Slashfilm interviewed Guillermo del Toro about the story of Boston Brand. The director said: "What happened is, I've gotten an incredibly beautiful offer from Warner Bros to finance a trailer. So they said we'll finance a trailer so that you can show us what you see the movie being like. And I'm going to storyboard and script a little three minute trailer."
Variety has published a report that Dimension Films will be adapting the Michael Allred comic "Madman" as a live-action film. Madman is a guy killed in a car accident, then reanimated by an eccentric doc who names him Frank Einstein and gives him enhanced senses, psychic power and exceptional physical skills. Since he must wear a mask to cover the face that the doctor was unable to fix, the character becomes a superhero (of sorts). George Huang is directing the script he and Allred will write, while Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan will produce.
Disney will delay release of "The Tinkerbell Movie" to 2008 or 2009 instead of 2007. Disney Consumer Products could lose some $500 million as a result of lost merchandise sales, due to the decision. On the jimhillmedia.com website, Jim Hill says that the direct-to-DVD movie was to be the vanguard of the newest franchise, Disney Fairies, and carried with it a substantial array of new toys scheduled to hit retailers in October. Hill quotes sources that say "The Tinkerbell Movie" is leaning towards too young an audience (children 4-6) and that the product line was targeting "tween" girls.
Peter Pan in Scarlet
The recent, officially sanctioned sequel to J.M. Barrie's classic children's tale "Peter Pan," has had its film and television rights picked up by Two U.K. goverment-backed firms and an independent producer. Geraldine McCaughrean's "Peter Pan In Scarlet" was sanctioned by the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity Trustees (GOSHCC), the beneficiary of Barrie's will. Charles Denton, GOSHCC executive director, said: "We have no doubt that they will help to build on the ongoing success of Geraldine McCaughrean's brilliant sequel, which will continue to raise vital funds for GOSHCC in the way J.M. Barrie had intended when he gifted the copyright to 'Peter Pan' to the hospital."
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