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November 2004

Cassavetes to direct 'Iron Man'
Posted Tuesday, November 30, 2004, 1:07AM CST by Franklin Harris
Nick Cassavetes ("The Notebook") will direct "Iron Man," based on the Marvel Comics superhero, from a script by David Hayter. New Line Cinema is looking to release the film in 2006.

Source: IGN FilmForce

Sam Raimi to produce 'Evil Dead' remake
Posted Wednesday, November 24, 2004, 7:09PM CST by Franklin Harris
It seems that fans can forget about "Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash." Producer/director Sam Raimi has other plans for his reluctant hero, Ash, originally played by Bruce Campbell.

According to a report in Variety, Raimi and fellow "Evil Dead" producers Campbell and Robert Tapert will produce a remake of the original 1981 "Evil Dead."

Fans will recall that "Evil Dead" spawned two sequels, "Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn" and "Army of Darkness." All three films have attained cult status.

Raimi will not take the director's chair for the ramake, which is set up at Ghost House Pictures, where Raimi has already produced one popular horror-movie remake, "The Grudge."

According to various Internet rumors, Campbell will not return as Ash.

Source: Coming Soon

Cameron to helm 'Battle Angel Alita'
Posted Wednesday, November 24, 2004, 6:52PM CST by Franklin Harris
Director James Cameron ("Terminator") recently told National Public Radio that his next project will be "Battle Angel Alita," an adaptation of the manga by Yukito Kishiro.

"We're finishing up the shooting draft right now," Cameron said.

"The main character, even though it's a live action film, the main character will be done with CG animation, and the second thing that's interesting is we're going to be shooting it in 3D using the stereo imagining system that we've been developing for the documentaries."

Source: Superhero Hype!

'Matrix' duo to produce 'V for Vendetta'
Posted Saturday, November 20, 2004, 2:21AM CST by Franklin Harris
The Wachowski brothers ("The Matrix") and Joel Silver are producing a film version of Alan Moore's graphic novel "V for Vendetta." James McTeigue, the Wachowski brothers' first assistant director, is in negotiations to direct.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Paul Greengrass to helm 'Watchmen'
Posted Saturday, November 20, 2004, 2:16AM CST by Franklin Harris
Ain't It Cool News reports that Paul Greengrass ("The Bourne Supremacy") has replaced Darren Aronofsky as the director of "Watchmen," the big-screen adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' groundbreaking graphic novel.

New documentary looks at EC Comics
Posted Thursday, November 11, 2004, 5:33PM CST by Franklin Harris
The documentary "Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books To Television," which tells the story of EC Comics and the HBO television series based on EC's classic horror titles, is now available from www.cryptdvd.com. In the early 1950s, EC comic books like "Tales from the Crypt" and "Vault of Horror" earned the publisher a cult following. The documentary chronicles the company's rise and fall, as well as the TV show that carried on its legacy.

DreamWorks picks up 'Casshern'
Posted Thursday, November 11, 2004, 10:38AM CST by Franklin Harris
DreamWorks has acquired the North American distribution rights to "Casshern," a Japanese sci-fi film that blends traditional, stop-motion and CGI animation. DreamWorks will release the film under its Go Fish banner.

Source: DreamWorks SKG Fansite

Aronofsky not watching 'Watchmen'?
Posted Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 9:18AM CST by Franklin Harris
Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream") reportedly has pulled out of directing "Watchmen," an adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel of the same name. The reason appears to be a scheduling conflict between "Watchmen" and Aronofsky's next project, the long-delayed sci-fi film "The Fountain."

According to Ain't It Cool News, Paramount Pictures wants "Watchmen" in theaters for summer 2006, and Aronofsky could not meet that deadline. Paramount must now find someone else to helm the project.

No 'Global Frequency' for The WB
Posted Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 9:06AM CST by Franklin Harris
The WB has passed on the pilot for "Global Frequency," a proposed new series based on the comic book written by Warren Ellis. The show's producers, however, are free now to shop the pilot to other networks.

Source: Superhero Hype

'The Fog' rolls in again
Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 10:50AM CST by Franklin Harris
Revolution Studios is planning a remake of John Carpenter's 1980 ghost story, "The Fog." Cooper Layne is writing the screenplay, and Carpenter is on board as one of the remake's producers. Filming is set to begin in February.

Source: Cinescape

Chabon and Wo Ping unite for 'Snow White'
Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 10:44AM CST by Franklin Harris
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon will write "Snow and the Seven," a martial-arts retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," for Walt Disney Pictures. Yuen Wo Ping, the fight choreographer of "The Matrix" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," will direct.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

Hannibal Lecter to bite again
Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 10:38AM CST by Franklin Harris
Bantam Dell Publishing Group will publish Thomas Harris' new Hannibal Lecter novel, "Behind the Mask," in fall 2005. The novel will be a prequel to Harris' previous books. The Dino DeLaurentiis Company has already acquired the film rights.

Source: The Associated Press

'Saw' sequel to be ready for Halloween 2005
Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 10:31AM CST by Franklin Harris
A sequel to Lions Gate's new horror film "Saw" is scheduled arrive in theaters for Halloween 2005. "Saw" earned $18.3 million over its opening weekend, making it the second biggest debut for a Lions Gate film.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

'The Blob' again set for remake
Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 10:26AM CST by Franklin Harris
Paramount Pictures and producer Scott Rudin are gearing up to remake the 1958 horror classic "The Blob." An earlier remake, directed by Chuck Russell, hit theaters in 1988.

Source: Cinescape


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