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Monday, November 29, 2004

FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE UPDATE

Kurt Williams, special effects supervisor of the Fantastic Four movie, said it's a "pretty daunting task" to bring the characters to live-action.

"I thought long and hard before I jumped in on this movie," Williams said during The Continuum's recent visit to the set in Vancouver, British Columbia. "Because it really is one of the more challenging Marvel comics. It's not that you have two characters, but in this movie we have five characters to bring off the Marvel page into a live-action film and try to make believe them."

Williams said his first and most important job was to give director Tim Story a toolset to build his characters in the movie.

"Despite all the technology hurdles to be overcome, I needed to give him a skillset with each character that could develop throughout the movie and relate to the characters' emotions and things like," Williams said, "that will allow us to develop the characters from the first time their hit with the cosmic rays to the end of the movie as they become the Fantastic Four, as they develp their powers and refine them.

"Obviously, the very first thing we did was go back to the comic book. And our job was to find images in the comic book that could translate to a live-action, photo-real. So we went to great lengths to find through all of the Marvel work, with the help of Marvel's Kevin Feige and Avi (Arad), to come up with the types of images they wanted to see as these characters develop."

Williams noted that some of the Marvel poses and comic-book action don't always translate well into a live-action movie.

"One of our edicts, one of the things we think about every time we work on a shot is, is that character organic?" Williams said. "Does it have attributes from our world that have true physics to it?"

Look for more from Williams on the specific characters soon here in The Continuum.

In other Fantastic Four news:

* Associate producer David Gorder said the movie is set a little in the future. "Like the X-Men world," he said.

* Reed Richards will own the top 20 floors of the Baxter Building.



JIMMY PALMIOTTI TALKS PAINKILLER JANE MOVIE

Painkiller Jane, a creation of Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada back in their Event Comics days, is coming to television. The character is being developed for a live-action pilot for Sci Fi Channel by NBC Universal TV Studios in association with MGM TV.

The Continuum caught up with Palmiotti over the weekend to discuss the project.

To read the interview, CLICK HERE.



AVATAR PRESS FOR FEBRUARY

Avatar Press has released its solicitations for February.

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.



KOMIKWERKS' ROCKETS & ROBOTS

Keith Giffen is returns in Komikwerks Presents: Rockets & Robots, the publisher's newest comics anthology collection due in February.

The book features creator-owned short stories from such comic pros as Giffen, who co-created and wrote three of the 14 stories in the book.

As in the past three Komikwerks collections, the book is filled out by a roster of comics and animation pros, like Wildstorm artist Eric Canete, Image Comics¹ Dawn Brown, Batman and JLA inker Aaron Sowd, Spider-Man penciller and X-Men animated producer Will Meugniot, The Batman storyboard artist Vinton Heuck, Kubert School grads Chris Chua and Matt Jacobs, Image and Marvel artist (and Komikwerks co-founder) Shannon Denton, as well as newcomers like Armand Villavert Jr., Eddie Trigueros, Damion Hendricks, and Tim Chupka.

"I know what you¹re thinking," said Patrick Coyle, Komikwerks co-founder and writer/creator of Bixby Grant, Private Eye, "You're thinking 'What if I don¹t like rockets or robots? What does this book offer me?' And the answer to that is 'Plenty!' In addition to some sci-fi stories, Rockets and Robots has horror, action, humor, kung fu, and tons of other stuff -- it's like all the Komikwerks anthologies, there's something in there for everyone!²

Komikwerks Presents: Rockets and Robots will be 160 pages, digest-sized, and will cost $9.95.

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BLADE: TRINITY UPDATE

Dominic Purcell, an Australian actor who is playing Drake (aka Dracula) in the upcoming Blade: Trinity, said he's been a big fan of the Blade movies and jumped at the chance to become part of the franchise.

"Ever since I was a kid I always wanted to do action movies," Purcell said. "This is one of the biggest action franchises out there, and it's really exciting to be involved in it and learn how to do stuff you wouldn't normally do -- like jumping over buildings and blowing up cars. It's just a lot of fun."

Purcell might be best known from the Fox television series John Doe, in which he played the title character. His film credits include Mission: Impossible 2, Equilibirum and The Visitors.

"He's very physical, which gives Drake a lot of gravity," said Blade: Trinity writer/director David Goyer. "He's a good physical anchor for Blade and somebody who does well when they are fighting one-on-one."

In other Blade: Trinity news:

* Goyer and Jesssica Biel (Abigail Whistler) will appear at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. (PT). The pair will field questions from the audience and sign Blade: Trinity posters for a limited time.

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TOM RANEY EXCLUSIVE TO MARVEL

Artist Tom Raney has signed a two-year exclusive contract with Marvel Comics.

"I'm absolutely loving the energy that's pervading Marvel these days," Raney said. "There's so much cool stuff going on! I'm thrilled to be part of it!²

Raney is currently working on a What If?! X-Men 5th week book with Chris Claremont, to be followed by a few issues of Uncanny X-Men, also with Claremont.

"I'd love to tell you what;s up after that, but everybody's got to have a few secrets," Raney said.

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BRIEFLY

  • Arcana Studio is making the full first issue of Starkweather available at its web site at www.aracanastudio.com/starkweather1.pdf. The free download will be available until Jan. 1.

  • Marvel Comics' Mary Jane will return in March for a four-issue mini-series. The original creative team of Sean McKeever, Takeshi Miyazawa and Christina Strain return.

  • The new Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Official Strategy Guide from Brady Games will include an 8-page preview of IDW Publishing's Metal Gear Solid comic, as well as a print ad with the Comic Shop Locator Service logo, phone number and Web address.

    Additionally, every instruction booklet included within the MGS 3: Snake Eater video game itself will feature another Metal Gear Solid print ad that also contains the Comic Book Shop Locator information.

  • Coming Tuesday: TV news -- and much more!!!

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    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

    * For Monday, Nov. 22, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Nov. 20, including DC Comics trade paperback news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Nov. 19, including Marvel's solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Nov. 18, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Nov. 17, including Black Panther, DC Comics and Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Nov. 16, including Blade: Trinity news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Nov. 15, including DC Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Nov. 13, including Blade: Trinity news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Nov. 12, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Nov. 11, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Nov. 10, including Elektra movie news and Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Nov. 9, including an interview with Smallville's Erica Durance, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Nov. 8, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, Nov. 7, including Marvel, DC and Blade: Trinity panels from Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.

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