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Licensing Show - SERENITY, CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, FANTASTIC FOUR & JOHN CARTER OF MARS!

Hey folks, Harry here with 4 of the more anticipated by geek culture projects to feature themselves at the New York Licensing Show and photographed by Pitdoc, our spy from last year that brought us that great HELLBOY footage and imagery! Here I have his comments and some of my own to go with these 4 exciting projects:

Hola Harry,

Pitdoc here. youmight remember me as the spy who sent you video & pics of Hellboy from the Licensing Show last year. Well, this year , sad to say , nothing blew my skirt up. You already have pictures of the Batmobile from Batman Begins, & Tim Burton's Corpse Bride so here is what else I'm sending pics of:

1. John Carter of Mars- Now I'm not sure if you're involved with this at all, but it brought back memorie ofmy youth to see these drawing. Of course, if you ARE involved, we might not be showing these...

2. Chronicles of Narnia- Just large Banners that hung from the ceiling, much the same way that the LOTR banners were displayed before we saw one piece of film

3.Fantastic Four- Just production posters, but really makes me want to see it... yesterday

4. Sahara- yawn

5. Wallace & Gromit-- Can't wait

6. A Shark tale/Madagascar--Doesnt fill me with confidence

7. Posters fror Too Cool/Spyhunter, etc

What can I say about this year.Last year New Line was promoting ROTK & had some other great movies cooming out.this year? Son of the Mask? Sad.. But maybe next year... i will send the other pics as attachments to sucessive leters w this heading..

Pitdoc

Herc - here's that SERENITY teaser poster -- stop drooling you monkey!







Nice classy images from Disney for NARNIA... Very nicely done...

























FANTASTIC FOUR work isn't so much from the film - but shows the excitement with which Marvel is showing their characters off... I'd love that sort of look to Johnny Storm. That said, I recently read their script and frankly... it is pretty damn great. The only problem was the Doc Doom stuff which wasn't terrible, just not as cool as it could be had they stayed truer to their character. But they nail the FF as characters and as a story. I think if they work out a few kinks from the script they had a couple of months ago, this could be the project I'm hoping for...













The producer in me is screaming that these images were created before PRINCESS OF MARS ever had a script done... that being said I like them, just wish I could show the super cool stuff that is more up to date. That being said, when I write on the site, I'm not the producer, but the editor and this spy sent the stuff in, so I'm powerless to stop it. So here ya go... Some extremely old - early images on PRINCESS OF MARS...





































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  • June 11, 2004, 3:42 a.m. CST

    hmm...

    by worthless

    Narnia is really going for an LoTR vibe with some of that production art.

  • June 11, 2004, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Fantastic 4

    by FNORDcinco1

    Doesnt the invisible Women look a bit to young for a grey haired strechy man...

  • June 11, 2004, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Fantastic

    by fokke

    Love the FF, hope they don't fuck things up.

  • June 11, 2004, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Serenity

    by dampen666

    Oh Lordy - I'm laughing my arse off here. That ship is the most phallic spacship I've seen since Flesh Gordon 2. I don't know if I can take it seriously at all. There's some very sexually frustrated designers working on this thing then :) Imagine what they're going to come up with if it needs to dock somewhere. I hope we get a big shiny spaceship ass for it to dock in - just to freak some people out. This is just too damn funny.

  • June 11, 2004, 4:12 a.m. CST

    See,John Carter gets a real director while the FF gets Barbersho

    by chien_sale

    That`s just sad. If Marvel doesn`t want George Clooney for Mr. Fantastic, he would make a great John Carter from Mars BTW.

  • June 11, 2004, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Narnia

    by halcyonseven

    Wow, that poster of the castle on the mountian...man, I am impressed. As my favorite children's books of all time I am really crossing my fingers on this... But I think its gonna be good, my cousin's husband is working on the vfx for this (you may know him from the Bad Boys 2 Car crash scene, so you know hes know slacker) and he seems really posative... That being said I am sure people on here are gonna start screaming about these films since they are at there hear aligorical(sp?). Bring it on all you angry little boys, I am still excited for them!

