'll betalking and the Muppet voice will pop," Bendis joked, emulating the voice."It's like, 'I'm talking to Fozzie!'"

 

HELLBOY

CountingDown spoke to Doug Jones, the actor working under tons of rubber and makeupas Abe Sapien in the "Hellboy" movie. The website caught up with theactor after production wrapped on the movie and did an extensive interview withhim.

Jones said that he thought the makeup looked great during the production.

"I was extremely happy. When we did the makeup tests back here in LosAngeles a couple months before, I was astounded with that look," Jones toldCounting Down. "And since those tests, they even broadened the shouldersand made the chest a bit more...chesty. So when it went on for the first time inPrague before we shot, I was like...'Oh my...I am one sexy fish!'"

The actor expressed overall enthusiasm for the project in spite of thegrueling shoot.

"This was the most exciting and fun job I think I've ever done. And atthe same time it was the hardest I've ever done," Jones said of the movie."The thing is I've had long makeup jobs before, where I'm in the makeupprocess for a long time, but this was anywhere between five and seven hours. Itwas five hours if I was wearing the [wetsuit] on my costume that day, andwithout it, they had to do up my whole torso as well to be 'fish-guy', and thatwas an extra two hours.

"So when you've already put in a seven hour day and then your twelvehour shooting day starts, that makes for a long reeeally really tiring thing. SoI had to push through a lot of pain and discomfort to get to the character ofAbe.

"But once I got there and the cameras were rolling, it was so worthit. Because I honestly and absolutely love this character. I love playing him. Ilove his relationships with everyone else in the film. I love him"

For the complete, extensive interview with Jones click over to CountingDown.

 

CROSSGEN

CrossGen Entertainment has signed on with Endeavor for agency representationin Hollywood according to today's HollywoodReporter. The article cites "Ruse," "Sojourn" and"El Cazador" as hot titles for the company.

 

LXG: BOXOFFICE

Like "The Hulk" before it, "The League of ExtraordinaryGentlemen" has exited the box office top 10 in its fifth week in release.Weekend estimates published by BoxOffice Mojo have the comic-based movie taking in an additional $1.5 millionin its fifth week, dropping it to the #11 spot. The total domestic gross at thispoint stands at $62.2 million.

 

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