The Unfortunate Reality Behind PUNISHER WAR ZONE...
Published at: July 25, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST by headgeek
Hey folks, Harry here... I know I'm not at Comic Con - but that doesn't mean I'm not covering it. At the PUNISHER WAR ZONE panel yesterday, Gale Anne Hurd told the audience that Lexi Alexander was on her "Honeymoon" and couldn't make it.
That is what we call a "story" - others may call it a "cover" and still others may call it a "bald face lie."
How can I say that? Well when I posted that Comic Con footage with the shitty music and terrible scratches (that otherwise rocked) - a source of mine that I've been in contact for years inside Lionsgate contacted me out of sheer frustration, whom I'll call JIGSAW. It seems that after a summer, where we've had incredible success with Superhero properties that were treated with respect by filmmakers that were left to do their thing... that Lionsgate has turned a deaf ear to all of that.
Lexi Alexander has been kicked to the curb - part of that treatment was her "honeymoon" from Comic Con. However, there's more totally awesome wedding gifts that Lionsgate has given the blushing bride. She's off the movie and wrapped up in a non-disclosure clause - so we won't be hearing from her anytime soon, UNLESS THINGS CHANGE RADICALLY - but Lionsgate isn't necessarily known for calming down. They've decided to market it HARD CORE - and they've decided to jettison the composer for the film in lieu of loud thrashing metal, because nothing says PUNISHER like raspy amps.
The music choice is very much about producing a soundtrack that'll sell well, fuck whether or not it serves the film. Jigsaw also told me - that the film may survive the manhandling, but will not be the film that lovers of Garth Ennis and Tim Bradstreet are hoping for. Expect an erratic head pounding METAL show.
I thought we were past that sort of shit.