Right…Where's the CrossGen Horror Title?
Fear no more. CrossGen
Comics, which has successfully released titles in just about every genre
finally takes a stab at horror. Under the guiding pen of writer Tony
Bedard, new (to CrossGen) penciler Karl Moline (Joss Whedon's Fray)
will tackle the ominously titled Route 666.
Set for release
on June 19, the series will be inked by John Dell.
Get your kicks...
According to the
CrossGen press release, Route 666 tells the story of Cassie,
an escaped mental patient who targets seemingly random victims as she
drifts across the country. She claims they are monsters, disguised as
humans, covertly dwelling among us, and only she can detect them. She
claims they steal souls to use for some unknown, unspeakable purpose.
She must be a dangerous lunatic, right? But what if she's not?
Writer Bedard goes
on in the release, "we've managed to combine all the things I love about
those kinds of stories -- the psychological tension, the supernatural
horrors, ghosts, the Devil...even classic movie monsters! Also, this
all takes place in a very accessible contemporary setting, with a 1950s
Cold War twist that I find fascinating, both visually and thematically."
The press release
does not mention any connection to the larger CrossGen Universe, but
when asked, CrossGen publicity master Ian Feller commented, "Every book
we do fits in continuity…somehow…"
Announcements For The Week…
At a press conference
today (2/20/02), Joe Quesada and Bill Jemas announced that Kevin Smith's
Black Cat series will solicit in June under the title Spider-Man:
The Evil That Men Do. Joining Smith on the book will be artist Terry
In addition, Marvel
let slip that WWF Superstar Raven will be working with writer Brian
Azzarello on Spider-Man's Tangled Web #14, to tell the story
of Crusher Hogan, the wrestler from Spidey's origin story. (Sorry. I
should have saved that for Chair Shots, but this will just test to see
if Goodson reads the rest of the site.)
And for some strange
reason, even with the Scarlet Spider making a comeback in upcoming
issues of Spider-Girl, Marvel has decided not to cancel the book.
In The World of Bendis…
On his own website
last week, Brian Michael Bendis announced to fans that Ultimate Marvel
Team-Up will end with issue #16. It's not for lack of popularity,
but Bendis claims to be tapped out of ideas, with the hassle of matching
the perfect artist to each "re-imagined" hero making the book the hardest
one he has to write. In addition, working on the MTV Spider-Man
animated series has taken up a lot more of his time.
Rather than find
someone to replace Bendis on the book, Marvel agreed to bring it gracefully
to a close. And since Marvel had also said that the Ultimate line would
never consist of more than four books at a time, this paves the way
for a rumored Grant Morrison-written Ultimate Fantastic Four.
Not that anybody's
actually saying anything about that…
You Can Beat
A Dead Horse, You Just Can't Show It
the ongoing series like a redheaded stepchild, DC announced plans to
collect the first twelve issues of The Authority into one hardcover
slip-cased volume. Entitled The Absolute Authority Volume One,
the book will encompass all of Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary's
Loaded with behind-the-scenes
extras, the book will be available in August, coinciding with the action
figures from DC Direct.
One of the
Original Grim and Gritty To Return?
Nope. Not compensating
Book Resources reports that John Ostrander and Tim Truman are considering
reviving their classic series Grimjack. Set on the multi-dimensional
world (and somewhat lawless) world of Cynosure, the series followed
the adventures of a mercenary/bar owner making his own justice. Doomed
to be reborn to a life of violence again and again, the character went
through two incarnations before original publisher First Comics folded.
nor artist specified a publisher, but said that negotiations are going
on, as well as talks to reprint some of the stories from the original
series. According to Ostrander, the run influenced many of the darker
anti-heroes who rose to popularity in the '80's, particularly The Punisher.
If you find back
issues, pick them up. You might find yourself agreeing with Ostrander.
Know How Money He Is…
Karen Page has GOT
to dig me!
Jon Favreau (Swingers) is in negotiations to take the role of
Matt Murdock's law partner Foggy Nelson in the upcoming film Daredevil.
In the same article in Variety, it appears that Fox has changed the
release date yet again (the movie has yet to begin actually filming),
to January 17th, 2003.
Is that confidence?
January tends to be a dead period for movies of any quality, but since
nothing has actually happened beyond casting, it could just be that
Fox wants to start kicking box office butt early in the year.
Do The Canadians
Even Have A Satellite To Take Over The World?
