Since his hit television show 24 ended, Kiefer Sutherland has been on an entertainment walkabout. He’s experienced the end of the world with controversial director Lars Von Trier in Melancholia, debated the morality of murder with a priest for an upcoming web series called The Confession and is currently starring on Broadway in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, That Championship Season.

However, the lucrative, structured life of a TV star might soon be calling Sutherland back. He’s in preliminary talks to star in Touch, a Fox pilot from Heroes creator Tim Kring about a man whose mute, autistic son can see the future. There’s more information after the break. Read More »

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With his Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica recently canceled in favor of a more action packed spin-off, Ron Moore – the brain child behind the successful 2004 re-imagining of Galactica – now finds himself showless. Or does he? It seems Moore might be leaving space in favor of both the seven seas and the Old West. Moore just sold an action adventure series called The McCulloch to NBC; it centers on a fictional Coast Guard cutter that travels around the world. He’s also one of two producers attached to a remake of the 1960s show The Wild Wild West which, though it was rumored before, is now being set up at CBS. Read more about both after the jump. Read More »

Wolverine

Warning, rumor ahead: The Playlist is reporting that Fox has narrowed down the director of Wolverine 2 to  Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) and Tony Scott (Man on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), according to a reliable source.

In March, we reported that Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) turned in a script for the film, and that it’s tentatively scheduled to shoot in January 2011. Rumors say that production date may be pushed back, writes the Playlist. If Scott takes the film, it won’t shoot until some time later in 2011 given his commitment to Postdamer Plaz in January. If the studio wants to make the January 2011 schedule, Matt Reeves becomes a much stronger possibility.

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Fox have option the non-fiction book The World Without Us, with the view that it will become a fictionalised, sci-fi tentpole movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter they have Mark Protosevich attached to write, and Francis Lawrence to eventually direct the film.

Alan Weisman‘s original book was Time Magazine’s number-one non fiction pick for 2007, and we all know what perfect taste they have in making such lists. It deals with a simple but profound feat of imagination, exploring how Earth would “respond without the relentless pressure of human presence”. Weisman even went so far as to label Chapter 9, Polymers Are Forever, with a Read this Chapter! tag, so important are its lessons.

So… how would Protosevich and Lawrence go about churning hundreds of millions of dollars of popcorn  out of an ecological hypothesis?

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Fox’s upcoming Wolverine film has not had the smoothest production process. Rumors of the studio meddling with Tsotsi director Gavin Hood have been rampant, and the general vibe from the production has been dour. Given that history, reports of extensive reshoots may be the final blow to fans of the franchise still reeling from X3.

I, however, am a bit more hopeful. I think these reshoots may allow Hood to craft the film he wanted originally, as well as to add that extra polish that X3 was sorely lacking. The initial Comic-con footage for the film looked like a cheesy 80s action film, but the full trailer showed a more epic scope and better realized action. (The Wolvie/Sabretooth throwdown already looks better than his duel with Deathstrike in X2.) The new trailer was certainly helped by John Murphy’s excellent Sunshine score, but it also does a good job at selling the film to both fans and general movie-goers alike. Read More »

Disney Leaves Narnia Franchise

chronicles3long1.jpgDisney will not be financing the next Chronicles of Narnia film adaptation. This shouldn’t be a huge shock to most of you, as the writing has been in the sand for a while now. The shocking news is that Walden Media still plans to make The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader without Disney. As far as I can tell, all the key players from Prince Caspian have signed to return for the third installment, which Michael Apted  (The World is Not Enough) is set to helm. Principal photography set for Spring 2009 with a planned May 2010 theatrical release.

The first two films cost around $200 million, and the third film will probably be no different. I couldn’t see it costing less than $150 million. Walden has partnered with 20th Century Fox in the past, which leads me to believe that Fox might come aboard to co-finance this production as well.

Walden has produced 15 films in the last three years, and I’m not sure many of them could be considered profitable. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe seems to be the only film to substantially surpass the film’s budget domestically. Disney had committed to the third Narnia film but had made numerous public statements leading fans to believe that it could be the end of the line.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was originally published in 1952. It’s the third book in the series but the fifth in chronological order. The book follows Lucy, Edmund, and their dreadful cousin Eustace on a magical sea journey aboard the Dawn Trader. The children are pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. On board is Caspian, King of Narnia and his companions, who are in search for seven lost lords of Narnia. The voyage will take them to the edge of the world (sound familiar? Yeah, Pirates stole this idea).

source: THR

“Gort Lives” Lets You Submit Your Own Gort Artwork

Fox has officially launched “Gort Lives,” as part of its Day The Earth Stood Still website. The new site feature allows you to submit your own interpretation of what Gort should look like. You can also check out and rate the submissions of others. To those unfamiliar, Gort is the robot sent to destroy earth, and his appearance/design in the original 1951 film was rather iconic.

While this is foremost a publicity project, aspiring Gort designers should know that the highest rated submissions will apparently be displayed in sleect IMAX theaters and also featured on the eventual DVD. So if you’ve ever thought that the original Gort was a bit too bland for your tastes (blasphemy!), it’s time to dig out the ol’ digital canvas.

Journey to the Center of the City of Ember Poster

Is it just me or does the latest City of Ember poster look very Journey to the Center of the Earth-ish?

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