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Tuesday, 18 May 2010 16:54


20th Century Fox has announced a June 24th 2011 release date for the Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt will direct from a screenplay by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.


James Franco, key supporting player in the “Spider-Man” saga and star of such Judd Apatow projects as “Freaks and Geeks” and “Pineapple Express,” is negotiating with 20th Century Fox for the (presumably) human male lead in “Rise of the Apes.”

The sci-fi thriller, about geneticists who create intelligent simians, is said to be a sort-of remake of the excellent and haunting “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” (the one with the most Montalban).

The project will utilize motion-capture CGI simians from WETA Digital.

Fox plans to release it June 24 of next year.

Fox has released the official plot synopsis:

RISE OF THE APES (tentative title) is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy

Dark Crystal
Saturday, 08 May 2010 06:15
dark crystal is being remade

HOLLYWOOD, CA May 04, 2010 – In a joint announcement by Omnilab Media's
Christopher Mapp and The Jim Henson Company's Lisa Henson, Australian
based Omnilab Media is teaming up with The Jim Henson Company to bring
the much anticipated fantasy sequel, "Power of the Dark Crystal" to the
big screen in stereoscopic 3D. The highly anticipated film will be among
the most ambitious projects to ever be produced in Australia.

Power of the Dark Crystal will be produced by the Australia based
production arm of Omnilab Media, Ambience Entertainment. The Jim Henson
Company's executive producers are Brian Henson, Lisa Henson and Jason
Lust. Omnilab Media's executive producers are Christopher Mapp, Matthew
Street and David Whealy. Cinemarket Films' Peter D. Graves ("Terminator
Salvation") rounds out the executive producer team.

Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig, writers and directors of "Undead" and
most recently, "Daybreakers," have come aboard to direct the screenplay
written by Australian Craig Pearce ("Moulin Rouge," "Strictly Ballroom,"
"Romeo + Juliet") based on an original script by Annette Duffy and David
Odell. The legendary fantasy artist Brian Froud will reprise his role as
conceptual designer of the film, which will use a stunning mix of live
action and traditional puppetry combined with visual and special effects
produced entirely in Australia. Omnilab-affiliated Iloura ("Where the
Wild Things Are," "The Pacific," "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark") has
already begun work on the film's complex CGI elements. With this team in
place, next steps will be to secure worldwide distribution.

"Power of the Dark Crystal is an exciting and ambitious undertaking and,
having worked on previous projects with the top-notch talent and crews
that Australia offers, we know we have assembled the right team to
deliver the sequel to one of the most enduringly popular titles in the
Henson library. Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig are sure to create a
film that will continue the legacy of the original and exceed the
expectations of our loyal fans," said Lisa Henson, CEO of the The Jim
Henson Company. "We are especially enthusiastic to be working with
Omnilab Media, a strong and growing force in worldwide film finance and

"We are very pleased to be producing this wonderful and fantastical film
in Australia. The Power of The Dark Crystal will showcase the depth of
talent Australia has to offer up on the international stage, including
the extremely gifted directing team of Peter Spierig and Michael
Spierig. The Jim Henson Company has consistently delivered an amazing
range of entertainment over generations and is an iconic creative studio
that we are proud to have partner with us," added Christopher Mapp from
Omnilab Media.

Michael Spierig said, "We feel a tremendous amount of responsibility in
telling this story with the same meticulous care that Jim Henson and
Frank Oz gave the 1982 original." Added Peter Spierig, "This is a chance
to take the world of puppetry into the modern age by using modern
techniques (like motion capture CGI) and the tried and true methods
(like puppetry and animatronics) to create a one hundred percent real
world that is unique to 'The Dark Crystal'."

Set hundreds of years after the events of the first movie when the world
has once again fallen into darkness, "Power of the Dark Crystal" follows
the adventures of a mysterious girl made of fire who, together with a
Gelfling outcast, steals a shard of the legendary Crystal in an attempt
to reignite the dying sun that exists at the center of the planet.

Omnilab Media is an Australian and New Zealand based globally focused
vertically integrated entertainment company involved in the production,
visual effects, post production and financing of a diverse range of film
and television properties. Amongst the funding deals recently concluded
by Omnilab Media, covering both production and P&A financing, are Oliver
Stone's 'W', 'The Bank Job', 'The Messenger', ''Bran Nue Dae,' and the
upcoming 'Dylan Dog: Dead of Night', 'The Loved Ones,' 'Tomorrow When
the War Began', and 'The Killer Elite.'

