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[04.04.2008] Bei SHH! gibt es neue Poster zum Film... Und bei DH gibt es 40 "Behind the Scenes"-Bilder !!!

[30.03.2008] CS! meldet...
New York Comic Con (NYCC) today announced Lionsgate will be at its 2008 event promoting The Spirit, based on the classic comic book series created by Will Eisner and written for the screen and directed by Frank Miller.
At NYCC, production partners Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment will present an exclusive first look at The Spirit on Saturday, April 19 in New York Comic Con's IGN Theater, featuring the world premiere of the film's teaser trailer. Miller and Mendes will be on hand to speak about their respective roles in the upcoming film [...]


[16.03.2008] Auf der Offiziellen "Will Eisner's The Spirit" Website schreibt Regisseur Frank Miller über den Stand der Dinge...

[21.11.2007] Bei AICN gibt es einen Setbericht...

[15.11.2007] Bei SHH! gibt es Bilder vom Set - und CS! war dort...

[09.11.2007] Die Offizielle "Will Eisner's The Spirit" Website ist zwischenzeitlich online und bietet u.a. einen Video-Gruss von Regisseur Frank Miller...

[08.10.2007] Variety.com meldet...
Paz Vega and Jamie King have joined the cast of "Will Eisner’s The Spirit," [...]
Vega will play the knife-wielding Plaster of Paris, and King will portray Lorelei, a phantom siren. [...]


[07.10.2007] IESB meldet...
Jaime King will portraying the hypnotizing Lorelei Rox. The character had her first and only appearance in the September 19th, 1948 issue.
Her character story arch, while short, was one of the most memorable. She is described as a modern-day siren with a voice that could kill. [...]


[06.10.2007] Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Eva Mendes...
CS: What about "The Spirit"? Are you Sand Sarif?
Mendes:
I'm Sand Sarif. I start that in just a couple weeks.
CS: Wow, so what's the preliminaries for that? Have you been reading the old comic strips?
Mendes:
Yeah, I have some. Frank Miller gave me some of the old comics and I'm excited because I've never actually played like the real femme fatal and this woman is just so... she'd eat you for breakfast. I know, it's kind of fun.
CS: What about the visual look of a character like that?
Eva Mendes:
Right now we're thinking kind of a very old meets new Rita Hayworth-ish kind of hair. We have a 40's feel to some of the outfits and stuff but obviously modernize it. Frank Miller's lovely insanity so it will be a nice little mix. That's what we're thinking now and that could always change once we're there. It usually does.
CS: Will you be a red-head?
Mendes:
I'm going a little red, but not red-red. I tried red a few years ago and, oh actually for "2 Fast 2 Furious" I thought I would do red just to be fun. The worst idea I ever had. Me and Neil were like yeah, that's not going to work. I was like yeah, I know it's not working, so we're not going fully red but we're doing a little hint of it.
CS: Are there any of the cast members that you're excited to work with on "The Spirit"?
Mendes:
Yeah, I'm really excited to work with Gabriel Macht. I think he's exciting and new and I saw him in "A Love Song for Bobby Long," and I thought he was lovely. I was like, "why doesn't this guy work more" and then he was in "The Spirit" and I was like, "oh, cool." Then Scarlett Johanssen, who she's also going to be in it and the funny part is I did one of my first jobs about eight or nine years ago with Scarlett, one of my first acting jobs and she was like 14 years old, 15 years old and she ran circles around me. I was like this little girl is going to be such a star because she was just like telling me how it is. She was telling me about the business and I was a lot older than her and I just loved it. You're so cool. [...]


[26.09.2007] JoBlo.com meldet...
Frank Miller has added a bunch of new actors to his upcoming feature directorial debut THE SPIRIT including some classic TV actors. Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons and Louis Lombardi join the already cast Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes. Paulson, the best thing about the failed NBC series "Studio 60" (though is that really even a compliment?), will star as the Spirit's true love Ellen Dolan. Lauria, best known as Kevin Arnold's dad on "The Wonder Years" will play the police commissioner and Louis Lombardi (the late, great Edgar from "24") will star as Phobos, a henchman of the Octopus (Jackson). Katic will play a cop while Simmons will play a younger version of our hero. Filming is set to begin this October in New Mexico, shot entirely at Albuquerque Studios. [...]

