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While the reports of new indie comics being developed as feature films seem to have slowed a bit, two not-quite-indie titles are being set for the big screen. Vertigo and Epic Comics are (or were, in Epic’s case) the arms of DC and Marvel Comics that blur the lines between indie and major publishers. One of each of their titles have recently gone into development. Vertigo’s Federal Bureau of Physics has a new push from producer David Goyer at Warner Bros., while Epic’s first major title, Dreadstar, is being developed by Benderspink and Illuminati Entertainment. Read More »

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Jon Favreau Jungle Book

Jon Favreau is in talks to finally make that big budget Disney family movie we’re been waiting for. No, not Magic Kingdom. Instead, the director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 is in negotiations to direct a new version of Rudyard Kipling‘s classic tale The Jungle Book. Read More »

Jungle Book

Alice in Wonderland‘s $1 billion box office take got Disney wondering which of their other animated features they could do over as live-action films. Not surprisingly, the answer has been “a lot of them.” There’s the Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent coming next year, and the Kenneth Branagh-directed Cinderella due out the year after that. The studio also has reinterpretations of Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast in the works, though those aren’t quite as far along yet.

Now the next property in line for the reboot treatment is Rudyard Kipling‘s The Jungle Book, which Disney made into a movie back in 1967. Justin Marks has just been set to pen the screenplay. Hit the jump for more details.

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Josh Trank will probably be spending most of the next few years on the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, but even as he gets that figured out another of his projects has taken a step forward. The trades are reporting that writer Seth Lochhead has just been tapped to pen Shadow of the Colossus, a video game adaptation that Trank attached himself to last spring. Lochhead is best known for scripting 2011′s Hanna, the offbeat fairy tale actioner directed by Joe Wright. Read more after the jump.

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Some movies are born easily: they represent a whole bunch of factors like script, talent and money that happen to be in the same place at the same time. Others aren’t born so easily, and lurch towards screens in fits and starts. Case in point: Disney’s animated adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story, King of the Elves, and Sony’s attempt to make a new movie out of the ’80s toy line and cartoon Masters of the Universe.

Both films might be picking up steam again, however, after falling off the radar for a while. Read More »

Rod Lurie to Direct ‘Borderline’

Rod Lurie is putting the finishing talks on his remake of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, and now he’s been set to direct an on the run thriller called Borderline. There’s nothing strange in that chain of events, but the trade break that announces this one references another Sam Peckinpah film, The Getaway. Coincidence, right? Probably. More details after the break. Read More »

Considering The Raven is so well-known as a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, one would think using those two words as a title would be off the market. Unless, of course, you were actually making a movie about the famous macabre author.

That’s not the case, however, as Mark Wahlberg has locked down a deal with Universal to produce and possibly star in a feature length adaptation of a short film by Ricardo De Montreuil also called The Raven. There are no birds on chamber doors in this story, though, as it’s about a man with powers being chased around Los Angeles by police drones, which are coordinated by a huge ship above the city.

Rumors of this deal were broken over the summer but it hit a few snags on its way to becoming official. The newest piece of information, though, is that De Montreuil, who co-wrote and directed the original short, has signed on to direct a new film called Lowriders. After the jump, read details on both deals and once again watch the short film this feature will be based on. Read More »

The way that short films have been able to lead to feature deals with studios in the past year is rather stunning. The success of Neill Blomkamp, who went from the short Alive in Joburg to the smash success of District 9, helped pave the way for development deals for the filmmakers behind The Gift, Panic Attack and Pixels, among others.

Now Ricardo de Montreuil, whose short The Raven hit the internet in April, reportedly has a deal at Universal, where he’ll expand his short into a feature. Read More »

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