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SAN DIEGO, DAY TWO: 'Lady Death,' 'Fables,' 'Prime,' 'Draxhall,' more!

LADY DEATH

Andy Orjuela and Rod Peters of ADV Films presented fans with a first look atthe "Lady Death" animated feature film. The movie, long indevelopment, finally has a solid release schedule. The movie is slated for DVDrelease on October 31, 2004. However, fans attending next summer's Comic-Conwill likely be the first to see the movie in its entirety.

Orjuela took theblame for delays on the movie, citing his desire to be sure that the story ofthe film did the character justice. Now that the storyline has been hammeredout, the movie started the key animation phase. The movie is expected to go intopost production in January with animation is expected to be completed by March.

Anew trailer for the movie will be released at that time, along with an officialwebsite for the movie. The current trailer, which can be seen on ADVFilms.comwas also shown at the presentation and greeted by loud applause.

Voice castingis slated for March/April with recording sessions to follow that. Music is to beprovided by an unnamed party who worked on feature films like "Any GivenSunday."

"Lady Death" is expected to come in at a running timeof around seventy-seven minutes. The DVD release will be packed with extrasincluding cast and crew interviews and documentary footage produced by Orjuela.

Orjuelasaid that the movie will be dark and violent, but like many direct-to-videoreleases, it will not carry a rating. He also hopes the film sparks interest ina cable TV series.

OVERHEARD ONTHE COMIC-CON FLOOR

  • Lisa Henson of Henson Pictures told Comic-Con attendees that they are in negotiations to adapt Bill Willingham's DC/Vertigo book "Fables" to the big screen. DC Editor Jeanette Kahn would serve as a producer on the film.
  • "Drumline" director Charles Stone III is allegedly interested in helming the Marvel/Universal movie "Prime" based on the Malibu Ultraverse character.
  • Further word on the "Rex Mundi" rumblings are that French director Pitof is eying the comic as one he'd do after "Catwoman."

DRAXHALLJUMP

Ken Lashley's DraxhallJump is enjoying their Comic-Con debut this weekend. In addition to a nicesized booth of their own, the team's artwork and design can be found all overthe convention floor, including "G.I. Joe" and"Transformers" designs at the Hasbro booth.

Greg Parkin at Draxhall tells us that the group continues to branch outinto other media. They've just entered into a partnership with Elliott AnimationInc. to form Draxhall Elliott Creative, a firm devoted to shepherding theirproperties into other media.

The hot project for the new Draxhall Elliott is the kids oriented "Samur-fly."

Also garnering a lot of attention is their ass-kicking, sword-wielding femalewarrior character "Jaekada." Draxhall will publish a comic based onthe character in the near future and is working on a movie pitch as well.Furthermore, the character has seen plenty of interest from toy manufacturers.

NON-CON:CATWOMAN

Varietyreports that ESC Entertainment, the special effects shop formed by Warner Bros.to generate F/X for "The Matrix" sequels, will continue bringingsuperheroes to life even after the Wachowski Bros. movies see release.

ESC is also on tap to be the lead F/X house providing shots for "Catwoman."They may also do work on the upcoming "Constantine" and"Superman."

NON-CON:CAPTAIN STERNN

Varietyreports that Frank Darabont's Darkwoods Productions has optioned BernieWrightson's "Captain Sternn" character. Plans are for Darkwoods andWrightson's Himani Original Productions to development as a CG animated feature,an animated TV series, comics and video games.

Wrightson will contribute to the project along with writer David J. Schow("The Crow") and Himani president-founder Kevin Kutchaver("Hercules").

"Captain Sternn" made his debut in the pages of "HeavyMetal" magazine and was later seen in a segment of the original "HeavyMetal" movie.

NON-CON:HAGAR THE HORRIBLE

Varietyreports that Dik Browne's comic strip "Hagar the Horrible" is indevelopment as a live-action movie. Abandon Pictures have acquired the featurerights to the character. Abandon president and CEO Karen Lauder and VP DeborahMarinoff are producing the movie.

"Hagar" may blend CGI and live-action elements, a la"Garfield" and "Scooby Doo."

Abandon is also developing films based on video games "Max Payne"and "Alice."

NON-CON:R.I.P.D.

Universal pictures has placed Peter Lenkov's "R.I.P.D." inturnaround according to today's Variety.The movie, based on Lenkov's comic about after-life cops, was to be produced byMike Richardson at Dark Horse Entertainment and Larry Gordon Productions.Richardson and Gordon plan to set the project up at a different studio.

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