Having enjoyed quite a bit of success with their recent adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Illumination Entertainment and Universal are re-teaming to bring another beloved childhood figure to the big screen. The companies have just hired Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) to pen a live-action/animation hybrid feature centered around Clifford, the big red dog. The unusual canine has been featured in some seventy-odd books since his creation in 1963 by author and illustrator¬†Norman Bridwell. More details after the jump.

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Of course someone wants Roland Emmerich to direct a film based (probably very very loosely) on the classic video game Asteroids. Nothing else would make sense. We’ve known for some time that Atari wanted to make a film using the game license, and two years ago the rights to do so went to Universal. The studio hasn’t done much with it, at least in a public sense. All those Hasbro movies took priority. (Note to Atari: get tougher lawyers when signing licensing deals.)

But now there is a report that Asteroids, the movie based on a game about blowing up rocks, has been offered to Roland Emmerich, famous for blowing up, well, everything. Read More »

Jay Baruchel is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Jay Baruchel (Fanboys, Tropic Thunder) is in talks to play the lead role in Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Inspired by the classic Mickey Mouse animated sequence from Disney’s 1940 classic Fantasia, the film tells the story of a powerful sorcerer, played by Nicolas Cage, who seeks out an apprentice in modern day New York City. National Treasure-series helmer Jon Turteltaub directs the Jerry Bruckheimer production.

Not much else is known about the film at this time, but the writers involved might give you some idea of what to expect — The film was scripted by Superman IV: The Quest for Peace screenwriters Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal, with a rewrite by Bedtime Stories scribe Matt Lopez.

source: Variety

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