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Bond Back at Pinewood

James Bond will not be returning to the Czech Republic. Variety reports that because of the lack of financial incentives in the country, 007 production company Eon has informed Prague’s Barrandov it will not be using the studios for “Bond 22,” according to Barrandov head Vladimir Kuba. The Bond team are following the Hellboy franchise out of the Republic and ... Read More »

Prince Caspian at Comic Con

Walt Disney Pictures is joining the throng of film producers at this year’s San Diego Comic Con at the end of this month to offer exclusive footage and panel discussions with the filmmakers of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Disney-Pixar’s Wall*E at Comic-Con. VFX World reported last week that Guests will include Caspian director Andrew Adamson, producer Mark ... Read More »

More fantasy films on the way

Everyone seems to be chasing the next Harry Potter, and Warner Bros., who produce the box office-busting films (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix took in an estimated $44.2 million in its first full day in the US alone) are no exception. They’ve just picked up the movie rights to Septimus Heap, a popular seven-book fantasy series by ... Read More »

Thundercats – Marvel UK days recalled

Thundercats Issue 1 - Marvel UK

Variety reports Warner Bros. has optioned a Thundercats script by tyro scribe Paul Sopocy to turn the popular 1980s animated series and toy line into a live action feature. Warner-based Paula Weinstein will produce through her Spring Creek Productions banner, along with Dick Robertson and Lew Korman. Come on, you must remember the Thundercats? They were a group of humanoid cats ... Read More »

Teen Titans movie in the pipeline

Hollywood Reporter and ICV2 report Warner Bros. Pictures is working on a live action adaptation of DC Comics’ Teen Titans supergroup comic book. The animated series has been good fun, so let’s hope a live version has the same energy – and they grab the cool theme tune, too! Altogether now: Puffy – TEEN TITANS THEME When there’s trouble you ... Read More »

Magic Moves

Warner Bros. has announced it is moving up by two days the release date of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in the US and Canada, from Friday 13th July to 11th July. (It opens 12th July in the UK). This will give the fifth Harry Potter movie a five-day total for its first weekend and it might ... Read More »

Stardust Competition

Forbidden Planet London has 20 pairs of tickets to be won for the special preview screening of the movie Stardust, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, on Monday 4th June at 6.00pm for a 6.30 start. The screening of the film, not due for UK release until October, will take place at a London West End venue.The screening will ... Read More »

Buffy creator calls for equality

An author friend of mine sent me this moving piece by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly creator Joss Whedon, who is clearly appalled not just by real world tragedy but by a new film in distribution called Captivity. Joss’ comments speak for themselves, but deserve the widest exposure possible, hence this forwarding. It might also be cause to alert ... Read More »

Paramount Heads for Rama?

Rendezvous With Rama

Paramount Pictures will decide whether or not to make Morgan Freeman’s long-percolating Rendezvous With Rama, a proposed film adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s 1973 SF novel, Variety (subscription required) has reported. Freeman and producing partner Lori McCreary, through their Revelations Entertainment company, have been developing the film with director David Fincher (Alien 3). Bruce McKenna is writing the script. Paramount gets ... Read More »

downtheubes Archive News: October 2002

Film Reel

SCOOBY DOOBY THREE! 15/10/02: Hollywood Reporter (subscription required for full story) has revealed that with a sequel to Warner Bros. Pictures’ Scooby-Doo on the fast track, the studio is already moving forward on a third instalment, hiring scribes Dan Forman and Paul Foley to write a script, tentatively titled Scooby-Doo 3. The duo recently turned in a rewrite on Warners’ ... Read More »

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