not just be old copies of NFL Superpro…
On May 4, you may
be able to save a little money. That's the day that Dark Horse, DC,
Image and Marvel have all agreed will be Free Comic Day.
Timed to follow
the release of Spider-Man on May 3, each publisher will give
retailers books that they think feature the best of what they have to
offer. Hoping that the Spidermovie will bring new readers into stores,
the retailers will have copies of these books to give away to the curious,
and show them what the artform of comics can be.
that this industry-wide initiative will meet with amazing results,"
said Marvel Editor In Chief Joe Quesada. "It's great to see our industry
coming together for this incredible push forward into the mainstream!"
For more information,
check out the website.
got left behind
Over at Silver
Bullet Comics, the always interesting Rich Johnston reports that
DC's highest seller may not actually be DK2.
It seems that Wildstorm
has been producing comic book adaptations of the popular Christian book
series Left Behind, about believers battling Satan after The
Rapture occurs. Though the comics are not published under the official
DC or Wildstorm imprints, they have been selling over 150,000 copies
per month, which puts even New X-Men to shame.
Has anyone actually
seen these books? Until Johnston mentioned it I did not even know they
existed. At least we know that God is still bigger than Batman.
suggests that they should do some cross-promotion and try to get some
fundamentalists into Preacher.
we really just mean impish, okay?
has decided to move forward with their film adaptation of Curious
George. Once slated to be a live-action movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger
as The Man In The Yellow Hat (nope, not kidding, not high), Universal
will now make this their first all-CGI film.
To achieve this
end, the studio has tapped David Silverman, co-director of Monsters,
Inc., to work his magic.
In studio think,
all children's movies must be computer animated since those keep making
money. It couldn't actually be luck or grace that two studios have delivered
two great movies this year that just happened to be computer animated.
'Cuz Dinosaur totally rocked, right? Right? Anyone?
We can rebuild
him…but we'll use our Discover Card for cash back…
It's been a busy
week for Universal. They also announced this week that they will team
with Dimension Films (actually a division of Disney) to attempt a re-make
of The Six Million Dollar Man.
Showing their commitment
to the franchise, the studios have locked up the rights to Martin Caiden's
four novels in the series (didn't know it was actually a book first?):
Cyborg, Operation Nuke, High Crystal, and Cyborg IV.
has been tapped yet, but earlier drafts have been done by Kevin Smith
and the team of Millar and Gough (creators of Smallville). Let's
also assume that the man will cost considerably more than $6 million
this time around. Why, you can't even get Kurt Russell for that price
anymore (though you could probably get 7 or 8 Lee Majors)
that director Steve Norrington plans to take the reins on the film version
of Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen at Twentieth
Century Fox. If he accepts, production could start as soon as March.
adventures of a team of established 19th century literary heroes (including
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), the report describes the title as a 19th century
X-Men. For those scratching their heads in disbelief, know that
this is merely Hollywood in action. Nothing gets made unless it can
be described as being like something else.
the first Blade, and had been working on Ghost Rider before
that project fell apart, so he has a good feel for comic book adaptation.
Nowhere in Variety's
article does it mention if he plans to use James Robinson's draft, but
with so little time before filming, it seems likely.
X-Men 2 will
In a press release
last week, Twentieth Century Fox committed to an opening date for X2,
the official title for the sequel to X-Men. Hopefully this
means they've committed to a start date for production, too.
The press release
mentions most of the original major players, including, of course, director
Bryan Singer and writer David Hayter. Most notably not mentioned is
producer Tom DeSanto, the man Singer credits with getting him interested
in the X-Men in the first place. As of yet, DeSanto has not commented
anywhere in the press, so whether or not this is an accidental omission
is unknown. He may still be focusing his energies on the proposed Battlestar
And no, the film
will not be completely computer animated.
For many, Superbowl
Sunday is a time of unrelenting male bonding, as guys gather to savor
the finest that football has to offer (in theory, anyway). Now we have
an even better reason to crowd around the TV, and it needs a big screen.
and right after the Fox broadcast on February 4, NBC will show a two-part,
80-minute edition of Fear Factor. Eh, you've seen it, you say.
But not like this.
Six Playboy Playmates.
I don't know if
I really want to see a Playmate covered in live snakes, but I do know
that I want to find out.
Marvel wants you
to like Captain America in 2002
Not only will the
Star-spangled Avenger be getting the Marvel Knights treatment in January,
but that month he will also be the first non-mutant hero to make an
appearance on the WB's X-Men: Evolution.
Though it bends
the rules established that there are no acceptable costumed heroes in
the show's universe, the writers have found a way to allow for Captain
America. As you might expect, it involves Wolverine's past.
If you haven't
seen it yet…
TNT will run the
entire first season of Witchblade again, starting in January
with the two-hour pilot on January 21. From there it will run Mondays
at 9, repeating Tuesdays at 11.
If you miss it
this time around, we warn you: they're only going to run it again. And
again. Watch the fershlugginer thing, please.
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