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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2008

SAM MENDES TO DIRECT PREACHER FILM

Sam Mendes has been tapped to direct a Preacher movie for Columbia Pictures.

The property, based on Garth Ennis' and Steve Dillon's Vertigo comics series, had been in development in the past year as a television series at HBO with Mark Steven Johnson, the writer/director of Ghost Rider and Daredevil. But the project fell through.

Now, it will be developed as a feature film. Original Films' Neal Moritz is producing with Kickstart Prods.' Jason Netter; the pair is also developing Ennis' The Boys at Columbia.

Netter has developed numerous comic-book properties, including last summer's Wanted movie and the upcoming Wolverine and the X-Men animated series on Nicktoons.

"We have wanted to adapt Preacher for a long time," Netter told The Continuum. "We are so excited to be working with Sam Mendes and Neal Moritz on this film. The fans can be assured that Garth and Steve's genius property is in great hands."

Mendes, 43, won an Academy Award for 1999's American Beauty. He also directed the comics-inspired The Road to Perdition.

Here's how Columbia describes the film:

"It focuses on Jesse Custer, the preacher of a small, destitute Texas town, who is struggling to get by and driven only by his strong moral sense. When his town is decimated by a supernatural force, Custer embarks on a journey across the country to take on the evil that has destroyed his town."

Commenting on the announcement, Columbia Pictures president Tolmach said, "We couldn't be more excited to be in business with Sam Mendes, Neal Moritz and Jason Netter on this adaptation. Sam did a brilliant job with The Road to Perdition and this material offers him an ever broader canvas for great characters and gripping storytelling. This is a very cinematic graphic novel -- in fact, the creator Garth Ennis has talked about being inspired by Western films. Itšs a natural to take this material and develop it into a feature, and wešre thrilled to be a part of it."

Moritz said, "Preacher is a groundbreaking graphic novel, one that redefined the medium in many ways, and Sam Mendes is the ideal choice to bring it to the screen. Not only is Sam one of our greatest directors, but he saw the way for Road to Perdition to make the transition from graphic novel to compelling drama and we're confident that he will bring the same touch to Preacher. I am also pleased to be working with Garth Ennis once again."

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MARVEL COMICS ROUNDUP

Marvel Comics has released a preview of Uncanny X-Men #504.

For the preview, CLICK HERE.

In other Marvel news:

* The publisher has released a teaser image with the tagline, "Who is the Iron Patriot?"

Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

For a preview of Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #35, CLICK HERE.

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ANTARCTIC PRESS FOR JANUARY

Antarctic Press has released its solicitations for January.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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APE ENTERTAINMENT FOR JANUARY

Ape Entertainment has released its solicitations for January.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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RADICAL PUBLISHING FOR JANUARY

Radical Publishing has released its solicitations for January.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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BLUEWATER SNARES WARLOCK, LEPRECHAUN

Bluewater Productions has announced an agreement with Lionsgate for a line of comic books based on the horror films Warlock and Leprechaun.

"Working with Lionsgate on this end is like coming back full circle for me. I worked on the marketing for Leprechaun 4: In Space," said Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis. "I loved this little character and have always wanted to do something with him. As for Warlock, this was another cult film that I enjoyed, so having this opportunity to partner with Lionsgate again is going to be great."

Warlock will be written by Nick Lyons, with art by Jacob Bear and alternate covers by Matt Bellisle.

Here's how Bluewater describes the book:

"The Warlock is on a mission to destroy a book that contains a spell which imprisoned six other Warlocks. If the book manages to be destroyed, the dangerous Warlocks would be released back into the world free to cause chaos and destruction. It's up to a rag-tag group of people to prevent the Warlock from carrying out his plan."

Leprechaun will be written by Zach Hunchar, with art by Kris Carter. Michael Kingston will be writing the series' second arc.

