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September 2000

It's official: JMS to take on Spidey
Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2000, 7:05PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Comics Newsarama says it is now official that J. Michael Straczynski will be taking over the writing chores on Marvel Comics' "The Amazing Spider-Man."

JMS to write 'Amazing Spider-Man?'
Posted Saturday, September 23, 2000, 8:42AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Comics Newsarama posted the following rumor Friday afternoon: While we recognize that plying in the rumor trade is best left to others and is at best, a risky, risky business, a good rumor with some solid backing has landed on the Newsarama desk, regarding further changes at Marvel (Comics).

Along the lines of creator shuffling, the rumor speaks of a new creator coming on to "Amazing Spider-Man," one who’s star has been rising for quite some time now, currently has a couple of books at another publisher, and is nearly always referred to by three letters, rather than his name.

If true, this can mean only one thing: "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski, better known as JMS and writer of the comics "Midnight Nation" and "Rising Stars" (hint, hint) for Top Cow Comics, is up for the Spider gig.

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'Batman: Year One' coming to big screen
Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000, 8:29PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety has confirmed that another rumored Batman film project is going to be a reality. Darren Aronofsky will direct a feature film based on Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One." As reported earlier, a live-action film based on the futuristic WB network cartoon series "Batman Beyond" is also in the works.

Clark Kent TV series coming to WB
Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2000, 7:13PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to The Hollywood Reporter, WB has ordered 13 episodes of a live-action series featuring the adventures of a teen Clark Kent as he comes to terms with the powers and abilities that will one day make him Superman. The show is scheduled to debut during the 2001-2002 TV season.

New Line to produce 'Iron Man' movie
Posted Monday, September 18, 2000, 6:46PM CDT by Franklin Harris
New Line will develop a feature film based on the Marvel Comics series "Iron Man" and has put it on a fast track, according to The Hollywood Reporter (via Sci Fi Wire). Tim McCanlies ("The Iron Giant") will write the screenplay. Another studio, 20th Century Fox, had been developing an Iron Man movie, but the rights reverted back to Marvel, which went to New Line instead.

Stan Lee teams with the late Gene Roddenberry
Posted Monday, September 18, 2000, 6:44PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Stan Lee Media Inc. will develop "Gene Roddenberry's Starship" as a multimedia property that will appear first on the company's Web site, the company announced. Anime director Leiji Matsumoto ("Starblazers") will supervise the artistic direction and create environments and spacecraft. Stan Lee and the team of John Semper Jr. and Roddenberry's widow, Majel Barrett Roddenberry will co-own the franchise with Stan Lee Media. Lee, Semper and Majel Roddenberry will also develop Starship as an animated feature film.

Source: Sci Fi Wire

Affleck and Lee to be in next 'Jersey' flick?
Posted Monday, September 18, 2000, 6:39PM CDT by Franklin Harris
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) -- Ben Affleck and Jason Lee are in discussions to reunite with Kevin Smith for his next project, an untitled comedy that Smith's View Askew production company will produce for Dimension Films.

Currently going under the moniker of "View Askew 5" (it's Smith's fifth production), the picture is expected to be the last of Smith's New Jersey cycle that features Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith). Shooting is expected to begin in January.

The film is also expected to feature Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson, actors best known for their roles as the leads in Smith's 1994 feature debut "Clerks."

Aunt Beru of 'Star Wars' dies
Posted Monday, September 18, 2000, 6:36PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Shelagh Fraser, who secured screen immortality as Luke Skywalker's Aunt Beru in "Star Wars," died recently after a long illness, according to Lucasfilm's starwars.com Website. She was 87.

Joe Quesada chat transcript
Posted Thursday, September 14, 2000, 12:40PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Joe Quesada, the newly installed editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, participated in an online chat Wednesday night at Fandom.com. Yours truly was also on hand and got a question in. More than 130 people participated, asking more than 500 questions (not all answered, of course). See the transcript here. My question (look for the one asked by "pulpculture") is close to the top.

Second Impact comes 1 year after lunar blast
Posted Wednesday, September 13, 2000, 7:16PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Sept. 13, 2000, exactly one year to the day after a massive lunar explosion blasted the moon into deep space, an explosion in Antarctica has vaporized the polar icecap and is devastating the Earth. United Nations sources claim that the explosion was the result of a metor impact, but others deny any such possibility. For more details on what scientists are calling "Second Impact," click here.

Stan Lee buys 'Conan'
Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 5:06PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Stan Lee Media has purchased the rights to "Conan the Barbarian" in a stock-swap deal worth $4.3 million. Conan is the creation of fantasy/horror writer Robert E. Howard.

Source: Comicon Splash

'Solaris' remake in the works?
Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 5:01PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Cameron is negotiating with director Steven Soderbergh ("Erin Brockovich") to write and direct an English-language remake of the 1972 Russian SF film "Solaris," based on Stanislav Lem's novel. Cameron will serve as the film's producer. Soderbergh is currently directing a remake of "Ocean's Eleven."

Malkovich 'likely' for Green Goblin
Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 4:56PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that John Malkovich ("Being John Malkovich") likely will play the role of the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's upcoming big-screen version of "Spider-Man."

Buffy vs. Dracula
Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 4:50PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Buffy will take on the King of Vampires himself, Dracula, during the upcoming season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Rudolf Martin, who is also playing the real-life inspiration for Dracula in the upcoming film "Vlad the Impaler," will take on the role of the undead count.

Malkovich in 'Spider-Man' talks
Posted Friday, September 1, 2000, 8:45PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Cinescape Online has confirmed that John Malkovich is in talks to take on the role of the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" movie.

'Phantom Menace' music full release
Posted Friday, September 1, 2000, 6:23AM CDT by Franklin Harris
I was listening to John Williams' soudtrack for "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" last night and wondering -- once again! -- why Sony Classical released a CD containing only some of Williams' score. Didn't the "special edition" CDs of the original trilogy's soundtracks teach them anything? We fans want the FULL SCORE, with all the musical cues in the same order as they are in the film! Well, now that Sony has gotten me to pay for the bargain-version "Phantom Menace" CD, here comes the full version. TheForce.Net reports today that November 7th is the release date for Sony Classical's 2-CD release of the complete score to "Star Wars: Episode One -- The Phantom Menace" The CDs will veature all the music (65 cues) in chronological order.



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