After kicking total ass with his directorial debut Attack The Block, Joe Cornish found himself on seemingly every short list in Hollywood. Everyone wanted to work with the man who made Moses cool again and now he’s finally ready to trust.

Cornish has just committed to write and direct Snow Crash, based on the best-selling breakthrough novel by Neal Stephenson, which will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall at Paramount. Snow Crash takes place in a futuristic world run by corrupt corporations, where a deadly computer virus/street drug is circling across the world. A samurai/hacker/pizza delivery man named Hiro Protagonist (seriously) is tasked to stop it. Think Hackers and The Matrix with a dose of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Like so many young bookworms, I counted Roald Dahl among my very favorite authors growing up. Dahl’s books were childlike without being childish, thanks to Dahl’s ability to whip up the perfect combination of humor, drama, and just the tiniest bit of terror. Hollywood apparently agrees with me, as Dahl’s works have been adapted for the silver screen several times over — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and The Witches are just some of his novels that have been turned into feature films.

The next Dahl book to get the Hollywood treatment will be is 1982 classic The BFG, which is being developed as a feature over at DreamWorks with E.T. scribe Melissa Mathison tapped to write the script. More details after the jump.

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Considering the massive success of the Bourne series of films, it’s not at all surprising that producer Frank Marshall‘s got his eye on another potential spy franchise. News comes today that Marshall is developing an action thriller based on A Matter of Honor, the bestselling novel by millionaire Brit novelist Jeffrey Archer. And if that adaptation goes well, Marshall’s already got a sequel planned, to be adapted from Archer’s Honor Among Thieves. Read more after the jump.

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: The Back to the Future-inspired Nike MAG sneakers are now available on nikemag.ebay.com. The sneakers are being released in a limited edition and auctioned to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation. After the jump you can watch a commercial for the promotion directed by Back to the Future series producer (and second unit director) Frank Marshall and starring Bill Hader and Kevin Durant. I wish I could get my hands on a pair of these sneakers, but the auctions have already ballooned into the thousands within the first few minutes.

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Frank Marshall to Direct ‘Covert One’?

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Robert Ludlum didn’t entirely write the Covert One series of books; before his death, he co-wrote some and merely ‘oversaw’ or produced others. But his name’s on there anyway, which makes them just that bit easier to sell to audiences who wouldn’t mind seeing another Bourne film.

So get ready for a Covert One movie, which will potentially feature “a top-secret team of political and technical experts who fight corruption and conspiracy at the highest and most dangerous levels of society.” Read More »

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If you’ve seen the hideous monstrosity that is Clash of the Titans, replete with its horrendous and eye-torturing attempts at 3D imagery, you probably don’t have much love at all for post-production dimensionalisation. I’ve seen the online reaction to two upconvert projects that have been announced in just the last 24 hours, Michel Gondry‘s Green Hornet film and M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender, and it wasn’t pretty.

Now, though, key creative personal on each movie have issued statements to the effect that these films were actually planned and possibly even shot for 3D, though don’t confuse that for them actually being shot in 3D. I’ll give you the quotes after the break, so you can judge for yourself if we’re being told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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The Last Airbender is Also Being Converted into 3D

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Deadline has learned that Paramount Pictures is jumping on the post-conversion 3D scam bandwaggon with M. Night Shyamalan-directed The Last Airbender. I had a feeling this was coming as producer Frank Marshall filed the following tweets earlier this month:

Looking at 3-D test… Looking at 3-D for various projects, I think it’s here to stay, but not right for all movies… So far, feels like it’s better to shoot in 3-D rather than convert….

Looking at other 3-D companies today, maybe even 3-D TV?

After several 3-D tests, I believe you can do a good conversion. Key is don’t treat it as a technical process, but involve the filmmakers.

So it appears that Marshall, Paramount and Shyamalan were able to find a company that could turn a better product that the Clash of the Titans conversion, which yes, was awful.  As Flemming notes, Shyamalan is also notoriously “particular about his movies, so he must be sold on the conversion process.” Apparently they are using Stereo D, the company that worked on James Cameron’s Avatar.

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Iron Man 2

Here are a few quick bits of news involving the completion of Iron Man 2, when will we see the next trailer and hear James Newton Howard‘s score for The Last Airbender and new casting/production details of xXx 3D: The Return of Xander Cage.

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