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[08.10.2008] Die Offizielle "Punisher: War Zone" Website hat ihre Pforten geöffnet...

[07.10.2008] Bei IGN kann man einen Blick auf ein neues "Punisher: War Zone"-Poster werfen... Ausserdem meldet IGN...
[...] the film's graphic violence will remain intact. The MPAA has just issued an "R" rating for Punisher: War Zone, in which they cite "pervasive strong brutal violence, language and some drug use." [...]
Lionsgate confirmed to IGN this afternoon that Lexi Alexander is still very much directing Punisher: War Zone, which should put online rumors of her departure to rest... for the moment. [...]


[24.09.2008] Im PlayStation.Blog steht zu lesen...
[...] there is a new Punisher game coming! We here at Zen Studios are super excited to announce that we’re bringing Marvel’s storied franchise The Punisher to PLAYSTATION Network. Just a quick FYI - EVERYONE here at Zen Studios is a massive Marvel True Believer, so the entire team is on fire for this project.
We’re calling the game The Punisher: No Mercy because that’s exactly what it is - merciless. For the first time on consoles, you’ll see the Marvel Universe through a first-person perspective in some intense arena-based multiplayer action. Also, the game is being built from the ground up with some serious tech - yes, we are using the Unreal Engine 3 (the ultimate FPS engine) for this exclusive PSN release. Our main focus is to create an awesome online multiplayer experience with the style and grit from the Punisher’s world, complete with characters like Jigsaw, Bushwacker, Barracuda and even Silver Sable (been reading War Journal lately?).
What does this mean for you gamers? You better get ready to kick some serious #$% with the first ever first-person shooter developed exclusively for PSN. Stay tuned for more details as they become available at www.punishernomercy.com. [...]


[02.09.2008] Bei IESB kann man einen Blick auf eine "Punisher: War Zone"-Büste werfen...

[19.08.2008] Bei RawStudios schreibt der "Punisher: War Zone"-Kameramann Steve Gainer...
Holy smokes, I go away and shoot some kids stuff for Disney, and the whole world is a different color when I return. Again I appear here to dispel rumors. Please believe:
Lexi is not off the film
Lexi is still involved in the edit process
The film is not (nor could it ever be) PG-13
Today I saw a cut that ran 91 minutes
Lexi did in fact get married
Lexi is an incredibly talented director, and this film kicks major ass, as will be proven when it is released IN THEATRES DECEMBER 5th
The film is most certainly not all exploding heads, but will reveal a great deal of Franks personna and pain
This film has been difficult from the begining, from a bitter Canadian winter, to endless nights, to rampant sickness, Lexi has fought to make a killer Punisher film for fans and non fans alike.
Initially we were to release in September, but for whatever reason (not the quality of the film or edit IMHO) it was decided to release in December. That extra time has given everyone a chance to put their two cents worth in, but rest assured, Lexi is still stearing the boat, and she is a great captain.
When I hear vicious unfounded troll rumors like the "film was unwatchable" or "a total mess" it makes my blood boil. I want to punish the corrupt. People sit on their fat asses trolling the internet, people that have never even looked through a motion picture camera, and make judgements on a work of art that they've never seen, it's like saying a baby will be ugly before it is born, I can't freaking wait for this film to come out and prove the nay-sayers wrong.
Sorry for the rant, I just love something wonderful you have yet to see [...]


[16.08.2008] Latino Review berichtet über "einschneidende Änderungen"...
Following up on an earlier article, one of my contacts deep within the bowels of Hollywood and close to the Punisher: War Zone project (source will not be named. Sorry!) told me today that the big fight over the Punisher project is Lionsgate wants a PG-13 cut to be released.
We already know that Lexi Alexander has allegedly been fired from the film. Her own website doesn't even mention anything about the Punisher movie anymore. You would think that even if she were a consultant on the project, she'd be mentioning this huge comic book movie coming out later this year, but that isn't the case.
Of course, Lionsgate can always say, "This was never intended to be PG-13. We always had an R rating in mind." but I trust Hollywood as far as I can throw it. I'm sure there's some Lionsgate exec thinking this film can do what The Dark Knight has done with a PG-13 rating. [...]


[25.07.2008] Der neue "Punisher: War Zone" Trailer ist online !!!

[17.06.2008] Unter LexiAlexander.com schreibt die Regisseurin...
Wow, I was psyched and surprised to see the trailer, I had no clue it was coming out so early.
I’m also blown away that there is such a huge reaction to it. The good, the bad, I love it all. I’ve been getting emails from all over the world and heard from friends I’ve known in the Karate and Kickboxing circuit whom I haven’t spoken to in years. I’m starting to realize how huge The Punisher fan base is.
I’m not sure what kind of impression I would get from this trailer if I didn’t actually know the film. I am utterly impressed, though, they managed to find that much PG rated action footage at all. It had to be a challenge to cut a trailer from our action stuff without showing any gore and blood.
I’ve been told that you can’t even show heads blowing up in red-band trailers. I hope that’s not true because that would suck. It’s weird to see Castle shoot all those bullets and not see the thugs who are catching them. That’s the best fucking part about it!!! [...]


[13.06.2008] Der "Punisher: War Zone" Teaser-Trailer ist online !!!

[10.06.2008] CS! sprach mit Julie Benz über ihre Rolle...

