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October 2003

The WB orders 'Global Frequency' script
Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 10:51AM CST by Franklin Harris
The WB has ordered a pilot script for "Global Frequency," based on the DC comic book written by Warren Ellis.

Source: CNN

'Ghost Rider' movie pushed back to 2005?
Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 10:43AM CST by Franklin Harris
Dark Horizons reports the following: "[T]he long-awaited adaptation of the Marvel comic 'Ghost Rider' staring Nic Cage and Jon Voight has pushed back its start of shooting well into 2004, which means a release won't be on the cards til 2005 at the earliest."

Screenwriter hired for new 'Phantom' film
Posted Monday, October 27, 2003, 9:53AM CST by Franklin Harris
Crusader Entertainment and Hyde Park have hired Olympic gold medalist-turned-feature film scribe Mel Stewart to write the screenplay for a new version of "The Phantom," based on Lee Faulk's comic strip superhero. (A 1996 film based on the character starred Billy Zane, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kristy Swanson and Treat Williams.)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

MGM nixes Jinx spin-off
Posted Monday, October 27, 2003, 9:46AM CST by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that MGM has scrapped plans for a spin-off film based on Halle Berry's character from "Die Another Day," Jinx.

Jim Carrey signs for 'Six Million Dollar Man'
Posted Sunday, October 26, 2003, 7:53AM CST by Franklin Harris
Rubber-faced comedian Jim Carry has signed to star in a big-screen version of the 1970s TV adventure series "The Six Million Dollar Man." As you might guess, the movie will be a "comedic" take on the material.

Source: IGN FilmForce

Harlin to reshoot scenes for 'Exorcist' prequel
Posted Sunday, October 26, 2003, 7:43AM CST by Franklin Harris
Director Renny Harlin ("Die Hard 2") will reshoot scenes for "The Exorcist: The Beginning." He replaces director Paul Schrader, who left the film over creative differences.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

Marvel's 'Man-Thing' to open in theaters
Posted Sunday, October 26, 2003, 7:38AM CST by Franklin Harris
Originally set for a direct-to-video release, "Man-Thing" is now scheduled to open in theaters in North America on August 27, 2004. The film, based on the Marvel comic book, is produced by Artisan Entertainment and was filmed in Australia. It stars Jack Thompson, Rawiri Paratene, Matt Le Nevez, Rachel Taylor and Steve Bastoni.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

New 'Amityville' sets up at MGM
Posted Sunday, October 26, 2003, 7:34AM CST by Franklin Harris
MGM has picked Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller to produce a remake of "The Amityville Horror," the 1979 horror film purportedly based on a real haunting.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

'Dragonball GT' to Toonami in November
Posted Tuesday, October 14, 2003, 6:42AM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Dragonball GT," the final (to date) series in the seemingly endless "Dragonball" saga, will debut on Cartoon Network on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Source: Toon Zone

Third 'Conan' may go ahead without Arnold
Posted Friday, October 10, 2003, 9:50PM CDT by Franklin Harris
The next Conan the Barbarian movie, "Conan: Crown of Iron," to be written and directed by John Milius, may go ahead with a new actor in the role formerly played by new California Governor-Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Source: Coming Soon

Marvel and Simon settle 'Captain America'
Posted Friday, October 10, 2003, 9:44PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Captain America co-creator Joe Simon has settled his lawsuit against Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Although details of the settlement are unknown, the deal allows Marvel to finally exploit Captain America in a variety of ways, including film and television projects, merchandising, promotions and publishing.

Source: IGN Filmforce

'30 Days of Night' team gets ongoing series
Posted Friday, October 10, 2003, 9:29PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, the writer and artist respectively of the popular comic book mini-series "30 Day of Night" and "Dark Days," will be producing an ongoing horror series for IDW Publishing. Niles describes "Sacred Hearts" as a soap opera involving vampires, werewolves and devils.

Source: ICv2.com

Freddy vs. Jason vs. ... Ash?
Posted Friday, October 10, 2003, 9:22PM CDT by Franklin Harris
The rumors are true. As nutty as it may seem, New Line Cinema is considering adding "Evil Dead" hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) to the mix for its "Freddy vs. Jason" sequel.

Source: Fangoria

'Mask of Zorro 2' to film next year
Posted Friday, October 10, 2003, 9:14PM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Mask of Zorro" director Martin Campbell says he will return to direct a sequel to that film in 2004. According to Campbell, "Mask" star Antonio Banderas is on board and negotiations are underway for co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones to return. Anthony Hopkins may appear in flashbacks.

Source: Dark Horizons

Clive Barker to develop TV pilot
Posted Friday, October 10, 2003, 9:05PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Clive Barker is developing a TV pilot for NBC called "Demonologist," based loosely on Gerald Daniel Brittle's book of the same name about real-life "supernatural investigators" Ed and Lorraine Warren. The pilot is scheduled to air in 2004.

Source: The Sci-Fi Wire

Fox moves forward on 'Foundation'
Posted Friday, October 10, 2003, 8:56PM CDT by Franklin Harris
20th Century Fox has hired screenwriter Jeff Vintar to adapt Isaac Asimov's novel "Foundation" for the big screen. Fox may split "Foundation" into two films.

Vintar also wrote an adaptation of Asimov's "I, Robot" starring Will Smith.

Source: Cinescape

The WB finds 'Lost in Space'
Posted Friday, October 10, 2003, 8:43PM CDT by Franklin Harris
The WB has ordered a pilot for a new series of "Lost In Space," an update of the 1960s sci-fi series. Hong Kong director John Woo will executive produce the series (if an entire series is ordered) and may direct the pilot episode. Writer Doug Petrie ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") will write the screenplay.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

UPN developing 'Teen Wolf' TV series
Posted Friday, October 3, 2003, 12:29PM CDT by Franklin Harris
UPN is developing a TV series based on "Teen Wolf," the 1985 comedy starring Michael J. Fox. Reportedly, the series would have a tone and monster-of-the-week premise similar to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Source: Dark Horizons

Ice Cube in, Diesel out of 'XXX 2'
Posted Friday, October 3, 2003, 10:58AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Vin Diesel has bowed out of the sequel to his hit spy film "XXX." Instead, rapper Ice Cube will star as a new "extreme" spy in "XXX 2." The first movie's director, Rob Cohen, also passed on the sequel, so Lee Tamahori ("Die Another Day") will be taking over the helm.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Connelly to star in American remake of 'Dark Water'
Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 8:50PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Brazilian director Walter Salles will helm "Dark Water," a remake of Hideo Nakata's 2002 film. (Nakata also directed the Japanese version of "The Ring.")

Jennifer Connelly is signed to star in the movie, which tells the story of a mother and daughter who escape from a custody battle to a dilapidated apartment building, where they find themselves haunted by the ghost of a young girl.

Meanwhile, Nakata will soon make his first English-language film, MGM's "True Believers."

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

'Halloween' anime in the works
Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 8:36PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Simon Tse Productions is developing an anime version of "Halloween," the 1979 film by John Carpenter.

Source: Toon Zone

Marvel may produce own movies
Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 8:10PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Marvel Enterprises may produce its own films based on Marvel Comics characters. These "in-house" movies would involve second-tier characters rather than major properties like Hulk and Spider-Man. Most of these modestly budgeted films would go direct to DVD.

Source: ICv2.com


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