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May 2004

Hollywood wishes Harrison Ford 'Godspeed'
Posted Friday, May 28, 2004, 8:48AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Harrison Ford has signed to star in "Godspeed," a science fiction thriller to be produced by James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. The film is set aboard an international space station, where a crisis arises that threatens everyone on board. The film is set to begin production this fall, but so far no director is attached.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

Dark Horse launches new book imprints
Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 8:08PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Dark Horse Comics is expanding its prose publishing with two new book imprints. M Press will publish literary fiction, beginning with the World War II novel "Shanghai Diary." Meanwhile, DH Press will publish genre fiction and non-fiction, including manga novelizations and original military sci-fi. The first DH Press offerings will be "Don Bluth's The Art of the Storyboard" and "Kong: King of Skull Mountain."

Source: ICv2.com

PR: Marvel to launch prose imprint
Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 7:19PM CDT by Franklin Harris
PRESS RELEASE: NEW YORK - Marvel Comics, the nation's leading comic book publisher and a division of Marvel Enterprises, Inc., will enhance its successful growing front list of graphic novels with the creation of its first prose imprint - Marvel Press. Based upon characters in the Marvel Universe, the new line of fiction broadens Marvel's reach in the fast-growing graphic novel market by penetrating both traditional and new markets. Marvel has hired seven-year veteran of children's and young adult publishing, Ruwan Jayatilleke, formerly of Scholastic, to head Marvel Press and oversee its aggressive launch list with three prose novels scheduled for 2004 and a minimum of 12 for 2005.

"The primary purpose of Marvel Publishing is to create great fiction. Marvel Press is an exciting new way for us to do this, and we are enormously happy to have Ruwan on board to lead the way," said Dan Buckley, Publisher.

While prose novels are not new to Marvel Publishing (in 2003, Marvel produced Mary Jane, a critically acclaimed young adult novel focusing on Mary Jane Watson, the long time love interest of Spider-Man's Peter Parker), the creation of Marvel Press takes this initiative to the next level. Marvel Press will focus on three regular lines of prose aimed at grade school readers, young adults, and adult fans.

Gui Karyo, Marvel's President of Publishing added, "Marvel Press is an important milestone for our publishing division, as it is a new tool for expanding the world of our characters and stories, while also bringing them to new audiences."

Mary Jane II will arrive in bookstores in June, followed by a fantasy Wolverine title for adults in October, and then a middle grade Spider-Man title in November.

Pop singer to be new 'Doctor Who' companion
Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 6:49AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Former pop singer Billie Piper has won the role of Rose Tyler, The Doctor's assistant in the new "Doctor Who" series set to air late this year on BBC 1. She joins the ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, for the 13-episode revival of the classic British sci-fi series.

Source: BBC News

Marvel superheroes get animated
Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 6:33AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Marvel Enterprises and Lions Gate Entertainment have entered into an agreement under which the two companies will co-produce eight animated features based on Marvel's comic-book characters. Lions Gate will release the cartoons directly to DVD beginning in late 2005.

Source: The Associated Press

NBC leaves 'Transylvania' at station
Posted Tuesday, May 25, 2004, 6:37AM CDT by Franklin Harris
NBC has decided to pass on "Transylvania," Stephen Sommers' planned TV spin-off of "Van Helsing." After expressing interest in at least six episodes of the series, NBC executives now say "Transylvania" is too expensive.

Source: Cinescape

B5's Richard Biggs dies at 43
Posted Monday, May 24, 2004, 6:33AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Richard Biggs, known to science fiction fans as Dr. Stephen Franklin on "Babylon 5," died Saturday. He was 43. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Source: Cinescape

The WB announces fall schedule
Posted Friday, May 21, 2004, 9:06AM CDT by Franklin Harris
The WB announced its fall schedule Thursday. "Smallville" returns for a fourth season, and "Global Frequency," based on Warren Ellis' comic-book series and produced by Mark Burnett ("Survivor"), is set for a mid-season debut. Missing from the line-up, however, are two revivals, "Lost in Space" and "Dark Shadows," neither of which made The WB's final cut.

Source: Dark Horizons

UPN docks 'Enterprise' on Fridays
Posted Thursday, May 20, 2004, 1:54PM CDT by Franklin Harris
UPN has renewed its "Star Trek" spin-off "Enterprise" for a fourth season but is moving the show to Friday nights at 9, 8 Central Time.

