At Last The Saga
Comes To An End…Or Does It?
Marvel has announced
a release date for the final issue of Wolverine's origin, known as Origin
#6. On May 22nd (a scant three weeks away) we will finally be able
to close the book on such hard-hitting questions as: What is the relationship
between Wolverine and Sabretooth? Who is Logan's father, and did he
have mutant powers, too? Why does Rose look so much like Jean Grey?
Why does Wolverine wear a red suit? And how long will it be before Marvel
announces Origin 2, in which they really answer those
real question bugging the heck out of me involves The Dark Knight
Strikes Again #3. Has anyone heard a peep out of DC as to
when this bad boy will see release?
Has More War
Vertigo will be
returning to Garth Ennis' War Stories one-shots this fall. Each
stand alone issue will be 56 pages, and feature Ennis collaborating
with top quality artists.
While the previous
run of War Stories all took place during World War II, Ennis
will be reaching a little further back for War Stories: Condors,
which takes place during the Spanish Civil War. Four soldiers of different
nationalities hunker down in a foxhole and, to pass the time, swap stories
that reveal their loyalties, their courage, their fears, and their hatred
for one another.
And in not one
of these specials will anyone become an over-sized human testicle, so
they've got that going for them.
Midway Games just
bought themselves the rights to develop both JLA the comic and
Justice League the animated series into videogames. No word yet
on what sort of scenarios will be used, only that they plan to develop
for all the advanced platforms and Game Boy Advanced.
With all the attention
being turned to developing properties into videogames, can that Ambush
Bug for PS2 be far behind?
I've got no justification
to run this, other than this is promotion. Forget about going
to movie studios and seeing Spider-Man running around. I want to see
him at a local BART station.
Than A Whale, He Can Swim Anywhere…
has announced that they have hired David Self (Thirteen Days, Road
To Perdition) to take a whack at The Sub-Mariner. As usual, Marvel
Studios President Avi Arad is attached as producer, and comments that
they'll be "…going for a hard sci-fi feel" to the project.
While this might
make a cool movie, please bear in mind that this is at least the third
time that Namor has been bandied about as the subject of a movie. Over
a decade ago there was a lot of talk that Fox would make a Namor film
in order to use the filming tank James Cameron built for The Abyss.
(That talk re-surfaced when Cameron built an even bigger one for Titanic.)
Too bad Craig Kilborn
doesn't want to play Namor, because this is far more likely to be made
than an Aquaman film. (And it kills me to have to admit that.)
of Cage Strikes Again
Poor, poor Nicolas
Cage. Last week the road to Hellblazer got a little windier. Warner
Brothers sued director Tarsem (The Cell) for breach of contract,
as after some time trying to develop Constantine, Tarsem walked
off the project.
The visually inventive
director claims that they had irreconcilable differences over budgetary
issues. He had been initially hired with a clear understanding of what
he wanted to do with the film, then Warner Brothers cut the budget from
under him. Later the studio complained that Tarsem was not willing to
deliver the work he had promised them.
I think it's also
safe to say that Namor The Sub-Mariner will get made before Constantine
as well, provided Nicolas Cage does not get attached.
Funny Tales From
Looking to steal
some of that Monsters, Inc. style and vibe, Universal Studios
has picked up the rights to Mike Kunkel's Herobear & The Kid,
with the intent of developing a franchise. The critically lauded book
from Astonish Comics tells the story of young Tyler and his magical
superpowered teddy bear. It will be an animated feature, not an area
Universal has tried much in recent years.
From the Monsters,
Inc. comparison, one might assume that Universal plans to render
Herobear with computer graphics, but no reports have been specific.
It would be a bit ironic, as creator Kunkel's style easily lends itself
to traditional ink and paint. Before creating Herobear & The Kid,
Kunkel had worked as an animator for Disney.
Kunkel will adapt
his comic to screenplay, with the aid of Jeph Loeb. No stranger to Hollywood,
Loeb will also serve as executive producer on the film. Will this affect
the development of Buffy: The Animated Series? With Joss Whedon's
overcommitment to Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Ripper on
television, Loeb seems rather wise to find something else to do for
And odds are, this
will get made before Aquaman, Constantine, or even the next Batman
For Hudson Hawkman!
Bruce Willis and
MGM have teamed up with the most unlikely co-star of all: Stan Lee.
Actually, it's Stan
Lee's new production company, POW! Entertainment. And it's Bruce Willis'
company, Cheyenne Enterprises, which already has three superhero movies
in development, all new properties from the mind of the original True
Believer. (Among them: The Femizons. Don't tell Marvel that their Universe
already has some.)
"I've never felt
more creatively excited or motivated," said the 79-year-old Lee. "There
are dozens of high-concept plots and colorful new heroes and villains
germinating in my mind, and I can't wait to bring them to life in the
biggest arenas of all -- motion pictures and TV."
Started in November,
POW! Entertainment has shaken off the specter of Stan Lee Media, the internet
company that produced the on-line comic The 7th Portal and little
else besides tons of cyberdebt. In addition to the three projects lined
up with MGM, Lee's new company has a deal with Pamela Anderson to produce
an animated series for TNT sometime in 2003.
MGM really wants
this deal to work, as the company is desperate to launch something with
franchise potential. Aside from the hit-and-miss James Bond series,
MGM doesn't have much in the way of brands, though they're counting
on the upcoming Crocodile Hunter to spawn a series.
As much as I respect
Lee, and am really happy that he keeps bouncing back in Hollywood, it's
hard to shake the image of him as that slightly out of it guy who wouldn't
leave The Android's Dungeon on last week's episode of The Simpsons.
If it works, I'll
be the first to say "Excelsior!"
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