Spider-Man: The Musical
LA.com reports that director Julie Taymor says that all that is holding back the show's opening is finding a place that can hold a large musical. She said: "We want to open in New York, and there aren't enough Broadway houses. It's really tricky because ours is a big musical that's really unusual. It will have some fabulous things in it because it's got a very strong book . . . I'm very proud of the songs that Bono and Edge wrote. It's a real rock-and-roll musical, so we're not worried about that aspect. We just have to find where we're going to do it -- even if we have to do it in a tent, which we're looking into -- and when. It'll at least be a year away."
Variety reports that David Goyer will direct the adaptation of Mike Mignola and Chrostoper Golden's graphic novel "Baltimore, or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire." Mignola and Golden will write the screenplay about Lord Henry Baltimore being bitten by a demonic vampire bat on a WWI battlefield. That plague then destroys his family, and Baltimore puts together a team to hunt and fight the Red King, who is the embodiment of all evil.
Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampires
Russell Mulcahy has been chosen to adapt and direct "Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampires," based on the novel by Steven Elliot-Altman, says Variety. Altman will also work on the script. There are two more book sequels and a game in the offing about the vampire who attempts to fight off his bloodthirsty urges by using Zen meditation.
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Two and a Half Men" (Season 2) here and here, "ER" (Season 8) here, "Medabots" (Season 1) here, "The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour"(Animated Update) here and "Beetle Bailey and His Friends" (Complete Series) here, "Swamp Thing" (Update) here and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (Complete Series) here.
Against All Enemies
Robert Redford will direct a feature film adaptation the Richard Clarke book "Against All Enemies." Clarke, the top counter-terrorism advisor to three US presidents, said in his 2004 book that the government of President George W. Bush "prioritized Iraq above threats from Al-Qaeda both before and after the September 11 attacks."
Martin Scorsese, known for documentaries about music as well as dramas about the underworld, plans to direct a film about George Harrison, Variety reported. Olivia, his widow, said: "It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story." She also said that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have agreed to be part of the project and that Apple Records will permit use of the Beatles' music.
Mike Fright: Stand Up!
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Vishnu's Snooze Alarm
When Vishnu wakes, the world ceases to be. Here is a set of off-the-board stories to sample while you wait for the alarm to go off again. There are possessed shopping malls, vampire industrialists, urban golems, soul vampires and unlucky therapists within these pages. Enter with caution.
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Avengers: The Initiative #6,
Iron Man #22,
Marvel Illustrated: Last of the Mohicans #5,
Annihilation: Conquest -- Star-Lord #3,
& X-Men: First Class #4