[02.06.2008] Bei IESB gibt es ein neues Szenenbild...

[17.05.2008] Bei UGO kann man einen Blick auf das "Punisher: War Zone" Teaser-Poster werfen...

[12.03.2008] Die Offizielle "PUNISHER.WAR.ZONE" Website ist gestartet...

[19.02.2008] DH meldet...
Screenwriter Kurt Sutter has removed his screenwriting credit from Marvel and Lionsgate's superhero reboot "Punisher: War Zone" set for release in September.
The scribe says on his official blog that his take "tried to rip Frank Castle from the comic book world and place him in the real streets of NYC... He's a tortured, highly skilled soldier with a really bad anger problem. I always felt we should see Frank in some place uber-real and gritty."
However the final script has been "rewritten almost completely" into "the perfect comic book formula -- simple story, very obvious dialog and the inclusion of as many characters from the anthology that a movie will allow...it will do exactly what a comic book movie should do -- fill seats, setup a sequel."
The news comes as surprising considering director Lexi Alexander has boasted about her plans to deliver a darker and grittier tone.


[03.02.2008] Heute um 23.05 Uhr zeigt ProSieben "The Punisher" (2004) mit Thomas Jane... Die Wiederholung läuft um 3.10 Uhr...

[29.01.2008] Unter LexiAlexander.com gibt es neue Bilder und die Sequel-Regisseurin schreibt...
Greetings from Vancouver, BC, where we will shoot a pick up scene during the night on top of a high-rise roof at below zero temperatures. I don’t know what it is with this film, but apparently, the price of getting it right seems to be complete torture of both the crew and cast. Ha, ha. This time, though, we all seem to be less bothered by the conditions, mainly because we look forward to seeing each other again to complete a film we are all very proud of. [...]

[15.01.2008] CS! sprach mit Julie Benz über ihre Rolle in "Punisher: War Zone"...

[31.12.2007] Unter LexiAlexander.com schreibt die Sequel-Regisseurin...
[...] It’s done. Well, except one exterior scene that we couldn’t shoot because of the snowstorm, which we will have to shoot in the near future.
I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging, but trust me when I tell you, every spare minute I had outside of work was used to catch as much sleep as possible. 40 nights of shooting in the freezing cold. I’m surprised my cast & crew showed up every single night. I was lucky. Everybody was great and really involved in the film.
There were a few surreal incidents that happened during the shoot. One was that for the first week of shooting, every time Ray Stevenson stepped in front of the camera, it started raining. [...]


[11.12.2007] Im SHH! Forum beantwortet Regisseurin Lexi Alexander die Fragen der Fans...

[08.12.2007] Bei SHH! gibt es ein Interview mit der Regisseurin Lexi Alexander...
SHH!: [...] What one thing do you think distinguishes your take on the Punisher compared to the last Punisher movie that fans of the comic will truly appreciate?
Alexander:
The last "Punisher" movie really wasn't relevant to us. There is a lot of comparison to it but not any of the people on my team ever looked to that and said, "how can it either be different or better." We just kind of made our own film. The one thing I concentrated on is to really make it as close to the MAX series as possible. I think we really achieved it in terms of the look, as well as the tone. When I look at the dailies that I am getting, seriously, I think I am looking at a MAX comic book right in front of me. It's the same color tones; it's the same tone.
SHH!: Will this be a hard R "Punisher," and, if so, what sort of guidelines has the studios established regarding as to how violent the means can be?
Alexander:
It will definitely be a hard R. Luckily, Lionsgate has been great about it. They haven't given me any guidelines in terms of violence. I really like violent movies. [...]


[07.12.2007] Bei CS! gibt es ein erstes Bild von Ray Stevenson als Punisher...

[20.11.2007] Bei Moviehole gibt es eine positive Kritik zum Sequel-Drehbuch...

[13.11.2007] B-D weiss mehr über die Sequel-Besetzung...
[...] Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchinson, Colin Salmon, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok and Julie Benz all star in Lionsgate's sequel, which shoots through December in Montreal, Canada. The film is being directed by Lexi Alexander off of a script collaborated by Nick Santora, Kurt Sutter, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Continuing his crusade to punish violent criminals in America, former FBI agent Frank Castle arrives in New York to take on a underworld boss who plots to take control of the underworld.

[21.10.2007] Bei IESB gibt es einen Audiokommentar von Thomas Jane zur "Punisher"-Umbesetzung... ;-)

[26.09.2007] JoBlo.com meldet...
After numerous rumors on who would be playing Jigsaw in PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, Dominic West (300) has officially won the role. West joins the cast along with Wayne "Newman" Knight who'll play Microchip, the chubbier, geekier version of James Bond's Q [...]

[19.09.2007] Unter LexiAlexander.com schreibt die Sequel-Regisseurin...
There are not a lot of directors in the process of making a studio action film who can say that they don't have at least one bad actor somebody made them cast. I can say that. Still. (Knocking on every piece of wood as I speak).
I have the best cast on the planet. The movie Gods were watching over me.
I know, I know, give it up already.
Well, here is who I'm allowed to reveal:
Dash Mihok as Detective Martin Soap.
Colin Salmon as Agent Paul Budiansky.
Doug Hutchinson as Loony Bin Jim.
As I look at their headshots on the wall in my office, my heart does little summersaults. And... I have the perfect, most talented Jigsaw!!!!!!! Stay tuned. (Don't you hate that).


