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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, Priest, TV DVD News, Star Trek Sequel, Drag Me to Hell, Comic Previews

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter

Sci-Fi Wire says here that the Independent Film Channel and Lionsgate will film a TV movie based on the Laurell Hamilton books. The network's first-ever feature-length production could lead to more Blake projects if successful. The adaptation will be written by Glen Morgan, who also serves as executive producer along with Courtney Solomon and will air the film next year. Jennifer Caserta, executive VP and general manager of IFC, said: "The popularity of the network in this demographic indicates that there is a clear demand for films that delve into provocative topics, and nothing is more classically provocative than vampire lore. Anita Blake fits perfectly with our successful original programming."


The Hollywood Reporter tells us here that Paul Bettany is in negotiations to take the title role in the 2010 Tokyopop adaptation. Cory Goodman wrote the screenplay while Scott Stewart directs.

TV DVD News has posted info about "Number 10" (Complete Series) here, "Blue Murder" (Set 4) here, "Callan" (Set 1) here, "Eastbound & Down" (Season 1) here, "The Shield" (Season 7) here, "Murder, She Wrote" (Season 10) here.

Star Trek Sequel says here that work on the sequel to J.J. Abrams' film (which opens May 8, 2009) may already be in the works for 2011. Damon Lindelof said: "There's obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn't even come out yet. But we're so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed." Writer Alex Kurtzman mused: "Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month… With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We'll be ambitious about what we'll do."

Drag Me to Hell

ShockTilYouDrop reports here that the Sam Raimi directed horror film will open on May 29, 2009. Then Raimi will return to the "Spider-Man" franchise.

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Punisher #4,

Prototype #1,

The Remnant #4,

Irredeemable #1,

Cars: The Rookie #1,

& Farscape #4

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