TUTENSTEIN & CRYPTIDS
Comic creator JayStephens has provided Comics2Film/CBR News with a first look at artwork forthe upcoming Tutenstein animated TV series. Based on his conceptabout a mummified kid pharaoh revived in a 21st century museum,Tutenstein will premier on NBC and Discovery Channel just intime for Halloween.
Tutenstein is joined by his devoted servant, the talking cat Luxor andCleo, a modern-day girl who is the only person aware of Tutenstein's existence.The villain of the show is Set, who is aided and abetted by his demonic henchmenSekhem and Kesef.
Stephens tells us he recently returned from the show's production offices inL.A.
I had a great time with the crew, Stephens told C2F. The directors (Rob LaDuca and BobRichardson) are just fantastic. Everything looks great. We went over thetheme music and title sequence as well.
The titles will reportedly be based on Stephens'pantomime sequence from Jetcat Clubhouse #3 with a slick, Saul Bass-style intro that contrasts the seriesanimation.
I sat in on the last voice pick up for the finalepisode. All 26 half-hours are just about ready to ship overseas to be animated. I took a peek at the pencil tests of thefirst four, Stephens told C2F.
The show is now set to debutSaturday October the 25th, 2003. NBC and Discovery Channel plan to simultaneously run two back-to-back episodes that day, with the regularseries following every Saturday morning thereafter.
While in Burbank, Stephens also took meetings on his new concept, Cryptids,showing it to some of the major studios. Stephens tells us that Atomic Cartoonsis now on board as co-production partners with the project.
Cryptids features a troop of zoological marvels on a mission tohelp their cryptozoological cousins stay safe and hidden from the prying eyes ofscience.
Is McG circling the Superman movie again? It would appear so. TheHollywood Reporter picked up on recent comments made by the Charlie'sAngels director to a British interviewer about the project.
McG reportedly told the interviewer that he is this close totaking back the helm of the Superman movie and is already eyeingthree actors for the lead. With regards to casting, the director would only saythat the movie is the star, which may indicate a willingness to gowith an unknown performer.
Concrete announcements about the director's involvement (or lack thereof) maycome within the next few weeks.
THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
Rumors are swirling the Internet that problems are afoot with TheLeague of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie in the form of a struggle in theediting room. These reports allege that star Sean Connery is muscling in on thepost-production process and taken control of the editing of the movie and isoverseeing the process from locales in the Bahamas, New York and Los Angeles.
IGNFilmForce consulted producer Don Murphy to get to the bottom of thesestories.
Murphy said, Sean has provided suggestions on the cut of the film. Some of these have proved helpful. He has 'takencontrol' of nothing. Indeed he hasonly been in L.A. twice this year for normal ADRsessions. And the idea of him working from a base inthe Bahamas ... they must think he REALLY is James Bond.
LXG opens in theaters on July 11th.
PUNISHER CONTEST X 10!
The publicity folks there told Comics2Film this week that we can now pass ona total of ten copies of the super-cool teaser poster for ThePunisher to you, the readers.