[16.09.2007] Quint von AICN meldet...
[...] Paddy Considine was sent the script for PUNISHER 2 and offered the role of Jigsaw. He was going to read it and figure out if he was going to do the project or not, but it turns out their first choice for Jigsaw accepted the role before Considine read it.
This morning I woke to some readers pointing at Considine's blog [..] and also a note from Lexi Alexander, the director, confirming this. She said she couldn't spill who the actor is, but did say that he was awesome and perfect for the part. She was also very nice about Considine, saying how big a fan of his she is and how she'd love to work with him at some other point.
Paddy's words aren't as cordial, but it all amounts to the same thing. Curious who is going to be the big baddie. I'd love to see a kick-ass Punisher movie where his villain is someone you can actually be scared of, someone badass enough to make it a question whether or not our beloved Frank Castle can come out on top.


[15.09.2007] CS! meldet...
Actor Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz) has revealed here that he has been offered the role of villain Jigsaw in Lionsgate's Punisher: War Zone. He said he'll be reading the script today. [...]

[29.08.2007] CS! meldet...
Lionsgate has a new title for Lexi Alexander's Punisher movie starring Ray Stevenson -- Punisher: War Zone. The new film will be set in New York, where Frank Castle (Stevenson) runs up against a mobster. [...]

[23.08.2007] Unter LexiAlexander.com schreibt die Sequel-Regisseurin...
[...] By now, everybody knows that the new PUNISHER is a remarkable actor named RAY STEVENSON. I can't find enough words of praise to describe this formidable actor and true Gentleman. Ray's name came up on a list that the folks at Marvel handed me. I, shamefully, was not aware of Ray's work so I rented the first season of ROME. It took me no longer than 5 seconds from the time Ray came onto the screen, to know that he is FRANK CASTLE. I can't remember the last time an actor has impressed me so much with merely an expression. [...]
Currently he is staying at the home of his trainer and my fight choreographer, Pat Johnson. Johnson - the man, the myth, the legend - is, of course, responsible for the great fight scenes in Hooligans, as well as the boxing in my first short film, Johnny Flynton. His resume goes back 35 years and before then, he was the captain of the Chuck Norris fighting team and an undefeated World Karate champion. Currently Mr. Johnson is getting Ray in warrior shape and I think they spend something crazy, like five or six hours a day, just sweating. Thank God, Ray is extremely coordinated so he already looks like he was a competitive fighter himself.
For the past few weekends, Ray has also had major Military training with a bunch of badass Marines [...]


[21.08.2007] SHH! meldet...
Superhero Hype! message board member 'Advanced Dark' talked to Ray Stevenson via e-mail at Ray-Stevenson.com about playing the new Frank Castle in Lionsgate's The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank, to be directed by Lexi Alexander. Here is what the actor said about taking on the role:
Although i am still very much in the embrionic stages of developing and discovering FRANK CASTLE's character; what i can say about my approach so far is that I dont wish for anyone to walk out of the theatre wanting to 'be' FRANK CASTLE - Let me explain, I would be mortified if, for any reason, some kid at high school wanted to reach out and right the wrongs of bullying or rejection or isolation by deciding to "tool up" and take out the bad guys ! It is my full intention to have FRANK in such a dark place and do such violence on those beyond redemption that you should feel glad that there is someone who lives in the dark so we may live in the light. (and you cant wait to see what hell he brings to those targeted by him) My training program is the most comprehensive i have ever undertaken and hopefully we will bring all his skills to bear - and then some! Sorry it is a bit sketchy at this stage but we are driving forward and will stay true to the essence of THE PUNISHER! [...]


[16.08.2007] Bei Moviehole gibt es detaillierte Infos zu den "Punisher 2"-Charakteren... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!

[10.08.2007] SHH! meldet...
[...] the working title for Lionsgate and Marvel Studios' new Punisher film is The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank. Shooting is set to start in Montreal late September.
To be directed by Lexi Alexander (Hooligans) and starring Ray Stevenson (HBO's "Rome") as Frank Castle/The Punisher, the action-thriller was written by Nick Santora, Kurt Sutter, Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.
The film will be set in New York, where Frank Castle runs up against a mobster.


[20.06.2007] Capone von AICN sprach mit dem Regisseur John Dahl...
C: [...] Your name has been mentioned in connection with PUNISHER 2. Is there any truth or reality to that?
JD:
You know, I met with them and talked to them about it. I kind of liked the idea of doing a vindictive, kick-ass guy that just shoots people and has no remorse. And the comics have a great sense of humor, but I guess ultimately at the last minute, I just thought it was too serious. If they could get the same kind of humor that's in HELLBOY, that sort of sardonic, throw three guys in a dumpster and set it on fire and walk away with them screaming and kicking. To me, it could have been hilarious, but I guess ultimately it was too much baggage.
C: When your name came up the reaction was pretty favorable.
JD:
But coming into it with PUNISHER 2, and I wasn't sure if Thomas Jane was or wasn't going to do it. And if not, who do you cast? And they don't want to spend too much money. I don't know, I just felt like I was digging myself in a hole. I'd love to take an action movie and put a really black sense of humor to it, but that's hard to do.
C: Yeah, but you should still try and do it.
JD:
It would really be fun if you could just literally waste people, like Bang Bang like you're killing flies. [...]


