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July 2004

'Sin City' to bow on April 1
Posted Saturday, July 31, 2004, 9:00AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's big-screen version of Miller's "Sin City" graphic novels will open on April 1.

Source: Superhero Hype

'Sky Captain' director looks to 'Mars'
Posted Saturday, July 31, 2004, 8:50AM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" director Kerry Conran is in negotiations to direct Paramount's adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's "A Princess of Mars." Conran would replace Robert Rodriguez, who was forced to abandon the project after resigning from the Directors Guild of America.

Source: Cinescape Online

Brosnan says never again to Bond
Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2004, 7:03PM CDT by Franklin Harris
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pierce Brosnan said he would not return as James Bond, making "Die Another Day" is his final outing as the British secret agent with a license to kill.

Source: Coming Soon

'Courtney Crumrin' to make movie magic
Posted Monday, July 26, 2004, 6:02AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Ted Naifeh's Oni Press comic-book series, "Courtney Crumrin," is on its way to the big screen. Regency Enterprises and Fox 2000 Pictures have optioned the comics and plan to develop them as a film franchise.

Source: Dark Horizons

Sith get 'Revenge' in 'Episode III'
Posted Saturday, July 24, 2004, 10:08PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Lucasfilm announced at the San Diego Comic-Con International that the title of the final "Star Wars" prequel will be "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith."

Source: Cinescape Online

'King Arthur' to get R-rated DVD
Posted Friday, July 23, 2004, 5:07PM CDT by Franklin Harris
"King Arthur" director Antoine Fuqua is preparing an R-rated cut of the film to be released on DVD in conjunction with the PG-13 theatrical version. The new cut will feature bloodier action footage.

Source: The Digital Bits

Odd group gets into 'The Spirit'
Posted Friday, July 23, 2004, 9:00AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Odd Lot Entertainment has purchased the movie rights to Will Eisner's comic-book hero The Spirit and plans to produce a live-action feature based on the character.

Source: Dark Horizons

Paramount watches the 'Watchmen'
Posted Friday, July 23, 2004, 8:41AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Paramount Pictures has purchased the film rights to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel, "Watchmen." Darren Aronofsky will direct from a screenplay by David Hayter.

Source: Coming Soon

'Death' takes Hollywood
Posted Friday, July 23, 2004, 8:37AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Neil Gaiman's graphic novel, "Death: The High Cost of Living," long in development at Warner Bros., has a new home at New Line Cinema. According to published reports, Gaiman is in negotiations to direct the film, which has been retitled "Death's Day."

Source: Bloody Disgusting

DreamWorks to roll out 'Transformers'
Posted Friday, July 23, 2004, 8:32AM CDT by Franklin Harris
DreamWorks has picked up the North American rights to "The Transformers," a live-action movie based on the Hasbro toys, which have already spawned cartoons and comic books. Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto are producing. DreamWorks hopes to have the film in theaters in 2006. Paramount will distribute the film overseas.

Source: IGN FilmForce

Jerry Goldsmith dies at 75
Posted Friday, July 23, 2004, 8:27AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Movie composer Jerry Goldsmith died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. Known for his film scores, which include "Planet of the Apes," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and "Total Recall," Goldsmith won an Academy Award in 1976 for "The Omen."

Source: Newsday

'X-Men' helmer takes flight with 'Superman'
Posted Monday, July 19, 2004, 6:49AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Last week's big rumor is true. "X-Men" and "X2" director Bryan Singer will direct the next "Superman" movie for Warner Bros. The script penned by "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams has been scrapped, and "X2" screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty will start from scratch.

Singer's participation raises doubts about his other upcoming projects, a remake of "Logan's Run" and a third "X-Men" film.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and Empire Online

Warner Bros. backs 'Beowulf'
Posted Friday, July 16, 2004, 8:09AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Warner Bros. is developing a movie adaptation of the Old English epic poem "Beowulf." If you fell asleep during English lit. class, "Beowulf" is about a warrior who fights a monster named Grendel. He then goes on to battle Grendel's equally monstrous mother and, finally, a dragon. Matthew Sand is writing the screenplay.

Source: Cinescape Online

Romero gets green light for fourth 'Dead' film
Posted Friday, July 16, 2004, 8:02AM CDT by Franklin Harris
George Romero ("Night of the Living Dead") has obtained backing for his fourth and final zombie movie, "Land of the Dead." Romero plans to begin shooing this fall. The movie will be produced by Mark Canton, Peter Grunwald and Bernie Goldmann, with Steve Barnett serving as executive producer. It has a budget of about $20 million.

Source: Cinescape Online

Alba does vanishing act for 'Fantastic Four'
Posted Thursday, July 15, 2004, 5:43AM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Dark Angel" star Jessica Alba will play the Invisible Woman/Sue Storm in the "Fantastic Four" movie. She joins Michael Chiklis (the Thing), Chris Evans (the Human Torch) and Ioan Gruffudd (Mr. Fantastic).

Source: Superhero Hype

3 of the 'Fantastic Four' found
Posted Friday, July 9, 2004, 6:47AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Three members of the "Fantastic Four" movie cast have been signed, according to Variety. 20th Century Fox has cast Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Ioan Gruffudd ("King Arthur") as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic and Chris Evans ("Cellular") as Johnny Storm/the Human Torch. Also, Jessica Alba ("Dark Angel") has emerged as the frontrunner to play Susan Storm/the Invisible Woman.

Source: Coming Soon

Halle Berry storms off 'X-Men 3'
Posted Monday, July 5, 2004, 8:21AM CDT by Franklin Harris
The celebrity gossip site Handbag.com reports that Halle Berry will not return for "X-Men 3" because her character, Storm, isn't going to have enough screen time. "X-Men 3" producers are reportedly looking at Christina Milian as a replacement.

No Daleks for new 'Doctor Who'
Posted Monday, July 5, 2004, 8:15AM CDT by Franklin Harris
The Daleks will not appear in the BBC's new "Doctor Who" series following news that the BBC and the estate of Dalek creator Terry Nation failed to reach terms.

Source: BBC News

Paramount gets 'Arcane'
Posted Monday, July 5, 2004, 8:04AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Paramount Pictures has purchased the movie rights to Steve Niles' comic-book miniseries "Aleister Arcane." Dan Milano and Matthew Huffman will adapt Niles' tale of a local TV horror host who gets revenge on the townsfolk who forced his show from the air.

Source: SteveNiles.com


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