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Mark Hamill and Jennifer Aniston: What they really want to do is direct? It would seem so.

Jen has apparently let slip that she’s developing a film to direct. Why now? Here’s her thinking:

After you get enough movies under your belt you sit back and go, ‘What’s next?’ It’s getting to a time where creatively I want to turn in a different direction.

And that direction is… direction. No clue, though, as to what the film might be about.

Ms. Aniston has directed before. Her short film Room 10 was made for the Glamour Magazine Reel Moments series. You can see that embedded below the break…

…as well as find out just what comic book adaption Mark Hamill seems to be getting ready for the silver screen.

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Coming to you weekly from my vantage point in good old Blighty, it’s Slashfilm UK. Anglos and Anglophiles rejoice as every week I’ll be bringing you a round up of news, links and coverage specific to the motion picture comings and goings here in the UK. Sometimes we’ll be talking about films that have already played in the US, other times it will be films that won’t make it to the US for a good while yet, and from time to time you’ll read about films that will never make it to the US at all.

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Never mind the French audio, just look at these beautiful images. After the break are four clips from Luc Besson‘s incoming The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec. I promise that as soon as subtitled versions appear, I will update – but the French language teaser and full trailer went down so well I was sure you’d want to see these too. Besides, a good number of you speak French perfectly fine, I’m sure.

You’ll see that the Indiana Jones comparisons are very obvious, and the Hellboy ones are hardly obscure either. I’m very glad to see a filmmaker of Besson’s particular skills and tastes tackle a project like this, though – it’s pretty much a perfect match.

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Coming to you weekly from my vantage point in good old Blighty, it’s Slashfilm UK. Anglos and Anglophiles rejoice as every Friday I’ll be bringing you a round up news, links and coverage specific to the motion picture comings and goings here in the UK. Sometimes we’ll be talking about films that have already played in the US, other times it will be films that won’t make it to the US for a good while yet, and from time to time you’ll read about films that will never make it to the US at all.

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When I last mentioned AMC, Robert Kirkman and Frank Darabont‘s The Walking Dead, it looked like Johnny Lee Miller was the favourite for the lead role. Now, whatever goes on behind the scenes went on and it seems that, in lieu of Mr. Miller, the production has plumped instead for Andrew Lincoln. Two groups of people this is very good news for: fans of Andrew Lincoln and viewers of The Walking Dead.

Lincoln’s breakthorugh here in the UK was in a show called This Life that I thought was a touch overrated if very well cast. He then went on to headline Teachers, a snappier, lighter confection and tall-tale spookfest Afterlife, both of which benefited hugely from his performance.

Here’s Robert Kirkman, quoted from THR:

Andrew Lincoln, wow – what an amazing find this guy is. Writing Rick Grimes month after month in the comic series, I had no idea he was an actual living breathing human being and yet here he is. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how this show is coming together.

Me either.

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One of my favourite screenwriters at work today is Peter Hedges. He’s a master of light-touch characterisation and sweetly woven plotline, and in the two films he’s directed as well as scripted, he’s shown that his eye for acutely telling detail and clear storytelling can be manifest visually as well as on the page.

His first novel, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, was adapted into a feature film, with Hedges himself behind the typewriter and Lasse Halstrom behind the camera, though as yet his second novel, An Ocean in Iowa, has not made it to the silver screen. Today we learn that Hedges himself is going to script and direct a movie adaptation of his third and latest novel, The Heights.

The novel is about a couple living in Brooklyn Heights who become involved with a very affluent new neighbour and find their lives up-ended. It has earned comparisons to both Tom Perotta and Jonathan Tropper. There’s some slightly more spoilery details after the break, as well as a video of Hedges discussing his original novel, and a tiny scrap of evidence that points towards maybe-possibly casting.

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Dante Harper‘s film CV is a varied one: editing a documentary about Static-X; directing and acting in the surrealist black comedy The Delicate Art of the Rifle; a small mountain of production manager credits, very often on DVD supplements; a little role in The Onion Movie; scripting an adaptation of Charles Burns’ Black Hole. Add to this the not insignificant pay day he’s just scored for a spec-script adaptation of the Japanese novel All You Need is Kill. He certainly gets around, and I’m sure he’s destined for full-on cult status with a resume like that.

All You Need is Kill is a hideously Engrishy-y title, don’t you think? Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s original novel, published in English by the Manga-maestros at Viz, is about a young soldier sent out to fight an alien menace. When he gets killed in action, a time loop repeats the day, and he fights and dies again. And again. And again. Run, Soldier Run! This concept has been compared to Groundhog Day, of course, but to my mind the most obvious similarities in this case are to a video game. Especially as the soldier finds his combat skills increasing, slowly and subtly, in each iteration.

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He’s had experience with aliens, and he’s turned up in the Old West before, but never at the same time. It could be time to pull one ridiculous fanboy daydream into reality, as it seems like Harrison Ford might well be joining the cast of Cowboys and Aliens.

In case you haven’t been keeping up, this is the Jon Favreau picture with a script by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, initially expected to star Robert Downey Jr. but now cast with Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde and expected to open on July 29th 2011 (or June 24th, according to some doubtful types). What’s it about? Cowboys and aliens. Of course. And adapted from the comic book of the same name . Again, as expected. Oh, and to continue being obvious, the film ‘might’ be shot in 3D.

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