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Friday, April 11, 2003

X-MEN SEQUEL UPDATE

The X-Men sequel is now officially titled X2: X-Men United, a 20th Century Fox representative told The Continuum on Thursday.

The X-Men United subtitle isn't totally new; it has been used on the action figures and toys from the film.

In other X-Men news:

* Fox has provided The Continuum with two more new images, including a group shot with director Bryan Singer around Cyclops' car and an image of Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Mystique.

* Activision has provided The Continuum with the fourth in its series of e-comics from X2: Wolverine's Revenge.

* The movie will be slightly longer than two hours.

* Look for more X2 coverage daily here in The Continuum.

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR JULY

Dark Horse Comics has released its solicitation information for July.

For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

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BULLETPROOF MONK UPDATE

Paul Hunter, director of Bulletproof Monk, said that the film's script appealed to him on a number of levels.

"In order for me to get into a story, a script, a movie or anything, I have to personally identify with it," Hunter said. "It really appealed to me that this story was about unlikely heroes. I could identify with that.

"I also have to admit I was very enticed by Chow Yun-Fat's involvement. I liked the idea of his playing a mentor to this young guy that has no direction. Their unlikely pairing provides for a lot of hysterical comedy in the film, and audiences have really responded to it."

Bulletproof Monk is the first feature film for Hunter, who has an extensive background of innovative commercials and music videos.

"Paul is a guy whose work in the commercial and music arenas really precedes him," said producer Charles Roven. "He has done some of the most innovative commercials and greatest music videos across all music genres.

"When you watched his boy of work, which was so stylish and cool, you knew it was just a matter of time before he was going to get his shot to direct a feature film. I had heard he was immensely talented and that he took making movies and storytelling very seriously. When I met him, I saw this was all true. Paul added wonderful character moments to the script that really allowed you to get into the souls of the actors, and once I saw his ability to work with actors, I really knew we had made the right choice."

Bulletproof Monk reaches theaters on Wednesday. Click on the thumbnails for larger and fuller images.

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SHANG CHI MOVIE

According to Variety, The Hands of Shang Chi, a movie based on the Marvel Comics character, has been set up at DreamWorks.

Band of Brothers' Bruce McKenna is writing the script. Woo-ping Yuen, who provided choreography on the Matrix films and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is directing.

"A young kung fu master learns his father is the worst criminal in the world and the drama becomes The Godfather'in reverse, because Shang Chi doesn't want to be like Michael Corleone," McKenna told Variety. "There's this contemporary world of Chinese billionaire industrialists, but it's a bit like the Wild West or the robber baron era because the influence of the mafia is so strong."

The film will be set in China.

HULK VIDEO GAME

Vivendi Universal Games' The Hulk video game, based upon Universal Pictures' film, will ship to retailers beginning June 3.

The game is being developed by Vancouver, Canada-based Radical Entertainment for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube and the PC.

Here's how the game is described:

"With a brand new storyline set after the events of the film, The Hulk video game will deliver gamers an incredible experience beyond the movie. The game combines visuals from the original comic book illustrations with the film's remarkable digitally-created graphics and environments, along with new imagery created exclusively for the game. Players can master two types of game play as either Bruce Banner or The Hulk as they battle lead characters from the film, familiar enemies from the Marvel Universe or new villains created specifically for the game. With fully destructible and interactive environments, players can virtually manipulate, destroy or use anything as a weapon. With his superhuman power fueled by rage, The Hulk can smash through any physical obstacle and annihilate his foes with over 45 devastating attacks."

"We have worked side by side with our theatrical partners to extend the Hulk experience beyond the big screen and deliver it to the hands of gamers," said Luc Vanhal, President & COO of VU Games, North America. "The movie uses CGI to create a fully-realized character onscreen and we have developed a game that brings all the power and personality of the movie character to gamers everywhere across a variety of platforms. You can expect The Hulk video game to be every bit as powerful as the film will be."

