Log Entries: 04/23/2012

FRANCIS (I AM LEGEND) LAWRENCE will direct The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire for Lionsgate.  The film kicks off shooting in late August … ALEX PROYAS (Dark City, I, Robot, The Kowing) will helm an adaption of Robert Heinlein’s 1942 Novella, “The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag.”  Written under the pseudonym John Riverside, this is apparently the book which initially inspired Proyas to make Dark City, in the first place.  Story concerns a man with nightly memory loss who hires a small detective agency to follow him.  What they discover him doing changes everything they thought they knew about their world.  Book was also adapted as a radio play during radio’s golden age … SHORT CIRCUIT is next on the remake roster.  The 1986 S/F Comedy will be directed by Tim (Hop) Hill.  According to Hill, the robot will be more up-to-date and dangerous than the original “cute” robot.  Said Hill: “You’ve got to find the balance between something fierce and something endearing. The original was cute. But no one was threatened by it.” … Among other changes and reinventions, the Ally Sheedy character will now be played by a child actor, yet to be cast … MARVEL STUDIOS PRESIDENT KEVIN FEIGE has stated in a recent interview that Marvel is developing a movie based on the comic, Guardians of the GalaxyBILL MURRAY has made the surprise comment that Ghostbusters III is still a “possibility” for him.  Though he would not say anything more.  This statement runs contrary to Dan Aykroyd’s recent comments that Murray, “… does not want to be involved.” … DIRECTOR TOMMY WIRKOLA (Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters,) will helm an adaption of the Red 5 comics miniseries, Afterburn.  The pic stars Gerard Butler, and tells of a future mercenary who recovers ancient artifacts from a dangerous wasteland … FOX SEARCHLIGHT have revealed a photo of Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in their upcoming film, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho:  

AND PRODUCER ROBERT ORCI has updated the Ender’s Game blog with the first cryptic photo of the title character: EMILY BLUNT will join Tom Cruise in Doug (Jumper) Liman’s All You Need is Kill for Warner Bros.  The story is yet another variation of the 1990 Academy Award nominated short film, 12:01 PM, (also the basis for the Harold Ramis/Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day,) wherein a reluctant soldier is killed over an over again, each time finding himself back in time and alive with the opportunity to do everything over in pursuit of altering his outcome. … JAMES CAMERON has decided to postpone Battle Angel (based on the Japanese manga “Battle Angel Alita,”) and focus on Avatar 2.  Contrary to previous interviews stating that Battle Angel would be first, and next would come the 2-film single production of both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, Cameron this time has only specifically stated that Avatar 2 will solely be his next film.  Cameron also spoke will Arnold Schwarzenegger recently about the focus of a proposed Terminator 5.  Said Cameron: “I was trying to be as encouraging as possible. Frankly, at that time, I thought it needed to be more about him, I told him he should not do it until it’s focused on his character or he shouldn’t do it. I think there are some great stories that can be told about that character that haven’t even been thought of yet.” … THE STOP MOTION ANIMATION STUDIO BEHIND CORALINE and the soon to be released Paranorman, will next produce Goblins, based on a book by Philip Reeve.  Laika Studios animation director Marc (The Fantastic Mr. Fox) Gustafson will helm the project about a young goblin who lives in an ancient castle alongside other goblins … RUPERT WYATT (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will direct Agent 13, based upon a 1988 independent comic book, created by the writers of Enemy of the State and Life Free or Die Hard.  Charlize Theron will reportedly play the female lead …  THE WOLVERINE will officially kick off filming this summer in Sydney, Australia, with of course Hugh Jackman in the lead.  Director James (3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day) Mangold will direct.  The film is scheduled for release, July of next year … A TV WRITER NAMED BRYAN FULLER (Pushing Daisies, Heroes) recently commented about a new Star Trek TV Series which he recently discussed with director Bryan (The Munsters reboot) Singer.  Said Fuller:  “Bryan and I are big fans of Trek and have discussed a take on what we would do, and we would love to do it.  I don’t think anything is going to happen in any official capacity until after the next movie comes out. And I’m sure it would be wisely under J.J. Abrams’ purview of what happens. He’s the guardian of Trek right now.”  … SPEAKING OF BRYAN SINGER, some production artwork for Mockingbird Lane (the aforementioned reboot of The Munsters) recently showed up in Entertainment Weekly, evidencing the visual style of the new show:

JOURNEY 2 THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND director Brad Peyton will next helm, LOBO.  Based upon the 1984 DC comics character.  The character is described as a very nasty intergalactic anti-hero bounty hunter.  The script focuses on Lobo tracking alien fugitives to a rural town on Earth, and teaming with a young woman to track them all down.  No casting has been announced, though actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) has mentioned that playing the character would be one of his dream roles … GUY (LOCKOUT) PIERCE has taken a role in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3.  Pierce will play Dr. Aldrich Killian, a scientist who invents a nanotech virus.  The film has reportedly already begun shooting in the Carolinas and will next film in China …  SOME PHOTOS OF THE SETS OF RIDLEY SCOTT’S PROMETHEUS are now on line.  Here are some good examples of the articulation evident in the design of the title spaceship.  As always, click for larger:

AND THE FIRST OFFICIAL IMAGE from the sci-fi thriller, The Colony has been released, along with a more official synopsis of the story.: Beneath the icy surface, survivors of Colony Seven struggle as food supplies dwindle and temperatures continue to drop. Plagued by illness and internal conflict, the colonists suspect the worst when they mysteriously lose contact with Colony Five – the only other known settlement. Sam, a strong-willed mechanic with a tragic past, joins a team headed up by Briggs on a dangerous expedition to find out what happened. After a hellish trek, they discover a threat much worse than imagined, and now Colony Seven must win a savage battle to preserve the last of humanity.  The film stars Laurence Fishburn and Bill Paxton … AND SADLY, ACTOR JONATHAN FRID (Dark Shadows‘ Barnabus Collins) has died.  Frid’s last role was in a cameo in the upcoming Tim Burton version of the Dark Shadows.  He died of natural causes in a hospital on Ontario, Canada.  He was 87 years old.

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