Monday, February 17, 2003
DAREDEVIL MOVIE TOPS BOX OFFICE
Plans for a sequel for Daredevil and a spin-off movie for Elektra continue forward after Daredevil topped the box office last weekend, producer Gary Foster told The Continuum.
"We're very happy with things," Foster told The Continuum on Monday morning. "DD2 moves ahead, as does Elektra. Too early to know what goes first, but we are certainly going to get scripts going. All the cast, except Colin (Farrell, who played Bullseye), are signed up for sequel."
Daredevil easily was the No. 1 film at the box office in its opening weekend, drawing an estimated $43.5 million.
Official numbers will be released on Tuesday following the President's Day holiday.
Daredevil's opening was the second biggest in February, trailing only Hannibal $55.0 million in 2001. The $43.5 million was slightly better than the projections of movie analysts.
DD also marked the fifth consecutive Marvel movie to open at the top spot, following Blade's $17.0 million in August 1998, X-Men's $54.5 in July 2000, Blade II's $32.5 million in March 2002 and Spider-Man's $114.8 million in May 2002.
Daredevil, distributed by 20th Century Fox, opened in 3,471 theaters.
In other Daredevil news:
* The Continuum presents its last in a series of interviews from the Daredevil press junket in Pasadena, Calif., this one with director Mark Steven Johnson, who talks about his passion for the character, the casting process, his creative choices and more.
To read the roundtable interview, CLICK HERE.
ALFRED GOUGH TALKS IRON MAN MOVIE
Alfred Gough told The Continuum that he and partner Miles Millar are excited over the opportunity of bringing Iron Man to the big screen.
It was announced last week that Gough and Millar, the creators and executive producers of Smallville and also the writers of Shanghai Knights, will be writing Iron Man, which is set up at New Line Cinema as a tentpole movie in 2005.
"Truth be told we didn't know much about Tony Stark prior to hearing about him from Avi Arad," Gough told The Continuum. "Avi is truly the maestro of Marvel, and his passion for all of these characters is so infectious that when he talks about them, its like he's talking about his own children."
Gough and Millar have worked with Arad and Marvel before, producing two drafts of the Spider-Man sequel.
"He started telling us about Iron Man when we were working together on Spider-Man 2," Gough said. "Miles and I had such a great experience with Avi on that movie, we were excited -- and honored -- when he offered us Iron Man.
"Tony Stark is one of the most emotionally complex characters in the Marvel Universe. The idea of a hero with an addiction, who actually needs his suit to survive, is just brilliant, and we can't wait to get started."
DARK HORSE COMICS FOR MAY
Dark Horse Comics has released its solicitation information for May.
For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
ANGEL GATE'S BLACK TIDE
Angel Gate, a publisher of books, comics and entertainment, had announces its inaugural title, Enter The Game, based on the Black Tide comic books.
Authored by Debbie Bishop, Enter The Game is the first in a series of science fiction, action/adventure novels for adults and young adults, entitled Black Tide Rising.
Based on the Black Tide comic book series also created and authored by Bishop, the novels combine science, history, technology, mysticism, metaphysics and fantasy.
The lives of three characters (Justin, Kaila and Theros) are set on intertwining paths. Each book focuses on the story of one character, taking him/her back to their teenage years, modern time. These gifted and complex characters are growing up in the same world - dealing with many of the same issues facing our world today - yet experiencing life from vastly different perspectives.
Beginning with the ninth issue in April, Angel Gate will also publish the Black Tide comic book series. Black Tide #9, penciled and inked by guest artist Norm Breyfogle, begins an all-new story arc that is also influenced by many of the conflicts and technologies in today's international news.
In Enter The Game, Justin is the son of an International Special Forces agent. Justin has seen, first hand, the dangers in the world. He's been to more high schools than he can count, and he can't talk to a girl to save his life. But now, when his dad is left for dead by the powers that employ him, Justin must somehow find the courage to locate and rescue his father by himself. To do it, he will have to infiltrate the Deceivers - the most covert and deadly Black Ops organization in the world.
Enter The Game will be 300 pages and will cost $7.95.
Additional upcoming titles from Angel Gate include The Fairies of Bladderwhack Pond and Maze of the Minotaur, based on the 10th Muse comics series.
BILL SIENKIEWICZ COVERS TRANSFORMERS
Dynamic Forces and Dreamwave Productions have joined forces for an exclusive cover by Bill Sienkiewicz to Transformers: Generation One #l (Volume 2).
"Bill is one of my favorite artists, and when we were discussing creating an alternate cover Adam [Fortier] and I both decided that Bill was the guy to pursue," said Nick Barrucci, president of Dynamic Forces.
"It's been 20 years since Bill provided Transformers art of any kind, and we're happy to have creating the exclusive piece for our exclusive cover! We knew that Bill would do a great job, and we're especially pleased that he did such a kick ass cover like this one!"
The book is scheduled to ship in April. It will cost $6.99, with a version signed by Sienkiewicz and Pat Lee available for $49.99.
In the same style as the authors' first Science book for Wiley, the second volume will study the scientific ideas behind the superpowers possessed by many of the major villains in the Marvel and DC universes. Characters examined in the new book include Magneto, Dr. Doom, Mr. Sinister, The Sentinels, The Lizard, Mr. Freeze, Sinestro, Poison Ivy, Grodd the Super-Gorilla and many others.
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