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August 2001

Alex Ross illustrates 'Battle of the Planets'
Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2001, 8:23PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to a press release posted at Newsarama, comic-book painter Alex Ross will be doing the illustrations for new "Battle of the Planets" merchandise, which will include T-shirts, trading cards, lunch boxes and lithographs. "Battle of the Planets" is one of two Amercanized versions of the Japanese anime series, "Gatchaman." The other American version is "G-Force."

Janssen joins 'I Spy' movie cast
Posted Monday, August 27, 2001, 7:44PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Dark Horizons reports that Famke Janssen has been cast opposite Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson in a feature film version of "I Spy," which will begin shooting soon in Budapest. Bill Cosby and Robert Culp starred in the TV series.

Cage may be in new 'Wicker Man'
Posted Monday, August 27, 2001, 7:41PM CDT by Franklin Harris
The Sunday Times of London reports that Nicholas Cage is in talks to star in a remake of the 1973 horror film, "The Wicker Man," which starred Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. (Is there any genre film Cage isn't involved with?)

Neeson in 'Attack of the Clones?'
Posted Monday, August 27, 2001, 7:39PM CDT by Franklin Harris
CNN reports that Liam Neeson may have a surprise appearance in "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones." It wouldn't be the first time a dead Jedi has shown up in a "Star Wars" film.

Disney: No plans to release more Miyazaki
Posted Monday, August 27, 2001, 7:33PM CDT by Franklin Harris
From Inside.com: Following the box-office failures of several matured-themed animated films, including Disney's own "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," Disney says it has no plans to release any more of the Hayao Miyazaki's films in America. Disney released Miyazaki's "Kiki's Delivery Service" direct to video and its Miramax division gave "Princess Mononoke" a limited theatrical release. This means Disney has no plans to release Miyazaki's latest film, "Spirited Away," in the U.S., even though it is breaking box-office records in Japan.

Third 'Blair Witch' to go direct to cable or video
Posted Monday, August 27, 2001, 7:21PM CDT by Franklin Harris
IGN FilmForce reports that the third "Blair Witch" film will probably go directly to video or cable television without a theatrical release.

Aaliyah dies in plane crash
Posted Monday, August 27, 2001, 7:16PM CDT by Franklin Harris
R&B star Aaliyah, 22, died in an airplane crash Saturday in the Bahamas, where she was shooting a music video. Aaliyah was also a rising star in the film world, especially in genre films. She co-starred with Jet Li in "Romeo Must Die" and starred in the upcoming film, "Queen of the Damned," based on the Anne Rice novel. She also was set to co-star in the two upcoming "Matrix" sequels.

'Hannibal' prequel, sequel news
Posted Monday, August 27, 2001, 7:10PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Speaking with the 13th Street Web site, producer Dino DeLaurentiis confirmed that the upcoming film "Red Dragon" will be a pure prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal." He also said that Anthony Hopkins will return as the cannibalistic serial killer and will play the role throughout the film, ruling out rumors that Jude Law would play the character in flashbacks. Also, DeLaurentiis said he is looking for an unknown to play the story's other killer, the Tooth Fairy and that Thomas Harris, author of the novels the films are based on, is working on a new novel which doesn't feature Hannibal Lecter.

Manga to stream 'Blood' on Tuesday
Posted Monday, August 27, 2001, 6:48PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Wired Online has an article today on Manga Entertainment's plan to put its anime feature "Blood: The Last Vampire" online for 24 hours Tuesday. Manga will simultaneously show the film at theaters in Los Angeles and New York, and sell DVDs online and at Suncoast Video.

De Bont to produce 'Eater' miniseries for FX
Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2001, 10:09AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Jan De Bont ("Twister") will produce a four-hour miniseries for FX based on Gregory Benford's science fiction novel, "Eater," about a scientist who discovers a black hole that threatens the Earth.

Cage out of 'Ghost Rider'
Posted Monday, August 20, 2001, 8:32PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Nicolas Cage told Cinescape Online that scheduling conflicts will prevent him from playing the starring role "Ghost Rider," the film based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name. Cage blames a scheduling conflict arising from director Stephen Norrington's decision to helm the Jennifer Lopez action movie "Tick Tock."

No new 'Cowboy Bebop' after all
Posted Sunday, August 19, 2001, 11:02AM CDT by Franklin Harris
From Anime on DVD: During Otakon, there was a panel with Mr. Kawamoto of Cowboy Bebop fame, who had been asked some questions about the continuing of the Bebop show and shared universe. Unfortunately, as we've come to learn, Mr. Kawamoto has read the thread here that lists the information from that panel. According to the email I've received regarding it, "Mr. Kawamoto has seen this website and claims this is false information (I did not attend his panel, so I can't say for sure). Perhaps this person misinterpreted what was said, or maybe the translator inaccurately spoke. Either way, I was told to have this thread corrected by Mr. Kawamoto."