  • June 11, 2004, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Harry, please get Rob Bottin involved with JC: PoM.

    by Declan_Swartz

  • June 11, 2004, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Serenity - Look at that flying dick ship.

    by el zar

    Lame FF pics. Narnia's cool. John Carter is okay too.

  • June 11, 2004, 4:49 a.m. CST

    WAHAHAHA THAT SERENITY SHIT IS GONNA BOMB HARD

    by JimmyRabbit

    5 million domestically looks like fucking Supernova. NArnia looks awesome and Princess Of MArs could be something reaaaally cool so Harry don't fuck it up.

  • June 11, 2004, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Looks ok

    by ELGordo

    As much as I like to see John Carter on the big screen I some seriously doupt that it will happen. It's just to freaky and expensive, but you never know.

  • June 11, 2004, 6:52 a.m. CST

    chien_sale ?!?

    by Fuzhi

    chien_sale wrote:" Subject: See,John Carter gets a real director while the FF gets Barbershop guy" I didnt know John Carter had a director attached ? As far as I know Rodriguez is out because of him leaving the Directors Guild of America, and Guillermo del Toro has rejected to make it.

  • June 11, 2004, 7:39 a.m. CST

    So what's the average age supposed to be for the FF? 13?

    by krims0nknite

    Sue looks 12. Johnny around 15-17. Reed could be anywhere from 18-30. I swear to god I will not see this movie if the average age is any lower than 20... Why not just make Reed Richards black, and a ganster, in order to reach the new youth. I actually bet the execs tried it but got shot down.

  • June 11, 2004, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Tars Tarkis Lives!

    by Evil Chicken

    Not to blow too much sunshine up everyone's skirts, but... I cannot wait for John Carter of Mars. The production art is sweet. John looks reminiscent of Barry Windsor Smith's artwork. Tars Tarkis and Deja Thoris are spot on. Woola works, as well. I wondered how Carter's huge multi-legged friend might look on screen and now I know. Nice. Now I've gotta dust off my Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is one of the originators. If you are not familiar with the books, track 'em down. They are very far reaching in terms of influencing generations of storytellers. Nuff said.

  • June 11, 2004, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Well...

    by Lobanhaki

    At least they solved that excess male nudity problem. That always skeezed me out when I looked at the bookcovers.

  • June 11, 2004, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Anyone else struggling to comprehend

    by CellarDoor

    Halcyon's post? Anyhoo, Narnia's looking great in a LOTR stylee. My one fear though is that it's an adventure film with children as it's central characters. I've been struggling with Harry Potter because, frankly, I don't like kids, moreso child actors. The rest of the film will be hugely watchable but I am still afraid. The castle in that poster is a great piece of fantasy artwork though and they seem to be casting more British actors which can only help. Does anyone know it's scheduled release date?

  • June 11, 2004, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Bra? Pants? John Carter needs no such things!

    by SpeakerWiggin

    What's with that in the John Carter art? They only wear metals, no clothes! There should be breasts and wangs everywhere! If the discovery channel can show amazon boobs due to culture, you can do it in the movie. Hell, Lifeforce managed to have a naked woman walking around for a majority of the screen time, I think it could work in this movie, especially if you did something creative with the metals and possibly some body art maybe? I guess if you HAVE to have clothes, make sure to be careful what material you use, the only thing with hair are the white apes, so they'd have to either make it out of White Ape fur or hides of beasts....so you've got mostly leathery type material, unless they made it from the yellow vegitation. But I'm pulling for NO CLOTHES!!

  • June 11, 2004, 8:48 a.m. CST

    narnia release date

    by bluelou_boyle

    christmas 2005. posters look promising. Hope they make Prince Caspian and the Horse and his boy, they were my favourites.

  • June 11, 2004, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Narnia

    by stvnhthr

    Am I the only one afraid of Disney doing a Mousectomy on the wonerful Chronicles of Narnia? Will they learn a lesson from LOTR and try to be as faithful as possible to the source material? -Steve

  • June 11, 2004, 9:08 a.m. CST

    a couple things...

    by jccalhoun

    Those Fantastic Four images are from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic which has them as teenagers. The artist for John Carter is almost certainly Tim Truman of Scout, Grimjack and Jonah Hex fame.

