Variety reports that former comic book artist Troy Nixey, currently directing the remake of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark for Miramax, has been signed by Phoenix Pictures (the outfit producing Scorsese’s Shutter Island) to direct Simple Machines, based on his own script. I’ll be up front about this right now: Troy is an exceptionally talented creator and could be a great new filmmaker, but he’s also a good friend. That, coupled with the fact that my former editor (CHUD founder Nick Nunziata) is co-producing the film, means that my objectivity is pretty much out the window on this story. But I’ll try to convince you that it’s worth knowing about anyway, after the jump. Read More »