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June 2002

'G.I. Joe' to air on Cartoon Network late night
Posted Wednesday, June 26, 2002, 12:50PM CDT by Franklin Harris
QKTheatre is reporting that Cartoon Network will air 30 episodes of the 1980s "G.I. Joe" at midnight Central Time for six weeks starting July 1. If this trial run is successful, then Cartoon Network will pick up additional "G.I. Joe" episodes.

'Blade' television series in the works
Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2002, 4:23PM CDT by Franklin Harris
David S. Goyer, writer of the two "Blade" films and their upcoming sequel, says he is preparing a "Blade" TV series pitch. The series would air after the third, and presumably final, "Blade" movie hits theaters.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

Cox really is in 'X-Men 2' ... maybe
Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2002, 6:49AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Now Coming Attractions says Brian Cox ("Manhunter") will be in the "X-Men" sequel after all.

'Spider-Man' DVD due No. 12?
Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2002, 6:41AM CDT by Franklin Harris
DVD File reports that "Spider-Man" may hit DVD on Nov. 12 as a 2-disc, special-edition set.

'Episode II' DVD due on Nov. 26
Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2002, 6:35AM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to TheForce.net, some retailers, including Suncoast and Sam Goody, are taking pre-orders for the "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" 2-disc DVD, which reportedly has a street date of Nov. 26.

Image to publish 'He-Man' comics
Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2002, 6:27AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Cinescape reports that MV Creations, a studio affiliated with Image Comics, has obtained the exclusive license to publish "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" comic books. The first issue will be published in November.

Chan to go 'Around the World in 80 Days'
Posted Friday, June 21, 2002, 6:26AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Jackie Chan will star in a new film adaptation of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." Frank Coraci will direct.

Wingfield to play 'X2' bad guy
Posted Thursday, June 20, 2002, 5:42PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Peter Wingfield (Methos on the "Highlander" TV series) will play an evil henchman in the "X-Men" sequel, according to Wingfield's official fan club Web site.

'Buffy' may return for 8th season
Posted Thursday, June 20, 2002, 5:29PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Despite reports that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" will end after its upcoming seventh season, executive producer Marti Noxon says an eighth year is likely, even though Sarah Michelle Gellar's contract will be up. "It would be very hard to continue the show without her, but they might try," Noxon told The Sci-Fi Wire.

'Scooby' sequel in the pipe
Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 9:29PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that a sequel to the live-action "Scooby-Doo" movie is already in the works.

Connery back for 'Indy 4'
Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 9:27PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Steven Spielberg confirms that Sean Connery will return as Indiana Jones' dad in the fourth "Indiana Jones" movie.

Source: IGN FilmForce

'Texas Chainsaw' gets stars, director
Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 9:14PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that producer Michael Bay's remake of 1975's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" will star Jessica Biel ("7th Heaven") and Eric Balfour ("24"). Marcus Nispel will direct from a script by Scott Kosar.

Brian Cox not in 'X-Men' sequel?
Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 8:58PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Coming Attractions reports that Brian Cox will not appear in the "X-Men" sequel, "X2," after all.

Aquaman returns from dead, gets solo title
Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 8:53AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Aquaman is not only returning from the dead (no surprise there), he is also getting yet another chance at his own comic book. The new "Aquaman" series will debut in December, with Rick Veitch ("Greyshirt") writing and Yvel Guichet and Mark Propst providing the art.

Source: Newsarama

Brian Cox joins 'X-Men 2' cast
Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 6:37AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Brian Cox ("Manhunter") has joined the cast of the "X-Men" sequel, "X2," as Stryker, "a villainous ex-Army commander who holds the key to Wolverine's past."

Source: Comics2Film

Peta Wilson joins 'Extraordinary Gentlemen'
Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 6:32AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Peta Wilson has joined the cast of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" as Mina Harker, replacing Monica Bellucci, who had to drop out of the production because her current project is behind schedule. Wilson is best known for starring in the cable-TV version of "La Femme Nikita."