[25.08.2007] Wie CS! meldet, wurde der US-Starttermin auf den 16. Januar 2009 gesetzt...

[22.08.2007] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Frank Miller continues to lure femmes fatales for "Will Eisner's The Spirit," lining up Eva Mendes for the key role of Sand Saref, a beauty with dangerous curves. Miller, the comic auteur making his feature-length directorial debut on the film, has welcomed acclaimed cinematographer Bill Pope to make sure the curves are in fine focus.
Mendes joins Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht in the fantasy thriller about a rookie cop (Macht) who returns from the dead to fight crime as the Spirit from the shadows of Central City.
Sand Saref is described as the only woman who could break the Spirit's heart. As teenage lovers, the two were torn apart when Sand's father was accidentally killed by the Spirit's uncle.
Production will begin in October in New Mexico and will be shot entirely at Albuquerque Studios.
Odd Lot Entertainment's Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker will produce along with Michael Uslan of Batfilm Prods. Batfilm co-founder Benjamin Melniker and Steve Maier are executive producers. Odd Lot's Linda McDonough and Batfilm's F.J. DeSanto serve as co-producers.
Odd Lot and Lionsgate are production partners on "The Spirit," with Lionsgate holding domestic and U.K. rights. It is scheduled to release the film in 2009.
Pope worked with the Wachowskis on "Bound" and the "Matrix" trilogy and teamed with Sam Raimi on "Darkman," "Army of Darkness" and the "Spider-Man" sequels.
Mendes, who has appeared in the hits "Hitch" and "Ghost Rider," next appears in Columbia's "We Own the Night" [...]


[18.08.2007] Wie AICN meldet, wird Scarlett Johansson die Femme Fatale spielen...

[02.08.2007] Wie AICN meldet, wird Gabriel Macht die Titelrolle spielen...

[31.05.2007] Bei Rotten Tomatoes gibt es ein Interview mit Frank Miller...
[...] "It's based on an old 1940's comic by my mentor, Will Eisner, and it features a masked adventure up against all kinds of nasty people and all kinds of beautiful women," he said, "Lionsgate are negotiating with Samuel L. Jackson to play the main villain; The Octopus. As far as I know the negotiations are going fine, but I'm not a negotiator!"
Of course, by stroke of coincidence we learned just before we sat down with Miller that Robert Rodriguez had been signed onto a remake of the classic sixties sex flick "Barbarella". So what of "Sin City 2"? Rumours swirl that the project has been stalled by the breakdown of Rodriguez' marriage. "Sin City 2 is still likely to happen," says Miller, "just not right away. The script is written and Robert and I are raring to go, but it looks like I'm going to be doing The Spirit first and Robert's going to be doing Barbarella first."
[...] by far the most interesting revelation in our time with Miller was his passion for a certain filmmaking technology... "I saw U2 3D and I thought that the 3D effects were not just remarkable but historic. I think that's going to be the way to go for a lot of features and I think people are going to get used to the funky glasses before long. It's just astonishing, what they've developed, and I think they've ushered in a new era for 3D."
So could this be the biggest hint at what we have in store for "The Spirit?" Miller didn't say for certain, but the notion has us excited. "Plans to do my own 3D film are forming in my head," he teased, "and they were within ten minutes of when the movie started; it's that good. [...]


[18.05.2007] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to star as a mysterious supervillain in the Frank Miller-helmed comic book adaptation "The Spirit" for Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment.
The story centers on Denny Colt, an ambitious young cop murdered in the line of duty who under mysterious circumstances is reborn as the masked mystery man known as the Spirit.
Jackson would play the Spirit's nemesis, the Octopus, a meek lab assistant who reinvents himself as a psychotic nightmare that kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face. The Octopus' tentacles reach into every aspect of crime in fictitious Central City, a city he plans to wipe out.
Miller said during an introduction of the project at the Festival de Cannes that Jackson is his first choice to play the evil genius who knows the secrets behind the Spirit. He added that he is beginning to mull different actors to play the comic book hero. [...]