Omnilab Media has also created a new digital film company with Kennedy
Miller Mitchell (Dr.D Studios) to use groundbreaking digital
storytelling, animation and visual effects. The first production will be
HAPPY FEET 2, with a range of other bluechip properties in development.

Ambience Entertainment was originally founded as a post production
company in 1999 and in 2003 dipped it's toe into the production arena
with the creation of The Pop Pups. In 2004 Ambience Entertainment was
acquired by Omnilab Media to create content for group and has since
grown into one of Australia's fastest growing independent film and
television production companies dedicated to producing compelling film
and television programs for local and international broadcasters and

With a well-earned reputation for quality, Ambience Entertainment
specializes in feature films, game shows, children's programming and

Ambience Entertainment is the content and production division of the
Omnilab Media, Australia's largest independently owned vertically
integrated media company. This alliance has enabled Ambience
Entertainment to develop its own distinctive television and film content
with the strategic goal of significantly increasing its production

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family
entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an
innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as
creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy
Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy
nominated "Sid the Science Kid," "Dinosaur Train" "Wilson & Ditch:
Digging America" and "Pajanimals." Features include "The Dark Crystal,"
"Labyrinth," "MirrorMask," and "Unstable Fables" and television
productions include "Fraggle Rock" and the sci-fi cult series

With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company
is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot,
complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. Independently
owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the
Company is also home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop, a pre-eminent
character-building and visual effects group with international film,
television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios,
one of the music industry's top recording facilities known for its
world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment.

The Company's Henson Alternative brand recently launched the New York
run of "Stuffed and Unstrung," a live puppet improvisational show at the
Union Square Theatre.

3.26 Copyright (C) 2008 / Copyright (C) 2007 Alain Georgette / Copyright (C) 2006 Frantisek Hliva. All rights reserved."

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:48


The only time the character of Popeye was brought to film was in Robert Altman’s notorious failure starring Robin Williams in the title role. That film was a commercial and critical disaster, and nearly ended the director of the film’s legendary career. Still, that apparently wasn’t enough to ward off Sony from trying to bring him to movies again, as they have a new film in development. It’ll be done in motion-capture, and will be in, you guessed it, 3D.

Variety (via /Film) learned that Avi Arad, producer for much of Marvel’s film franchises, will be taking the producing reigns on the project. The rumor is that it will be penned by someone named Mike Jones,  whom it’s oddly difficult to find any concrete information on, except for the fact that he was apparently a writer for Variety and laid off a year ago. Funny how things work out, isn’t it?

They’re also keeping the plot under wraps, because Lord knows that every movie news site is just digging for information on a new movie featuring Popeye. Regardless, we can expect to see unnaturally muscular spinach eating sailors popping out at the audience within the next few years.

Foundation trilogy
Friday, 12 February 2010 23:40

Foundation trilogy

IsaacAsimov Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012…essentially anything where the world is destroyed by an enormous overload of CGI) is planning to develop a series of films based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.

Asimov’s books revolve around two societies that are created at opposite ends of the galaxy, as sources of human knowledge, in an attempt to shorten a coming dark age. The dark age is predicted by a mathematician’s psychohistory, a science that allows him to predict large-scale events in the future.

Emmerich intends to shoot the films using the same methods as Avatar; filming everything using motion-capture, and then presenting it in 3D CGI.


Real Steel
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 21:04

 "Real Steel"

 Hugh Jackman connected to the starring role of the boxer-turned-promoter-turned-robot manager.

 Variety article further confirms Jackman's starring role in the film, which is expected to budget out at around $80 million.

Production is supposed to get underway in June,

PLOT-A future-set story where robot boxing is a popular sport and centered on a struggling promoter (Jackman) who thinks he's found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he also discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father. Written by Anonymous

The Smurfs
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 16:50

Raja Gosnell
Peyo (characters) and
J. David Stem (screenplay)
Release Date:
29 July 2011 (USA) more
The adventures of a mythical race of little blue creatures in medieval times that must deal with each other and humans, particularly an evil wizard obsessed with capturing them for his own sinister purposes.
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