'Underdog' to fly to movie theaters
Posted Friday, June 14, 2002, 1:12PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to Variety, Spyglass Entertainment has purchased the movie rights to "Underdog" and plans to feature the classic cartoon character in a live-action/CGI film. IGN FilmForce has more on this unlikely revival.

Stuart Moore parts ways with Marvel
Posted Friday, June 14, 2002, 1:04PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Editor Stuart Moore, who heads up Marvel Comics' Marvel Knights imprint and is one of the driving forces behind the MAX mature-readers line, is leaving Marvel Comics, according to numerous sources, including Cinescape.

Will Smith passes on ID4 sequel
Posted Friday, June 14, 2002, 1:01PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Plans for a sequel to the film "Independence Day" are moving forward, but Will Smith, one of the original's three lead actors, says count him out, according to Cinescape Online.

'Naked Killer' sequel in the works
Posted Friday, June 14, 2002, 12:57PM CDT by Franklin Harris
MonkeyPeaches reports that director Wong Jing will begin shooting later this month on "Naked Weapon," a semi-sequel to the Hong Kong action classic "Naked Killer." According to the story, "This 'sequel' will continue what made the original a cult film -- combination of lesbianism and classic Hong Kong actions."

Hugh Jackman up for 'Van Helsing'
Posted Friday, June 14, 2002, 12:53PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hugh Jackman ("X-Men") is in negotiations to play Bram Stoker's vampire hunter, Abraham Van Helsing, in a movie for director Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy"). "Van Helsing" would pit the title character against Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man. (It looks like Sommers is going the "monstery rally" route with his next film.)

'Extraordinary Gentlemen' cast shakeup
Posted Thursday, June 13, 2002, 9:55AM CDT by Franklin Harris
IGN FilmForce reports that Italian actress Monica Bellucci has dropped out of the cast of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." Also, Richard Roxburgh is not playing Campion Bond as previously reported, but the film's villain, The Fantom (who doesn't appear in Alan Moore's LoEG comic books). The roles of Campion Bond and Mina Harker remain uncast. However, a Captain Nemo has been chosen. Indian actor to Naseeruddin Shah ("Monsoon Wedding") will play the Jules Verne character.

'Babylon 5' season 1 to DVD this year
Posted Thursday, June 13, 2002, 5:34AM CDT by Franklin Harris
ICv2.com reports that the first season of "Babylon 5" will come to DVD later this year. Series creator J. Michael Straczynski will provide commentaries for up to three episodes.

'X-Men 2''s Kitty Pryde is cast
Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 9:09PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Seventeen-year-old actress Katie Stuart has been cast as Kitty Pryde in the "X-Men" sequel, "X2."

Butler back on the set of 'Witchblade'
Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 9:05PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Yancy Butler is out of alcohol rehab and back on the set on TNT's "Witchblade."

Fraser to star in live-action 'Looney Tunes' film
Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 12:03PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Brendan Fraser will star in "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," a live-action/animation combo feature co-starring Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang. It will begin production July 29 for a November 2003 release.

New 'He-Man' cartoon debuts Aug. 16
Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 6:40AM CDT by Franklin Harris
The new "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" cartoon series will debut on Cartoon Network on Aug. 16, according to Toon Zone. It will debut with a 90-minute special, to air at 3 p.m. CT.

Starting Aug. 23, the 26-episode series will air each Friday as part of the Toonami block. It will air every weekday beginning in November.

Viz to publish American version of 'Shonen Jump'
Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 6:23AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Viz Comics will publish an American version of Japan's most popular manga anthology magazine, Shonen Jump, according to reports in the New York Post and Newsarama.

Shonen Jump sells 3.4 million copies each week in Japan. Viz will publish its version monthly beginning in November. The magazine will run 250 pages and retail for $4.95. Viz plans to debut the magazine at 100,000 copies a month and hopes to reach a circulation of 1 million within three years.

The U.S. magazine will reprint "Dragonball Z" and "Yu-Gi-Oh" stories. Other included titles will be from the Japanese version's library.