[05.06.2007] Moviehole meldet...
According to Dark Horizons, Lionsgate may have found a helmer - Walter Hill and John Dahl were previously approached... for the long-gestating "The Punisher 2".
Set to direct the T-Shirted hero’s next jaunt - if the rumours are true - is director Lexi Alexander, best known as the writer/director of the recent "Green Street Hooligans".
Hopefully there will be some kind of an announcement soon.
A director is probably the least of the studio’s concerns at the moment though... After all, following Thomas Jane’s departure from the lead role, they don’t have a Punisher.


[31.05.2007] Moviehole sprach mit Laura Harring...
[...] Thomas Jane recently announced he wouldn’t be returning to play ‘The Punisher’ in the sequel. Having worked with him on the original, how did you feel about that?
Thomas Jane is fantastic in the role. I was so lucky [on that film] as well! John Travolta and Thomas Jane -both gifted, wonderful actors. Action films are a blast to film, but are a little bit more difficult, as there is a lot of physical action and one has to be in top shape. Sometimes it’s difficult to get into that kind of shape in a short amount of time. Sometimes also when you have already played a role, you want to move on to another role. That’s why we are actors. Maybe that’s why [he passed], I don’t know. He also has a baby at home, so maybe he just wants to spend more time with the family. Your guess is as good as mine. It is definitely a loss. [...]


[18.05.2007] FDM meldet...
[...] John Dahl is in major talks to helm the sequel to the 2004 pic, which was one of Artisan's last features before being acquired by Lionsgate. In addition, the script in place now does in fact feature Jigsaw as the killer.
Dahl is best known for Rounders, Joy Ride and upcoming You Kill Me. [...]


[16.05.2007] Quint von AICN bekam eine Mail von Thomas Jane, der mitteilte, dass er aus "Punisher 2" ausgestiegen ist...
[...] Before I got this note, I had heard some disturbing things from my sources within Lionsgate. They can’t get anybody attached to this movie, no director wants to touch it thanks to a bad script and a lacking first film. The studio has been meeting with everybody, scrapping the bottom of the barrel.
There was one person they met with that perked me up, someone that was actually an inspired choice to take on the Punisher films. A man by the name of Walter Hill.
Can you imagine if he even brought an ounce of the coolness of THE WARRIORS or a sliver of the hard-ass Bruce Willis was in LAST MAN STANDING to the character of Frank Castle?
And my sources say that Hill wanted to do the movie. Yet Lionsgate didn’t want him and are still searching... although I hear they’re close to locking down another director, but I don’t know who that is yet. I doubt he or she’ll be as cool as Walter Hill.
So, there you have it. You heard it here first, straight from the man himself. It sounds like Jane wanted the same kind of Punisher movie we do. Too bad Lionsgate doesn’t seem to.


[29.04.2007] Heute um 0.40 Uhr zeigt ProSieben "The Punisher" (1989) mit Dolph Lundgren...

[11.03.2007] Heute um 23.00 Uhr zeigt ProSieben "The Punisher" mit Thomas Jane als deutsche Free-TV-Premiere in HDTV - die Wiederholung läuft um 3.25 Uhr...

[19.12.2006] Bigfanboy.com meldet...
[...] Thomas Jane talked about THE PUNISHER 2, which looks to finally be making some progress. Tom announced that the latest draft of the screenplay is going to be written by Stuart Beattie, who penned COLLATERAL for Michael Mann, and worked on all three PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN screenplays. Steve Niles pointed out that Beattie also did a draft for 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, which just wrapped shooting last week [...]

[03.12.2006] Newsarama.com sprach mit dem Regisseur Jonathan Hensleigh, u.a. über das Sequel...
[...] The storyline is original but a lot of the situations and the character Jigsaw, of course, is from the comic. But the story arc itself is original. Let me give you some insight into the script problems. The script problems, again, mostly relate to budget. Lionsgate wants a very intense urban action film but at the same time there’s not a corporate will to spend an enormous amount of money on the film nor should there be. This is a specialty film with a very rabid but smaller canvas. So what we’re trying to do is figure out a way to shoot a really intense urban action film with lots of violence and lots of intense, gritty action for a price and that involves a lot of script work. You’ve got to figure out how to do big, extravagant, action-based stuff but do it for cheap. We’re probably also going to have to shoot in a weird place. [...]

[13.10.2006] Moviehole meldet...
It’s said at least once a month, and now Thomas Jane is saying it again: "The Punisher 2" is coming. The sequel to the Marvel comic book film - which was only a lukewarm success - has been in the works for a couple of years now, but according to its star - who’s very keen to don the black Skull-adorned shirt again - it’s closer now than it’s ever been (hang on, that sounds like something Lucas would say about "Indiana Jones 4"). "The script comes in a couple of weeks, and it's going to be darker, bloodier and more unfriendly than the first one," Jane tells MTV. [..]

[15.01.2006] Bei ThomasJane.com berichten Fans über ein Treffen mit TJ in Cape Girardeau, wo er gerade "Killshot" dreht...
[...] he also confirmed that Punisher 2 will begin filming this summer. [...]

[11.01.2006] DH meldet...
X4/Punisher 2
When asked if she would be returning to another X-Men film or The Punisher sequel, Rebecca Romjin quickly responded that she signed on for three films and she was done for now and that she would not be returning to the Punisher.


