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Tuesday, October 5, 2004

WOLVERINE MOVIE IN WORKS

Troy screenwriter David Benioff has been hired to write a script for a Wolverine movie for 20th Century Fox, Variety is reporting.

Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the first two X-Men movies, is expected to reprise the role.

The film will be developed while preparations are also made for the third X-Men movie. It was announced late last week that Simon Kinberg is writing the X3 script.

Ironically, Jackman wasn't the origin choice for Wolverine. He replaced Dougray Scott after Scott had scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible 2.

Jackman soon made the character his, and X-Men was successful enough to spawn a sequel, which outgrossed the first movie at the box office.

"I like X-Men 1, but I think the second movie was even better," Jackman said. "I felt like I owned the character more."

Benioff, 34, also wrote the screenplay for the movie adaptation of his novel 25th Hour.

(To read an interview with Jackman done just prior to the release of X2, CLICK HERE.)



BATMAN BEGINS VISUAL GUIDE

Scott Beatty told The Continuum he is writing Batman Begins: The Visual Guide for DC Comics and Dorling Kindersley.

"If you've seen DK's guides to the various Star Wars films, you get the basic gist of what the book will look and feel like," Beatty told The Continuum.

Beatty has two other projects in the works at DC: Nightwing Year One and Son of Vulcan.

Beatty is again teaming with Chuck Dixon on Nightwing Year One. Unless their previous Robin and Batgirl projects, the Nightwing story will run in the regular monthly book for six issues, beginning with Nightwing #101. Art will be by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens.

Son of Vulcan is a six-issue mini-series that Beatty describes as "a brand-new take on the classic Charlton Comics character of yesteryear." With art by Keron Grant, the series is targeted for a March launch.

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GLOBAL FREQUENCY TV UPDATE

The pilot episode for The WB's Global Frequency television series, based on the comic book created by Warren Ellis, has been completed, The Continuum has learned.

"We submitted the final cut to the network this week," executive producer John Rogers told The Continuum.

Rogers said he should hear from the network next week.

The Global Frequency pilot was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia. Plans are for 13 episodes to start airing mid-season.

The pilot, which was directed by Nelson McCormick, stars Michelle Forbes as Miranda Zero, Aimee Garcia as Aleph, Josh Hopkins as Sean Ronin and Jenni Baird as Kate Finch.

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NEW TEEN TITANS EPISODE

"Spellbound," a new episode of Teen Titans featuring Raven, is scheduled to premiere on Cartoon Network on Saturday at 8 p.m. (ET).

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"There's no one else quite like Raven: dark, somber and undeniably creepy. Even with four friends around her, Raven still manages to feel alone at Titans Tower... until she discovers a charming young Wizard named Malchior trapped inside one of her ancient books."

British actor Greg Ellis, whose credits include 24 and the X-Men Legends video game, is providing the voice of Malchior.

"You may not know this man's name or face, but he's a wonderful voiceover actor," Teen Titans voice director Andrea Romano told The Continuum. "It's a very romantic episode between Raven and this character Malchior. So it's one of my favorites because it's a girly episode. I like the romantic episodes."

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SCARY GODMOTHER A HIT

Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular proved to be a ratings hit for Cartoon Network with its premiere showing on the network on Friday.

The special, based on Jill Thompson's comic-book characters and produced at Mainframe Entertainment, ranked No. 1 in its time period on basic cable with kids 6-11, boys 6-11, kids 2-11 and boys 2-11.

In year-to-date numbers, the special improved on Kids 6-11 delivery (1,051,000) by 55 percent and ratings (4.3) by 54 percent.

The Scary Godmother telecast ranks as the highest-rated Cartoon Network special this year with kids 6-11, boys 6-11 and boys 2-11.

The special, which will air again on Cartoon Network on Oct. 30, is also available on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

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    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

    In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 29, including Image Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 28, including Dreamwave Productions' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 27, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 25, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 24, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 23, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 22, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 21, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 20, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 18, including Image Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 17, including The Batman news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 16, including Smallville and Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

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