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October 2004

New screenwriter tackles 'Indiana Jones'
Posted Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 8:39AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Jeff Nathanson has been hired to rewrite Frank Darabont's draft of the fourth "Indiana Jones" movie. Nathanson's other screenwriting credits include "Catch Me If You Can," "Rush Hour 2," "Speed 2" and "The Terminal."

Source: Cinescape

New Line conjures 'Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell'
Posted Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 6:50PM CDT by Franklin Harris
New Line Cinema has purchased the movie rights to Susanna Clarke's best-selling fantasy novel, "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell," which is currently No. 4 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Source: Coming Soon

'Robotech' sequel in the works (again)
Posted Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 6:41PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Harmony Gold, the production company that edited together three Japanese cartoon series and unleashed the result on America as "Robotech," has been trying to get a sequel off the ground since the 1980s. Now it looks like a sequel might happen. Anime Insider magazine reports that Harmony Gold plans to release "Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles" as a direct-to-DVD movie in 2005. If the movie is successful, a series of DVDs or a 26-episode TV series may follow.

Source: Toon Zone

Fox cancels 'Tru Calling'
Posted Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 11:13AM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Tru Calling" stars Eliza Dushku and Shawn Reaves confirmed last weekend that Fox has canceled the series. Six episodes have been filmed for season 2, but Fox has no immediate plans to air them.

Source: Dark Horizons

'Iron Man' movie has a script
Posted Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 11:06AM CDT by Franklin Harris
New Line Cinema has signed off on David Hayter's "Iron Man" script, based on the Marvel Comics character. The studio, which hopes to start production early next year, will now search for a director and a lead actor.

Source: IGN FilmForce

Whedon won't helm 'X-Men 3'
Posted Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 10:55AM CDT by Franklin Harris
At a political fundraiser last week, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon denied reports that he will write and/or direct "X-Men 3" for 20th Century Fox. "Quite frankly, I thought about it for a long time, I looked into my heart, and I realized that Fox didn't ask me to," Whedon joked.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

Columbia Pictures holds another 'Grudge'
Posted Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 10:49AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Columbia Pictures has put a sequel to its horror film "The Grudge" on the fast track following the first film's better-than-expected opening last weekend. "The Grudge," which stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, earned $39.1 million in its opening weekend, a hefty return on its $10 million budget.

Source: Creature Corner

You will believe Brandon Routh can fly
Posted Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 10:41AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Warner Bros. announced last week that Brandon Routh, a previously all-but-unknown soap-opera actor, has won the coveted role of Superman in director Bryan Singer's upcoming revival of the DC Comics superhero franchise. According to the studio's press release, "The untitled Superman movie is expected to begin principal photography in Australia early next year for release in summer, 2006."

Source: Cinescape

Christopher Reeve dies at 52
Posted Monday, October 11, 2004, 11:53AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Christopher Reeve died Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest and falling into a coma Saturday. He was 52.

Reeve had been suffering from a severe systemic infection as a result of a pressure wound, a common complication for people who are paralyzed. Reeve was paralyzed in 1995 after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian contest.

Reeve gained iconic status by starring in four "Superman" movies in the late '70s and early '80s. Recently, he had appeared in several episodes of the TV series "Smallville."

Source: Cinescape Online

Dimension catches 'The Ghost'
Posted Thursday, October 7, 2004, 12:39AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Dimension Films has picked up the remake rights to the Korean horror film "Ryeong" ("The Ghost").

Source: Dark Horizons

Animated 'Fantastic Four' to air in 2006
Posted Thursday, October 7, 2004, 12:31AM CDT by Franklin Harris
A new cartoon series featuring Marvel Comics' "Fantastic Four" is scheduled to air in late 2006, about a year and a half after the live-action "Fantastic Four" movie hits theaters. The series, with a planned 26 episodes, will blend traditional animation with computer-generated 3D animation.

Source: Cinescape Online

Writer hired for 'Wolverine' movie
Posted Thursday, October 7, 2004, 12:27AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Hugh Jackman isn't under contract for it yet, but a spin-off movie featuring the actor's "X-Men" character is moving ahead. David Benioff ("Troy") has been hired by 20th Century Fox to write the screenplay for "Wolverine."

Source: Cinescape Online

John Woo is master of He-Man's universe
Posted Monday, October 4, 2004, 11:23AM CDT by Franklin Harris
John Woo ("Hard Boiled") will produce and direct a live-action He-Man movie based on Mattel's Masters of the Universe toys. Adam Rifkin will write the screenplay.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Fox hires 'X-Men 3' writer
Posted Monday, October 4, 2004, 11:12AM CDT by Franklin Harris
20th Century Fox has hired Simon Kinberg to write the screenplay for "X-Men 3." Kinberg is no stranger to superhero movies, having done rewrites on scripts for "Fantastic Four" and "Elektra."

Source: Cinescape Online

Janet Leigh dies at 77
Posted Monday, October 4, 2004, 11:06AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Actress Janet Leigh, who became a Hollywood and horror-movie icon with her shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film "Psycho," died Sunday. She was 77. According to news reports, Leigh had been battling vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels, for a year.

Source: Reuters



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