X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
According to the Hollywood Reporter, New Line has picked up the Devil’s Due property. Richard Brener and Dave Neustadter are shepherding for New Line, while Jake Weiner and Jon Silk will oversee for Benderspink. Josh Blaylock of Devil’s Due is co-producing. Writers are being sought.
ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM
USA Today has been showing off a photo of a hybrid Predator/Alien in an article that had the directors talking about their goals. “We want it more like the classic early Alien and Predator movies we grew up on,” said Colin Strause. “You’re not going to see 50 digital creatures running around,” co-director Greg Strause says. “We want to bring the franchise back to basics. That’s what made them so frightening in the first place.”
Moviehole is bandying about a new rumor that blonde actress Teresa Palmer has been cast as Wonder Woman in the big screen adaptation. Their report said that Palmer just nudged out competition Minka Kelly and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Meanwhile, a rumor that actor Rupert Evans had been cast as Superman has been debunked by IESB. “Yesterday I spent a few hours calling his management over at William Morris to no success,” said their Robert Sanchez, “but this morning at around 3:55am PST which was around 11:00am in the U.K., I did get a hold of their British counterparts over at the Curtis Brown UK office who told IESB ‘We don’t know where that rumor started, there’s no truth to the rumor at all.’ I double checked by asking again, ‘did Rupert Evans audition for any of the Justice League characters?’ They answered by laughing and repeating ‘No, not at all.'”
Superhero Hype is reporting that trailers for the Mark Millar project will be attached to prints of “American Gangster” this weekend.
Devoted to Smallville has a scan from TV Guide, which had actress Helen Slater talking about her role on the hit CW series.
PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
A story in the Montreal Gazette claims that the shooting has already started. “Work began Wednesday on the Lions Gate film ‘The Punisher 2,’ which stars the Northern Ireland-born actor Ray Stevenson,” the article reads.
Speaking of people with guns, Superhero Hype also reports that casting has begun with an eye on February 2008 to start filming in Prague and Los Angeles. The studio is currently calling the film “Untitled Stephen Sommers Project.”
AFRO SAMURAI 2
A piece at ICv2 reports that creator Takashi Okazaki told the Mainichi Daily News that he is currently supervising a second Afro Samurai series, which will air on Spike TV in 2008. In the sequel Afro forsakes killing for a time until he awakens to his destiny to be the “world’s number 1 warrior” and battles a new enemy, a seductive female warrior.
THAT’S A WRAP
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