Quick News – September 29, 2011

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Gods and Kings

Warner Bros wants Steven Spielberg to direct “Gods and Kings”, a movie about biblical leg Moses. The film, which Darren Aronofsky was circling at one point, traces the life of Moses “from birth to death”.  (Deadline)

Release Date Updates

“Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol” has been moved up to Wed Dec 21 (with previews in select theatres from Dec 16), “War Horse” is up from Dec 28 to Christmas Day, “Tintin” will share the Dec 21 release date with “MI:4, and “Gangster Squad” has been scheduled for an October 19, 2012 release.

Hunter Killer

A few weeks back we exclusively reported that Phillip Noyce (“Salt”) had exited the film adaptation of submarine commander/NAVY officer thriller. Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) is now in discussions to take his place. (Variety)

Upcoming Melissa McCarthy Projects

The “Bridesmaids” actress will, in addition to playing parts in “This is Forty” and “Dumb Jack” (which sounds like it’s the project mentioned a while back that was set to star McCarthy and Jon Hamm), star in a road trip comedy she wrote called “Tammy”. “It’s so funny, and it also kind of breaks my heart. It’s these two women who are not where they thought they’d be, and they kind of band together.” (THR)

Anything but Ordinary

Young cuties Emma Roberts (“Scream 4″) and AnnaSophia Robb (“Soul Surfer”) will team for a music-driven love story. The pic tells of “a seventeen-year-old diving phenom who suffers a tragic accident during her final Olympic trials. When she wakes from a coma four years later, as a 21-year old, she is considered a medical miracle. But what no one else knows is that the young woman has become a synesthete, processing words and numbers through color, the third dimension and sound.” Sanaa Hamri (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2″) directs.

Dr Sleep

Stephen King has officially announced that he’s writing a sequel to “The Shining”; in it, young Danny Torrance gets caught up with a vampire tribe.  (Deadline)

Untitled Female Detective Pitch

Disney has snapped up a female dick pitch from Ashley Bradley that “revolves around a young woman who finds out she is the descendant of a legendary detective and is forced to take up the sleuthing mantle.” (Heat Vision)

Area 52

Summit has acquired the rights to the comic book of the same name; “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been charged with the mission of transferring it to the big screen. “The comic focused on a top secret warehouse in Antarctica called Area 52, a government storage dump for otherworldly discoveries, manned by a ragtag group of misfits who have been exiled to the middle of nowhere to staff it. When an alien killing machine is accidentally hatched in this repository, the group must band together and use the stored mythological weapons and artifacts to save themselves and the world.” (Deadline)

Cloud Atlas

James D’Arcy (”Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”) is joining the cast of the Wachowski/Twker directed adaptation of the best-selling novel. D’Arcy joins Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent in the ambitious project. (Variety)

Snow White and the Huntsman

Say you wanna see Kristen Stewart, in full battle armour, as Snow White? Click here

Bridesmaids 2

Jon Hamm says Kristen Wiig is interested in doing it. In which case, there’s no point (Reuters)

New Posters

There’s one for Spielberg’s “War Horse”, “The Rum Diary”, “The Flowers of War”, and “Melancholia”.

Paranormal Activity 3 – Tweet to See it First

In an unprecedented move, Paramount Pictures will debut PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 exclusively in cities where the most fans “Tweet To See It First”. This first ever of its kind campaign launched today at 8:00 a.m. PDT and is open to fans worldwide. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 will premiere on October 19th in the top 20 cities with the most tweets, 3 days before the film’s global release.

“The support of this franchise from the online community is phenomenal. We again look to reward them for that support by offering them the chance to see it first, this time expanding our reach globally,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures.

To vote, fans can go to www.ParanormalMovie.com and select their city from a global map, which will also serve as the point of entry to create a tweet with a special set of hash tags that link directly to twitter. Once a tweet posts, it counts as a vote. A leader board will show the top 20 global markets in real-time.

The “Tweet To See It First” competition is available to audiences worldwide and ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday, October 13th. The top 20 cities will be announced on Friday, October 14th.

Jeepers Creepers 3
Victor Salva says don’t believe what you hear – at the moment there is no second sequel to his early noughtie’s horror fave. “IMDB continually states that we are either already shooting it or that it is already completed. Readers of my blog know well and good the trials and tribulations of that film’s many starts and stops. And that pre-production hasn’t ever really started on this the third and last film of the “Jeepers” trilogy, though it has come close to going into production several times. I wish I could say when you would be seeing it. It is certainly something I would love to make and the script is very strong and has been written now for about five years. No one argues it is the best idea of all the “Jeepers” films, but it is still technically and independent feature, and getting it’s price tag of around 16 million together — especially now when money is more scarce in the movie biz than it ever has been, “Jeepers Threepers” as I like to call it, is still on the runaway, awaiting take-off orders from the tower. Ironic since it is one of the most requested horror sequels of all the current horror franchises and the Creeper himself was just voted fourth most scary movie monster in the history of cinema, according to a website poll. I can tell you that the script starts with a much-anticipated old west prologue that shows how the Creeper existed (and augmented his wardrobe) back before the days of the automobile. It is much bigger in scope that the two prior films, reintroduces Gina Philips character Trisha Jenner, reveals much more about the creature and his ancestry, and the film also brings the Creeper’s much missed Creeper Truck back into the mix. Everyone in the Creeper camp here, and fans from around the world, hopes this film will find its way to the big screen soon, but to venture when at this point seems unfair to all of us.” (Media Mikes)

Iron Man 3
Disney has decided to shoot their first “Iron Man” movie in North Carolina. Though they originally wanted to shoot it in Michigan, North Carolina just made more sense financially. (The Detroit Free Press)

Star Trek : The Next Generation on Blu-Ray
The rumours are correct, the sequel series to the classic ’60s “Trek” is headed for 1080p. “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will be released in high-definition Blu-ray, starting in January with a sampler of several popular episodes, followed by a season-one set to be released later on in 2012. “Fans have been clamoring for a high-definition release of Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. “Transferring the series to high-definition presented difficult technical challenges, but our team has come up with a process to create true 1080p HD masters with true HD visual effects. We can’t wait to show fans how pristine the series looks and sounds with our upcoming Blu-ray releases.” (StarTrek.com)

Paradise Lost
Callan McAuliffe (“I Am Number Four”) will play the archangel Uriel in director Alex Proyas’s upcoming film. When Lucifer (Bradley Cooper) rebels against God and Michael (Benjamin Walker) is named commander of Heaven’s army, the dedicated soldier Uriel becomes his second in command. (More…)

Oldboy
Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) is tipped to play the female lead in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy”. Reports Twitch, ”With Josh Brolin now confirmed for the lead of Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy and the vultures circling Christian Bale for the villain role the question of the moment is who will play Brolin’s ["lady friend"] And sources are telling Twitch that the actress being targeted to play the character – renamed Marie in this version of the story – is Rooney Mara.” (Twitch)