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The Spirit live-action movie, written and directed by Frank Miller, is expected to begin principal photography on Oct. 7 and continue through the holidays.

The movie is being produced by Odd Lot Entertainment and will be distributed by Lionsgate.

Characters that have been confirmed so far are Denny Colt, Commissioner Dolan, Ellen Dolan, Plaster of Paris, Silken Floss, Lorelei Rox and Sand Saref.

The only casting announced so far is Samuel L. Jackson as Denny Colt's nemesis, The Octopus, a character whose face is never seen but is recognizable by his gloves.

At least one more casting announcements ix expected in the next two weeks.

Bill Pope, whose credits include Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 and The Matrix films, has been hired as director of photography

A release date has not been set, but producers Michael Uslan and Deborah Del Prete said they are tentatively aiming for the end of 2008 to early 2009.


Lionsgate on Wednesday announced that the second Punisher movie will begin production in Montreal in October.

Ray Stevenson, from HBO's series Rome, takes over the lead role from Thomas Jane. The sequel will be directed by Lexi Alexander.

The movie is part of a four-year, $400 million filmed entertainment slate financing agreement with Lionsgate and Societe generale de financement du Quebec (SGF), the provincial government's investment arm that has a $2 billion investment portfolio. October.

SGF will finance up to 35 percent of production costs of television and feature film productions shot in Quebec for a four-year period for an aggregate investment of up to $140 million.


IDW Publishing has announced several new titles to its line of licenced and creator-owned books.

Following is a rundown:

* Doctor Who: Comics based on the newest iteration of the long-running BBC television show (now airing in the U.S. on the Sci Fi Network), as well as newly colored reprints of classic Doctor Who comics, featuring art by Dave Gibbons, will begin at the end of 2007. The creative team for the new comics will be Gary Russell, a Doctor Who TV show story editor, and artist Nick Roche.

The Transformers: In addition to the full slate of Transformers comics already published by IDW, the publisher will create new Transformers Movie Sequel comics, expanding the story of the film. IDW publisher/editor-in-chief Chris Ryall will co-write the comics with writer Chris Mowry.

Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now: Science fiction writer and co-founder Cory Doctorow unveils a new six-part series that will see six of the Lotus Award-winning author's short stories adapted to comic books. The series will feature covers from artists such as Sam Kieth, Scott Morse, Paul Pope, Ben Templesmith and Ashley Wood.

Joe Hill's Locke & Key: Horror writer Joe Hill will create and write a new fantasy-horror series, featuring Beowulf's Gabriel Rodriguez on art.

Angel: After the Fall: This new Angel series picks up where Season 5 of Joss Whedon's TV show left off. Whedon and writer Brian Lynch are co-plotting the new adventure that explains what happened after the finale of the show, with Lynch scripting, Franco Urru handling art chores and Tony Harris and Urru providing covers. The series will be ongoing, delivered in multi-part story arcs with one-shot spotlight issues filling in additional story gaps between arcs.

Yr. Pal, Harlan: IDW will present a collection of writer Harlan Ellison's letters, it is scathing and impassioned.

Speed Racer: The classic animated series will give way to an all-new animated show at the end of 2007, and IDW will present new comic book series based on both versions of the show, as well as offering collected versions of past Speed Racer comic book efforts.

Igor: IDW will provide a prequel series as well as an adaptation of the coming Exodus Film Group's upcoming CG-animated feature, Igor. The film, which will be distributed by the Weinstein Company and released on Oct. 24, 2008, is a playfully irreverent comedy that brings a new twist to the classic monster genre, and features voice work from Steve Buscemi, John Cusack, Arsenio Hall, Eddie Izzard and others.

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Titles include Iron and the Maiden #2 from Aspen Comics and Wolverine #56, Iron Man #21 and Immortal Iron Fist #8 from Marvel Comics.



Marvel Comics on Wednesday released six covers for Spider-Man's One More Day Event that starts in September.

The covers are by series artist and Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada and Marko Djurdjevic. They ship in 50/50 ratios.

