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EXCLUSIVE: Will Smith has attached himself to star in and produce The Legend Of Cain, an epic re-telling of the Biblical sibling tale, this time with a vampiric twist. Smith will play Cain, the original Bad Boy, and he will produce with Overbrook Entertainment partners Jada Pinkett Smith (his wife), James Lassiter, and Ken Stovitz.

The script was written by Caleeb Pinkett and Dan Knauf, with Andrea Berloff revising. No studio or director yet for the Overbrook project. The production company is coming off The Karate Kid, which has so far grossed more that. $210 million worldwide. Smith is currently promoting that film internationally and in August he begins filming Men In Black 3.


forum i grabbed this from was quick to point out all the things Smith is supposedly working on:


The Legend of Cain

Independence Day 3


The Last Pharaoh

Independence Day 2


It Takes a Thief

Flowers for Algernon

Welcome to the Stick

Monster Hunter

Extra Protection

The Karate Kid 2

Time Share

Untitled I Am Legend Prequel

Harold and the Purple Crayon


The Billionaire's Vinegar

I, Robot 2

Newton's Law

Sisters of Mercy


The City That Sailed

Hancock 2

Bad Boys 3

The American


My Wife Hates Your Wife


The Long Run

Uptown Saturday Night

Unfinished Business

Men in Black III

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EXCLUSIVE: Since he left The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro's next film has been a hot topic of conversation. I'm hearing he will next direct At The Mountains Of Madness, an adaptation of the HP Lovecraft tale that will be shot as a 3D film for Universal Pictures. The big surprise is that Avatar director James Cameron will come aboard as a producer. Del Toro was non-committal when I asked him about the prospect of Mountains days ago as we discussed the Comic-Con reaction to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. But when del Toro announced at Comic-Con he'd cowrite and produce Haunted Mansion, he told the crowd he'd set his next film shortly, and that it would be scary. At the Mountains of Madness fits that bill, even for del Toro and Universal.


The film will be a big ticket item, shot in 3D, where Cameron's expertise can really help. Cameron has said he won't put his name on many future movies outside of the 3D reboot of Fantastic Voyage at Fox, but I've heard he's making an exception for del Toro. Cameron's presence helped win over the studio. I'm told the film will begin pre-production in the next few weeks, and shoot next summer.


In the Lovecraft tale, a gruesome discovery made during a scientific expedition to the South Pole in the 1930s hints at the true origin of mankind having come from elder gods from another planet. Bad things happen when those life forms are awakened.


The project is years in the works for del Toro and producers Susan Montford and Don Murphy, and it is easily the most ambitious project contemplated by the Pan's Labyrinth director. I just put the film high on the list of dream projects for the geek crowd, after it came up numerous times in discussion with geek-savvy film executives, writers and dealmakers.


Mountains was first set up at DeamWorks in 2004 by del Toro and Real Steel producers Montford and Murphy. Del Toro and Matthew Robbins wrote the script, which they are now retooling. The package was acquired by Universal when del Toro made a big overall deal there in 2007, when Universal green lit del Toro's Hellboy 2 and hoped to establish him as a cornerstone filmmaker. Those plans were put on hold when del Toro surprised the studio and accepted the offer to co-write and direct two installments of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit.


Del Toro dropped out of that project earlier this summer, after completing the writing of the two films, and the design of the first installment and half of the second. He cited the uncertainty of a production start due to the paralysis of MGM, which controls the rights along with Warner Bros. Del Toro pledged that he would return to the many plum projects his company is developing at Universal, including films like Frankenstein and the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse-Five. I’m confident that shortly he will be giving Universal one of the most ambitious films on its slate.


Del Toro is repped by WME and manager Gary Ungar.

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...so where do you go when 80's sequels, comics & game translations start to dry up? BOARD GAMES.


