The Mortal Instruments City of Bones

The combined powers of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games have opened the floodgates for a tidal wave of sci-fi / fantasy YA adaptations — it seems like a new potential franchise goes into development every week. As with any genre, though, not all of these films are created equal.

The best ones capture the imaginations of young and old alike, while the worst are forgotten almost before they even open. Time will tell where on the spectrum The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will fall, but feel free to make an educated guess based on the new trailer after the jump.

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Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson has a few different projects brewing at the moment, including the the steampunk video game adaptation Deus Ex. But first, he’s due to visit the paranormal world once again with Beware the Night. And now he’s enlisted some notable names to take the journey with him.

Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn have just boarded Screen Gems thriller, which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Hit the jump for more info.

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Now that Valentine’s Day is safely behind us for the year, it’s time to turn our attention to… planning for next Valentine’s Day. Apparently. With 364 days to go until its release date, ScreenGems’ About Last Night has revealed its first trailer.

Directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine), the romance stars Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, and Joy Bryant as four Angelenos navigating love, sex, friendship, and commitment. While it’s actually a remake of Edward Zwick’s 1986 dramedy of the same title (well, the same title plus an ellipsis), the film it really reminds me of is last year’s Think Like a Man, probably because it features three of the same leads.

The video can be found after the jump. Be warned that it’s technically a red-band trailer, though it’s fairly tame as those things go.

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MGM’s been trying to remake Poltergeist for years now, but the project suddenly became much more interesting last summer when David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) was tapped to pen the script. While the picture is still in the early stages, with no director or stars signed on as of yet, the writer reassured Collider that it is “definitely a priority” for the studio and that it’s continuing to move forward:

I will say that I handed in a second draft and people are incredibly excited about it. They’re not the director, but they’re in search of a director. I will also say that there are very few people who are as obsessed with the original movie as I am, so I would try to write a script that I would want to see as a fan. I will say that.

The big question with any remake is what will change, and what won’t. Despite the current popularity of hard-R horror films, Lindsay-Abaire says his version will retain the original’s more family-friendly feel. “It’s tonally similar to the first movie, and that’s sort of family-friendly-esque with some real, genuine scares in it,” he said. “It’s not Saw if that’s what you’re asking. I’m not trying to turn it into something else.”

After the jump, check out a new viral image from another horror remake, and read about HBO’s plans for an English-language version of a French drama set in a brothel.

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Spike Lee is turning to some familiar faces to help round out the cast of his Oldboy remake. After adding his Do the Right Thing star Samuel L. Jackson a few weeks back, Lee is turning to his Red Hook Summer actor Nate Parker for another supporting role. The up-and-comer’s other credits include ArbitrageRed Tails and The Secret Life of Bees.

A remake of Chan-wook Park‘s hit South Korean thriller, Oldboy centers around a man (Josh Brolin) out to exact revenge on the person who kidnapped and imprisoned him for mysterious reasons. Sharlto Copley plays the villain, while Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as a woman who aids and romances Brolin’s character. Parker is in talks to play a doctor colleague of Olsen’s. Oldboy will shoot this fall, likely for a 2013 release. [Variety]

After the jump, Carrie and The Evil Dead get synopses, and José Padilha responds to talk of Robocop difficulties.

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Five years after Into the Wild, Sean Penn is finally getting ready to get back into the director’s chair. As of last fall, he was set to direct The Comedian with stars Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig, but it looks now like his next project could instead be another inspired-by-true-events survival drama.

Penn has entered talks to help Crazy for the Storm, based on Norman Ollestad‘s memoir about his complicated relationship with his daredevil father. When Ollestad was 11, he was involved in a plane crash that killed the elder Ollestad and left the younger Ollestad stranded alone on a mountain during a blizzard. Ollestad credits his father’s teachings for helping him survive the incident.

Penn is only looking to direct the picture, not star in it. Nor will he pen the screenplay, as he has for some of his previous projects; Will Fetters, who last scripted the Zac Efron weepie The Lucky One, is already on board to adapt the story. Variety reports that Penn was always Warner Bros.’ first choice for the pic, though the studio considered a handful of other filmmakers including Alfonso Cuarón.

After the jump, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink eyes the remake of About Last Night…

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Given that Brian De Palma’s 1976 Carrie is revered as a classic of horror cinema, it’s tough to avoid thinking of Kimberly Peirce‘s new version of Carrie as a remake. But strictly speaking, it’s not a rehash of De Palma’s version but rather a fresh interpretation of Stephen King‘s original 1974 novel. And Peirce and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa seem to be working hard to make the story their own.

The new Carrie will be set in the modern day rather than in the ’70s, and star Chloë Moretz has previously described it as “a more Black Swan version” of the story. So how will that translate onscreen, exactly? Check out the first pic of Moretz in costume and the new official synopsis after the jump.

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With Carrie‘s June 1 start date just around the corner, director Kimberly Peirce is adding the final touches to her cast. Leads Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore have been locked in since this spring, but it’s only in the past couple of weeks that the production has been staffing up on supporting players.

Chronicle star Alex Russell and theater actor Ansel Elgort signed on earlier this month, and now we’re hearing that Judy Greer, Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth), and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) are circling three key supporting roles. More details after the jump.

Update: Sources say this casting info isn’t yet set, so we’ll report further as official word is released.

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