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'Spider-Man' set pics. 'Crow,' 'Astro Boy,' 'Constantine' and more: Comics2Film Wrap for April 30th, 2003

SPIDER-MAN

Photographer Steve Ingkavet woke up this week and discovered some unsavoryelements had moved into the neighborhood. That would be "Otto OctaviusIncorporated," who opened up offices in New York City as part of thefilming of "The Amazing Spider-Man."

Here are two of the photos Steve snapped yesterday of the Octavius offices and a nearbyDaily Bugle van:

Thanks to Peter B., artist and writer of Short Bus Comics for sending these in.

THE CROW: WICKED PRAYER

Four actors have signed on for the fourth installment of "The Crow"according to today's HollywoodReporter. Fans already knew about Edward Furlong ("Terminator 2"),who has been chatting up his casting as the latest of James O'Barr's undeadavatars of justice and revenge.

The Reporter also reveals that "Angel" star David Boreanaz is onboard to play the heavy in the new movie. Dennis Hopper ("24") andTara Reid ("American Pie") have also signed on.

Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Snow Day"), Danny Trejo ("Spy Kids"), Marcus Chong("The Matrix") and Tito Ortiz ("Cradle 2 The Grave") make upthe rest of the cast.

As has been previously reported, Lance Mungia is on board to direct themovie. Edward R. Pressman and Jeff Most, both of whom have shepherded "TheCrow" to the movies three times and to TV once, will produce the fourthinstallment.

The Reporter provides this description for "The Crow: WickedPrayer": Set in the Southwest, "Prayer" tells the story of ex-con Jimmy Cuervo(Furlong) and his girlfriend, Lily (Chriqui), who are murdered by Luc Crash(Boreanaz) and his satanic gang Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as part of aritual for Crash to become an immortal demon.

Cameras are set to roll on the movie in June.

Thanks to Brianand Dave for the lead.

 

ASTRO BOY

He's still an infant but "Astro Boy" now has a deal to appear in anew TV series on American sets later this year. Today's Varietyreports that Sony Pictures Television, Sony Pictures EntertainmentJapan and Tezuka Prods will air their updated animated series on Kids' WB duringthe 2003-2004 season.

"Astro Boy" was created in the 1950s by Osamu Tezuka and told aatomic-age Pinocchio story about a grieving scientist who creates a robot afterlosing his own son. In the story, Astro Boy is brought to life on April 6, 2003.

The new show is already airing on Japan's Fuji TV, making its debut inconjunction with the fictitious birth date.

 

CONSTANTINE

While making the press rounds for "X2", producer LaurenShuler-Donner scooped SCIFI Wire on the status of her other comic-based feature,"Constantine" (based on DC/Vertigo's "Hellblazer" comic).

Keanu Reeves is attached to star as DC's chain-smoking occultist. Music videodirector Francis Lawrence will helm the picture. Shuler-Donner told SCI FI thatthe movie will be PG-13 but have a darker tone than "X-Men."

"It's really focused onJohn Constantine, and it's more spiritual. He sends demons back down tohell," Shuler-Donner said.

The producer also revealed that the movie is now slated to roll cameras inSeptember.

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