  • June 11, 2004, 9:53 a.m. CST

    that spaceship looks like my dick

    by CuervoJones

  • June 11, 2004, 9:53 a.m. CST

    halcyonseven

    by scaler

    Had trouble with your spelling, but I think what you were trying to say is that the Chronicles of Narnia are, at their heart, allegorical. That is a tremendous, though common misperception (just like many people believing that the Lord of the Rings is an allegory for World War II). Lewis frequently said that what he was trying to do was to retell the story of Christianity in a different way. For the books to be an allegory, there would need to be a one-to-one correspondance between characters and events in the New Testament and characters and events in the Narnia stories. And that simply isn't the case. There are a few key similarities, and those similarities are at the heart of the message, but that is as far as the two stories correspond to one another.

  • You must have a REALLY deformed dick. Your wife or girlfriend or "life partner" (whichever the case may be) has my sympaties.

  • June 11, 2004, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Sorry

    by scaler

    That should have been "sympathies." Right after I mentioned someone else's spelling, too. Damn :)

  • June 11, 2004, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I thought one of the advantages of being Mr. Fantastic is that h

    by Gere's AssGerbil

    Well, then, someone please explain that picture up there. Ol' Reed looks like he's pushing out a freight train. As a matter of fact, they all look a little backed up, especially Sue. She's got her arms braced and everything. Maybe this is a side effect of their powers that the comic books never explored. And speaking of side effects, check out the Thing's knockers. I didn't know gynecomastia went along with the orange rocks. Is he a man? Is he a woman? Fuck it, we'll call him the Thing.

  • all I see is little red x's. .... I'm still having a geekgasm about JKOM though

  • June 11, 2004, 2:43 p.m. CST

    The address is bogus

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    Just thought i`d let you`all know the address in orangeboy`s post has nothing to do with the subject it says it does.....its some kinda bogus dig at Moriarty and Devincf

  • June 11, 2004, 2:45 p.m. CST

    re: Fantastic 4

    by Trik

    Yeah Susan does look young in that pic ... but since in western culture it is the woman that chooses .... its not evil ... for whatever reason, non that we will never be privy to ... sue decided that reed will be the father of her children ... look at the pic again ... look at her face ... and see the determination there ... do you really think she will accept no as an answer? ....

  • June 11, 2004, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Messed up FF poster.

    by mrfan

    First, they should have used the old logo instead of that crappy one. Or just put a circle with a four in it followed by the release date. Next they should have not shown the characters drawn. If anything show us the actors in their costumes. Since these are made waaaaaay in advance I would have just pushed the good word out there. I hope that this is a terrific movie.

  • June 11, 2004, 5:43 p.m. CST

    "The producer in me..."

    by Hellboy

    CHOKE!

  • June 11, 2004, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Get a new director for "FANTASTIC FOUR" then everything will be

    by screenplaywriter

    I'm sorry but the "BARBERSHOP" director? Come on Marvel! Don't think stupidly! I mean look at what has happened so far: 1. Hiring him as director. 2. Thinking Brendan Fraser is the right part for Mr. Fantastic. Um...no everybody knows it's George Clooney hands down. 2. Paul Walker as Johnny Storm. The kid has potential, but I don't know he just doesn't seem that great enough to pull this off. It would be like Vin Diesel as Silver Surfer as much as he thinks he is qualified for the job, we all know Riddick and XXX should be his main priorities. 3. Julia Stiles, Scarlett Johansen, Kate Bosworth-These three beauties are qualified. That's good thinking. 4. Michael Chiklis as The Thing. Eh...I would've gone with a CGI/animatronic Thing and got Brad Garrett, or some other talented voice-actor to do the voice. 5. Changing Doc Doom into Van Damn. It just doesn't have the right sound to it. It makes him sound like a member of the Jean Claude family. And please don't have Tim Robbins play him. You need a young guy who can do a Austrian accent really well be menacing at it. Just tweak the movie and things will be fine. Otherwise, "CHRONICLES OF NARNIA" looks awesome!