[12.07.2005] SciFi.com meldet...
Thomas Jane, star of 2004's comic-inspired The Punisher, told SCI FI Wire that he's been working out to prepare for the sequel, which begins filming sometime before the end of the year. Jane will again play outlaw vigilante Frank Castle, he said in an interview. "I've been in the gym for seven weeks now," Jane said. "I've already put on 12 pounds of muscle. They want to start going before the end of the year. Ideally I'd like to see the film come out in the fall of 2006, but I don't have any control over that."
Jane said that he was "not at liberty" to say who will be writing and directing the sequel, and he wouldn't confirm that the storyline would take place in an urban setting, possibly New York. "That is the rumor," he said.
Jane's Punisher was only a moderate success at the box office, but the longtime Punisher comic fan said that he feels the franchise still has great potential. (Dolph Lundgren previously played Castle in a poorly received 1989 movie of the same name.)
"I still believe The Punisher has so much material to be mined," Jane said. "There's so much new ground to be broken. I would love to see The Punisher go more in the direction of a film like Taxi Driver. I'd like the audience to be able to visit the mind of this guy. The potential for The Punisher - especially when it comes to the real juicy stuff - should go more in the direction of a gritty, urban street drama like Taxi Driver rather than a glossy, fantasy direction like the X-Men [films]."


[02.07.2005] Moviehole meldet...
[...] The studio has announced they're squeezing what they can out of some of their most profitable franchises, announcing TV spin-off's of both "The Punisher" and "Dirty Dancing".
Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lions Gate Films, tells Variety that NBC will play host to the two tube offerings, both, I'm assuming, featuring all-new casts. [...]


[21.06.2005] MTV.com sprach mit Avi Arad über die nächsten Filmprojekte...
[...] As for a sequel to 2004's "The Punisher," Arad confirms that Jigsaw will be the villain and that, with the first movie, "blood and intestines should have been blown out on the wall, because that's the Punisher." He added that the sequel will be among a handful of Marvel films with an R rating.
" 'Punisher,' of course. Maybe 'Cloak and Dagger.' I think 'Shang Chi' we can do PG-13, and 'Iron Fist' maybe an R. 'Luke Cage,' I don't know. Big studio movie. We'll try and do PG-13." [..]


[21.03.2005] IESB sprach mit Thomas Jane...
[...] the Punisher sequel script is currently being worked on and they expect production to start in two months. Location wise it looks like Tampa is out and New York is in. [...]

[14.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es Insider-Infos zum Sequel... SPOILER !!!

[14.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es einen Bericht von der Dallas Comic Con...
[...] The moderator asked Thomas Jane about there being rumors of a possible Punisher 2. Thomas' respone was....."Oh, is that still just a rumor?" We all perked up, Niles asked Jane if he could talk about this, and Thomas said "Why Not." Jane let the cat out of the bag and told the room that yesterday at a studio in north Dallas (he dropped the name, but I don't remember it), they filmed the teaser for Punisher 2. Tom O'Brien, the cover art model of Frank Castle for the Punisher comics who was also at the Con, was also at the shoot yesterday in full costume. Jane said that on his phone, he owns the only picture of himself and the "real" Punisher, both in full costume, standing next to each other. No word on when or where we will see this trailer though.
Jane said that while the script is not finished, he is working closely with the team. He said that he is doing EVERYTHING he can do to get the setting moved to the borroughs of New York and that Jigsaw is "more than likely" going to be the villian in the movie. [..]


[25.11.2004] CBR sprach mit Thomas Jane...
[...] As for the future of the live-action Frank Castle, Jane say's he'll be back in the title role in a sequel soon enough.
"They're really hot on the sequel since the DVD has sold so well," said Jane. "They're in the process right now of budgeting a sequel. We should have it in the next two weeks, sort of a preliminary budget, and then we'll start talking story, then writer and then we'll get going. I'll be involved in the story development. I probably won't be credited as such, but I'll definitely have input as to what I want to do."


[09.11.2004] AICN-D meldet...
[...] THE PUNISHER 2 looks like it, too, will be filming in Australia. Who's the bad guy? Rumours point to Michael Keaton as Jigsaw. [...]

[30.07.2004] CS! sprach mit Thomas Jane über das Sequel...
[...] "Yeah, we have had discussions. We want Jigsaw to be the bad guy," he told us, "We'll probably shoot it for much the same budget and probably go to Australia or South Africa where we can stretch the dollar. I'd do another one. It's a niche market film that will always be that, and that's what it should be." [...]

[25.06.2004] Moviehole meldet...
Plans for a "Punisher" sequel may have fallen through, with insider 'Gatorade', saying the studio doesn't see it as the potentially viable franchise it did a few months back.
"The returns have been pretty disappointing. Tom Jane has won raves, so he's going to come at of it all alright and word is, he's already in talks to play another comic book-esque character, but he probably won't be doing the sequel to this. It was supposed to be full-speed ahead on chapter two, but the studio realizes it's not going to make any money so have erased it from the future flatplan. Too much money at stake".
A sequel might happen one day, says the scooper, but most likely without Jane and probably as a straight to video title. [...]


