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January 2003

Release Date-O-Rama
Posted Friday, January 31, 2003, 10:07AM CST by Franklin Harris
Here are some newly announced release dates for upcoming films, courtesy of Dark Horizons:


  • Fury Road: Mad Max 4: July 23, 2004
  • Freddy vs. Jason: pushed back to fall 2003
  • House Of 1000 Corpses: April 11, 2003
  • I, Robot: July 2, 2004
  • Identity: pushed back to April 25, 2003

'Indiana Jones' on DVD by end of 2003
Posted Friday, January 31, 2003, 10:02AM CST by Franklin Harris
According to Empire magazine, Steven Spielberg says Paramount will release the "Indiana Jones Trilogy" on DVD by the end of 2003.

Ratner still on 'Superman'
Posted Friday, January 31, 2003, 9:55AM CST by Franklin Harris
Director Brett Ratner said he is still attached to Warner Brothers' "Superman" project and that rumors of the film's budget being too high are false. He told Variety that "[W]e won't have a budget for three weeks. ... The whole hiccup here has been our search for Superman." Ratner said no star wants to sign up for the three Superman films he envisions making over the next 10 years. "I'm telling one story over three movies and plan to direct all three if the first is as successful as everyone suspects," he said.

Source: Dark Horizons

CrossGen comics to be packaged with Cinescape
Posted Friday, January 31, 2003, 5:18AM CST by Franklin Harris
Cinescape Online reports that beginning in May its print counterpart, Cinescape magazine, will include a CrossGen comic book bound into each issue. The first CrossGen book to be distributed in this manner will be a special edition of "The Way of the Rat" No. 1.

No 'King Kong' DVD in 2003
Posted Thursday, January 30, 2003, 6:51PM CST by Franklin Harris
The Digital Bits reports that contrary to earlier reports, Warner Bros. will not release a 70th anniversary edition DVD of "King Kong" this year. "The studio very much wanted to make it happen this year, given that it's the film's 70th anniversary, but their greater concern is to make sure that the film is presented in the highest possible quality on DVD. Apparently, the process of fully restoring and remastering the film has been very time consuming and the studio wants to make sure it's done properly. If all goes well, look for Kong in 2004."

Cartoon Network to air 'Evangelion', other giant-robot shows
Posted Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 6:26AM CST by Franklin Harris
During the week of Feb. 24, giant robots will take over Cartoon Network's Toonami block. The cable channel will air episodes of "Neon Genesis Evangelion," "Dai-Guard," "Robotech" and "Martian Successor Nadesico" as well as the animated feature "The Iron Giant." For a full schedule, see Anime News Network.

Aronofsky up for 'Flickers'
Posted Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 5:43AM CST by Franklin Harris
Cinescape Online passes along a Variety report that Darren Aronofsky is looking to direct "Flickers," based on Theodore Roszak's 1991 novel. The story centers on a film student who becomes convinced that B movies are evidence of a plot against all life on Earth.

Ratner off 'Superman'?
Posted Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 5:38AM CST by Franklin Harris
Dark Horizons has an unconfirmed report that director Brett Ratner ("Hannibal") is off Warner Brothers' upcoming "Superman" film project.

'Memento' director to helm new 'Batman'
Posted Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 5:33AM CST by Franklin Harris
According to Variety, Christopher Nolan, director of "Memento" and "Insomnia," will direct the next "Batman" movie.

'Batman' and 'Superman' movie updates
Posted Friday, January 24, 2003, 6:26AM CST by Franklin Harris
Dark Horizons reports that Darren Aronofsky's "Batman: Year One" project is "gone." The current frontrunner for the next live-action Batman film is "Batman: The Frightening," which would feature the Scarecrow as Batman's nemesis, according to DC Comics editor Bob Greenberger.

Comics2Film reports, however, that Frank Miller is still working on a "Batman: Year One" script, based on his comic-book miniseries of the same name. And IGN Filmforce casts doubt on the existence of a "Frightening" script, reporting that the previously named screenwriter, Rafael Yglesias, denies any involvement with the project.

Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams' " Superman: Last Son of Krypton" is on hold while producers try to lower the film's budget and search for an actor to play Superman.

Patrick Stewart wants to film 'Transmetropolitan'
Posted Monday, January 20, 2003, 9:55AM CST by Franklin Harris
According to Cinescape magazine (via Dark Horizons), Patrick Stewart will produce and star in a feature film based on Warren Ellis' comic book "Transmetropolitan."