With a new storyline distinct to the game and set after the events of the film, The Hulk follows the plight of troubled scientist Bruce Banner and his enraged alter ego, Hulk, as they battle against familiar enemies from the Marvel Comics world and new villains specific to this adventure. Betrayed by his long-time colleague and mentor, Professor Crawford, Bruce unwittingly releases the essence of the Hulk into an Orb, falling prey to the Leader, a villain intent on using the Hulk's energy to unleash a relentless army of "gamma" creatures. Now Bruce must pursue his new foe through San Francisco, into Alcatraz, out of heavily guarded military installations and finally to the terrifying, surreal Freehold of the Leader himself. Only by facing his own shattered identity and gaining control of the beast within him will Bruce have the ability to destroy the insane intentions of the Leader.

STATIC SHOCK UPDATE

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David Arquette provides the voice of The Leech in "Romeo In The Mix," the episode of Kids' WB!'s Static Shock guest-starring Lil' Romeo.

The Leech is a metahuman who can steal the powers of other metahumans. During a video shoot, he inadvertently abducts Lil' Romeo, who is wearing a costume of his intended target, Static.

"Romeo In The Mix" has a story by Rhonda Smiley and a teleplay by Len Uhley. It will air on Saturday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m.

In other Static Shock news, the Saturday, April 26 episode will be "Trouble Squared." Look for more on Static Shock soon here in The Continuum.

MARIA'S WEDDING FROM ONI

Oni Press has announced a July 9 release for Maria's Wedding, an 88-page original graphic novel by writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir and artist Jose Garibaldi.

Here's how Oni describes the book:

"Few events exude as much joy, happiness and hope as a wedding, and for the Pirellis these ceremonies mean even more. Pirelli weddings are about tradition and family as much as they're about the happy couple-or at least they used to be. When Joseph Pirelli married Matthew it rocked the clan to its knees. Now a year later, the tension and downright animosity between different factions of the family have turned Maria's special day into a powder keg. And poor Frankie, Joseph's outspoken brother, is holding the match. But while some fear the fuse being lit, others in the family are ready for and secretly looking forward to the blow-up. Frankie, on the other hand, thinks his reputation for speaking his mind is undeserved. He just wants to see his favorite cousin get married and maybe rekindle his childhood romance with Maria's maid of honor, Brenna. Can Frankie balance the Pirellis expectations of him with his own or will the scales tip and bring the whole ceremony crashing down?"

"More than anything, Maria's Wedding is about family," Weir said. "Our families make us laugh. They make us cry. They soothe us when we're upset and they can certainly make us mad. What's unique about family is that they can do all these things at the same time."

"This book proves that Nunzio and Christina can do anything," said editor James Lucas Jones. "They started their careers with the super-natural thriller Skinwalker, followed it with a tense crime tragedy in Three Strikes and Marvel's coming-of-age superhero book New Mutants, and now they've moved effortlessly into a totally different kind of story. Maria's Wedding perfectly balances comedy with drama to show how one set of vows can rip a family apart, while another can mend the deepest wounds."

Maria's Wedding is Garibaldi's first long-form comic work. He has honed his cartooning skills for years through his commercial illustration work and comic strips featured on both OniPress.com and MadTerroristPress.com.

"Jose saw the tone we were going for and nailed it completely," said DeFilippis. "His characters convey the over-the-top emotion of our tale perfectly without going so far as to make it hard to relate to. His artwork was exactly what Maria and her family needed to come to life."

Maria's Wedding will cost $10.95.

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FIRST LOOK: SOJOURN #22

Sojourn #22 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from CrossGen Comics. The issue is written by Ron Marz, penciled by Greg Land, inked by Jay Leisten and colored by Justin Ponsor.

Here's how CrossGen describes the issue:

"The quest continues as Arwyn ventures deep into the desert wastes of Oudubai, but her deadliest enemy may not be the sand, the heat or the troll pursuers dogging her every step. The greatest danger may well come from one of her own companions - a thief who has designs on the very Fragments Arwyn carries."

Sojourn #22 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.

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