According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has set a May 1, 2009 release date for the Hugh Jackman-fueled spin off, directed by Gavin Hood from a David Benioff screenplay. The only other film currently claiming that day is Disney's "G-Force." Hood will start shooting in Australia before moving to New Zealand and, later, to New Orleans. Producing are Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, producers of the "X-Men" movies, along with Jackman and producing partner John Palermo through their Seed Productions. Marvel's Kevin Feige will executive produce.
Additional shooting details are on tap from The Mountain Scene: "['Wolverine'] will be shot around Queenstown and Central Otago over December and January. According to industry sources, who asked not to be named, a production office has already been set up in town to employ several locals and out-of-towners. The four- to six-week shoot could see 100 or more Queenstowners hired as set builders, grips, runners, drivers, caterers and the like. More than one set will be built in the Wakatipu but shooting will also take place in Central Otago, including Naseby. Interior shooting will take place afterwards at Fox Studios in Sydney."
CBR News has an exclusive interview with producer Al Gough who reveals a surprise for January.
Meanwhile, TV Guide's Michael Ausiello has fresh spoilers about a November shocker.
CBR News also has an exclusive story with spoilers about the show coming to Los Angeles for filming.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
The movie's not even out, but Sci Fi Wire has producer Sam Raimi talking sequel. " don't know if there's going to be a sequel to 30 Days of Night, nor do I know [that] if there was, it would be based upon that [the next comic in the series, "Dark Days"]. You'd have to see if it's successful at the box office ... if there was a sequel, to the books. I think that's what got us here in the first place."
Meanwhile, Shock Till You Drop has an interview with actress Melissa George about chilling out on the set of the horror film. "The opening of the movie? That was New Zealand and it looked exactly like Alaska," George said. "Yeah, but that was freezing cold. I couldn't even speak. I had to have hot tea before they called "action" to melt my lips so I could articulate the words. It was definitely cold and then it got really really hot and we still had to wear the same outfit."
The New York Observer is reporting that Universal Pictures has dropped Robert Rodriguez's proposed remake of the camp SF classic. Rodriguez reportedly claimed that the studio pulled out for financial reasons, but the rumor is that casting his fiancee Rose McGowan was the sticking point.
The official website for the sequel has been launched, which includes a blog from the production, early cast interviews and video of Abe Sapien in BPRD headquarters.
THE DARK KNIGHT
The promotional site Why So Serious? has been updated with a possible holiday theme.
In other news, The Examiner has a story about country singer Dwight Yoakam having to turn down not one, but two roles in the sequel. "There was a ne'er-do-well cop who's one of Gary Oldman's guys, but I really couldn't focus enough to deal with that," Yoakam said. "Then they came back to me and said 'We know you don't have time to do that one, but can you do this one instead?' And it was a banker who had dealings with the Joker, and I wanted so badly to go do that banker and mess around with [Joker portrayer] Heath Ledger. But I just couldn't do it."
Finally, make up artist John Caglione Jr. has a note on his web site noting that he's joined the crew for the Christopher Nolan-helmed production.
BOND OF SAINT MARCEL
Shock Till You Drop claims that Intrepid Pictures (upcoming The Strangers and Doomsday) has bought rights to the horror-thriller comic book and its screenplay, both by Jennifer Quintenz. The six-issue mini-series is due to hit stores in April 2008.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY
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