UPDATE: Ellis says that while he would be happy to work with Stewart on a "Transmetropolitan" movie, a movie is not in the works. "What Patrick is saying is that he still wants to make the film. He knows I'm right there with him. We see things the same way. Patrick publicly attaching himself to the project doesn't hurt. But right now, nothing's happening," Ellis said. (Again via Dark Horizons.)

Disney to release three Miyazaki films in April
Posted Thursday, January 16, 2003, 5:17AM CST by Franklin Harris
ICv2.com reports that Disney will release three highly anticipated films by Hayao Miyazaki on April 17. Arriving on DVD will be "Kiki's Delivery Service" (previously released on VHS only), "Spirited Away" (which received a limited theatrical release in 2002), and "Castle in the Sky." Preliminary specifications for these Buena Vista releases suggest that the films will be issued as two-disk sets, retailing for between $19.95 and $29.95. (Note: Anime News Network lists the release date for the discs as April 15 rather than April 17.)

Rucka and Clark's 'Felon' at USA
Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2003, 9:04PM CST by Franklin Harris
Comics2Film reports that Greg Rucka and Matthew Clark's short lived crime comic, "Felon," is in development as a series at the USA cable channel.

Joe Bob Briggs to launch DVD line
Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2003, 5:17AM CST by Franklin Harris
DVD File reports: "Fresh of the successful if seemingly odd pairing of cult film guru Joe Bob Briggs doing audio commentary for Elite Entertainment's recent Millennium Edition release of 'I Spit on Your Grave,' the two titans of horror have reached an exclusive agreement for Briggs to serve as host of, and provide commentary for, a series of the company's upcoming horror, sci-fi and cult titles."

Marvel Comics asks, 'Who is Gus Beezer?'
Posted Friday, January 10, 2003, 9:10AM CST by Franklin Harris
Marvel Comics is being hush-hush regarding several upcoming projects, promising more information later this month. But Marvel did release, without comment, this bizarre preview art today:




UPDATE: In an interview at Jazma Online, Jason Lethcoe confirmed that he is illustrating "The Marvel-ous Adventures of Gus Beezer," which will be written by Gail Simone ("Agent X").

But late Friday, Marvel released the below preview art, again without comment:


Both versions of 'The Ring' come to DVD in March
Posted Thursday, January 9, 2003, 12:38PM CST by Franklin Harris
Fangoria reports that DreamWorks will release both its 2002 remake and the original Japanese version of "The Ring" on DVD on March 4.

'Teen Titans' cartoon to debut in Aug.
Posted Thursday, January 9, 2003, 6:48AM CST by Franklin Harris
Animation Insider reports that Cartoon Network's "Teen Titans" series will debut May 30 at 7 p.m. Central.

UPDATE: Contrary to earlier reports, the debut of "Teen Titans" will be in August, reports Comics2Film.

Lawless says 'Xena' movie in the works
Posted Thursday, January 9, 2003, 6:39AM CST by Franklin Harris
Lucy Lawless told a New Zealand radio station that a feature-film version of "Xena: Warrior Princess" is in the early stages of development at Universal. Dark Horizons reports that the movie will have a budget of $50-$60 million. That would put "Xena" on a par with other recent Universal adventure films like "The Scorpion King."

Sci-Fi Channel orders 'Brother Voodoo' pilot
Posted Thursday, January 9, 2003, 6:30AM CST by Franklin Harris
The Sci-Fi Channel has ordered a pilot movie based on Marvel Comics' Brother Voodoo. Last month, it was reported that Sci-Fi had purchased the television rights to Marvel's 1980s series, "Strike Force Morituri." So, this may indicate a long-term development relationship between Marvel and Sci-Fi. If so, Marvel has no shortage of second- and third-tier characters that can be adapted for television.

Source: ICv2.com

DePalma's next to be horror movie
Posted Monday, January 6, 2003, 10:27AM CST by Franklin Harris
ESplatter reports that Brian DePalma is returning to the horror genre with his next film, "Toyer," based on Gardner McKay's novel. Filming will take place in Venice.

Fincher to direct 'Mission Impossible 3'
Posted Saturday, January 4, 2003, 8:54AM CST by Franklin Harris
Dark Horizons reports that David Fincher will direct "Mission Impossible 3" after Tom Cruise completes work on "The Last Samurai." A 2004 release date is planned.



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