The upcoming production
T3: The Rise of the Machines (the sequel to, of course, E.T.)
will be shooting completely in Los Angeles, not splitting its time between
the City of Angels and Vancouver (the City of, um, Polite People). Director
Jonathan Mostow had balked at the dual locations, and after some budget
revisions, he was told he could film entirely in the more expensive
city. Even with a lowered budget, the film may cost as much as $180
million, $30 million alone of which will go to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Already some are
speculating that this is a political move by Schwarzenegger, because
"runaway production" has become a very big concern for California. When
a film moves to Canada, the state loses big on tax revenue, and many
in Hollywood have been grumbling. (And if you weren't aware, Arnie has
long been rumored to be eyeing a bid for governorship of the Golden
Us What We Deserve?
Hot on the heels
of a successful opening weekend for Peter Pan: Return To Neverland,
Disney has turned to its television animation division and okayed theatrical
releases for The Jungle Book II and Piglet's Big Movie.
Originally intended for direct-to-video release, the two films should
reach theaters in early 2003.
The Disney Studios
have found their television animation to be far more profitable than
theatrical animation. Less fluid and less expensive (never mind less
impressive), these television to theatrical products have done better
than Disney's last two intended for theatrical release, The Emperor's
New Groove and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. True, Toy Story
2 was originally intended to be direct-to-video, but Pixar wasn't
skimping on quality in the first place, which is why Disney released
At least Cinderella
II and The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (yeah, that one demands
a sequel…) will still go straight to VHS and DVD. (And if you want a
good laugh, watch the Hunchback II trailer included on Disney's
recent DVD release of Atlantis. Jennifer Love Hewitt describes
her character as "…never having seen anyone like Quasimodo before."
Which is odd, of course, since the streets of Paris are just loaded
with hunchbacks with deformed faces.)
Filming of the
twentieth official James Bond film has come to a halt as 47 year old
star Pierce Brosnan has suffered a knee injury. Just call it The
Man With The Broken Patella and everything will be fine.
They Mean It!
Variety has confirmed
what Premiere Magazine let slip a month ago: McG has signed to direct
Superman 5. An even newer name has been added to the mix, in
that the article goes on to say that the director of Charlie's Angels
will be working off of a script being written by J.J. Abrams, creator
of ABC's ALIAS.
This one just might
work out, since both men are capable of creating breezy fun action/adventure,
something previously announced director Tim Burton is not known for.
DOES Love Me
The Fox Network
has made it official: David Duchovny will return to The X-Files
for the final two-hour episode, as well as direct one leading up to
it. Once again, we have been made promises that things will wrap up
satisfactorily, with the ending being written by Chris Carter and directed
by Kim Manners. It will broadcast May 19, against the finale of Survivor:
I know. It's a
For The God Of War
37 year old New
Zealand actor Kevin Smith (not to be confused with the New Jersey writer/director/"actor"
Kevin Smith) died this weekend after a several story fall in China.
The actor was on the verge of breaking through with American audiences,
scheduled next month to play a lead role in Bruce Willis' next film.
Ah, but why do
you know him? Smith played Ares, The God of War, sometime lover of Xena:
Warrior Princess. In addition, he portrayed the same role for both
Hercules and Young Hercules, being the only actor to appear
in all three shows.
I Finally Got A Damned Player…
A group of technology
manufacturers headed by Sony and Matsushita have agreed on a standard
for an emerging technology called Blue Laser DVD. Much more information
can be packed onto a disc using this new blue laser instead of the current
red one, which will allow for DVDs to deliver a true HDTV quality picture.
While the new players
will become available next year, the manufacturers still haven't determined
if blue laser DVD will actually support red laser DVD.
Which means that
this time next year, you'll find me squatting in a corner of the Fanboy
Planet office alternately grunting and weeping while clutching a DVD
in one hand and an 8-Track Tape in the other, my technotestes shrunken
to the size of lentils.
Hey, hey kids!
(And Michael Goodson…)
This Sunday will
see a brand-new episode of Justice League, titled Warworld.
And we all know what that means…Mongul is coming to kick Kryptonian
butt. Hopefully, there will be no sign of the ridiculously named Mongal
(daughter of Mongul) nor the rumored Mongull (avian pet of Mongul).
A Thief In
Because we love you,
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Truly, truly hot
actress Melissa George has been cast in the lead of the WB's proposed
series Lost In Oz. She will play either a high school senior
or a grad student (reports vary) who, on the eve of choosing her future,
will be swept away to the merry old land of Oz. Except it's not so merry
since the days Dorothy visited. In fact, it's downright creepy. (Actually,
if you've seen the original illustrations, it always was.)
will be familiar to the three of you who watched the John Stamos series
Thieves last fall, as well as having a brief cameo in David Lynch's
Mulholland Drive. She's listed as having been in Sugar and
Spice, but I can't find anyone who will admit to having seen it.
According to Aint
It Cool, this project still has David Hayter attached as the writer,
so it's time for all you Solid Snake fans to start e-mailing me again.
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