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October 2001

Neeson to star in "Exorcist' prequel
Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2001, 7:23PM CST by Franklin Harris
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liam Neeson has agreed to star in a prequel to "The Exorcist." He will portray Father Merrin, who was played by Max von Sydow in the original film.

Soderbergh to direct 'Solaris' remake
Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2001, 7:18PM CST by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Steven Soderbergh will direct "Solaris," a remake of the 1972 Russian science fiction film based in turn on Russian novelist Stanislaw Lem's book of the same name.

Cage likely out as 'Ghost Rider'
Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2001, 7:15PM CST by Franklin Harris
"Ghost Rider" writer/producer David Goyer told the Comics2Film Web site that it isn't likely Nicolas Cage will star in the film adaptation based on the Marvel Comics character. Cage recently agreed to appear in another comic-book adaptation, "Constantine," based on DC Comics' "Hellblazer."

Hayter to write 'Watchmen' script
Posted Friday, October 26, 2001, 7:12PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Even as "From Hell," based on an Alan Moore graphic novel, sits at No. 1 at the box office, Variety reports that another Moore work is being readied for the big screen.

According to the Hollywood trade, "X-Men" screenwriter David Hayter has been signed to write a screenplay for "Watchman," which Moore himself has said he regards as unfilmable. Hayter has also expressed interest in directing the film.

The "Watchman" film project has been associated with director Terry Gilliam for years, but Gilliam has never felt comfortable enough with to proceed with it.

Lawrence Gordon is producing the film for Universal.

Branagh gets 'Harry Potter' role
Posted Thursday, October 25, 2001, 6:01PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Kenneth Branagh has signed to play Gilderoy Lockhart in the second Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," reports Variety.

Affleck to star in 'Daredevil' movie
Posted Thursday, October 25, 2001, 5:58PM CDT by Franklin Harris
I haven't posted this in the hope that the story might just be a rumor, but every other Internet news site says Ben Affleck will star in the movie version of Marvel Comics' "Daredevil," and with filming soon to begin, it looks as if it's true.

Cage to star in 'Constantine'
Posted Thursday, October 25, 2001, 5:54PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nicholas Cage will star in "Constantine," a film based on the DC/Vertigo comic book series, "Hellblazer." Tarsem Singh ("The Cell") will direct.

Neil Gaiman and Marvel unite to clairify Miracleman rights
Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2001, 12:24PM CDT by Franklin Harris
NEW YORK - Neil Gaiman and Marvel Comics have reached an agreement to publish a new project by the New York Times best-selling author. In addition, Marvel will donate all profits from the project to Neil Gaiman's Marvels and Miracles, LLC. Gaiman created the Marvels and Miracles, LLC to clarify the legal rights to the critically acclaimed Miracleman property.

This new project marks the first time in seven years that Marvel and
Gaiman have worked together. Currently under development by Marvel's Editor in Chief Joe Quesada and Gaiman, the new project will most likely see publication in 2002.

"I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with Joe Quesada and
Marvel," said Gaiman. "The Marvel characters have been part of my life
for over thirty years, and the opportunity to play in the sandbox that Stan (Lee) and Jack (Kirby) gave us back then is one I find exciting and faintly scary."

Gaiman said the project would be a six-issue miniseries featuring as many Marvel characters as possible without turing it into a rehash of "Secret Wars." No art team is attached to the project yet.

"I am also particularly pleased that Marvel has agreed to donate all
their profits from this project to the Marvels and Miracles enterprise, which I formed initially to help clarify the rights to the much-missed Miracleman, so that ultimately old and new stories can again be put into the hands of Miracleman's readers," Gaiman added. "Once those rights have become clear, I plan to dedicate all of the profits which any Miracleman publishing might generate, beyond those needed to make sure that the original creators are being properly paid, to comics-related charitable organizations.

"What can be said about Neil that hasn't been said before?" asked
Quesada. "Readers of novels and comic books world-wide are well acquainted with the fact that when Neil is involved with a project it becomes something more than brilliant... it becomes magical!"

"With strong television and movie credits and a bona-fide best-selling
novel, Neil is in a position to pick and choose his projects in virtually any media," stated Marvel President and COO Bill Jemas. "So it is wonderful that he continues to work with comics and great for Marvel fans that he will be working with us. We were enormously pleased that Neil was receptive to doing a project with Marvel when we first approached him. And given Neil's dedication to our industry, when Ken Levin, who's handling the Marvels and Miracles enterprise for Neil, asked Marvel for an assist with that effort, we were very happy to help."

Bana to star in Ang Lee's 'Hulk'
Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2001, 7:53PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Australian actor Eric Bana will star as scientist Bruce Banner in Ang Lee's movie, "The Incredible Hulk," based on the Marvel comic book, according to Comics Continuum.

WB considering 'Birds of Prey' series
Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2001, 7:47PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The WB network is considering a live-action TV series based on "Birds of Prey," a DC Comics series starring two heroines, the Black Canary and Oracle. (Oracle is Barbara Gordon, a.k.a., the former Batgirl.)

More Rhino home video DVD releases
Posted Friday, October 12, 2001, 7:42PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Rhino Home Video will be releasing more animation on DVD in the next few months. On Jan. 8, Rhino will release a "Transformers" DVD box set. Then, on Jan. 22, it will release its first DVD volume of the CGI Transformers series "Beast Wars."

And on March 26, Rhino will release a box set of DVD featuring everyone's little green clay boy, Gumby.

New production company plans Bava remakes
Posted Thursday, October 11, 2001, 8:03PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to Variety columnist Michael Fleming, a new production company, Kismet Classics, has been created to remake a number of Italian sci-fi, horror and adventure films, 13 of which were directed by Mario Bava. Among the Bava films included in the deal are the classics "Black Sabbath," "Black Sunday," "Bay of Blood" and "House of Exorcism."

AD Vision gets 'Southern Cross' and 'Mospeada'
Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2001, 1:34PM CDT by Franklin Harris
ADV Films is expected to officially announce soon that it has obtained the rights to two anime series: "Southern Cross" and "Mospeada." These will be the uncut, Japanese versions of the series that were rewritten and edited to become the second- and third-generation segments of "Robotech."

Source: David Williams of ADV Films on the Anime On DVD forum

Rhino announces more 'Battle of the Planets'
Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2001, 1:31PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Lana Berman, a spokeswoman with Rhino Home Video, has confirmed that more "Battle of the Planets" VHS and DVD volumes will follow the first two due out this month. Volumes 3 and 4 are scheduled for release on Jan. 8, and volumes 5 and 6 are scheduled for release in March. Ms. Berman said that the new DVDs will follow the pattern set by vols. 1 and 2 in that they will contain uncut episodes of "Gatchaman," as well as episodes of the alternate English-language version, "G-Force," as extras. She added that Rhino plans to release additional volumes as long as they continue to sell.



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