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Comic-Con: Jameson Wants Johansson to Star in Biopic

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 30, 2007 at 4:50AM

[Posted by Erin Maxwell]Not many folks in the adult industry can claim A-list status. Despite the fact that the adult film market is a billion-dollar one, its only recently that H'wood moguls and the beautiful people have begun to acknowledge its presence. Most of this is due to the diligent efforts of Ms. Jenna Jameson.
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Shadow Hunter[Posted by Erin Maxwell]

Not many folks in the adult industry can claim A-list status. Despite the fact that the adult film market is a billion-dollar one, its only recently that H'wood moguls and the beautiful people have begun to acknowledge its presence. Most of this is due to the diligent efforts of Ms. Jenna Jameson.

Recently, the adult film star and New York Times best-selling author teamed with Virgin Comics for her latest endeavor, "Shadow Hunter," which follows the exploits of a risque superhero whose near death experience has her battling the forces of the evil on a daily basis. Making her first appearance at Comic-Con, Jameson talks about her upcoming foray into comics, as well as other mainstream projects in the pipeline:

So, this is your first Comic-Con. Are you excited to be here?

I talked to my friends a lot about it. For the past five or six years, my friends have been signing here and they will call me and say, Jenna, you have to come down here. It's like a world unto itself. And I guess it's really hard to fathom until you experience it. So, I'm pretty excited. Just driving down here to the convention, it's totally different. There were Chewbeccas on the road.


This is a good place for it. On my way out yesterday, I had my car attacked by 30 zombies being chased by Shaun from "Shaun of the Dead."

Oh my god, how cool. I think I'm going to love this convention because I'm a nerd at heart. I think a lot of the times people talk about these things and sometimes they just don't know, but I'm a fan of these things.

Are you a big fan of comics in general?

I'm a huge fan of MacFarlane. I love the Spawn series. I'm very horror driven. When Virgin approached me, I was like please tell me I can (put) my ideas into effect. The "Spawn" series is something that I would want to model my whole career in the comic industry after.

Your new comic "Shadow Hunter" won't have any adult content, but it will still be for mature readers. Can you explain it a bit?

It's about a girl who has a near death experience, and when she is revived, she comes back with super powers. Not overt super powers, but powers of a more sexual nature. Kind of what a girl can already do to a man, but to the tenth power.

Like Poison Ivy?

Yeah. Just be able to mind meld people with her beauty and sexual power. The storyline is still evolving. I want to make sure there is as much of me in this as possible.

What have you contributed to it so far?.Jenna

It's all fairly new. It all came about in the last month. I told all the guys at Virgin that I would wake up in the middle of the night and write down all my notes on my Sidekick. I want to be able to work with the writers. I never want to just put my stamp on anything and just walk away. I want to put my heart and soul into something. But that's who I am. I think that's why I've been so successful in my career. Because everything that I do, I embrace 100%. I never sign on to anything without knowing I can devote all of my time to it.

Are you hoping "Shadow Hunter" will make it to feature film?

I really would love for it to get to the point where it would be adapted into a feature film. It would be something I would be excited to actually star in. Right now, I'm working on pre-negotiations with Universal on my movie based on my book ("How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale"), but I'm not going to star in it, and that's by my own accord. I don't want to. I don't want to relive my life.

Who do you have an eye for?

Scarlett Johansson. She has a depth to her, and sexiness. I think she could capture the ins and outs, the hard times and the good times of my life. She's my first choice. There are people vying for the role that you would not believe. I mean, people you would never think of as an actress. A lot of pop stars. Maybe it would work. Maybe it will be great. But the bottom line is that I want it to be edgy, dark and real. We are talking to Peter Berg about directing it.

For this comic moving onto the feature film avenue, I would love to star in something sci-fi where I can be physical. I don't want to play myself. This would be fun. I can bring sensitivity to the character that I don't think has really been tapped into with any of the other characters that have come out. Women know I'm not just a sexual icon. I'm a feminist also. There are so many different facets to me that I would want to make sure are played out in this story.

Virgin Comics' "Shadow Hunter" will be in stores in December.


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[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.