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“Conan”. Lionsgate and Millenium Films are producing the reinvention of “Conan” (the Barbarian)” with Marcus Nispel at the helm. Jason Momoa (“Stargate Atlantis; upcoming “Game of Thrones”) has been named to play Conan. This will take the film in a whole new direction from the role’s previous holder, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mickey Rourke is being considered to play Corin, Conan’s father. Production starts in Bulgaria on March 15 if you’ve not chosen a vacation destination as yet.
Spielberg/Dreamworks Untitled Alien-invasion series. TNT has green-lighted the new series from Dreamworks Television. As yet untitled, the series was co-conceived by Spielberg and Robert Rodat who wrote the screenplay for “Saving Private Ryan”. The pilot was directed by Carl Franklin (“One False Move”; “Out of Time”). The series opens shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population. The aliens are rounding up the few survivors who resist in a desperate effort to survive and maintain their humanity. While not a new concept, it’s a Spielberg profuction and that speaks for itself. Starring will be Noah Wylie (“ER”), Moon Bloodgood (“Terminator Salvation”), Drew Roy (“Lincoln Heights”), Maxim Knight (“Brothers and Sisters”), Jessy Schram (“Crash”) and Seychelle Gabiel (“Weeds”).
“Spider-Man” Update. Marc Webb, director of “(500) Days of Summer”, will take on the task of reimagining this character once again. It will (possibly-most likely) be the first part of a new trilogy. It’s written by James Vanderbilt. Producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin have stated that this film will focus on Peter Parker’s angst over becoming endowed with powers he didn’t want or seek. It will be a character study more than an action film so it could be really good and really interesting or as boring as watching water freeze. The stars will be unknowns, also a challenge for ticket sales for such a popular and revered character.
Meanwhile, Sam Raimi is considering his options. He could work on a smaller project or move on to “Warcraft”, the film he was announced as director of prior to his effort to start up “Spider-Man 4” which is officially dead. “Warcraft” is a high-budget action film written by Robert Rodat (“Saving Private Ryan”).
New on DVD, Tues., Jan. 26: “Atonement”; “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”; “Saw VI” (full and widescreen); “Surrogates”; “Whip It”; “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” (Remastered Deluxe Ed.).
New in theatres, Fri., Jan 29: “Edge of Darkness”; “When In Rome”.