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‘Y’ optioned, ‘Punisher’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ talk: Comics2Film wrap for May 16, 2003

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‘Y’ optioned, ‘Punisher’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ talk: Comics2Film wrap for May 16, 2003


Attractions at Cinescape
reports that writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia
Guerra’s Vertigo comic “Y: The Last Man” has been optioned for the big
screen by New Line Cinema.

J.C. Spink and Chris Bender, Mason Novick of Benderspink and David Goyer are
said to be producing the movie.

The information from the report appears to be largely derived from the
project’s listing 4Filmmakers tracking
site, which sometimes presents bleeding edge information that turns out to be
erroneous. However, as that site is run by Benderspink, odds are, in this case,
the information is accurate.

Further corroborating the story, Coming Attractions also discovered that New
Line has purchased the domains and

“Y: The Last man” tells the story of Yorick Brown, who finds
himself the sole male survivor of a global plague. For more on “Y: The Last Man,” read CBR News’ interview with artist Pia Guerra from September, 2002.


Ryan Downey of
caught up with Marvel’s Avi Arad to talk about casting on “The

Back in April, Artisan officially announced that Thomas Jane (“Dreamcatcher”)
would step up to the lead role in the production. Arad commented on the choice
of casting a character actor over a Hollywood action hero.

“You don’t want to
just get a man of steel – you want a man of steel with a bleeding heart. You
want someone who cares and therefore you’re going to care for him. Thomas Jane,
he has soulful eyes,” Arad said. “I see him as a cross between Steve McQueen and Clint
Eastwood. And he has that thing about him – when he is sad, you feel like
crying with him. And when he is mad? Watch out.”

Just this week it was announced that John Travolta was on board to play the
villain in the film, Howard Saint, a crime-lord gone straight, who is pulled
back into his violent lifestyle when is own son is killed.

“We didn’t want to do a cliché villain,” Arad said of Travolta.
“We are going for a dignified businessman [who is] cold but almost
charming. And we are going to see his world fall apart like he made Frank’s
world fall apart. … There is a lot of pain to what happens to Saint in this
movie. And we needed an actor who can carry a real emotional journey.”

In spite of the comics’ violent tale of vengeance, Arad said the movie will
look beneath the surface to the humanity of the characters.

“We’d like to take the Punisher saga and turn it into a real
interesting film about emotions, about punishment, and deal both with the hero
and the villain evenhandedly as people first and see what happens when the shoe
is on the other foot. And you really need great actors to pull it off.”

For more of Arad’s thoughts about the movie check out the
complete interview

In other “Punisher” news a write up in The
Saint Petersburg Times
talk’s about the movie’s Tampa location. Cameras will
roll in the Florida city starting in July. According to the article, it will be
the first movie to film principal photography there in over a decade.

Tampa film commissioner Edie Emerald was also happy that the city would be
playing itself in the movie, and not merely standing in for a different or
generic city.

“So often I’m showing clients around, looking for places that can double
for New Orleans or Charlotte or Texas,” Emerald told the Times. “This is the
first time when a director felt (Tampa) was perfect.”

The article credits Michael France, who penned the script before
writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh came on board, as moving the character from
New York City to Tampa. France is said to be a resident of St. Pete Beach.

Tampa’s downtown, Ybor City and the
Columbia Restaurant in Ybor have already been selected for locations in the
shoot. Tampa Theatre, the Florida Aquarium and
the University of Tampa campus are also being considered.

Thanks to Peter S. for the lead.


is the latest site to chat it up with “Fantastic Four”
director Peyton Reed. Reed confirmed much of the recent talk, including the fact
that Mark Frost (“Twin Peaks”) is on board to rewrite the script.

“I like the Fantastic Four really because they’re daytime
superheroes in a way and they don’t have secret identities. They’re very
much a part of New York City, they’re part of a community. You can run into
them on the street and there is that kind of thing, trying to get at the reality
of what it would be like to have actual superheroes in the city and setting them
up in a pretty realistic environment,” Reed said of his attraction to the

For more of the director’s comments check out the
complete interview

Thanks to IGN FilmForce for the lead.

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