According to the Hollywood Reporter, the proposed sequel is no longer shown with a June 26th, 2009 release date, currently off the calendar ... possibly a strike casualty.
PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
Director Lexi Alexander has updated her blog with news on the sequel/reboot. "All right, people. It's done," Alexander wrote. "Well, except one exterior scene that we couldn't shoot because of the snowstorm, which we will have to shoot in the near future. I'm sorry I haven't been blogging, but trust me when I tell you, every spare minute I had outside of work was used to catch as much sleep as possible. 40 nights of shooting in the freezing cold. I'm surprised my cast & crew showed up every single night. I was lucky. Everybody was great and really involved in the film."
Superhero Hype has an early look at a teaser poster for the Will Smith-fueled superhero-themed comedy.
ALIENS VS. PREDATOR REQUIEM 2?
Sure, the new movie didn't exactly burn up the box office, but director Colin Strause made a posting on the IMDB message boards saying, "We did over 15 million internationally (and it hasn't even opened everywhere yet), which means in just a few days we've already made more than our total budget was. I admit I wish it did better in the US, but these numbers are nothing to feel bad about." It's still too early to see whether or not the Strauses' proposed space-based sequel.
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY FIFTY-SEVEN
The big news is that David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company cut a deal with the WGA to return to the airwaves with their writing staffs intact. The deal is being heralded as one that can be used as a model and includes new media rights as well. This is the first side deal done by the striking writers. This leaves the rest of the late night hosts stuck doing improv.
In other news, Strike TV has been launched, both giving a creative outlet to the striking writers and creating a fundraiser for the Writers Guild Foundation Industry Support Fund.
Finally, Nikki Finke has a report about fans planning to hire skywriters to write pro-strike commentary in the skies above Pasadena during the Rose Bowl parade ... but whether or not it will be seen on national television is another question entirely.
KWANZAA DAY SIX: KUUMBA
Every year I post the principle of the day for the holiday Kwanzaa because I celebrate it. Not as an evangelizing sort of thing, feel no pressure to get down in the same way, just a celebration. The principle for today is for "Creativity: To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it."
We can't do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos -- they're all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, "What do you mean your sister's dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?" The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web's rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we've got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].