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'X3' talk, 'LXG' trailer, 'Dredd' start and more: Comics2Film wrap for May 7th, 2003

X2 AND X3: MORE X-MENNY THAN THE LAST ONE

We know it's going to happen. It's just a matter of time before somebodymakes it official. ChicagoSun Times columnist Cindy Pearlman isn't waiting though. Pearlman hasalready chatted it up with "X2" director Bryan Singer to talk about"X-Men 3" (or "X3" or "X3: With Some Subtitle").

For his own part, Singer said he's interested in continuing to grow thebig-screen franchise he helped create. 

"It depends on the circumstances. I know I love this cast and I love theexperiences I have on these movies. I feel great affection and proprietorshipwhen it comes to this franchise, so I would probably want to be involved in athird film," Singer told Pearlman.

Pearlman also asked Singer about rumors that Oscar winner Halle Berry, whoseStorm character has seemed disconnected from the rest of the team in the mutantmovies, will not return for another. The director holds out hope that, if hercharacter is developed appropriately, Berry could be lured back one moretime. 

Thanks to SCIFI Wire for the lead on that one.

No matter how much fans and critics agree that "X2" is a top-notchmovie, some cinemagoers can't help looking for trouble.

The readers at the MovieMistakes website have now reported 47 mistakes in the mutant masterpiece.The fun Movie Mistakes site catalogs continuity errors in Hollywood movies.

However, a quick gloss-over of many of the reported errors indicates thatnitpickers are really stretching to find flaws. Some purported problems with thefilm include gripes like Nightcrawler's tail isn't seen often enough ormisinterpretations of how the x-factor gene triggers mutation, as opposed totrue mistakes, like the President's magically closing file folder at the end ofthe movie.

In other X-news...

When the X-Men are united, is there anyone who can withstand their uncannymight? Apparently the South Koreans can. ScreenDaily reports that one market where "X2" failed to top the chartsthis weekend was in South Korea.

Instead the homegrown success "Memories Of Murder" was the numberone movie there for the second week in a row, keeping the mutants' debut atnumber two.

"Memories" is a critically acclaimed black comedy by director BongJoon-ho based on a real-life case of serial killings in Korea in the 1980's.

Thanks to the super-portal Movie CityGeek for the leads on those last two.

 

LXG

Fans who caught a weekend screening of "X2: X-Men United" (surelysome of our readers did) have already seen it, but Fox has now put the trailerfor "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" online. As with so manytrailers these days, the new clip can be found at the Apple.comQuicktime trailers site.

One point of interest that has been rumored and discussed over the past fewweeks is the use of the shortened title, "The League." In the newpreview the on-screen title graphic still displays the complete five-word title.However, the narrator of the clip simply refers to the movie by the two-wordshorthand.

Another puzzling point is that the trailer doesn't seem to make any attemptsto encapsulate the broad concept: that this is a team up between a half-dozen orso characters from classic literature. Although the start of the clip focuses onSean Connery's character, they never refer to him as Allan Quatermain. Nor tothey allude to the identities of the rest of the League, with the exception ofDr. Jekyll, who is named in passing in the dialog.

One wonders if the studio is assuming that the average moviegoer won'tappreciate the finer points of Alan Moore's clever concept. Never-the-less checkout the trailerfor what looks to be a rockin' good action flick.

 

 

JUDGE DREDD

Shoreline Entertainment announced last week that they've formed a new genreimprint called Riptide Entertainment. The Riptide division will handleShoreline's development of horror and action movies.

This is of interest to comic fans, who have been waiting for word of the new"Judge Dredd" movies since they were announced eighteen month ago. Thelegendary British comic character is said to be the top priority for the newdivision.

Plans have always called for Shoreline to film two new "Dredd"movies back to back. According to the press release, Shoreline/Riptide is set tobegin production on the films in July 2003. 

Other irons in the Riptide fires include horror titles "Parasite"and "Centipede."

Heading up the new division is Steve Chicorel.

 

CROW: WICKED PRAYER

"Angel" star David Boreanaz recently talked to SCIFI Wire about his upcoming turn as the bad guy in "The Crow: WickedPrayer."

According to SCI FI, the actor plays a character named Luc Crash, the leaderof a biker gang who has a history with the film's protagonist Jimmy Cuervo(played by Edward Furlong).

"They're two buddies that grew uptogether, but fell apart somewhere, because of a love triangle around this girl,Lily [Emmanuelle Chriqui], who was an Indian," Boreanaz said. "Sothere are a lot of racial elements to it. There's a lot of angst between minersand Indians and casinos. It brings together so much vulnerability andconflict."

Boreanaz also reports that his character heads up a biker gang called "the Four Horsemen of theApocalypse," cozies up with big, bad, biker mama Tara Reid ("Josie andthe Pussycats") and owes all his badness to Dennis Hopper (who doesn't?). Hopper is "The guy who pretty much turnedme into Satan," Boreanaz said.

The movie is shooting in June in Utah.

 

OVER THE HEDGE

"Over the Hedge" co-creator T Lewis recently scooped Aint-it-cool-newson the status of the CGI feature based on his and Mike Fry's strip. The stripfocuses on a raccoon named RJ and his turtle buddy Verne who have to cope withan encroaching human population.

As C2F has previously reported, the lead critters will be voiced by Jim Carreyand Gary Shandling respectively.

Lewis also provided a list of the talent attached to the film, including somenew names we haven't reported before. Bonnie Arnold ("Toy Story") isproducing. Jim Cox ("Ferngully") is co-producing. Tim Johnson("Antz", "Sinbad") will direct the feature with AshBrannon ("Toy Story") co-directing. Len Blum ("PrivateParts") is writing the script.

Lewis reports that DreamWorks is prepping the feature for a holiday 2005release.

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