According to Marvel, there is also a "top secret" forth cover.

Here's how Marvel describes the story:

"One More Day finds Peter Parker in his darkest hour, with the stakes higher than ever before and those closest to him about to disappear forever. What roles do guest-stars Doctor Strange and Iron Man play? When all is said and done, this will be even more controversial, more shocking than Spider-Man's unmasking!"

Scheduled in-store dates are Sept. 5 for Amazing Spider-Man #544, Sept. 26 for Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24 and Oct. 31 for Sensational Spider-Man #41.

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For previously published solicitations for October, click on the publishers' names below:

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Fangoria Comics.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Red 5 Comics.

* TwoMorrows Publishing. - More Product. More Exclusives.


* To the right is a first look at the Sketch Variant Cover Edition of Blood and War, the new Zen book, for Wizard World Chicago.

* Sabrina the Teenage Witch writer Tania del Rio said that plans for Sabrina's 45th anniversary include a storyline that sees Sabrina turning into an evil witch.


In case you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Thursday, July 26: From Comic-Con International -- Iron Man movie, DC Comics Countdown, Darwyn Cooke, Legion of Super Heroes, Heroes, Incredible Hulk movie, Boom! Studio's The Godfather, Dark Horse roundup and SciFi/Virgin's The Stranded.

* Wednesday, July 25: Heroes Season 2, Virgin Comics/Jenna Jameson, Marvel First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 24: Superman Doomsday, Flash Gordon, Oni Press for October and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, July 23: Dynamite Entertainment for October, Fangoria Comics for October, Dynamite First Looks and World of Warcraft from DC. Free Shipping from!

* Sunday, July 22: Avatar Press for October, Red 5 Comics for October, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, July 21: Legion of Super Heroes and Devil's Due Publishing for October.

* Friday, July 20: Smallville's Supergirl, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, July 19: Aspen Comics for October, Emmy Award nominations, Kids' WB! for August, Bluewater Productions' Jason and the Argonauts, Garth Ennis' Streets of Glory, Captain Action and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 18: The Simpsons Movie, Flash Gordon, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Dynamite's Superpowers.

* Tuesday, July 17: Marvel Comics for October, Image Comics for October and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, July 16: DC Comics for October, IDW Publishing for October, Archie Comics for October, Marvel First Looks and Watchmen movie.

* Sunday, July 15: The Spectacular Spider-Man and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 14: Image Comics' Lazarus and First Looks.

* Friday, July 13: Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, July 12: Activision's Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Digital Webbing for October and First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 11: Smallville, Fantastic Four, First Looks, The Simpsons and Family Guy.

* Tuesday, July 10: Dark Horse Comics for October and First Looks.

* Monday, July 9: Painkiller Jane and Smallvlle.

* Sunday, July 8: Transformers and Who Wants To Be A Super Hero?.

* Saturday, July 7: TwoMorrows Publishing for October, First Looks and Transformers.

* Friday, July 6: Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Thursday, July 5: Teen Choice nominations, Who Wants To Be A Superhero?, Dark Horse First Looks and Marvel's MAX.

* Wednesday, July 4: Markosia Publishing for October, Marvel First Looks, Archie First Looks and Painkiller Jane.

* Tuesday, July 3: First Looks, Teen Titans for July and Image Comics' Brawl.

* Monday, July 2: Transformers' Shia LeBeouf, First Looks, Second Printings and Moonstone Books for October.

* Sunday, July 1: Transformers' Megan Fox and First Looks.

* Saturday, June 30: The Darkness video game, Heroic Publishing for October, Jeph Loeb talks Wolverine #55 and First Looks.

* Friday, June 29: Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps, Image First Looks, Archie First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Superman animation, Mattel/DC Universe, Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project and Painkiller Jane.

* Thursday, June 28: Cartoon Network's Fantastic Four, BlueWater Productions for October and First Looks.

* Wednesday, June 27: Superman animation, Marvel First Looks and Virgin Comics.

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