[14.06.2004] Die NZ bietet eine Kritik...
[...] die meiste Zeit hat es hohen Unterhaltungswert, dem «Punisher» dabei zuzusehen, wie er gegen die scheinbar unbesiegbaren Feinde vorgeht, einen nach dem anderen ausschaltet - was mitunter an «Kevin allein zu Haus» erinnert - und den Bösewicht zunehmend wütend macht, aber eben auch schwächt.
Der letzte Vergleich ist ernst gemeint, denn es mangelt dem Film nicht an Humor. Während Killer auf Castle angesetzt werden, die Hensleigh sich aus anderen Filmen geliehen zu haben scheint - zum Beispiel Robert Rodriguez' El Mariachi oder ein Russe, der stark dem «Beißer» aus James Bond ähnelt - gibt es immer wieder Situationen, in denen die Gewalt ins Groteske, eben Comic-hafte kippt. So hält der Film die nötige Balance. [...]


[10.06.2004] Heute startet "The Punisher" in den deutschen Kinos...

[05.06.2004] Bei Blickpunkt:Film gibt es eine Kritik...
[...] An die beste Zeit des Actionfilms fühlt man sich zurückerinnert in diesem deftigen Vigilanten-Szenario. Damals, als Explosionen noch Explosionen waren, Männer noch Männer, die Schergen des Oberbösewichts maschinengewehrgarbenweise ins Gras beißen mussten und Namen wie Schwarzenegger und Stallone Programm waren. Ein Hauch von "Phantom-Kommando" oder "City Cobra" weht durch diesen schnörkellosen und angenehm konventionellen Film. [...]

[06.05.2004] Comics Continuum meldet...
Marvel Studios' Avi Arad said that he hopes to have the sequel to The Punisher ready by fall 2005.
Star Thomas Jane, who has signed on for three films, and writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh will both be back. [...]


[17.04.2004] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Quint...

[15.04.2004] Bei Yahoo! Movies gibt es ein paar Ausschnitte... Bei USA Today gibt es neue Infos von der Premiere...
[...] If the film, opening Friday, proves a hit, Jane's been signed for two more, and the villain for Punisher 2 has already been set: Jigsaw. "He's this rageful guy who had his face horribly mutilated by The Punisher," said Jane. "He's all stitched up back together, but his whole shredded, scarred body looks like a jigsaw." [...]

[14.04.2004] Bei AICN gibt es einen gnadenlosen Verriss...

[13.04.2004] Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit John Travolta... Und bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Harry Knowles...

[09.04.2004] Bei SKNR.net gibt es ein Interview mit Thomas Jane, in dem dieser u.a. über mögliche Sequels spricht...
[...] We are going to do at least one more and I knew this going in and wanted to make sure I enjoyed this idea and would not think I was saddled with a sequel. I wanted to be challenged and explore the line between right and wrong, as this is not often done in films today, as he is an anti-hero. I want to make a future film as relevant and real as the first one and further films after that would be based on how I fealt about the second one. [...]

[08.04.2004] Bei SHH! gibt es recht positive Kritiken...

[01.04.2004] Bei SHH! gibt es exklusive Szenenbilder !!! Nicht zu vergessen: ThePunisherArmy.com wartet auf Dich !!!

[25.03.2004] Steven Horn schreibt für IGN FilmForce über die Präsentation auf der ShoWest 2004...
[...] this movie feels like it was removed from a time capsule from the heyday of '70s filmmaking. It is so full of action, so rough around the edges, and so utterly devoid of CGI that it could have been made years ago. In fact, the films of the '70s, with their emphasis on "manly men" and uncompromising violence, sawdust and grit, greatly appealed to Jane and Hensleigh. Says Jane "[The film] marks a return to bare-bones acting and directing in film." Jane went on to note how the era of Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin, as well as the concept of a man with "problems that we can all relate too" was part of their discussions all along. If the "R" movie really is back and we're returning to actual action movies, then The Punisher and to a lesser degree Bad Boys 2 are on the leading edge of the action renaissance. [...]

[24.03.2004] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Mit einer exklusiven Präsentation der Marvel-Comic-Verfilmung "The Punisher" gab Lions Gate seine Showest-Premiere, um seine Vormachtstellung unter den Independents zu unterstreichen. Der kompromisslose Actionfilm mit Thomas Jane in der Hauptrolle eines bedingungslosen Rächers, das Regiedebüt des Drehbuch-Ass' Jonathan Hensleigh ("Armageddon"), das in Deutschland von Columbia TriStar ausgewertet wird, wurde trotz seiner Härte mit viel Beifall aufgenommen. [...]

[09.03.2004] IGN FilmForce sprach mit Jonathan Hensleigh, u.a. über ein mögliches "Punisher"-Sequel...

[08.03.2004] TheMovieBox.net hat einen "The Punisher" TV-Spot veröffentlicht !!! Bei IGN gibt es neue Szenenbilder... Und bei UGO gibt es zwei neue Poster...

[02.03.2004] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
With its Marvel Enterprises property "The Punisher" ready to hit theaters in the spring, Lions Gate Entertainment said Thursday that it has further pacted with Marvel for a "Punisher II" sequel and also is developing two more Marvel films, based on the characters of Iron Fist and Black Widow. The first film in the planned "Punisher" franchise stars Thomas Jane, John Travolta and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. The sequel is in the development stage. [...]

[21.02.2004] Bei Yahoo! Movies gibt es einen neuen "The Punisher" Trailer !!!

