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Monday, November 29, 2004

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.

THE CONTINUUM: How did the project come about?

PALMIOTTI: Well, certain people at the Sci Fi network have been interested in the property for a long time now, and like a tennis ball, it got bounced back and forth for a while until someone finally decided to commit to the project. Joe and I just let them do their thing; we obviously had better and more pressing things to do for the past couple of years.

THE CONTINUUM: Do you think the character is a good match for live-action?

PALMIOTTI: Totally. On a visual level especially. The script is different from the comic in a lot of ways, but we are hoping that when it comes down to (filming), things will change a little bit.

THE CONTINUUM: Just how faithful will it be to the comic?

PALMIOTTI: Faithful with the basic concept, but a lot has changed as well. Until we have a final script, we really don't know how much yet. We will do our best to influence them to try to keep as much as they can of the original concept. That goes without saying.

THE CONTINUUM: Do they have a start date for production?

PALMIOTTI: Spring is when I am being told. Sooner if other things start happening quicker. ... We should have a lot more information very soon.

THE CONTINUUM: Any casting news? Anybody you think would be good?

PALMIOTTI:There are a lot of names being thrown around, but personally, to me, I don't mind if it is an unknown, or a famous actress. It's going to come down to acting skills and attitude. I have personal choices I would like, but I think they want a younger actress. My dream actress would be either Gina Gershon or Milla Jovovich; both are fine and totally cool. If either one would like to get in contact with me, please do. (laughs).

THE CONTINUUM: How involved will you or Joe be?

PALMIOTTI:Once selections and such are made, Joe and I will be involved, we hope, in the production and we'll probably be on the set as well, if our schedules permit. We will be producers on the film as well.

THE CONTINUUM: Do you plan on doing any more PJ comics?

PALMIOTTI:Yes, when the time and deal are right. This character has always been one of our favorites, and there is such a good fan base for her that we would be dumb not to bring her back in some form.




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