Fincher going into the black hole and more

Lots of stuff happened today that we just couldn’t get around to giving proper love to. However, we couldn’t let a few things go by without at least giving mention.

First up, director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac) has signed on to replace Alex Aja on the teen horror flick Black Hole. The movie will be penned by Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman and is based upon the graphic novel by Charles Burns. The story focuses on a sexually transmitted bug that gets passed around a group of teenagers.

Oddly, author Lois Lowry spilled some (via) Harry Potter beans in a post on her own blog regarding the developments of her book The Giver. According to her David Yates, who directed Order of thePhoenix and is currently directing Half-Blood Prince, will be back to direct The Deathly Hallows. Ugh. Not terribly excited about this. I like Yates, for sure, but I just wish they would hire a gonzo director for the book 7 double bill and go all out.

Bad news from The Giver Movie front. David Yates, the director currently working on the next Harry Potter film, was supposed to begin The Giver film next. But he has just decided he wants to do the final Harry Potter first, thereby postponing The Giver by several years. Maybe the opening of this film could be held simultaneously with my celebration-of-life service after I succumb to old age? Or the producers will decide to get a different director. Stand by. But without holding your breath.

akira_book.jpgDid you love Akira? The 1988 movie is probably regarded as the highest achievement in Japanese animation. Or at least it is around here.

Mostly because it’s about a gang of superbike-riding pill-eating teens who roam the futuristic roads fighting with rivals and screaming a lot. One of the members gets caught up in a government experiment and develops psychic powers, leading to a massive destructive battle with the gang’s leader. Now it’s getting made into two live-action movies. This time around it’ll be based upon the six-volume manga series, with each movie based upon three volumes.
The movie will be directed by first-timer Irishman Ruairi Robinson. Check out the movie’s badass potential and the director’s potential as well in his short film, Silent City.

Warner Bros. exec Greg Silverman, who previously brought the studio 300 and Batman Begins, brought them Akira and encouraged them to obtain the rights. Although the studio let go of the rights a few years ago, they fought to gain them back in a bidding war, ending up paying in the seven-figures. The studio is describing the film as “Blade Runner meets City of God.” Nuff said.

AICN is reporting that Leo DiCaprio and Joe Gordon-Levitt are starring in the main roles of the film.

Did the WSJ reveal plot details for Pixar/Disney’s in development Toy Story 3? Hard to say and if they did, they certainly didn’t give away much, but Peter’s got the deets over at Slashfilm. ?Woody the cowboy and his toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, leaves for college.? Okay. Sounds good, but what’s the rub? It’s got potential and if I trust anyone it’s Pixar and John Lasseter.

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