Artisan Entertainment has sent Superhero Hype! a look at the new poster for Man-Thing which you can see here. We also received the following full press release on the August 27, 2004 release date.
ARTISAN PICTURES, FIERCE ENTERTAINMENT AND MARVEL STUDIOSâ€™ ANNOUNCE AUGUST 27, 2004 RELEASE DATE FOR “MAN-THINGâ€
Directed by Horror / Action Visionary Brett Leonard, Latest Big Screen Project Based On A Marvel Comicsâ€™ Cult Favorite Wraps Production Ahead of Schedule
Los Angeles, CA, October 23, 2003 â€“ Artisan Entertainment will bring MAN-THING, a collaboration between Marvel Studios and Fierce Entertainment, based on the popular Marvel Comicsâ€™ character, to theatres nationwide on August 27, 2004. The announcement made by Marvel Studios CEO Avi Arad, Artisan Picturesâ€™ President of Production Richard Saperstein, Artisan Entertainment Executive Vice President Patrick Gunn and Fierce Entertainmentâ€™s CEO Christopher Petzel comes as the project wraps production ahead of schedule following an incredibly successful eight-week shoot.
Adapted to the screen by Hans Rodionoff from the original 1970â€™s Marvel comic book character and directed by Brett Leonard, MAN-THING was produced by Marvel Studios and Fierce Entertainment in association with German equity fund Screenland Movieworld.
Marvelâ€™s terrifying creature of the swamp, MAN-THING screams onto our screens in the new horror motion picture that presents a very different kind of character to the usual Marvel superhero. Based on the cult comic book series that was first published in 1971, the MAN-THING is a vengeful creature born from the evil and injustices perpetrated against both man and nature.
â€œMAN-THING has been an unbelievably exciting project for us. We have always felt that this characterâ€™s story would translate incredibly well to the big screen as it mixes horrifying action with a truly mesmerizing and frightful anti-hero,â€ said Mr. Arad. â€œBrett is seen as one of the true pioneers in the creation of revolutionary computer-generated and mechanical effects and we now seen first-hand why. His powerful creative vision has helped bring this character to life in a thoroughly compelling manner â€“ so much that we have decided to fast track it for release next summer, fully confident in its worldwide appeal.â€
Commented Mr. Gunn, â€œâ€œUncharacteristic of the typical Marvel characters brought to life on the big screen, MAN-THING brings a chilling component not previously showcased in Marvel comic based films. We feel this film impressively introduces MAN-THING in a manner that will really thrill the viewing public .â€
MAN-THING is directed by effects pioneer Brett Leonard, whose talents in the horror Sci-Fi genre have been proven by motion pictures such as groundbreaking visual effects thriller â€œThe Lawnmower Manâ€ and â€œVirtuosityâ€ starring Academy-Award winners Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. He also directed one of the most successful Imax projects ever, the 3-D â€œT-Rex Back to the Cretaceous,â€ which grossed over US$100 million worldwide.
Director Brett Leonard, Fierce Entertainment and Marvel Studios assembled a truly outstanding team of professionals in bringing MAN-THING to life. The film was shot by award-winning Director of Photography Steve Arnold (â€œTerra Novaâ€, â€œLa Spagnolaâ€). Production design was handled by Peter Pound (storyboards for â€œBabeâ€ and Alex Proyasâ€™ â€œDark Cityâ€) and Tim Ferrier (â€œFarscapeâ€), while the substantial visual effects work is being performed by Omnilab and Rising Sun (â€œThe Coreâ€, â€œQueen of The Damnedâ€). Special effects and prosthetics work was provided by The Make-Up Effects Group (â€œThe Matrixâ€ and â€œBabeâ€).
The ensemble cast include Australian icon Jack Thompson (â€œOriginal Sinâ€, â€œMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evilâ€, â€œBroken Arrowâ€), whose breakout role in the feature film â€œBreaker Morantâ€ directed by Bruce Beresford earned him numerous accolades including Best Supporting Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and an AFI Award for Best Actor, and acclaimed New Zealand actor Rawiri Paratene who excited critics around the world with his performance in the recent independent hit â€œWhale Riderâ€.
The cast also features newcomers Matt Le Nevez (â€œGarage Daysâ€ diected by Alex Proyas), Rachel Taylor (â€œNatalie Wood â€“ Hollywoodâ€™s Last Childâ€ by Peter Bogdanavich), and Steve Bastoni (â€œThe Matrix Reloadedâ€, â€œEnter The Matrixâ€).
Producer Avi Arad is President and CEO of Marvel Studios. Following the record-breaking success of the box office smash hit, â€œSpider-Manâ€ (Columbia Pictures), and the establishment of two more proven franchises in his first Marvel features â€“ â€œBladeâ€ (New Line) and X-Men: The Movie (Twentieth Century Fox) – Arad has numerous film projects based on Marvel super heroes in various stages of development. He has aligned Marvel with several prominent studios to produce full-feature films including: Twentieth Century Fox (â€œX-Men 2â€, â€œThe Silver Surferâ€, â€œFantastic Fourâ€, â€œDaredevil,â€ and â€œElektraâ€), Sony Pictures (â€œSpider-Man 2â€, â€œGhost Riderâ€), Universal Studios (â€œThe Hulkâ€, â€œNamorâ€), New Line (â€œIron Manâ€), Dimension (â€œWerewolf By Nightâ€, â€œDr. Strangeâ€), Artisan Entertainment (â€œThe Punisherâ€) and Paramount (â€œDeathlokâ€). His reputation has attracted some of Hollywood’s most prestigious directors (i.e. Sam Raimi, Ang Lee and Bryan Singer) and writers who are helping translate the ever-popular Marvel super heroes for the big screen.
MAN-THING was shot completely on location in Sydney, Australia. Specific locations included Wisemanâ€™s Ferry, Serenity Cove Studios at Kurnell for exterior swamp scenes and Homebush Bay where an elaborate supernatural swamp environment was created on a sound stage.
Artisan Entertainment Inc. is the leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical, television and home entertainment product. The company coordinates its business activities through two wholly owned operating divisions, Artisan Pictures and Artisan Home Entertainment. The Artisan Pictures division is responsible for the development, production, marketing and distribution of the company’s annual slate of theatrical films. The Artisan Home Entertainment division has an extensive library of over 7,000 titles, which includes its own properties, as well as a wide spectrum of films from Academy Award winning classics to blockbusters and cult favourites.
Fierce Entertainment, LLC is an entertainment financing and production company formed in early 2001 by Christopher Petzel. The company has executive produced a number of feature films and provided transaction advisory services to leading entertainment companies around the world. Fierce Entertainment has arranged over US$40 million of production financing and advised on over US$100 million of corporate entertainment transactions. For additional information visit http://www.fierce-entertainment.com.
Marvel Enterprises, Inc. is a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 4,700 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel’s operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel’s creative team also supports the creation of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel’s comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel’s Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit http://www.marvel.com.
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