  • June 11, 2004, 6:43 p.m. CST

    I hope Narnia doesn't bomb....

    by DarthCorleone

    One more big fantasy hit and my precious Dragonlance novels are bound to get adapted into movies.

  • June 11, 2004, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I belive that picture is of Fenris

    by ravenclaw

    the first counsel dwarf of the White Witch. I've read a draft of the script, and if they do it according to script it should be amazingly cool. Better than the Harry Potter movies, including the newest one. I remember going to a friends young life group at his church and they showed an animated version of "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe," and it freakin bored me. Much like the animated "Lord of the Rings" did, but a hundred times worse. Because of that I never cared much to pick up and read any of the "Narnia" books. I vaugely remember also trying to sit through the live action versions that were also produced, and they were pretty lame too. So when I had heard about them making the movie, and didn't think much of it, that was until I read the current screenplay of the movie. Let me just say, the opening of the movie actually shows what they only allude to in the beginning of the book. Also, if done right the ending battle with the kids using the weapons given to them by Aslan, should be a tremendous crowd pleaser. The battle scene at Cair Paravel is written very big and with WETA doing the effects I'm hopeful they can pull it off. So far those posters have given me hope that they're going in the right direction with it.

  • June 11, 2004, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Tim Story will be fine

    by Ribbons

    Haven't you folks ever heard of storyboards? Second unit directors? They didn't hire him for his eye for action, and while that has the potential to bomb big-time, it also has the potential to pay off. As for the Doom over Van Damme thing (which is what it's now been changed to, contrary to the smarmy "Van Damn" posts I've endured for the last two months). No one in the history of ever has had the last name of Doom. It's not a big deal that they've changed it. Trust me on this one. The movie would not be any better if his name was "von Doom" rather than "van Damme," and they're close enough anyway. Yeesh. And I thought Spider-Man fans were anal. Get your priorities in order.

  • June 11, 2004, 8:29 p.m. CST

    re: John Carter and a question for Harry

    by Ribbons

    I thought it was funny that the Princess of Mars photos ended with a "friggin' sweet!" 'cause that's exactly what I was thinking. I guess the look has changed, according to Harry, but they still looked pretty damn cool. Harry, if you're reading this post, who drew those images?

  • June 11, 2004, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Play D'oh

    by Ribbons

    If you're referring to them talking about hiring Bob Sapp to play The Thing, I think you need to take that with more than a grain of salt.

  • June 11, 2004, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Lookin' Good on the John Carter Front...

    by JustinSane

    ...Even if those AREN'T the final designs. The fact that Harry thinks the new ones are even cooler excites me. I'd always imagined Woola a bit thinner, though.

  • June 11, 2004, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Wow...temper temper

    by Ribbons

    I stand corrected and apologize for talking about things I don't know enough about, although you're an asshole for calling my post "shite." Again, there are bigger things to worry about.

  • June 11, 2004, 9:42 p.m. CST

    R.C. Here, Hey Darth Corleone, what's the 411 on your novels, Dr

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Curious? Give me a synopsis.

  • June 12, 2004, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell for John Carter

    by The UnGod

    This artwork looks great. Go for the redder Dejah Thoris! Tars Tarkas looks great, too. Now all you have to do is hire Bruce Campbell as John Carter.

  • June 12, 2004, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Why are they starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?

    by Monkey Butler

    I thought they were making all seven? Or is the Magician's Nephew going to be a prologue or something? Cos as annoyingly Christian it all is, I reckon Aslan creating Narnia could look hell cool!

  • June 12, 2004, 1:25 a.m. CST

    TILDA SWINTON IS THE WHITE WITCH

    by hal9thou

    This site of Harry's is getting pretty lame and behind the times. I had to go to comingsoon.net for this VERY pertinent and timely news. I also learned that Andy Serkis is doing the CGI suit-work for Kong. Harry, catch up! I will still check out your site from time to time, but there are much better avenues for geek movie info, it would seem...