[16.05.2007] CS! meldet...
Lionsgate has acquired domestic and U.K. distribution rights to The Spirit, the live adaptation of the classic Will Eisner comic book. Frank Miller wrote the script and will direct.
The Spirit is a man who fakes his own death so he can fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His nemesis is the Octopus, who kills those unlucky enough to see his face and is looking to wipe out the entire city.
Miller, who first got behind the camera to co-direct Sin City with Robert Rodriguez, will make The Spirit his first solo helming effort. Miller created the graphic novels that were adapted into the films Sin City and 300, and the production start of The Spirit will be influenced by the start date of the Sin City sequel that Miller will make with Rodriguez.


[09.11.2006] IGN sprach mit Frank Miller...
[...] "We're working on the script right now," says Miller of The Spirit. "We've got a good strong story to work with, and we're hoping to be in production either spring or fall [2006]."
While it's no secret that the project will be utilizing the same digital background technology used on Sin City and 300, rumor has it that Miller plans on using actual illustrated panels taken directly from the Eisner comics.
"No, we'll be more subtle than that," debunks Miller, "but not much. It'll be very faithful to the books."
Miller goes on to reveal that he does have a certain actor in mind for the role of the titular hero, but stops short of naming the individual for fear of destroying any chance he may actually have of attaching him.
Admitting that he's making the shift from comics to film because "the movie stuff has been coming so fast and furious that I need to strike while the iron's hot," he confirms that he will be reprising his role as co-director for the upcoming Sin City 2.
"Either that or The Spirit will be the next thing I shoot," explains Miller. "Either me and Robert [Rodriguez] on Sin City 2 or me on The Spirit. It all depends on where the pieces are on both projects. Sin City 2 is scripted, so it's mainly a matter of Robert's schedule and all the other production stuff." [...]


[25.09.2006] Herr-Rau.de widmet sich der möglichen visuellen Umsetzung der "The Spirit"-Comics...

[20.07.2006] Bei AICN gibt es einen Kommentar von Quint...

[19.07.2006] CS! meldet...
Comic book artist Frank Miller will adapt and direct The Spirit, based on comic legend Will Eisner's classic strip, for Odd Lot Entertainment and Batfilm Productions, reports Variety.
Miller made his helming debut co-directing Sin City -- adapted from his graphic novel -- with Robert Rodriguez.
The Spirit, which debuted in 1940, tells the story of a masked detective who is believed to be dead. Using a mausoleum as his home base, Eisner's character fights crime in the dark shadows of Central City, using cunning and ingenious forms of punishment.
DC Comics has reprinted much of the comic series -- Eisner's best-known work -- in hardcover form.
Odd Lot bought rights to The Spirit from Eisner, who passed away last year, in 2004. The producers are Del Prete, Pritzker, and Batfilm's Michael Uslan (Batman Begins).
"I intend to be extremely faithful to the heart and soul of the material, but it won't be nostalgic. It will be much scarier than people expect," said Miller.
Miller said he's putting together a treatment that consists in large part of panels from the "Spirit" strip. Shooting is expected to start in late spring.
Batfilm co-founder Benjamin Melniker is executive producing. Odd Lot's Linda McDonough and Batfilm's F.J. DeSanto will co-produce.


[11.12.2005] ProSieben zeigt heute um 17.10 Uhr "Spirit - Der wilde Mustang"...

[24.06.2002] Spiegel Online sprach mit Katzenberg, u.a. über "Spirit"...
[...] SPIEGEL ONLINE: Die Computeranimation hat in den vergangenen fünf Jahren gigantische Fortschritte gemacht. Warum ließen Sie "Spirit" in 2D zeichnen?
Katzenberg: Was ein Zeichner mit einem Stift auf einem Stück Papier Leben erschafft, kann bisher keine 3D-Software so bewerkstelligen. Eine Augenbraue von "Shrek" hat 16 Punkte, an denen der Zeichner die Bewegungen der Augenbraue manipulieren kann. Wenn James Baxter eine Braue von "Spirit" hebt, zeichnet er eine Linie. Eines ist organisch, das andere ist die Bewegung von Schaltern. Das Herz, das Gefühl, das in einer handgezeichneten Figur steckt, kann derzeit noch kein Computer ersetzen. [...]


[20.06.2002] Heute startet "Spirit" in den dt. Kinos...

