Here are a couple small reports about new projects that have just attached directors. We don’t have a great deal of info about either one, but as we expect to be following up on these soon we’ll give you the early rundown now.

First, Niels Arden Oplev, who made the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is now set to direct Game Theory for Summit. The film is written by Michael Alan Lerner, and is about “a college professor and game theorist who gets sucked into a large-scale global crisis.” Serious stuff! Maybe.

The director has been on the verge of breaking into US films since the runaway success of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but the two films he has been attached to (The Keep and The Last Photograph) haven’t really moved forward yet. He has done the pilot for the CBS show The Rememberer, but that’s not quite the same as making a war movie with Christian Bale. But The Last Photograph looks like it could still happen, and in the meantime perhaps he can make Game Theory. [Deadline]

After the break, Mikael Hafstrom, director of The Rite, will make a supernatural thriller called Wake for Hammer Films. Read More »

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Ah, it’s the notorious ‘an offer is out to…’ story, which has of late become more of a staple. These are both potentially interesting projects, but keep in mind that at this point we’re just documenting offers that have been given to actors to appear in these projects — the films aren’t greenlit, and there’s a 50/50 chance, at least, that these actors won’t take these roles. That said, chew on the ideas of  Christian Bale in a film based on a Zack Snyder story, Bradley Cooper in another R-rated comedy and Jim Carrey in a film about a magician. Read More »

The third day of the Film 4 Frightfest has come to a blood-soaked close and I’ve made it back safely to camp. From where I’m sitting now (slouched, in fact, and really quite exhausted from all of this sitting in the dark) this year’s Frightfest is already one of the two or three best yet, and Frightfest itself has bloomed into the single most exciting genre fest in the UK. Come along next August and join in, I could use some folks to lunch with.

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