Briefly: As remakes flourish in every corner of the film business, one can’t quite take to the air. The new version of The Crow has been in the works for some time now, once with Stephen Norrington in the director’s chair and Nick Cave rewriting the director’s script. Mark Wahlberg was attached for a moment, but all of these people walked away before the end of 2010, reportedly because a new actor came on board and wanted a new writer to make big changes to the script.

Since then we’ve heard vague rumors about different possible directors. The last was that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) would direct, but now another report says the job might go to F. Javier Gutiérrez. Fangoria says the Before the Fall director might have the gig, but frankly I wouldn’t put too much weight behind either of these rumors without further word. No confirmation from Relativity yet, but I’m expecting them to come back with a noncommittal statement at best. Treat this one as unconfirmed rumor for now.

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Last we heard about the Bioshock movie, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was set to direct. That was almost a year ago.

Since then, there’s been no word on whether or not the film would progress beyond its pre-production stage, which seemed like an indication that the project had stalled. But now producer Gore Verbinski has spoken up, assuring that he still has every intention in getting it made, and that doing so is only a matter of bringing down the budget.

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Intacto and 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo hasn’t done much since he helmed the sequel to Danny Boyle’s zombie film. He’s been working on the feature version of the video game BioShock since last summer, but that seems to be stalled. So Fresnadillo is moving on to a horror/thriller picture called Intruders, based on a script by Jaime Marques and Nico Casariego, which will star Clive Owen and Inglourious Basterds vet Daniel Brühl. Read More »

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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo To Direct Bioshock

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The good news: Universal Pictures is making a big screen adaptation of the videogame Bioshock after all. The bad news: Gore Verbinski has stepped out of the director’s chair. Who is the new director? Why did Verbinski step down? Details after the jump.

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On Thursday, we played pinata with the rumor that Brett Ratner was in talks to helm the $100 million R-rated Conan reboot. Well, Latino Review put the gossip in focus, reporting that Ratner merely took a meeting with Nu Image, and evidently so have a lot of other directors. We think a few of them would be ace for the job.

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank, Crank 2, Crank 3/3D, Game, Jonah Hex)

At Slashfilm: In Crank We Trust (a lot). With their debut feature, the duo hit the ground running with so much batty confidence and aggression that we’ll support any genre fare they wish to assault with a bullet-time rig or a gazillion consumer-grade cameras and a mulleted Corey Haim. Moral: If someone throws a ridiculous house party, from then on you just need an invite. Imagining what these guys would do for barbaric decapitations, naked women nestled in animal furs, and a botched crucifixion with vultures (if applicable in the reboot) makes us want to sell your sister to James Earl Jones to make it happen. And their down-to-earth relationship with movie sites would quickly dust off the skepticism amongst readers who didn’t grow up with Milius’s version. But aren’t they insanely busy?

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later, Intacto)

If LR is on the money with this list of prospects, it seems that Nu Image wants to invest in a director(s) with turbo-powered visuals and style to spare. Fresnadillo is apparently scheduled to meet with producers, and he’s a guy we’d recommend for several projects of Conan‘s magnitude…if we didn’t keep forgetting about the dude! In the summer of 2007, the sequel to Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later was supposed to put the Spanish hotshot on the fanboy map; alas it fell well below Fox Atomic’s box office expectations. That said, along with the 10 people at my screening and the New York Times, I was knocked-over by how well he handled action, tension, gore, clever subtext, and a modern flare too often attributed to coked-out music video directors. I was possibly even more knocked-over by future runs-ins with 28WL haters and meh’ers. Fresnadillo is likely seen as untested for the dinero at play here, but the talent is obvious. With a solid cast, he’s a fantastic gamble. Take advantage.

Other directors who’ve sat down with Nu Image include the long rumoured Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday), James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, Ninja Assassin, Wachowski Bros’ protege), Greg and Colin Strause (AVP-R, fuck this), and Robert Rodriguez, who’s been attached to a reboot for years, and is said to remain choice numero uno, but he can’t work it in. Oh yeah, and Brett Ratner (Chris Tucker’s career, swimming pools). So, the list is pretty encouraging, with a few welcome surprises. More as it develops.

Discuss: Out of the directors here, who would you choose? Why do you think the level of interest in a Conan reboot isn’t incredibly strong?

28 Weeks Later Movie Trailer in HD

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The movie trailer for 28 Weeks Later premiered before The Hills Have Eyes 2 this past weekend, but apparently no one bought tickets. Fox Atomic has now put the trailer online for all to enjoy.
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Fox Atomic has a quick rough cut footage preview of 28 Weeks Later. The full length trailer will premiere in theaters with The Hills Have Eyes 2 on March 23rd 2007.

I actually enjoyed the first film a lot despite the horrible mid point turn. But the sequel seems to lack the low budget charm of the original. Anyone else agree?

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later hits theaters on May 11th 2007.

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