Timur Bekmambetov is going from vampire-slaying world leaders to pirate-hunting pilots. The Russian filmmaker has just signed on for Heatseekers, an original action project set up at Paramount with Michael Bay producing. Bekmambetov and Bay are also joined by F. Scott Frazier, who’s just been tapped to write a script based on George Mahaffey‘s spec script. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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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 »

Briefly: Platinum Dunes has been slowly moving away from producing only horror remakes — having proven an ability to assemble a profitable film in that arena, it’s time to move on to new grounds, I guess. The latest project the company has set up with Paramount is The Hauntrepeneur, a pretty awkwardly-titled spec pitch by Scott Rosenberg that could result in a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-type film. Read More »

And one more genre mash-up comic has sold an option to a major producer or studio. The comic Zombies vs Robots, by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood, led to a spec script of the same name by video game scriptwriter turned film writer/director JT Petty (The Burrowers, S&Man). Three companies — Platinum Dunes, Circle of Confusion and omic publisaher IDW — have teamed together to co-produce for Sony Pictures. Read More »

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Prince of Persia International PosterIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley debate whether or not Michael Bay is the right person to take over Ninja Turtles, discuss the artistic ethics of “fixing” an older film, and remember the passing of Dennis Hopper.

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Do you like your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ultra-gritty, ‘realistic’ and with a lot of violence, but without a lot of particularly interesting violence? Then you’re in luck! Paramount became the new home for TMNT last year when Nickelodeon paid $60m for global rights to the characters, and the studio has now handed the development of a new feature film over to Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes. Read More »

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Platinum Dunes has so far been known for horror remakes and one or two original films. But the label is preparing to branch out, thanks in part to a first-look deal with Paramount to make genre films on frugal budgets. The planned Ouija Board movie has an action-adventure bent, for example. Now Dunes has bought the script for Heatseekers, an action film. Read More »

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In 2008, we heard that Platinum Dunes had the option to make a film based on the classic slumber party and devil-summoning game Ouija Board, with few details beyond the assertion that it wouldn’t be like Jumanji. Now, as the release date approaches for the latest Dunes movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street, producer Brad Fuller is talking about some of the company’s future projects. Among them is Ouija.

His comments after the break, along with a super-brief update on The Monster Squad and The Birds. Read More »

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