[20.02.2004] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Moriarty, der den Film bereits gesehen hat...
[...] THE PUNISHER has more in common with the work of Don Seigel and John Frankenheimer than it does with the work of Michael Bay or Simon West. To Hensleigh’s credit, what he’s done here is make a character-driven revenge drama that resolutely refuses to fit into the easy current definition of the "comic-book" movie. This isn’t like any of the other recent Marvel movies, so before you start screaming at me about BLADE 2 or DAREDEVIL or HULK, save yourself the hassle. This is nothing like those films, whatever you think of them.
Is it like the source material? Honestly, I can’t answer that question. Does it work as a movie? Yeah. It sure does. [...]


[09.02.2004] Music from the Movies meldet...
[...] we can confirm the rumours about Italian composer Carlo Siliotto being the one responsible for the musical accompaniment in the upcoming Marvel Comics action adventure The Punisher.
Siliotto is best known for his scores for the 2002 television mini series Caesar, the charming family film Fluke and the 1993 drama Flight Of The Innocent. Born in Rome, Siliotto has written film music since the mid-1980s with over seventy theatrical feature and television credits on his filmography. [...]


[02.02.2004] IGN berichtet über einen Unfall am Set...
It takes a lot of brawn to play the muscle-bound villain in the latest Marvel-to-movie blockbuster, The Punisher. Just ask WWE superstar Kevin Nash who stars as "the Russian" in the upcoming film. Little did he realize that taking on this role would also result in being physically stabbed by a knife during the process of shooting the film. In a bizarre Hollywood accident, reports from the set indicate the actor and WWE star Kevin Nash was accidentally stabbed by Punisher actor Thomas Jane during the shooting of a knife fight scene. The word from the set is that Nash, who performs all of his own stunts, was so pumped up for the performance that he didn't even realize that he had actually been physically stabbed in the process.

[31.01.2004] Bei MTV.com gibt es einen Set-Bericht...

[10.01.2004] Bei SHH! gibt es ein "Punisher vs. Kevin Nash"-Bild !!!

[28.12.2003] Bei SHH! gibt es ein Interview mit Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, sowie ein neues Bild von Frank & Joan !!!

[05.11.2003] Der "The Punisher" Trailer ist online !!!

[03.11.2003] Bei SHH! gibt es einen Set-Bericht... Bei SHH! gibt es auch ein neues Bild vom "Punisher"...

[19.10.2003] Bei AICN gibt es, neben einem Poster zum Film, auch die Presseerklärung zum Ende der Dreharbeiten...

[14.10.2003] Bei SHH! gibt es ein Daily-Audio-Interview mit Thomas Jane (Benötigt Real Player)...

[07.10.2003] Bei SHH! gibt es ein Bild aus dem TIME Magazine...

[02.10.2003] DH zitiert 'Captain Red'...
"I got a look at the script, and I'll tell you right now, Garth Ennis fans are in for a big treat. There are big portions of the first story arc, which I think is "welcome home frank" in this script, and it's cool. I enjoyed the script very much - the russian, bumpo, joan, all there. Jonathan Hensleigh also brings in his own voice, and they are trying to make Tampa WAY more dangerous than it actually is. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that Saint is written as a very flawed character, very human. He's not pure evil, but he does do evil things. Castle is not the comic book character we all know, but he is not all that different either. He's not a one man wrecking crew so much as, like Saint, a flawed person trying to make sense of the loss of his family, and his way to do this is to kill a lot of people. BTW, His father (Roy Scheider) wasn't in this version of the script, only mentioned when he picks up his father's 45's, and parker shotguns. The big family death scene I saw is not in this script, and I'm afraid they'll cut him out of the film, which would be a shame. They are nearly done with shooting. Only a few more weeks. I believe Travolta wraps in a week, and Jane may already be done, actually. Not sure about that one. I really hope more big films come to Tampa to shoot as an alternative to Canada, because the city is ready and willing to host them". Finally, there's also some new set pics today up at Millionaire Playboy.

[25.09.2003] Die Offizielle Website hat ihre Pforten geöffnet und es gibt einiges zu entdecken... Derweil bietet SHH! Bilder von Travolta am Set !!!

[04.09.2003] Bei SHH! gibt es Spy-Reports...

[27.08.2003] DH zitiert 'Peel Away'...
"I have seen what I believe is going to be the opening. If not, an important flashback. An "undercover" gay eurotrash Frank Castle ordering some punks around with a lisp and a fat cigarette, then gets shot by his partner. Based on what I saw, I don't know if it's supposed to be an accident, or if his partner is "dirty". Then a bunch of FBI guys bust in and do a lot of shouting and gun pointing. Castle shows up at an outdoor press conference in downtown Tampa to confront his partner, they talk about him on the news too, he's wearing the skull shirt, but he has a shirt buttoned over it. Kinda stupid. There is also a scene of him talking to his son, and get this, his son says "I liked you better with blonde hair" He replies " I'm a Castle, we've always had black hair." He then continues to talk about the Castle family, how they have been moving from place to place for years, and how this move for the family will be the last. I suppose that's supposed to be cryptic, since they all get gunned down in short order. There was also stunt footage shot in the Port of Tampa - I am betting this is where Castle is hiding out due to the abundance of abandoned warehouses. I also hear they're going to have to reshoot a few days worth of scenes because of a focussing problem with some footage. The fact that it's set in Tampa, not NYC should really tell you all you need to know about how much a departure this will be but is should be a decent action flick with a hint of Frank Castle thrown in".