Bruckheimer to produce 'Micronauts' movie
Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 5:34AM CDT by Franklin Harris
ICv2.com reports that Jerry Bruckheimer will produce a live-action film based on the Micronauts toy line.

'Antz' writer to pen live-action 'Samurai Jack'
Posted Monday, June 10, 2002, 10:03AM CDT by Franklin Harris
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Todd Alcott ("Antz") will write the script for New Line Cinema's live-action feature version of "Samurai Jack," based on Cartoon Network's animated TV series. Previous reports had been that series creator Genndy Tartakovsky would pen the screenplay.

New 'Transformers' debuts Aug. 30
Posted Saturday, June 8, 2002, 9:31AM CDT by Franklin Harris
The new "Transformers" cartoon series, "Transformers: Armada," will debut Aug. 30 on Cartoon Network. The 52-episode series will air Fridays at 5:30 p.m. CT. It will air each weekday beginning in November.

Source: Toon Zone

Frankenheimer out as 'Exorcist' prequel director
Posted Thursday, June 6, 2002, 3:51PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Due to pending back surgery, John Frankenheimer is out as the director of the "Exorcist" prequel film. A new director has yet to be named.

Source: IGN FilmForce

Wonder Twin powers, activate???
Posted Thursday, June 6, 2002, 3:15PM CDT by Franklin Harris
I hope you're sitting down for this one: Warner Bros. has obtained the movie rights to -- get this -- The Wonder Twins.

Yes, you read that right: The Wonder Twins. Zan and Jayna and their pet space monkey, Gleek.

Every DC Comics property is in Development Hell, so instead Warner Bros. promises (threatens?) to give us a pair of "Superfriends" sidekicks in their very own live-action movie. The twins are creations of Hanna Barbara, inserted into the "Superfriends" cartoon alongside such DC mainstays as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, to add some youth appeal and humor to the show.

But it could be worse. It could be Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter and Cinescape Online

Both new and old 'Outer Limits' come to DVD in Sept.
Posted Thursday, June 6, 2002, 10:16AM CDT by Franklin Harris
MGM will begin releasing "The Outer Limits" on DVD in September, reports ICv2.com. First, there will be two collections of episodes from the new "Outer Limits," both organized by theme: "The Outer Limits: Sex and Science Fiction" and "The Outer Limits: Time Travel and Infinity," each containing six episodes. Then there will be a four-disc set containing the first season of the original "Outer Limits," including episodes like "The Man Who Was Never Born" and "The Bellero Shield." The set will retail for $79.96, and the two theme discs will retail for $14.95 each.

Lopez to star in superhero comedy
Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2002, 6:24PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Jennifer Lopez will star in the superhero comedy "Shrink" for Columbia Pictures, according to Variety. She will play an ex-superheroine turned psychotherapist whose patients are all other superheroes. The movie is reportedly based on an idea by comic-book artist Rob Liefeld.

John Woo to revive 'Ninja Turtles'
Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2002, 6:16PM CDT by Franklin Harris
John Woo is reviving the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie franchise, this time using CGI turtles instead of guys in turtle suits. Woo will produce the proposed new film and a television series based on it.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

'Rising Stars' screenwriters hired
Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2002, 6:12PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Anthony and Joe Russo have been hired to adapt J. Michael Straczynski's comic-book series "Rising Stars" as a feature film.

Source: Comics2Film

Kelly Hu joins 'X-Men 2' cast
Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2002, 6:16AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Kelly Hu ("The Scorpion King") has joined the cast of the "X-Men" sequel, "X2." She will play the right-hand woman of the main villain, Striker, who is yet to be cast.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter and Cinescape Online

'Clash of the Titans' remake at Warner Bros.
Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2002, 6:12AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Warner Bros. has hired John Glenn and Travis Wright ("Red World") to script a remake of the 1981 mythological adventure film "Clash of the Titans."

Source: Variety and Cinescape Online



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