Quick News – August 3, 2011

The live-action/CGI flick “Walking with Dinosaurs”, based on the popular BBC series, has been slotted in for a December 20, 2013 release.

Melissa Wallack (“Snow White”) has been tapped to pen “Emily the Strange”, with Chloe Moretz playing the goth girl. The story line is being kept under wraps, although the aim is to tell the origin of the punk and gothic figure and how she comes to gain her abilities that fuse technology and imagination.

Paul Schrader (“American Gigolo”) is collaborating with Bret Easton ELlis (“American Psycho”) on “Bait”, a thriller about a young man, itching to take his revenge against the wealthy, who finds his way aboard a yacht full of rich snobs – all bound for shark infested waters. The film will begin production November in Puertro Rico.

Summit has picked up a new ‘found footage’ flick that’ll star Ethan Hawke and be directed by “Exorcism of Emily Rose” helmer Scott Derrikson

There’s new images from Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought A Zoo”, starring Matt Damon, up here, high-res versions of the previously-released “Amazing Spider-Man” photos here, some cool new stills from “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” here,

“Jane Eyre” director Cary Fukunaga will direct the sci-fi pic “Spaceless” for Universal. The Gore Verbinski produced flick “centres on an assassin who wakes up inside a spacesuit tumbling helplessly through space, with a computer designed to keep him company until his air runs out. He must try to solve the mystery of his death, which began when he broke into an orbiting space station to carry out a hit. The man, however, begins to question his reality, unsure if he is succumbing to madness or in an artificially created environment.”

New pics of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard on the set of “The Dark Knight Rises” are online Facebook; In addition, Tom Hardy has been quizzed about Bane’s story-arc in the Batman film (Beware of minor spoilers).

“Cry Wolf” helmer Jeff Wadlow will direct the action-pic “Non-Stop”, fixing on an air marshall and some sort of situation that happens high above the ground. Joel Silver’s Dark Castle is producing.

Robert Zemeckis’ ImageWorks, the ex-Disney based company behind CGI/Mo-cap efforts lke “Polar Express” and “Mars Needs Moms”, may have found a new home at Universal.

Just in case you’re wondering, Yes, there will be a three-breasted woman in the “Total Recall” reboot.

WB’s Jeff Robinov says the “Green Lantern” sequel will likely be a much darker film than the first, which underperformed when it was released in the states in June. “We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience,” Robinov says. “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.” Word is Martin Campbell will not be asked back to direct the sequel.

Warners has announced a new title for the “Clash of the Titans” sequel : “Wrath of the Titans”.

A clip from the Marvel short film “Marvel One-Shot : The Consultant”, featuring Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D agent Phil Coulson, has been released online. The full short will be on the DVD and BD release of “Thor”.

Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) will direct a Pablo Escobar biopic

Blair Erickson will direct “The Banshee Chapter”; based on his own script, the flick tells of ”a young, female journalist tracking a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests.” Zachary Quinto is one of the producers.

The long-awaited “Police Academy 8″ is back on; the project is now at New Line. Possibly joining series stars Michael Winslow, Steve Guttenberg and Leslie Easterbrook is New Line fave Jason Sudeikis (“Hall Pass”).

Cameron Crowe is considering doing a sequel to his 20-year-old rom/com hit “Say Anything…” with John Cusack keen to reprise his role as Lloyd Dobler. Says the writer/director, “I’ve thought about it from time to time and talked about it with John Cusack once and just said this is the only story that I kind of think there might be another chapter to that at some point.”

Bradley Cooper talks a little about the reboot of “The Crow”, which he is loosely attached to.

Classic Trailer of the Day :
I remember being so disappointed when my grandmother purchased the “Grease 2″ record for me instead of the original. Ya know what though? It only took thirty-something years but it’s grown on me – both the music.. and the movie. This isn’t so much a trailer as it is a promo for the film’s TV airing, but you get the idea :