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Punisher press release

08.05.2003

Artisan Entertainment issued a press release this weekend announcing the official start of production on their summer 2004 flick THE PUNISHER. As I'm sure you know, the film is based on the Marvel comic and stars Thomas Jane and John Travolta. Here's what the release had to say including a few new names we didn't know about like Roy "We Need a Bigger Boat" Scheider and cinematographer Conrad W. Hall, son of legendary Conrad Hall of ROAD TO PERDITION and AMERICAN BEAUTY fame. Check it out:

August 2, 2003 -- Principal photography begins today on "The Punisher" it was announced by Artisan Pictures President of Production Richard Saperstein. Written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, "The Punisher" is produced by Marvel Studios CEO Avi Arad and producer Gale Anne Hurd. Kevin Feige is the executive producer. Ari Arad is the co-producer. Supporting cast members include Roy Scheider, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring, Will Patton, Ben Foster, James Carpinello, Mark Collie, Eddie Jemison, Russell Andrews and John Pinette. Conrad W. Hall serves as the cinematographer, with Michael Hanan as the production designer and Lisa Tomczeszyn as the costume designer. Production will take place in Tampa, Florida.

Marvel's unstoppable vigilante THE PUNISHER hits the screen in a new action thriller that introduces a comic book hero unlike any other. The Punisher brings to the screen one of Marvel's top-selling solo comic books and a marquee character whose popularity parallels that of Marvel stars X-Men, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four. The Punisher walks through the world we all know, a world darkened by war, crime, cruelty, and injustice. He has no superpowers to battle the evil he sees - only his fierce intelligence, his years of combat experience and, above all, his iron determination to avenge those wronged by society's villains. The Punisher marks the directorial debut of Jonathan Hensleigh, renowned screenwriter of genre blockbusters The Rock, Armageddon and Die Hard: With a Vengeance. Thomas Jane (Dreamcatcher,*61, Deep Blue Sea) stars in the title role, squaring off against superstar John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) as the story's formidable villain. Co-starring are Rebecca Romijn Stamos (X-Men, X-2: X-Men United) as a woman climbing back from a troubled past, Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive) as Travolta's vengeful wife, and Samantha Mathis (American Psycho) as The Punisher's wife.
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