[08.08.2003] Bei SHH! gibt es Bilder vom Set...

[05.08.2003] Bei CountingDown gibt es eine Presseerklärung von Artisan Pictures, zum Beginn der Dreharbeiten...

[25.07.2003] Hollywoodreporter.com meldet...
Samantha Mathis and Will Patton lead a cast of actors who are checking into Artisan Entertainment/Marvel Studios' "The Punisher" for director Jonathan Hensleigh. Production starts Aug. 2 in Tampa, Fla., with Thomas Jane in the title role. James Carpinello, Mark Collie, Ben Foster, John Pinette, Eddie Jamison and Russell Andrews also have signed on to round out the cast, joining John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Laura Harring in the project. "Punisher" is based on Marvel Comics' vigilante hero who dispenses harsh justice to criminals after his wife and children are slain by the mob.

[22.07.2003] Bei TBO.com gibt es einen Artikel über das Casting der Statisten...

[07.07.2003] Hollywood Reporter meldet...
Ben Foster has joined the cast of Artisan Entertainment/Marvel Films' "The Punisher" for director Jonathan Hensleigh. Foster will play Dave, the title character's deadbeat but loyal and good-hearted neighbor. Foster, who appeared this season on HBO's "Six Feet Under," next appears in the Polish brothers' "Northfork" and the indie feature "11:14." He is repped by Endeavor, Ken Jacobson of James/Levy/Jacobson and attorney Patty Felker.

[27.06.2003] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Neu auf der Besetzungsliste der ab Juli in Dreh gehenden Marvel-Comicverfilmung "The Punisher" stehen Laura Harring ("Mulholland Drive") und Rebecca Romijn-Stamos ("X-Men 2"). Harring soll die rachsüchtige Gattin des Bösewichts Howard Saint (John Travolta) spielen, Romijn-Stamos die Nachbarin des Punishers (Thomas Jane). Das Artisan-/Marvel Studios-Projekt wird von Jonathan Hensleigh inszeniert.

[24.06.2003] Bei About.com gibt es ein Interview mit Thomas Jane...
[...] Were you a fan of the comic book prior to taking on the role?
No I wasn't a fan prior to because I didn't like superhero comics, but this guy is such an anti-hero that I've fallen in love with him. He's so dark and it's Marvel's darkest property, so I've fallen in love with the whole thing.
And he's not a typical superhero because he doesn't have special powers.
Right. He doesn't have super powers. He can't leap over tall buildings, he can't crawl up a wall, he's just really, really angry.
And John Travolta is going to be one of the main villains?
I can't wait. He's one of my heroes.
Have you done any preparation with him yet?
No, no I haven't. He's in Baltimore, which is where I was born, working on "Ladder 49," a fireman movie. We haven't hooked up yet but I look forward to it. [...]


[20.06.2003] Der "The Punisher" Teaser-Trailer ist online !!! Und die Offizielle Website ebenso...

[07.06.2003] Bei CHUD gibt es Infos zu den Kampfszenen, die sehr realitätsnah ausfallen sollen...

[14.05.2003] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
John Travolta spielt neben Thomas Jane in der von Jonathan Hensleigh inszenierten Marvel-Comicverfilmung "The Punisher". Travolta schlüpft in die Rolle des Bösewichts Howard Saints, Gegenspieler des Titelhelden (Jane). Die Dreharbeiten beginnen im Juli in Florida. [...]

[04.04.2003] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Die Hauptrolle in "The Punisher", der Live-Action-Verfilmung des gleichnamigen Marvel Comics, konnte mit Thomas Jane ("Dreamcatcher") besetzt werden. Unter der Regie von Jonathan Hensleigh, aus dessen Feder auch das Drehbuch stammt, sollen die Dreharbeiten im Juli beginnen. Jane spielt den FBI-Agenten Frank Castle, der den Mord an seiner Familie rächen will. Avi Arad und Gale Anne Hurd von den Marvel Studios fungieren als Produzenten. Ein Kinostart ist für Sommer 2004 geplant.

[12.01.2003] AICN meldet, dass Thomas Jane nach eigenem Bekunden den "Punisher" spielen wird...

[23.04.2002] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Mit Jonathan Hensleigh als Verfasser des Drehbuchs und Regisseur haben sich Artisan Entertainment und Marvel Enterprises für ihr Filmprojekt "The Punisher" die Mitarbeit eines erfahrenen Autors gesichert. Der Drehbuchautor zu Filmen wie "Armageddon - Das jüngste Gericht", "Jumanji" und "Stirb langsam: Jetzt erst recht" gibt damit sein Regiedebüt. "The Punisher" wird im Rahmen des vor zwei Jahren zwischen Amir Malin (CEO Artisan Entertainment) und Avi Arad (CEO Marvel Studios) geschlossenen Joint-Ventures über die Umsetzung von 15 Marvel-Comics in Spielfilme oder TV-Serien realisiert. Der Film erzählt die Geschichte des Exsoldaten Frank Castle, der den Mord an seiner Familie durch eine kriminelle Gang rächen will. Produziert wird "The Punisher" von Gale Anne Hurd.


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