Chronicle turned director Josh Trank into a bankable young talent; his name has been cropping up quite a bit in the wake of the success of his small-budget “kids with powers” film. He’s been linked vaguely to a new Fantastic Four movie, and more directly to Sony’s long in-development Venom spin-off from the Spider-Man movies.

Now Trank is set to work with Warner Bros. to direct The Red Star, a story set in “an alternate USSR where futuristic technology co-mingles with magical elements.” Read More »

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Two projects based on world-famous properties you probably loved growing up are inching just a little bit closer to the big screen. MGM has tapped Todd Berger to adapt Martin Handford‘s children’s book series Where’s Waldo? into a feature, while over at Warner Bros., Invictus and Sherlock Holmes writer Anthony Peckham has entered talks to do a rewrite of Matt ReevesThe Twilight Zone. More details after the jump.

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Warner Bros. has settled on a director to helm the studio’s new feature based on Rod Serling’s ground-breaking TV series The Twilight Zone. Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield and Let Me In, will make the movie for the studio based on a script by Jason Rothenberg. What happened to those talks with directors like Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and David Yates (Harry Potter films)? I bet Matt Reeves is a lot cheaper, and might have promised a cheaper movie overall. And he might be a better choice than most, too. Read More »

Briefly: This is an incremental update to basically check in on the new Twilight Zone film that Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way have been developing. Screenwriter Jason Rothenberg has been hired to write a new draft of the film. Last time we heard anything about this one, WB had tapped The Astronaut’s Wife writer/director Rand Ravich to pen a script.

That’s all we’ve got. There’s no word on whether this might be a page one rewrite (which is vaguely implied by the fact that Deadline doesn’t say this will be a rewrite of the Ravich draft) or what shape this script might take. Because prior revivals of The Twilight Zone have all relied in part upon remakes of original episodes, Deadline’s article supposes that we’re in for more new takes on classic tales originally penned by series creator Rod Serling and writers such as Richard Matheson.

Jason Rothenberg’s only produced credit, so far as I can tell, is the TV movie Body Politic, which I haven’t seen. (And is not an adaptation of the Clive Barker story of the same name.)

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