[16.06.2002] Heute finden vielerorts Vorpremieren von "Spirit" in deutschen Kinos statt...

[25.05.2002] Bei CountingDown gibt es mehrere Ausschnitte aus "Spirit"... Und Harry von AICN findet den Film gut...
[...] This is literally one of the best works of physical animation that I have ever seen. Especially the work on the title character. If you have kids, check this out. If you are a fan of animation, check this out. And lastly if you want to score points with the woman in your life, check this out... It is a good date movie. Really it is.
God willing, this movie will perform well, as 2D animation is in great need for great success, too often the for of CG movies have been out-shining the 2D world, but ultimately what is most important about any story isn’t the form, but what it has to say. This is a movie with strong characters telling a strong story in the best form needed to tell the story." [...]


[20.05.2002] Bei Coming Soon! kommen die Filmemacher zu Wort...
[...] "'Spirit' actually is the most technically complex animated movie made today because it's actually taking the best of these two worlds and developing yet a third complication which is how to marry them together in which it literally becomes seamless. If we've done our job well, you cannot tell the difference between where there is computer animation and where is traditional animation." [...]

[18.05.2002] Coming Soon! sprach mit Hans Zimmer über die Filmmusik...

[16.05.2002] Bei Box Office Prophets gibt es eine weitere Kritik...
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron wants to be a great animated film. At times, it succeeds. The film about a wild stallion's adventures falters a bit in trying too hard to remain accessible to younger audiences. It does, however, showcase some remarkable animation. [...]

[14.05.2002] Bei Box Office Prophets und Dark Horizons gibt es positive Kritiken...
[...] Spirit was ambitious, well drawn, and a very good tale. It was lacking the ever necessary truly evil villian that is quite often needed, but what it had was a very interesting quest story. [...]

[27.04.2002] Bei UIP Netherlands gibt es ein weiteres Plakatmotiv...

[17.04.2002] Auf der DreamWorks SKG Fansite gibt es eine sehr positive Kritik von Tom Gertsch...
[...] Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron is an entertaining animation feature that will not only have a long theatrical run due to the audience's positive identification (young children identified with our hero, Spirit and grasped his mannerisms quite well) with the main character but as animation goes, it will also hold a long shelf life in ancillary markets especially home video/DVD. [...]

[07.04.2002] Die Offizielle Website wurde relaunched und bietet endlich mehr...

[06.04.2002] Bei CountingDown gibt es das neue "Spirit"-Filmplakat...

[14.03.2002] Produzent Jeffrey Katzenberg zeigte heute erste Ausschnitte des neuen DreamWorks-Abenteuers im CinemaxX Hamburg... Bryan Adams stellte einige Songs, die er zusammen mit Oscar-Gewinner Hans Zimmer für diesen Film schrieb, live vor...

[10.03.2002] Der neue "Spirit"-Trailer ist da !!!

[23.02.2002] USA Today meldet, dass Matt Damon (u.a. "Jay und Silent Bob schlagen zurück") im Original die Geschichte von Spirit erzählen wird... Und Bryan Adams steuert einige Songs bei...
[...] "We spent four years trying to find the perfect voice that could capture a spirited, heroic character," says DreamWorks' animation overseer, Jeffrey Katzenberg. "Matt had everything we hoped for, a genuine enthusiasm for life that comes through melodically in his voice."
Eight new songs written and sung by Bryan Adams also fill in the story blanks.
Damon even got to meet the real-life model for Spirit in the horse flesh. "It was a beautiful thing, those two together," says Katzenberg, who adds with a chuckle, "They did have a contest over who was the bigger star."


[06.02.2002] DreamWorks SKG Fansite hat einige Produktionsskizzen veröffentlicht...

[05.02.2002] UIP meldet...
Der Kinostart wurde vom 05.12.2002 auf den 20.06.2002 verschoben. "Spirit" (Spirit) hat den deutschen Titel "Spirit - Der wilde Mustang".

[14.01.2002] Endlich gibt es den "Spirit"-Teaser Trailer online zu bestaunen...

[02.11.2001] DreamWorks SKG Fansite hat Szenenbilder aus dem Trailer veröffentlicht...

[22.02.1999] Die Produktion beginnt...


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