Here's how Bluewater describes Leprechaun:

"This is the tale of Lubdan, the king and sole survivor of the Leprechaun. The last of the Leprechauns! A treasure dealer stumbles across his pot of gold and steals it. In this modern age, he finds buyers all over the planet through on-line auctions. Lubdan finds the thief after the gold is shipped to humans across the globe. Unbeknownst to Lubdan, the Cluracan, a war-like race intent on genocide, helped the human find the gold. A new curse is discovered that weakens Lubdan while he is not in possession of the gold and will eventually kill him if he does not recover them all in enough time. He quickly realizes he cannot locate the gold without help. The treasure dealer's last sale was to a computer expert, who agrees to help Lubdan, in exchange for his life. Together, they race against time to learn of the gold's locations. Lubdan's quest takes him all over the planet, across time and space. Battling greed, the genocidal Cluracan and new mystical adversaries, Lubdan must save all life to save himself."

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ARCHIE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and two- to nine-page previews of Archie Comics arriving in stores on Nov. 5, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Pals-N-Gals Double Digest #126, Archie's Double Digest #193, Jughead & Friends Digest #30 and Veronica #191.

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JANUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

For previously posted December solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Publishing.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Zenescope Entertainment.

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BRIEFLY

* Following Wonder Woman, Green Lantern will be featured in the next direct-to-DVD animated movie from Warner Bros.

* According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has optioned the movie rights for the Viper Comics graphic novel Villains by Adam Cogan and Ryan Cody.

Matt Jennison and Brent Strickland are writing the adaptation. Sean Bailey is producing via his Idealogy banner and Viper's Jessie Garza will be a co-producer.

* New York Comic Con has announced J. Michael Straczynski as its guest of honor. The convention will be held Feb. 6-8.



COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

If 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.

* Friday, October 24: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Smallville, Marvel First Looks and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Thursday, October 23: Dynamite Entertainment for January, Bongo Comics for January, Watchmen, Heroes, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 22: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Bluewater Productions First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, October 21: Marvel Comics for January, Top Cow Productions for January, Marvel's female Black Panther, Heroes, The Spirit and First Looks.

* Monday, October 20: DC Comics for January, Archie Comics for January, Image Comics for January, IDW Publishing for January, Smallville, Marvel Comics roundup and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks. Save $15 on Anime!

* Sunday, October 19: Spike TV's SCREAM awards and Family Guy.

* Saturday, October 18: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Incredible Hulk DVD, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Devil's Due Publishing First Looks.

* Friday, October 17: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Comics First Looks and Smallville.

* Thursday, October 16: Family Guy, Battlestar Galactica, Marvels: Eye of the Camera, Smallville, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Boomerang for November.

* Wednesday, October 15: Moonstone Books for February, Wanted DVD, Marvel Comics roundup and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, October 14: Smallville, Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2, Marvel Studios, Marvel Comics First Looks, The Spirit and Wanted DVD.

* Monday, October 13: DC Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and The Simpsons.

* Sunday, October 12: Devil's Due Publishing First Looks and Family Guy.

* Saturday, October 11: Heroes, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Smallville and Knight Rider.

* Friday, October 10: Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and X-Men.

* Thursday, October 9: Dark Horse Comics for January, Wolverine and the X-Men, Marvel animation and Heroes.

* Wednesday, October 8: Captain America scene in Incredible Hulk, new Avengers animated series, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Batman and Superman Motion Comics.

* Tuesday, October 7: Smallville, DC Comics First Looks, Jon Sable movie, Marvel Studios, Heroes and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Monday, October 6: Doug Jones, Chris Claremont, Alan Davis, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Wolverine and the X-Men, Hack/Slash, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Sunday, October 5: The Simpsons, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and First Looks.

* Saturday, October 4: Family Guy, Smallville and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Friday, October 3: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Comics First Looks, AAA-Markosia Publishing First Looks, Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Thursday, October 2: Robert Kirkman's Image guarantee, Heroes, The Simpsons, Daredevil, DC Comics First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 1: Amazing Spider-Man variant, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, The Graysons at The CW, The Simpsons, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, September 30: Iron Man DVD, DC Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing First Looks and Knight Rider.



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