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Elijah Wood is ready to head back into the fantasy realm. The Lord of the Rings star has just signed on for The Last Witch Hunter, from The Craziers director Breck Eisner.

He’s the latest addition to an eclectic and intriguing cast that also includes Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, and Rose Leslie. Hit the jump for more details.

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Hansel and Gretel won’t be the only witch hunters headed to the multiplex in the near future. Vin Diesel has just entered talks to play the lead in the similarly themed The Last Witch Hunter, which has had The Crazies and Sahara helmer Breck Eisner signed on to direct since last year.

Hmm. On the one hand, Cory Goodman‘s screenplay landed on the 2010 Black List, and with some competent direction from Eisner and a likable performance from Diesel, this could end up being a fun bit of genre fluff. On the other, Goodman’s other credits include the critically derided Priest and Apollo 18. More after the jump.

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A year ago, almost to the day, Summit attached Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted) to produce and possibly direct a new genre franchise kick-starter they’ve been setting up titled The Last Witch Hunter. (Guess what it’s about.) The film was one of many projects being stacked atop his very full roster, and as such, was more or less lost in the shuffle. Fast forward until now, and the director’s busy getting Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter prepped for production, making it unlikely that any witch hunting would go down anytime soon. But Summit can’t wait around forever. Twilight has been a reliable cash cow to the studio, but the series’ end is imminent, and they’re looking to get their next big money maker off the ground. Enter The Crazies and Sahara director Breck Eisner, who the studio is eyeing to take over the project. Read More »

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I suppose it isn’t a big surprise given his genre leanings and the performance of Wanted, but Timur Bekmambetov is turning into one of those producer/directors that has a score of projects in development at once. Recently he’s been tied to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with Tim Burton, he may still be doing Wanted 2, and there’s that Moby Dick movie still vaguely on the horizon with Universal. Those are just the high profile gigs.

Now there’s one more: as Summit considers the imminent post-Twilight future, the company is looking at genre-iffic pitches, and has just bought one called The Last Witch Hunter. The studio has attached Bekmambetov to produce and possibly direct. Read More »

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