Variety reports that now that Warner Brothers lost the rights to "Conan the Barbarian," New Line wants to make a movie based on the Robert E. Howard character. Larry and Andy Wachowski, John Milius and Robert Rodriguez all tried to developing the project.
Reports here in The Hollywood Reporter says that Paramount Pictures has optioned the rights to this Boom! Studios comic, even before it hits the stand. They say: "Written by John Rozum and drawn by Kody Chamberlain, the five-issue miniseries uses the prophesies of Nostradamus as its backdrop. In the tale, Nostradamus' books of foreshadowing made him a rich man, and he took his riches and created a foundation to prevent the prophesies from happening. The comic focuses on the secret team in the present day who uses the prophet's published and unpublished works to predict threats to the world."
World of Warcraft
Thomas Tull, chairman of Legendary Pictures, told the Hollywood & Games Summit in Los Angeles: "We're doing World of Warcraft, and making it into a movie. I have very strong feelings - - from the movie side - - that making movies based on games just because they sold well is a really bad idea. There've been some like that that weren't up to snuff just out of the gate. It doesn't matter to us if it's based on a graphic novel like [Frank Miller's] 300, or a TV show - - if there’s a great universe and story, that's what's interesting to us. It's a jumping off point. The game's subscription base we see as larger than that. World of Warcraft has the right stuff to make it happen. I think some of the stuff that makes a game translate well into a movie is a good story. If there's a lore, if there's a road and story and a world that's been created, and characters that are interesting in a way that's more than just point and shoot. You have to look at it and not make a novelty out of it. Not just look at sales records. Blizzard plays a very important role in this process. If you've created a game, be it Halo, Gears Of War, or Warcraft - you came up with something that's compelling enough to resonate with a huge number of people. There has to be a trust, and you have to at some point hand over the baton to people who know how to make films.We are working very closely with the designers and writers, and they're very involved. I think on the bigger [films] you have to have that. They're sitting right there at the table with us as we develop the story and the script, and I think we're nailing the story and what's compelling about it."
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted news about "Roots: The Next Generations" over here. They also have a story about "Veronica Mars" (3rd Season) here. There is also word on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (Season 1, Vol. 2) here. Finally they have "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" (The Complete Series) here.
Body of Lies
Russell Crowe is in talks to join Leonardo DiCaprio in Ridley Scott's spy thriller "Body of Lies." In the story an idealistic CIA agent (DiCaprio) in Jordan develops a scheme to sow seeds of suspicion among the terrorists. The plan puts his life in turmoil and threatens his relationship with the head of Jordanian intelligence. Crowe would play DiCaprio's boss. William Monahan adapted the David Ignatius novel. A late-summer production start is being considered.
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Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Super-Villain Team-Up/M.O.D.O.K.'s 11 #1,
Giant-Size Marvel Adventures The Avengers #1,
New Battlestar Galactica #12,
The Boys #8,
& Red Sonja #23,