Writers turned producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Alias, Transformers, Star Trek) have put together a pitch for a thriller set in an airport and set it in motion at DreamWorks. The key element of the equation is their partner in the pitch: screenwriter Jeremy Slater, whose work has ended up on the Black List (Score, in 2007) and has a couple other scripts in development. (Pet and My Spy.)

I’ve known Slater for years and love his work — he’s genuinely funny and a great writer. Kurtzman and Orci, OK, not my favorites, but you’d figure that if any producers are going to let a writer’s good ideas through, it’ll be those two, right? THR doesn’t offer any more details, other than the fact that Mathew Cullen is attached to direct.

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Lakeshore Greenlights I, Frankenstein

Lakeshore Entertainment have given the greenlight to a big screen adaptation of Kevin Grevioux’s upcoming Darkstorm Studios graphic novel I, Frankenstein, with production scheduled to begin in July of 2010. The contemporary fantasy thriller tells the story of the original monster of Victor Frankenstein, who “stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures determined to overthrow the world.” Grevioux penned the srcreenplay adaptation, which will be directed by Underworld: Rise of the Lycans helmer Patrick Tatopoulos. Read the official press release after the jump.
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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Movie Trailer

I fell asleep in the movie theater while watching the first Underworld film. It was a point in my life when I was working an overnight shift. Friday and Saturdays were my nights off, and I often attempted to get back to a normal sleeping schedule for the weekend, which rarely worked. I have a feeling that I still wouldn’t have enjoyed the film even if I had remained awake for the entire thing. I never gave it a second chance. I never saw the sequel. But I did see the trailer for the sequel, and I think thats all I really needed to see.

Patrick TatopoulosUnderworld prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans doesn’t look any better. Oh, and did I mention that before this, the director was a costume designer and special effects makeup artist? But I know there are many people who enjoyed the first two movies, who are interested to see the trailer for the third film. Heck, enough people had to see these films to warrant a trilogy, right? You can watch the trailer below, and please explain to me why I am missing out.

Official Plot Synopsis: The prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires known as Death Dealers and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian (Michael Sheen) emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja (Rhona Mitra), in his battle against the Death Dealer army and his struggle for Lycan freedom.

Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans hits theaters on January 23rd 2009.