Log Entries: 02/13/2012

WARNER BROS. have optioned the rights to author Terry Brooks’ book series, “Magic Kingdom of Landover,” with plans for a franchise … HAMMER, the studio behind the recent hit The Woman in Black, have now set their eyes on rebooting their own Quatermass series of Science Fiction films.  Hammer president Simon Oaks had this to say: “We are developing Quatermass at the moment. Completely contemporary, but rooted in his character. If you look at the BBC’s Sherlock it’s got enough DNA there, so you could bring him forward and say that this is what Bernard Quatermass would be like today. So he’d still be gruff, an outside, contrary, fighting authority but what would he be doing today? He wouldn’t be doing the Rocket Group because the world has moved on since the 1950s. We’re going to be announcing something about that soon.” … ANIMATION DIRECTOR Mike (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) Mitchell will next helm Jitters for Paramount.  The Gremlins-esque film is said to focus on a typical family reeling from the recession, that moves into a new residence, only to be utterly terrorized by superbugs of some kind … IN OTHER PARAMOUNT NEWS, the studio has announced that Transformers 4 will be released in 2014.  Said producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, “…we’re going to push really hard (to be) as fresh and new as we can be.“… MYTHOLOGY ENTERTAINMENT have optioned the rights and are looking at developing Richard Morgan’s science-fiction novel, “Altered Carbon,” into a feature.  “Altered Carbon” is a future story wherein humanity has spread out across the galaxy via a method of uploading a person’s consciousness into a transport system, and downloading it into a host body billions and billions of miles away.  The central character is a prison convict hired by a billionaire to find out who murdered the last body he inhabited, once he had arrived at a central destination … IN BLADE RUNNER SEQUEL/PREQUEL NEWS, there was a recent flurry of activity surrounding the possible casting of Harrison Ford, presumably to reprise his role in the original film.  When asked if the rumors about bringing back the Rick Dekard character in the new film were true, Ridley Scott commented by saying, “No. Don’t know yet. Don’t know yet.”  A cryptic response.  When pressed further on whether or not Scott would completely “dismiss” the notion of bringing Ford back to play Dekard again, Scott said this: “Absolutely not. But I’m not sure that that’s going to be a story point, so I don’t know. But if it were, nothing would please me more. Honestly.”  About the nature of the film itself, he commented: “We’re still in discussions about whether it should be a prequel or sequel. It’s an interesting conversation. I’m meeting with writers and I’ve also gone back to Hampton (Blade Runner) Fancher and he still speaks the speak. He’s right there. I spoke with him this week. But we don’t even have a script yet.” … THE EUROPA REPORT follows astronauts to Jupiter’s moon in search of extraterrestrial life.  Shades of Arthur C.Clarke’s 2010.  The film is due in theaters later this year … MICHAEL KEATON has reportedly met with the screenwriter chosen by Warner Bros. and Tim Burton, to pen Beetlejuice 2UNIVERSAL have revived Dracula Year Zero — that on again/off again pic about the historical Vlad the Impaler … AND RUSSELL CROWE is being courted by Warner Bros. to star in Harker.  Produced by Leonardo Di Caprio, the film re-imagines Bram Stoker’s character Jonathan Harker as a Scottland Yard detective investigating strange murders … PACIFIC RIM, that hush-hush Guillermo del Toro project, finally has a one line plot description.  It’s giant robots piloted by humans who are sent to fight off invading aliens.  Picture gets released next year, and tell-tale signs are evidencing that the film will be accompanied by a massive ancillary (toys, etc, the whole shebang) marketing push … IN OTHER GUILLERMO NEWS, the director will next help another incarnation of Beauty and the Beast starring none other than young Emma (Harry Potter movies) Watson … MORGAN FREEMAN has joined Tom Cruise in Joseph (Tron: Legacy) Kasinki’s sci-fi film, Oblivion.  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones) has also joined the cast.  In Oblivion, Cruise plays a man who stays on an abandoned and desolate Earth after an alien apocalypse, to repair vehicles that hunt down and attack an infestation of aliens, scavenging the surface … SPACE 1999, the 1970’s cult classic Sci-Fi TV show produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, will be returning to TV as Space: 2099.  Project is now in development by ITV Studios America and HDFILMS (HDFILMS are the people behind ABC’s reboot of V) …MOCKING BIRD LANE, Bryan Singer’s pilot for NBC’s reboot of The Munsters, begins production in June … DOUG TRUMBULL, the special effects guru behind 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner, has something new in the works.  “I can only say that it’s a 200-years-in-the-future science fiction space epic that’s going to address very big, lofty issues, like man’s place in the universe, and how our contact with extraterrestrial civilizations that are so mind-bogglingly in advance of our own that it will go into some of the same territory that 2001 went into, and it’s going to do it in a very plausibly scientific way, not a fanciful way. There are no alien monsters, and the earth is not being attacked by anybody. It’s going to be a much more intelligent, what we call hard-science fiction, and I think there’s absolutely nothing out there like this.”  Trumbull also says the movie will be shot at 120 frames per second, and integrate a lot of modern technology to make it as realistic as possible.  Trumbull’s directing credits include Silent Running and Brainstorm IN GEORGE LUCAS FLIP-FLOP NEWS, the producer/director wants everyone to know that “Greedo always shot first.”  This regardless of the T-shirt that he was photographed wearing on the set of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which read “Han Shot First” …  


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