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November 2000

Bandai announces Gundam Wing CCG
Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2000, 9:28PM CST by Franklin Harris
From Anime News Service: At this past weekend's Aka-Kon in Vancouver, Bandai Entertainment announced that Bandai America is developing a new collectible card game for Gundam Wing called Gundam MS War. The card game is not to be confused with the Japanese Gundam CCG (Gundam War) as the one released for North America will be very different in gameplay, etc. over the Japanese version. Further details on the game are pending.

Great. And here I've already bought all those Japanese cards.

'Doctor Who' alive again at BBC?
Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2000, 7:42PM CST by Franklin Harris
A report originating in the Sunday Times of London says that the BBC is building a new film production studio and plans to make a series of "Doctor Who" films. Of course, we've all heard "Doctor Who" movie rumors before, so don't believe this one until the cameras roll.

More 'Batman Beyond' news
Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2000, 7:38PM CST by Franklin Harris
Several Web sites are now reporting that Kids WB is dropping the "Batman Beyond" TV show. Speculation can be summed up as follows: Its producers, Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, are no longer getting support at WB (hence the reason their JLA series is going to Cartoon Network) and and a symptom is WB's treatment of the "Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker" movie. Developing...

'Batman Beyond' butchered by WB
Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2000, 7:30PM CST by Franklin Harris
It's official. The direct-to-video release "Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker" has been totally butchered by the suits at Warner Bros. Ain't It Cool News has a complete list of the scenes given the ax, lest any small children be given the willies.

TNN snags 'Trek' TV rights
Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2000, 7:24PM CST by Franklin Harris
From Cinescape Online: The TNN cable network has won out over a number of bidders getting the exclusive rights to the three most recent Star Trek TV series: Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

Previously it had been reported that the deal would involve an amount in the $364M range, a record setter. As the deal stands, the network will start showing the 179 episodes of The Next Generation in Fall 2001, with DS9's 176 starting in fall 2004 followed by Voyager's total of 172 episodes beginning in late 2006.

In addition, the network also acquired the rights to five Trek feature films: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Kahn (1982), Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989). The network will start showing them in 2001.

In the span of a few short months, TNN has gone from being the loser The Nashville Network to a major player in cable. It could become cable's UPN, known for WWF wrestling and Trek. (There's irony in there somewhere.)

Marvel's 'Mutant X' comes to television
Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2000, 7:20PM CST by Franklin Harris
It was reported all over the 'net today (including Cinescape Online) that Tribune Entertainment ("Andromeda" and "Earth: Final Conflict") has picked up Marvel Comics' "Mutant X" as a TV series for the Fall 2001 season. Tribune has already cleared 60 percent of the U.S. for at least a two-year run. Philip Segal, best known for producing the Paul McGann "Doctor Who" telefilm, will be developing the series. (He was recently hired by Tribune to oversee scripts for all of its sci-fi series.) Ironically, Marvel announced last week that it was cancelling the "Mutant X" comic.

'Powerpuff Girls' in LA Weekly
Posted Sunday, November 26, 2000, 8:25PM CST by Franklin Harris
Here is an interesting and informative article from LA Weekly on the guys behind "The Powerpuff Girls" and "Dexter's Laboritory." Enjoy.

Marvel announces X-title cancellations
Posted Friday, November 24, 2000, 7:56AM CST by Franklin Harris
Marvel Comics has finally announced which of its X-Men-related comics are getting the ax:

  • "Bishop" (last issue No. 16, now on sale)
  • "Gambit" (last issue No. 25, on sale in December)
  • "Generation X" (last issue No. 75, on sale in March)
  • "X-Man" (last issue No. 75, on sale in March)
  • "Mutant X" (last issue No. 32, on sale in April)
  • "X-Men: The Hidden Years" (last issue No. 22, on sale in July)

Meanwhile, two new X-Men series are in the works. One is the previously announced new title to be written by Chris Claremont, and the other, written by Judd Winnick, will revolve around a team of mutants led by Blink.

The surviving current X-titles are: "X-Men," "Uncanny X-Men," "Wolverine," "X-Force," "X-Men Unlimited," "Ultimate X-Men" and "Cable."

Universal Hulks out
Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2000, 6:12AM CST by Franklin Harris
Ain't it Cool News reports that Universal Studios has given the green light to "The Incredible Hulk." The film is scheduled to start production before the probably summer actors/writers strike (thus allowing it to be grandfathered in if the strike happens) and has a planned 2002 release date.

Defoe is the Green Goblin
Posted Sunday, November 19, 2000, 7:55AM CST by Franklin Harris
Spider-Man Hype is reporting that Willem Defoe has signed to play the Green Goblin in the "Spider-Man" movie. (If they couldn't get John Malkovich, his "Shadow of the Vampire" co-star isn't a bad substitute.)

'Angels' sequel in the works
Posted Friday, November 17, 2000, 7:07PM CST by Franklin Harris
No suprise, but Variety is reporting that a sequel to the hit film "Charlie's Angels" is in the works. None of the stars of the first film have signed for a second, although Drew Barrymore, who also produced the first, is an all-but-certain lock to return. (But I wouldn't bet on Bill Murray doing a second tour as Bosley.)