The thread in question talks about how this new series would be in the same universe as Cowboy Bebop but with new characters. Apparently this was really misinterpreted during the panel, as it appears Mr. Kawamoto was rather simply talking about a new series where a number of the Bebop staff is working together again as opposed to a new continuing series.

'Star Trek:TMP' DVD special edition gets street date
Posted Sunday, August 19, 2001, 10:51AM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to DVDFile.com Robert Wise's director's edition DVD of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" will hit stores on Nov. 6 with a retail price of $29.95. The 2-disc set will feature commentary tracks, documentaries and, of course, Wise's new edit of the film, featuring new special effects and footage cut from the theatrical and television releases.

Norton to star in 'Red Dragon'
Posted Thursday, August 16, 2001, 6:29AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Reuters reports that Edward Norton has committed to star as FBI agent Will Graham in the film adaptation of "Red Dragon," the novel by Thomas Harris.

Sci-Fi picks up 'Stargate: SG-1'
Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2001, 8:26PM CDT by Franklin Harris
The Sci-Fi Channel has announced that it is picking up "Stargate: SG-1" for the series' sixth season.

No 'Matrix' sequel until 2003
Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2001, 7:29PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Producer Joel Silver says not to expect the first of two sequels to "The Matrix," "The Matrix Reloaded," to hit theaters until 2003.

Source: The Sci-Fi Wire

'World's Finest' movie in works
Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2001, 7:26PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Warner Bros. has commissioned a script from Andrew Kevin ("Sleepy Hollow") for a "World's Finest" live-action movie that would feature bother Superman and Batman. Wolfgang Petersen reportedly will direct the film. There are already at least two Batman films in the works plus Jon Peters' Superman project.

Official: "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones"
Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2001, 6:32AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Where are the clones? Send in the clones. Yes, that's right. Starwars.com has officially announced that the title of the next "Star Wars" film is "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones." Don't believe me? Read it here. No word on the rumor that Episode III will be called "Revenge of the Amazing Colossal Sith Lord."

First 'Babylon 5' DVDs in December
Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2001, 6:25AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Warner Bros. will release the first "Babylon 5" DVDs on Dec. 4, according to DVDFile.com. The DVDs will be the pilot movie, "The Gathering," and the prequel TV movie, "In The Beginning."

Universal puts animated 'Wild Things' on fast track
Posted Monday, August 6, 2001, 9:19AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety columnist Michael Fleming reports that Universial has fast-tracked an animated feature film version of the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," written by Maurice Sendak. Tom Hanks will likely lend his voice to the project, Fleming also reports.

Ratner to direct 'Red Dragon' movie
Posted Monday, August 6, 2001, 8:54AM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Rush Hour 2" director Brett Ratner told E! that he will direct the movie "Red Dragon," based on the Thomas Harris novel that introduced the world to Hannibal Lector. "Red Dragon" has already been brought to the big screen once before under the title "Manhunter."

'Cowboy Bebop' confirmed on Cartoon Net.
Posted Saturday, August 4, 2001, 7:30PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Cartoon Network has confirmed that "Cowboy Bebop" will be joining the cable channel's Adult Swim block. "Cowboy Bebop" will debut on Sept. 2 at 11 p.m. Central. Adult Swim is Cartoon Network's block aimed at adults ages 18 to 34. Other Adult Swim series include "Space Ghost Coast to Coast," "Home Movies," "Sealab 2021," "Leave it to Brak" and "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law."

Nick Cage to be Ghost Rider?
Posted Saturday, August 4, 2001, 7:21PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Columnists Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith report that Nicholas Cage is such as fan of Marvel Comics' "Ghost Rider" than he campaigned to get the role of the demonic cyclist in the upcoming feature film. That meant convincing the film's producers not to go with their first choice, Johnny Depp. According to Beck and Smith, Cage's campaigning worked, and he'll be the lead actor when the movie starts filming in November. Jon Voight has signed to co-star.

Gunn to write 'Dead' remake
Posted Saturday, August 4, 2001, 7:15PM CDT by Franklin Harris
James Gunn will write the screenplay for a remake of George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" (1978) -- itself a sequel to Romero's "Night of the Living Dead," which Romero has already remade once -- according to Variety. Gunn's last project was the script for the live-action, feature-film version of "Scooby-Doo."

Frankenheimer returns for 'Exorcist' prequel
Posted Saturday, August 4, 2001, 7:10PM CDT by Franklin Harris
John Frankenheimer, director of "The Exorcist," will return to direct an "Exorcist" prequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The prequel will revolve around a young Father Merrin during his first encounter with the devil during his missionary work in Africa.

Poul Anderson, R.I.P.
Posted Thursday, August 2, 2001, 5:33AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Science Ficition author Poul Anderson died of prostate cancer around midnight July 31. He was 74. His books include "The Boat of a Million Years" and "Harvest of Stars." He won seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.



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