  • June 12, 2004, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Do you see flying cocks?

    by RaylanGivens

    You know, I don't remember anyone pointing out the phallic look of Serenity before, but once dampen666 says it, a bunch of fuckers start talking like Pysch majors with a Freud-on. Probably the same fanboy bitches who deny emphatically that Sauron in The Lord Of The Rings movies looks like a giant flaming pussy. Maybe you guys who look for giant flying cocks should seek professional help...

  • June 12, 2004, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Monkey Butler

    by scaler

    They're starting with "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" because that's the first book. Recently, publishers have started to rearrange the books in the series according to the chronology of the events discribed, but that's not the way Lewis wrote the series, and it ignores the thematic arrangement of the books.

  • June 12, 2004, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Did you use a wet or dry rub when you swallowed that producer?

    by Boris the Blade

    Grillin' n' Chillin'....

  • June 12, 2004, 11:20 a.m. CST

    That Tars Tarkas is one bad mutha! Dam right

    by morGoth

  • June 12, 2004, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Princess Of Mars art

    by Obvious1

    The artist was the comics artist / stunt coordinator Rafael Kayanan. He used to draw Conan stories for Marvel.

  • June 12, 2004, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Serenity

    by toolfan

    Firefly was awesome and the movie I'm sure won't be far from that itself. Oh and Farscape sucked arse. Trying to make things as weird as possible does not make a good sci-fi series. It was arty, boring crud. It belongs with Andromeda in the fucking tip. Chronicles or Narnia I'm sure will be good, there are what, five movies to be made from it? And of course its very 'lord of the rings' looking! It's a fantasy movie! its about kids living the fantasy of LOTR for real, and all the drama that entales. Should be good. Fantastic Four I always thought would NEVER work as a movie. Its one of the few comics that they either have to edit beyond recognition (thus pissing off all the fanboys) or do a literal camp version which everyone would hate anyway.

  • June 13, 2004, 10:52 a.m. CST

    The Lion, the Witch and The Orcs?

    by silent_light

    ......a cuddly UK christmas time classic becomes a blood drenched fight for survival... inside a WARDDROBE !!!!!! GOD DAMMIT !!!!$&@%^$@$@!(&!*(&!

  • June 13, 2004, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Is it April yet? Serenity can't get here fast enough.

    by Serious Black

    I can't wait to revisit all my old friends and find out what they've been up to all this time. As Firefly was the greatest telelvision series ever made, so Serenity will be the greatest movie ever made. Let's just hope Universal has a better marketing department than the Fox Television Network has.

  • June 15, 2004, 3:24 p.m. CST

    You guys.........

    by Flemdog

    How 'bout this.... Stephen Hawking as Reed Richards, Sally Kirkland as the invisible chick, Branch Davidian Leader David Koresh as the Human Torch and Ethan Suplee as Thing. James Remar as Dr. Doom. Switch directors to Albert "bankable suckiness" Pyun and send the movie right to the WalMart $5.50 DVD bin next to the legions of unsold copies of Monkeybone. Give it a chance fanboys. If Mark "Simon Birch" Johnson and Barry Sonnenfeld could direct comic book movies, why not the Barbershop guy? Maybe if some of you picked up "Real" books like Of Mice & Men, Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, Victor Hugo, heck even Stephen King, etc.... You might be a little more balanced. They are just MOVIES. If it sucks, stop watching and see another. That's why my Hulk money went to offset a purchase of Equilibrium. FlemDog, OUT!

  • June 15, 2004, 4:50 p.m. CST

    John Carter

    by ProfHeff

    The art on those posters look like Tim Truman's work to me. And I think it was reported somewhere that the artwork was done by him.

  • June 15, 2004, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Carter artwork

    by Tala1

    Actually, the artwork is done by Rafael Kayanan. Kayanans' work for this project is fantastic! The Tharks are awesome. One can only hope that movie magic will live up to what is pictured. One of my favorite aspects about the Tharks was the tribal/warrior society. Kayanan really did a great job keeping that feel with his depiction of the clothing and weapons. I plan on being there opening night. I'll see you all in line.