With Ouija and Candyland and Monopoly movies on their way whether you like it or not, many of us have been looking to Peter Berg's Battleship as the one potential board game movie that could make us not wish for the sweet relief of death. After all, Berg's a director with good credentials, and his idea to add an alien element to the traditional naval battle story at least made it clear we wouldn't see people shouting "F-5!" into periscopes for two hours.


But any big-budget movie is a gamble these days, especially at Universal, a studio that lost a chunk of money on expensive projects last summer and, as sorry as I am to say it, will probably not make back the reported $80 million it cost them to make Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (even though it's the best wide-release movie this weekend and you should see it at all costs). As reported by THR today, as the Battleship budget ballooned toward $200 million earlier this summer, the studio considered pulling the plug on it entirely. Universal chief Adam Fogelson denies this, of course, and convincingly counters every one of the article's claims about why the project would be a financial disaster for the studio. Here are some highlights:


On the relative inexperience of stars Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna: "Taylor is on the short list of actors in this range. Rihanna has no shortage of opportunities and choices."


On the fact that it's based on a damn board game: "You're talking about a property that worldwide has more awareness than most, if not all, of Hasbro properties that preceded it. Worldwide, more people have played Battleship than played with Transformers."


On the reportedly gigantic budget: "It's a big bet like many, many big bets from many studios. We will be nowhere near the high point and nowhere near the low point of what people are spending."


On Berg's credentials as a director: "He has a very strong passion and affinity for this material. He is a fan of the history and the current state of the military. He knows that world really, really well, and he is inspirational when he is talking about it."



The piece is a great read overall, especially if you're fascinated, as I am, by all the rationalizations and negotiations that go into launching a movie as big as this one. It's interesting that Universal has been on the defensive about Battleship practically since day one, inviting a cadre of bloggers to meet with Berg on an actual battleship back in December, and now sending Fogelson to THR to keep the pitch going.


As the first of the "board game movies" to actually get going Battleship obvious faces a fair amount of backlash, but no more than Michael Bay did when he started with the Transformers movies. The THR piece reveals some real trouble behind the scenes if they were considering pulling the plug entirely, but still, you've got to wonder why Universal is pushing back so hard against buzz that isn't so much "bad" as "we'll wait and see." With production starting in Hawaii in just over two weeks, that wait is a least getting shorter.


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All SIX films in one set! Just what every SW fan has been waiting for! *kazoo trumpet*



The Star Wars saga will at long last be released in a high-definition home video format as all six movies come to Blu-Ray in a Box Set in Fall 2011, as announced by George Lucas this morning at Celebration V. At the fan convention's Main Event, thousands of Star Wars fans braved the muggy heat of an Orlando morning to queue for a one-time only stage session between George Lucas and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. Stewart asked Lucas questions submitted from the fan community, and one of the most frequently asked questions submitted online prior to the Main Event was about the saga's release on Blu-Ray. "I wish I could say it was coming out this year," said Lucas, "but it will come out next year."


The set will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films, with the highest picture and audio quality, along with extensive special features.


Star Wars fans were treated to a glimpse of bonus material, in the form of a long-lost deleted scene from Return of the Jedi. The scene has long been talked about online -- a sequence that depicts Luke Skywalker assembling his new, green-bladed lightsaber prior to infiltrating Jabba the Hutt's palace. After completing the Jedi weapon, Luke stashes it in R2-D2's dome. What makes the Jedi deleted clip so remarkable is that it made it all the way to postproduction before it was cut, so it is a rare example of a cut scene with completed visual effects and music.


Actor Mark Hamill came out to describe the scene, remarking that once again his original introduction in a Star Wars film was cut out (his Anchorhead introduction was, of course, cut from A New Hope). Luke's intro is purposely played as ominous, with his face cowled in shadows and his intentions unclear."I had the black cloak, the glove, and I thought, wow, this time around I get to be the antagonist. Little did I know I was predicting the path of the prequels," said Hamill, noting the similarities to Luke in this scene and Anakin Skywalker's appearance.




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