Source: USA Today

Rodriguez abandons 'Mars'
Posted Thursday, May 20, 2004, 10:57AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Robert Rodriguez ("Spy Kids") has stepped aside and will not be directing Paramount's "A Princess of Mars," reports IGN FilmForce. As of now, no director is attached to the film, which is scheduled to go before cameras next year.

PR: ADV Films gets 'Gatchaman,' 'Full Metal Panic,' 'Peacemaker'
Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 7:04PM CDT by Franklin Harris
PRESS RELEASE: ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., announced the acquisition of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Peacemaker and Gatchaman for both home video release by ADV Films and broadcast on the Anime Network. The announcements were made from Anime Central on Saturday, May 15, 2004.

"These three impressive, action-filled titles are a great acquisition for us," said John Ledford, president, CEO and co-founder of ADV Films. "From the intricate animation to the adventuresome plot lines, these titles are sure to have anime fans on the edge of their seats with excitement."

About Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Get ready for the second thrilling installation of Full Metal Panic! Deftly combining mecha combat, martial arts, international criminal intrigue and high school politics with a dash of teen romance on the side, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu returns to the world established in the first best-selling series. This time Sergeant Sousuke has taken a break from the military to go back to high school, but can this battle-scarred veteran put aside his soldier-like instincts and be a regular high school kid? Hysterical antics and chaos ensue as Sousuke and Ms. Chidori turn the halls of higher education into a war zone!

No release date has been announced for the Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu anime.

About Peacemaker

This action-packed film is beautifully animated by the talented team at Gonzo Digimation (Final Fantasy: Unlimited and Full Metal Panic!). Fans of Samurai X are sure to enjoy Peacemaker when they notice the heroic similarities between the two main characters.
Tetsunosuke Ichimura had always been a runt, the smallest, weakest kid in his village, but after seeing his parents murdered by a dangerous and evil assassin, Tetsunoke vows to become strong enough to avenge his parents’ deaths. Now, at only 15 years of age, he has made up his mind to join the army in order to gain that strength… but what he doesn’t know is that the army he’s chosen isn’t a normal army at all! Now a frightening choice awaits him; to achieve his revenge, will Tetsunosuke be willing to forsake his very humanity for demonic powers? The roads to vengeance and hell may be one and the same in Peacemaker.

ADV Films announces a fall 2004 release for Peacemaker.

About Gatchaman

The timeless classic that spawned the hit series’ G-Force and Battle of the Planets, Gatchaman is the action–filled story of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, five young heroes who must come together to defend Earth from the threat of Galactor, an international terrorist group fronted by a mysterious outer space being, and its army of mechanized menaces! Skilled in the art of ninjitsu, and equipped with special weapons, powers and the amazing spacecraft, the Phoenix, the Gatchaman team joins with the International Scientific Organization (ISO) to battle both deteriorating conditions across the Earth and the evil Galactor’s attempts to conquer the entire planet. The all time classic series comes to North America uncut and uncensored for the first time in Gatchaman!

No release date has been announced for the Gatchaman anime.

Revolution confirms 'Hellboy 2'
Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 6:59PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Revolution Studios is moving forward with "Hellboy 2." Director/writer Guillermo del Toro is returning to oversee the sequel, which he will develop with "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola.

Source: Superhero Hype

'Death' gets a screenplay
Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 6:50PM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Sandman" author Neil Gaiman reports that the screenplay for "Death: The Time of Your Life," the movie adaptation of his graphic novel, is awaiting studio approval, which should come this weekend.

Source: Dark Horizons

Sony to throw 'Flying Daggers'
Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 6:42PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Sony Pictures Classics has purchased the North American distribution rights to "House of Flying Daggers," the Hong Kong action film by director Zhang Yimou. "House" stars Zhang Ziyi ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), Takeshi Kanishiro and Andy Lau.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Shatner returns to series television
Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 6:32PM CDT by Franklin Harris
William Shatner ("Star Trek") has joined the cast of "Fleet Street," a legal drama airing this fall on ABC. "Fleet Street" stars James Spader and is a spin-off of "The Practice."

Source: Dark Horizons

'The Lion' finds its Witch
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 6:57AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Tilda Swinton ("The Deep End") will play the part of the Witch in the upcoming live-action adaptation of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

The $100 million film, based on the first of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia books, is a production of Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.

Source: Cinescape

'Doctor Who' nemesis reportedly dies
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 6:48AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Anthony Ainley, who played The Master on the BBC science fiction series "Doctor Who" throughout the 1980s, reportedly died recently. Details are currently unavailable.

Source: BBC


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