downtheubes Archive News: October 2002

SCOOBY DOOBY THREE!

15/10/02: Hollywood Reporter (subscription required for full story) has revealed that with a sequel to Warner Bros. Pictures’ Scooby-Doo on the fast track, the studio is already moving forward on a third instalment, hiring scribes Dan Forman and Paul Foley to write a script, tentatively titled Scooby-Doo 3. The duo recently turned in a rewrite on Warners’ The Jetsons, another animated television property being conceived for the big screen.

BITE ME

14/10/02: Variety (subscription required for full story) reports that Warner Bros. has optioned the Kelley Armstrong novel Bitten, with Jolie attached and Industry Entertainment producing under its new first-look deal with the studio.

The novel centres on Elena Michaels, a model woman for the 21st century: self-assured, keenly intelligent, fighting fit. And like every modern woman, she has her secrets. Nothing extraordinary about that. Except that Elena really is extraordinary. In fact, she may well be the most extraordinary woman alive. She is, after all, the only female werewolf in the world…

Variety says the novel will be adapted by Alexander Stuart, whose script credits include The War Zone and who just penned the Film Four/Industry co-production Under the Skin for “Sexy Beast” director Jonathan Glazer.

PERSUADED TO RETURN?

11/10/02: The UK Guardian reports Carlton is planning to revive The Persuaders, the cult 1970s TV drama starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.

The show, about two private investigators who use their high-rolling international lifestyle as a cover to pursue criminals, gained a dedicated following for its inadvertently camp humour.

Filmed in 1970 and early 1971, The Persuaders was a hit in the UK and Europe but not in the crucial US market, where it was cancelled after one 24-part series.

Now Carlton is talking to Hollywood studios and US broadcasters about reviving the programme.

Carlton has owned The Persuaders format ever since it bought the programming library of the show’s producer, Lew Grade’s ITC. A comic srip based on the show ran in the UK comic Countdown.

MADONNA’S BOND DAY TO “DIE’ FOR

10/10/02: Die Another Day, Madonna’s new single and the title song for MGM’s forthcoming James Bond film, will be in stores on 22 October, Warner Bros. Records has announced.

The song has had a triumphant first week response at radio, reaching a listener audience of over 32 million in the US and is expected to debut at #24 on the Billboard singles chart. Die Another Day was written and produced by Madonna and Mirwais with string arrangements by Michel Colombier.

• Buy the single from Amazon.co.uk: Go

THE 1970S – B-MOVIE HEAVEN!

8/10/02: B-Movie Theater, the popular web site (www.b-movie.com), is celebrating the art and industry of the low-budget film genre, has announced
the fifth annual inductions in the B-Movie Hall of Fame.

During the voting process, the B-Movie Hall of Fame provided ballots with 100 B-Movie titles and 100 B-Movie icons to choose from. “This year’s winning votes overwhelmingly reflect the B-Movie glory years of the 1970s,” said Ron Bonk, president and founder of the B-Movie Hall of Fame. “When 70s icons like Pam Grier, Divine and Dario Argento and classics like Eraserhead, I Spit on Your Grave and Dawn of the Dead dominate the votes, it is clearly time to recognize this decade as being a golden era for the B-Movie genre.”

ALAN MOORE ON TOP!

8/10/02: It’s official. Alan Moore is on top — Top Shelf, that is. Top Shelf Productions is pleased to announce three upcoming projects from famed comics scribe Alan Moore, the virtuoso behind such landmark works as From Hell, Watchmen, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The first two projects, The Mirror of Love and Voice of the Fire, are due out Summer 2003, with the third project, Lost Girls, to follow.

• Top Shelf Comics web site: Go

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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