2001: A Space Odyssey by Benjamin Parslow 3001 The Final Odyssey miniseries,

Syfy has ordered a television miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel 3001: The Final Odyssey. The 2001: A Space Odyssey sequel will be adapted by screenwriter Stuart Beattie of Pirates of the Caribbean and Collateral fame. Beattie will also serve as executive producer alongside Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker (Numbers, The Good Wife). More details on the 3001 The Final Odyssey miniseries, after the jump.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

As The Hunger Games: Catching Fire quickly races towards becoming the highest grossing film of 2013, it’s no coincidence studios continue to close deals for similar young adult fare. The latest is Universal, which just signed director Michael Gracey to direct Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first in a YA trilogy written by Laini TaylorStuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean) adapted the screenplay.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows a young woman whose father sends her all over the world on the search for human teeth. Eventually, she realizes he’s in the middle of an epic, etherial battle between good and evil. Read More »

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You won’t even need to see the credit card that says I, Frankenstein is from the creators of the Underworld films to get that series’ vibe from this trailer.

This film casts Aaron Eckhart as the best-looking Frankenstein monster ever in a story that goes with the now-standard over-inflation of stakes. In other words, this isn’t a tale about man overreaching his capability or encroaching on God’s territory by making his own creation; it’s about the THE END OF ALL MANKIND. Oh, and the Frankenstein monster has been around for two hundred years which, I guess, accounts for the fact that he’s grown to be so good-looking.

The first trailer features a lot of CG monsters and gargoyles, and no shortage of action glamour shots. Read More »

I, Frankenstein

In Mary Shelley‘s classic novel, Victor Frankenstein is horrified the first time he looks upon his creation because the thing is flat-out hideous: eight feet tall, with watery eyes, black lips, and translucent yellow skin. The creature is so ugly, in fact, that Frankenstein immediately flees the room.

In Stuart Beattie‘s I, Frankenstein, however, he doesn’t look nearly so grotesque. In fact, with his chiseled features and washboard abs, he looks more like a movie star than a monster. Perhaps that’s because he’s played by an actual movie star, Aaron Eckhart. See the first official image from the modern-day epic, based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, after the jump.

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Gears of War, the Epic Games video game series published by Microsoft that has gone through three blockbuster installments so far, was set up at New Line for a long time as a potential feature. Len Wiseman was going to direct at one point, but in the years since 2007, when New Line signed on, there hasn’t been any significant movement on the project. In fact, a couple years ago New Line scaled back plans for the film.

Now New Line has put Gears into turnaround, and so CAA is starting the process of finding a new partner or partners to properly exploit the Gears of War series in movie form. Read More »

Stuart Beattie is currently directing Aaron Eckhart as a modern version of the creature from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. The film I, Frankenstein is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Kevin Grevioux, with Eckhart taking a lot of inspiration for his version of the monster directly from the Shelly original.

Now we’ve got the first photos of Eckhart in costume and makeup for the film. Hit the jump to compare his look on set to the graphic novel depiction of the monster, above.  Read More »

Chuck actress Yvonne Strahovski is in final talks for I, Frankenstein, Stuart Beattie‘s adaptation of the comic book by Kevin Grevioux. Aaron Eckhart leads the cast as Frankenstein’s classic monster, who in the present day goes by Adam and stands between humanity and the supernatural demons who would overtake them.

Bill Nighy was previously announced as being in talks to play the villain, a demon prince determined to unlock the secrets of Frankenstein’s reanimation. Strahovski is negotiating for the female lead, a scientist who’s tricked by the demons into helping them create an undead army. Miranda Otto and Socratis Otto (no relation) also star.

Strahovski recently starred in Killer Elite with Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro, and will next appear in My Mother’s Curse with Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, and Adam Scott. I, Frankenstein is scheduled to begin shooting this winter in Australia. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, rising star David Oyelowo books yet another high-profile project, and Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivola try to stop things from exploding.

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Over nearly two years, Lakeshore Entertainment has been trying to get a jump on the impending Frankenstein adaptation race by making a movie based on Keven Grevioux‘s graphic novel I, Frankenstein. The Underworld-like story, a “contemporary fantasy thriller in which the original monster of Victor Frankenstein stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures determined to overthrow the world,” was originally going to be directed by Underworld: Rise of the Lycans director Patrick Tatopoulos. But Stuart Beattie stepped in to write and direct in March of this year, and last month Aaron Eckhart was signed to play the heroic monster Adam Frankenstein.

Now Bill Nighy is in talks to keep the Underworld comparisons going by playing the villain of the film. Read More »

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