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You Won't Be Giggling When You Burn At Man-Thing's Touch!

Artisan Entertainment and Marvel Studios have announced today that filming has wrapped up in Australia on Man-Thing, and they plan to bring it to theaters on August 27, 2004. Directed by Brett Leonard from a script by Hans Rodionoff (who also has a Werewolf-By-Night adaptation floating around), the film stars Australian actor Jack Thompson, Rawiri Paratene from Whale Rider, and a cast of unknowns.

Created by Marv Wolfman for Marvel in 1971, in the comics Man-Thing was once Ted Sallis, a scientist working to recreate the super-soldier formula that birthed Captain America. When enemy agents attempted to kidnap him, a wounded Sallis injected himself with his prototype formula, then crashed in a section of the Florida Everglades.

The formula and the swamp combined to turn him into a shambling vegetable that responds purely empathically, as Sallis' brain cells scattered across his entire body. Aside from being huge and gross, Man-Thing also has the curious side ability to burn anything that feels fear, hence the catch-phrase "whatsoever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing's touch." By the way, guys, it's a surprisingly ineffective pick-up line.

Not only does this production mean that we get three Marvel movies next summer (Spider-Man 2, The Punisher, and now this), but it also marks the second adaptation out of Artisan. A few years ago, the small studio snapped up the rights to fifteen Marvel properties, and while a previously announced Iron Fist seems to have stalled, it looks like they're finally on a roll.

Notice, however, that the poster art does not mention Artisan. It's only notable because there's a rumor that Avi Arad would love for Marvel to buy the company outright, fully legitimizing the existence of "Marvel Studios."

But will it be a Giant Sized Man-Thing?


Derek McCaw

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