Page 2: December 15th 2007

I’ve written 29 news stories in the last 48 hours, yet, believe it or not, wasn’t able to get to everything I’ve wanted to show you. I usually let go of these “missed opportunities”. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day. But I’ve decided to make it a new years resolution (yes, an early one) to compile some these passed over gems in a new “Page 2″ link blog. Basically, Page 2 will contain all the news not fit to print. I’m not sure how often I’ll be doing this, but we’ll see. You are reading the introduction to the first edition. Don’t turn away and don’t underestimate their value, some good links can be found below.

Emmy Rossum (Poseidon), Eriko Tamura (Heroes), and newcomer Joon Park (Speed Racer) have joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s live-action adaptation of Dragon Ball Z. Meh! [THR]

Principal Photography has wrapped on Punisher: War Zone. More Meh! [SHH]

James Bond star Daniel Craig might have inadvertently given away the title to the upcoming Casino Royale sequel. Rumor has it that the film will be titled “007″ because, as Craig explained “the first movie dealt with him earning his 00 status and now he is 007 for the first time”. [AICN]

Universal has put the Smokin Aces‘ direct-to-DVD prequel on hold until the writers strike is over. Apparently the studio’s budget of the current script draft came in at $17 million, which isn’t too far off from the original theatrical film. When the strike is over, the writers will be brought back in to do some chopping. Joe Carnahan writes: “We’ve already made contact with most of the actors we want to return but we’ve still got a few tricks up our sleeve and some surprises.” [SmokinJoe]

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the screenwriters are on strike. Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody has found a way to spend some of her free time. She will now be writing a weekly column in Entertainment Weekly called Binge Thinking (clever). The first column is about Juno’s unexciting press tour. And better yet, you can read it online for free. Hey, it’s better than Stephen King’s column (as if that’s an accomplishment). Congrads to Diablo on the new gig. [EW]

John Singleton
has been confirmed as the director of the big screen adaptation of The A-Team. Just what we need, another bad television adaptation. [cine]

Jessica Simpson
‘s latest movie is such a stinker, it’s being released direct to DVD. [Perez]

Wizard Magazine cast Ray Park as Snake Eye in their version of a live-action G.I. Joe movie nearly seven years ago. [TMB]

Did You Know: In the late-1980′s, Pixar was developing a the Oscar winning short film Tin Toy into a christmas special titled “A Tin Toy Christmas.” The project got shelved but later became the inspiration for Toy Story. [Jim Hill]

The X-Files 2 is now in production, and set photos are beginning to leak. Check out this new one of David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. [CS]

The Lost Boys 2 writer Hans Rodionoff is working on a four-issue limited comic book series for Wildstorm on the Frog Bros. Rodionoff says, the series will “bridge the movies together – what Edgar and Alan Frog were doing between the first movie and the second one. We’ll get to play with Haim’s character a little bit.” I’m in. [Shock]

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Dragon Ball Z in Mexico

James Wong Dragon Ball Z

20th Century Fox’s big screen live-action adaptation of Dragon Ball Z is set to begin filming in Durango, Mexico. According to Mexican newspaper El Norte, filming will take place in many different locations in Durango, including Mexiquillo Forest, Marley Ranch, Hacienda la Providencia, La Joya Ranch, Laguna Seca de Santiaguillo and a forum from a Convention Center in the Culture Institute. The production will also film volcano Nevado de Toluca in Estado De México. Apparently 85% of the movie will be shot in Mexico.

Last I heard, principal photography was set to begin November in Montreal, Canada, although the article claims that filming will begin in January (and continue til March). Maybe that’s just the Mexico start date? Or maybe the location and start dates have been changed. We still have not heard any official casting announcements for the project, so a January start wouldn’t surprise me.

James Wong (Final Destination) will direct the adaptation of the popular manga and anime series. Created by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Z tells the story of an alien sent to destroy earth, who has a change of heart and decides to join the humans in their battles. I’m not quite sure the series could ever be done in live action and not look stupid. But who knows, Hollywood executives thought the same thing about Batman before Tim Burton came around (A guy in a bat costume running around?). But with Wong in the helm, I don’t have much faith for this film adaptation.

via: comingsoon

James Wong to direct Dragon Ball Z Movie

James Wong Dragon Ball Z

Good News: 20th Century Fox are making a Dragon Ball Z movie.

Bad News: James Wong, the guy behind the shitty Final Destination films is the guy directing it.

CHUD learned that Wong is writing/directing the big screen live action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series through a just released casting notice. The site has included the casting breakdown.

Created by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Z tells the story of an alien sent to destroy earth, who has a change of heart and decides to join the humans in their battles. I’m not quite sure the series could ever be done in live action and not look stupid. But who knows, Hollywood executives thought the same thing about Batman before Tim Burton came around (A guy in a bat costume running around?). But with Wong in the helm, I don’t have much faith for this film adaptation.

The movie is ecpected to begin production in Montreal in November.

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