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Ghost in a Shell


ghost in the shell picBack in October it was reported that DreamWorks had signed on Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Alexander) to adapt the Japanese manga property Ghost in the Shell. The plan at the time was to make a futuristic police thriller as a 3D live-action film.

Now, during her promotion of Shutter Island, several outlets have asked for an update. “I’m writing ‘Ghost in the Shell’ for DreamWorks for Steven Spielberg,” she said. “This is an adaptation of the original manga, the original comic book that sort of began everything.” Kalogridis added: “[The movie will have] a lot of action. Lots of action. There’s still going to be a lot of atmosphere – it is about vast possibilities – all of this technology, the Internet – it’s about the limitless possibilities of this technology.

Created by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell was first published in 1989. It went on to generate two more manga editions, three anime film adaptations and an anime TV series and several video games. The second anime film, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence was released in the US by DreamWorks in 2004.


The A-Team - 2010


So far it looks like the film is following the original TV series pretty closely in both appearance and in the portrayal and looks of the characters.


Plot: Sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit, four commandos escaped from a maximum-security stockade and now survive in the Los Angeles underground as soldiers of fortune.

The cast includes Liam Neeson as Hannibal, Bradley Cooper as Faceman, Sharlto Copley (District 9) as Murdock, and Quinto “Rampage” Jackson as BA Baracus.

The new movie is directed by Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, Narc), who has promised for the tone to be less silly and more slick. It is scheduled to hit theaters on June 11th, 2010.


I know it’s not Sci Fi, but aye I’m the boss. Tongue out


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Dune sandworm

According to Entertainment Weekly, “Paramount is currently looking for a new writer to incorporate Morel’s vision of the project into the original draft by Quantum of Solace scribe Josh Zetumer,” EW reports. “Morel plans to make a very faithful adaptation of the 1965 book by Frank Herbert.” EW adds that the project is a high priority for the studio.

So any thoughts on this, do you think Pierre Morel can give what this movie deserves?



Doctor Fate


We already knew that the Justice Society of America storyline will be airing in February as a two hour TV-Movie Special called “Absolute Justice” and it would would introduce Hawkman, Doctor Fate and Stargirl – and we knew more characters would be appearing. Well we now know thanks to the trailer that Sandman – the original, yes that gas mask wearing Wesley Dodds. But the real kicker that has us all at the edge of our seats was a glimpse (the kind you miss if you blink) of a man’s hand wearing a very familiar unforgettable green ring.

Green Lantern, Sandman, Doctor Fate


Even though Smallville producers have noted over and over that they can’t use several characters currently in the pipeline for movies, and yes that has included none other than Green Lantern. The Green Lantern movie is about to go into production, and will be starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. But it seems that the powers that be at DC and Warner Bros. have eased their restrictions just a bit, as it is very obvious that the ring shown belongs to the original Green Lantern who just so happens to be Alan Scott a Justice Society of America member.


Given that we’ve only heard about Hawkman, Doctor Fate and Stargirl meeting Clark Kent, it seems more than likely that Sandman and Green Lantern will only be appearing in flashbacks, and at this junction that maybe all we see of Alan Scott and Wesley Dodds. Still just their appearance in any fashion is notable for any DC Comics fans, and continues to rise Smallville’s status on the growing television version of the DC Universe.

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The Howling and The Crow


Producers Joel Kasterlberg and Etchie Stroh are planning to their reboot of "The Howling" werewolf franchise with a new film called "The Howling: Reborn" and has former studio marketing executive Joe Nimziki making his feature directorial debut.

The original "Howling," directed by Joe Dante (Piranha, Gremlins) from a script by John Sayles, was released in 1981 and spawned six sequels. Dee Wallace-Stone starred as a news anchor stalked by a serial killer who turns out to be a werewolf.

"The Howling: Reborn" is scheduled to begin filming in February of next year for Halloween release. Plot details are currently being kept a secret.

Ryan Kavanaugh, revealed that the script for "The Crow" reboot movie is finished and that he expects to get a green light in just a few months.

"'The Crow' is definitely going to happen, we're just getting all the pieces together right now," he said. "It's not officially greenlit, but it's going to happen. I think in a couple months we could have the package together for sure."

Kavanaugh added that they're in discussions with actors right now and that the new film will not be a remake of the original. It is a relaunch of the whole franchise. "We're approaching it differently," he said. "It's really a whole relaunch of the franchise, much more of a dark superhero type."

Regarding the main character, Kavanaugh said that he will be "much more present day" and "he'll have makeup, but it will be different. The best way to compare it is the first 'Batman' and 'Batman Begins.' In terms of their look and feel and character."

Fright Night
And to boot even though Mad Men isn't sci-fi or fantasy it a great series that is well rounded in both it's scripts and the actors, also it's one of the most popular series on Cable today. 

The awesome original "Fright Night," written and directed by Tom Holland in 1985, was a horror comedy about a teenager who discovers that his neighbors are vampires. The new version supposedly will keep true to the original in regards to the comedy/horror tone, but of course they will be modernizing the effects.

Disney supposedly cast a wide net as it searched for the lead, because of the title it generated a lot of interest by such stars as Ryan Gosling and Chris Pine who met on the project, while Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) was one of the those that actually screen-tested.

Hedlund will play the lead, a man who finds himself pulled into the world of a computer and retracing the steps of a character from the original movie named Kevin Flynn. Jeff Bridges is reprising the role of Flynn, who was a computer programmer but ended up as the CEO of a software corporation. Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett have also been cast in the project.

The movie is eyeing a spring shoot but to be honest I wouldn’t hold my breath on that.

But Jeff Bridges will be returning to the role he played in the 1982 original Tron, about a hacker who is abducted into the world of a computer and forced to participate in a series of gladiatorial type games.

Disney plans to release the pic sometime in 2011.

Olivia Wilde is a regular on Fox’s hit medical drama "House."

For Norrington, "The Crow" deal marks the end of a long screen sabbatical. After making his breakthrough with the Marvel Comics hero "Blade," Norrington took on a big-budget comic transfer with "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." The director has not made a film since.

Norrington said his "The Crow" version will be different than the film Proyas made. "Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style," he explained.


I’m sure most of you are very aware (but just in case your not) Majel also played Nurse Chapel in the original series and was Number 1 in the original pilot, and she was married to Gene Roddenberry the creator of Star Trek and has done a good job on carrying on his legacy.

"Star Trek" will center on the early days of seminal "Trek" characters James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and first outer space mission.

It is scheduled to appear in both conventional and IMAX theaters on May 8th, 2009.

Click here to read more about "Star Trek."


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