Yesterday it was reported that Neil Marshall, Mike Newell and David Slade are on the short list of filmmakers being considered to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper circling the lead roles. The Wrap now adds a couple more interesting names to the list:

Jonathan Demme has read the script and wants to direct the movie, but he’s not the only one interested in the job, as TheWrap has learned that Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”), Mike White (“Year of the Dog”) and the “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also in the mix.

I can understand Demme’s interest, but Matt Reeves seems like a more natural fit coming off of Let Me In. Mike White’s humor seems like an odd match for this property, and his directorial debut Year of the Dog left me thinking he should stick to screenwriting. I have yet to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, despite constant encouragement to do so from friends. I’ve heard it’s hilarious. I really liked Lord/Miller’s animated television series Clone High U.S.A., but does their cartoon-like sensibility fit this period zombie film (even if it is a ridiculous comic take?).

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As unbelievable as the notion of Darren Aronofsky directing Wolverine 2 might be, there’s something more difficult to swallow going on in Hollwood: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is becoming a hot property. Initially set to be directed by David O. Russell with Natalie Portman starring (she is still producing) the film now needs a new creative team. So, start the ‘shortlist’ compilation. Directors such as Neil Marshall and Mike Newell are reportedly in the mix, and Scarlett Johansson has been mentioned as a possible star. Read More »

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Fox’s sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is moving forward, and the studio is reportedly on the cusp of hiring a director. The shortlist is very short, indeed: David Slade (Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is said to be the frontrunner, with Robert Schwentke (Red) as a backup option. Read More »

Matthew Vaughn

Last week it was reported that 20th Century Fox was in talks with Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn to direct the X-Men series prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class. Deadlinequickly responded claiming that “Vaughn’s negotiations have been touch and go, and sources close to the director said he’s passing. ” Cinematical posted a list of eight directors Fox was in talks to take the helm: Louis Leterrier, Jonathan Mostow, Daniel Espinosa, Rupert Sanders, Timur Bekmambetov, David Slade, and Carl Erick Rinsch.

Well it appears Vaughn has returned to the table, and according to Flemming, the “studio is working with his WME reps to close the deal.”

I love Vaughn, and was a big fan of Kick-Ass, but I really would have loved to see what commercial directors turned first time feature directors Carl Erick Rinsch or Rupert Sanders could have done with the comic book property.

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Movie Trailer: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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The full trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse debuted on today Oprah, and if her stamp of approval isn’t enough to get you excited about the third film in the Twilight series, I don’t know what is.

OK, enough sarcasm, but I will say this: perhaps the trailer has deliberately gone extra heavy on a promise of action, but this looks like the Twilight movie with the most running so far. Is that worth anything? Check it out after the break and find out. Read More »

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It’s been a hell of a day for rumors and doom and gloom reports. There is word that Sony isn’t happy with The Green Hornet, and that Warner Bros. is rather down on The Losers (about which I’ve heard good things) and Jonah Hex, which has led to a disinterest in pursuing Lobo. (According to Anne Thompson, Sony called the Green Hornet report ‘complete garbage’ and ‘unfounded.’)

Then there was a report that said Summit was about to embark on reshoots for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Not a serious deal, because reshoots happen all the time and are often planned into the schedule and budget. But in this case, the rumor said that Eclipse director David Slade would not be involved, and that Summit is reaching out to prior Twilight directors Catherine Hardwicke and Chris Weitz to handle the reshoot.

So, as we’ve asked before: is this bullshit or not? According to Summit, the reports of someone other than Slade directing are definitely bullshit. Read More »

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Teaser Trailer

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Yesterday we posted ten seconds of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series. Now we’ve got the full trailer for the David Slade-directed chapter, which, based on this trailer, brings the love triangle between Bella (Kristen Stweart), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) much closer together. Read More »

See Ten Seconds of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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It’s a teaser for a trailer! The real trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be online tomorrow in advance of the theatrical premiere Friday, where it will be attached to the Robert Pattinson film Remember Me. In the meantime, you can now see ten seconds from Eclipse. Here we get a truncated bit of dialogue that sets up, or more properly reiterates, the core conflict at the heart of this romance: does mopey Bella (Kristen Stewart) choose Edward (Pattinson) or Jacob (Taylor Lautner)? Sadly, we don’t get much sense for how new director David Slade will treat the material. Here, it looks like a midpoint between the previous two Twilight films.

But the real reason I’m posting this is that I can’t get over the bit of dialogue from Jacob. “I’m going to fight for you…until your heart stops beating.” Is there any creepier profession of dedication than that? (OK, obviously there is, but in this context I’m still loving Jacob’s line.)

Check out the clip after the break. We’ll have the full trailer tomorrow. Read More »

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