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Briefly: The video game incarnation of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, was rebooted not long ago, and the film version is following suit. Paramount’s hold on the franchise rights lapsed after the middling performance of the second film starring Angelina Jolie, and GK Films nabbed the option to make a new Tomb Raider film. The company took the package to MGM, which has been working  on he character’s revival.

Now Marti Noxon, writer/showrunner for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and screenwriter for the Fright Night remake, has been hired to script. No word on the story or general approach at this moment, besides the safe and obvious assumption that Croft and her archaeological adventures will be the focus. [Variety]

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Marti Noxon is best known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for which she wrote a couple dozen episodes and quickly rose through the producer ranks, to the point where she was the showrunner for the show’s last two seasons. She’s worked on other shows as well: Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Angel, and Glee among them.

Noxon has moved into feature writing of late, with the script for Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night remake, and work on the script for I Am Number Four as well. But now she’s earned a great opportunity, as Pixar’s senior development executive Mary Coleman recently announced that Noxon is working with Pixar on the script for a new feature. Read More »

M. Night Shyamalan‘s movie career has been on a steep downward trajectory for the past several years, but as someone who enjoyed his earlier films I’m still rooting for the guy to turn things around. And maybe he still can. It’s too soon to say how After Earth will turn out, but from what we’ve seen so far it looks… okay.

More intriguing is his other upcoming project, which sees him shaking things up by switching mediums. Shyamalan and former Buffy the Vampire Slayer showrunner Marti Noxon are set to co-write and executive produce Proof, a drama for the Syfy channel. More after the jump.

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Marti Noxon‘s most recent theatrical release, Fright Night, may not have done massive business, but it certainly hasn’t hurt her. In the wake of writing Fright Night the former Buffy writer and showrunner was brought on to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by her Fright Night director Craig Gillespie, before both ended up leading the project.

And now Noxon is rewriting Ouija for Hasbro and Platinum Dunes. Read More »

The new Fright Night, which remakes and updates Tom Holland’s enduring and entertaining 1985 film about a high school kid who finds that a vampire has moved into the house next door, is about vampires and feelings, but not vampires with feelings. That’s something that’s clear right off in conversations with the cast and crew of the film on location in New Mexico. Or, in other words, this isn’t Twilight.

We’re in the local Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which doubles for the chain’s larger Vegas location. In the film, that’s the domain of stage magician and presumed vampire expert Peter Vincent (David Tennant). Tennant isn’t in the house, but most of the film’s major players are: Anton Yelchin, playing the hero Charley Brewster; Colin Farrell as Jerry Dandridge, the vampire next door; Imogen Poots as Charley’s new girlfriend Amy; and director Craig Gillespie, screenwriter Marti Noxon and effects guru Howard Berger. We only got to see a small bit of the film being shot, so after the break I’ll let the cast and crew give you the lowdown on this new version of Fright Night, in their own words. Read More »

UPDATE: I’ve added to, retitled and bumped this story from a couple days back, as Deadline reports that Emma Stone has turned down the offer to star in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. A shame, as she would have been great in the role, but hardly a surprise given that it wasn’t so long ago that she made Zombieland. There may be other considerations that played into the decision, but the end result is all that matters at the moment. Original article follows after the jump. Read More »

We probably could have guess that this would happen: not long after taking the gig directing Price and Prejudice and Zombies for LionsGate, Craig Gillespie has brought Marti Noxon on to rewrite the David O. Russell script. In addition to having a resume that includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marti Noxon wrote the Fright Night remake that Mr. Gillespie directed last year. Footage of that one is getting out in the wild now, and the response is pretty good. So now they’ll work together once more.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s revision of Jane Austen‘s classic novel, has made news for its shifting directorial roster over the past year. But it still has no cast, and until this new script draft is done, it is possible that there will be no one signed. Don’t expect to see Natalie Portman, who was once attached. But we’ll give you the names when deals come together. [The Wrap]

After the break, the Thor screenwriters are working on a new adventure film for Down With Love director Peyton Reed. Read More »

‘Fright Night’ Trailer and Poster

Remaking Fright Night, Todd Holland‘s still-entertaining 1985 teen vampire horror/comedy, seemed like a dire prospect. But then Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) came on to direct a script by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with Colin Farrell starring as the vampire who moves in next door to Charley Brewster, a high school student played by Anton Yelchin. OK, so far so good. The script is pretty solid, and adds enough things to differentiate it from the original that this isn’t at all a 100% straight remake.

Now the first trailer is out, and you’ll see how different some aspects of this version really are. While Chris Sarandon was perfect for the vampire role in the original, I’m happy to see that Colin Farrell’s version might be just as intense as intended in the script. I’ve moved past all the reservations I had about remaking Fright Night (because there’s nothing I can do about it) and while I’m not feeling mad excitement at the prospect of this version, I like the cast enough that I’m willing to give it a chance. Read More »

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