Samwise direct 'Jeremiah.' 'Hulk' writer creds determined. 'X2' set for global explosion: Comics2Film wrap for April 25th, 2003


When the second season Showtime's comic-based "Jeremiah" returnsthis year it'll have a new cast member. This year Jeremiah (Luke Perry) andKurdy (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) will be joined in their travels by Sean Astin, whois best known to fans as Frodo Baggins' traveling companion Samwise Gamgee in"The Lord of the Rings" movies. 

On one episode Astin will be pulling double duty, stepping behind the cameraas well as in front. Astin has directed the 13th episode of the new season.

The episode isn't the first time at the helm for the fledgling director. Fanswho watched one of the making-of specials for "Rings" last fall alsosaw a segment on the making-of Astin's short film "The Long and Short ofIt." That movie was filmed on the same location as Peter Jackson's fantasyepic and even features Jackson in a supporting role.

He's also directed episodes of the Buffy spin-off "Angel" andcomic-based "Perversions of Science."

Astin is currently acting in his new movie "50 First Kisses" andwill next be seen on the big-screen in the final "Rings" installment"The Return of the King."

"Jeremiah" returns to ShowTime in August. 



TheWriters Guild of America has rendered its determination in the credits for"The Hulk." The official screenwriting credits for the film, asdetermined by the WGA are: "Screenplay by John Turman, Michael France andJames Schamus. Story by James Schamus."

Turman, who has penned many comicbook scripts including "Iron Fist," was one of the first peopleworking on the movie and began his work in 1994. He reportedly continued work onthe project until 1996 and many of his innovations to the story remain in thefinal work.

France was actually the third writer to work on the project,coming on board in 1997. France returned to take another pass at the scriptduring the period of 1999-2000, after writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh's runat the material.

It wasn't long after that that director Ang Lee came on boardwith producer/partner James Schamus to carry the project to theaters.

The WGAarbitration process is designed for projects like "The Hulk" where asmany as eleven writers have worked on the script over the course of almost nineyears. The process is a review of all drafts by three arbiters in order todetermine that writers are fairly represented in the final credits of the movie.



"X2: X-Men United" is just a week away and the hype is louder thanever.

Twentieth Century Fox has announced that they are set to make motion picturehistory with the mutant movie, giving it the largest-ever, global day-and-daterelease.

"X2" will have an unprecedented opening, bowing simultaneously in93 markets around the world.

Expectations are high for the movie, which will likely top the original's$300 million worldwide box office.

The anticipation for the movie is apparently through the roof. Fox reportsthat people are scalping tickets for the radio promotion screening to be held onMay 1st at the AMC Empire in New York City. Tickets for the winners-onlyaudience are reportedly going for $25 a piece.

Comics2Film/CBR News reviewed'X2' earlier this week and we find it to be a major improvement over thefirst.



In our early-April HulkDVD report we incorrectly reported that Mariette Hartley's Emmy Award forher 1978 turn in the "Married" episode of "The IncredibleHulk" was the first time a sci-fi-themed show won an Emmy award in anon-technical category.

Reader David Carreiro points out that Lindsay Wagnertook home a best actress Emmy for her work in "The Bionic Woman" in1977.

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