Punisher, Smallville, Conan: Comics2Film wrap for July 25, 2003


Samantha Mathis

Will Patton

Mark Collie

John Pinette

Eddie Jemison

Russell Andrews

Casting is complete on "The Punisher" according to today's HollywoodReporter. Seven new members have joined the cast of the movie, which beginsfilming in Tampa next week.

Samantha Mathis ("Harsh Realm") is setto play Amanda Castle, Frank Castle's tough and beautiful wife.

Will Patton("The Mothman Prophecies") is on board as Leonard Glass, theright-hand man of villain Howard Saint.

James Carpinello("Felicity") will play Saint's son, John Saint.

Mark Collie("Peak Experience") will play the evil assassin Harry Heck.

Stand upcomic John Pinette ("Duets") appears as Frank's neighbor Mr. Bumpo.

EddieJemison ("Ocean's Eleven") will play Nicky Duka, with Russell Andrews("The In-Laws") starring as FBI agent Jimmy Weeks.

The actors jointhe previously announced cast members, which include Thomas Jane ("DeepBlue Sea") in the title role, John Travolta ("Basic") as villainHoward Saint, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos ("X2") as neighbor Joan, LauraHarring ("Mulholland Drive") as Saint's vengeful wife Ivia and BenFoster ("Big Trouble") as Spacker Dave.

"What's terrific aboutthis cast is that they are all distinguished actors," Marvel Studios vicepresident Ari Arad said. "It almost feels like an indie cast rather than abig, exciting action movie."



Allison Mack at Comic-Con International

KryptonSite.comreports that a series of two to three minute "Smallville" shorts arebeing filmed as content for users of Verizon cell phones. Casting sides for theshorts reveal that they'll tie in with the "Smallville" seasonpremiere, take place in Metropolis, and feature Maggie Sawyer, Daily Planeteditor Max Taylor. One will even focus on Chloe Sullivan.



Inside sources tell IGNFilmForce that development continues on the "King Conan: Crown ofIron" revival. Director John Milius and star Arnold Schwarzeneggerallegedly remain committed to the project.

However, delays on the film are attributed to a creative struggle between theaforementioned pair and The Wachowski brothers, who are acting as creativeconsultants on the film. Apparently the conflicting visions for the movie, alongwith the fact that the Wachowskis are still neck deep in "Matrix"sequels and spin-offs are slowing things down.

Schwarzenegger is said to be hot for The Rock ("The Scorpion King")to take the reins as Kon, Conan's son.



Comics2Filmhas teamed up with Devil'sDue Publishing to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork in print. 

We're looking for a few good pencil and ink gurus to work up a faux cover forthe "G.I. Joe" comic. The top three entries will be published in thepages of upcoming Devil's Due comics.

Time is running out! Entries must be in by July 25th. Click over to the Comics2Film.comwebsite for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!



The"Daredevil" DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20thCentury Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free!

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.

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