JLA cartoon on Cartoon Network?
Posted Friday, November 10, 2000, 6:14AM CST by Franklin Harris
Ain't It Cool News is reporting that Bruce Timm ("Batman Beyond") has received the OK to produce a Justice League of America cartoon for Cartoon Network. The WB network had previously balked at the idea of a JLA cartoon.

De Laurentiis to make second 'Red Dragon' film
Posted Thursday, November 9, 2000, 6:42PM CST by Franklin Harris
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Academy Award winner Ted Tally ("The Silence of The Lambs") has been signed to write a screenplay adaptation of Thomas Harris' 1981 novel "Red Dragon," for Dino De Laurentiis Company, it was announced today by Dino and Martha De Laurentiis. In "Red Dragon," audiences will see Hannibal Lecter arrested for the first time by ex-FBI agent Will Graham, an expert investigator who quit the Bureau after nearly becoming one of Lecter's victims. With its unique plot and haunting introduction of Hannibal Lecter, the book is considered by many critics to be Harris' best work. While it was previously filmed in 1986 by director Michael Mann and producers Dino and Martha De Laurentiis under the title "Manhunter," the new film version will include never-before-seen elements of the book.

The new 'X-Men' writers are...
Posted Thursday, November 9, 2000, 8:15AM CST by Franklin Harris
Grant Morrison ("JLA") and Joe Casey ("Wildcats") are confirmed as the new writers on the two core X-Men titles, "X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men." Chris Claremont, who currently writes both books, will move to a new, monthly X-Men book, to be drawn by Salvador LaRocca. All three writers will begin their new assignments in May.

Source: Comic Book Wire

New 'Conan' movie in works
Posted Thursday, November 9, 2000, 8:08AM CST by Franklin Harris
From Comics2Film: Warner Bros. is eyeing Conan The Barbarian as a potential new film franchise according to The Hollywood Reporter. Warner reportedly paid Stan Lee Media $2.5 million for a one-picture license on the movie. The studio has the option to purchase sequel rights as well.

Warner plans to place the franchise in the hands of writer/director John Milius who wrote and directed the original the 1982 version starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Larry and Andy Wachowski, the minds behind The Matrix, will serve as creative partners.

Stan Lee Media, of course, purchased all the rights to Conan just a few weeks ago.

No 'Fletch' for Smith
Posted Thursday, November 9, 2000, 8:04AM CST by Franklin Harris
Dark Horizons has a report today that the new "Fletch" film, to be written by Kevin Smith ("Dogma") and to star Chevy Chase, is no longer in the works.

2nd 'X-Men' DVD planned?
Posted Thursday, November 9, 2000, 7:58AM CST by Franklin Harris
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer has revealed that a second DVD for the film is in the works. "20th Century Fox has committed to doing a second X-Men DVD, in which I would use a slightly longer version, including two new scenes which I`d like to shoot, a commentary track, and at least a dozen outtakes," Singer said.

Source: Fandom.com

Cronenberg to direct 'Basic Instrinct 2'
Posted Thursday, November 9, 2000, 7:47AM CST by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that David Cronenberg ("eXistence") will direct "Basic Instinct 2," which will star Sharon Stone.

Malkovich will NOT be Green Goblin
Posted Friday, November 3, 2000, 6:31PM CST by Franklin Harris
Cinescape Online has the word from John Malkovich himself on why he will not be portraying the Green Goblin in the film "Spider-Man": While talking to Empire Online at the London Film Festival screening of "Shadow of the Vampire," John Malkovich revealed, "I won't be doing Spider-Man. It's not really my genre particularly, and there were scheduling difficulties and what they offered wasn't in any way an inducement for me to do it."

Dark Horizons retracts 'Dracula 2000' story
Posted Friday, November 3, 2000, 6:08AM CST by Franklin Harris
From Dark Horizons: Since reporting that rumour yesterday about Wes Craven's vamp project going straight to video rather than hitting the screen, there's been a whirlwind of calls and e-mails about it trying to confirm or deny the item -- then the official verdict came in early this morning Ausralian time. The good news, according to Dimension Films and Wes Craven himself is that "Dracula 2000" is indeed going for its theatrical release as planned - "the film is on track for a December 22 release in theaters throughout the US.

Gaiman to direct film for Miramax
Posted Thursday, November 2, 2000, 6:01PM CST by Franklin Harris
From Cinescape Online: Writer Neil Gaiman ("Sandman") has agreed to write and direct Miramax's "The Confessions of William Henry Ireland," based on a true story.
The film is being described as a Ferris Bueller-like story set in the 18th century. According to Variety, it will tell the true-life story of the title character, a teenager who became a literary forger of so-called "lost" works of William Shakespeare. In an attempt to please his loving father the boy creates the elaborate hoax, but it goes all wrong culminating in the ruination of his father's reputation after a performance of his "discovered" Shakespeare play flops.


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