The Dark Tower
MTV.com is reporting here that J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof have been working on a film adaptation of Stephen King's novel series. Abrams said: "Damon Lindelof and I talked to Mr. King. We got the rights for [Dark Tower] as a film. Damon is obviously still on Lost, and we've been working on Star Trek together. As soon as Lost is done, hopefully we'll begin tackling that." Lindelof said: "We're just so focused on finishing Lost that it's really hard to think about anything else. The last thing we want to think about is how to adapt a seven-book series of, you know, basically the writer who we admire the most and look up to most and has inspired our work the most and do anything with that. I think that it's such a daunting task. We have a pretty daunting task in front of us ourselves [with the end of Lost]." Previously, Lindelof has said that he envisions the series on the same scope as Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, preferably seven movies to adapt the seven books. This has nothing to do with the 2009 version of Dark Tower.
IGN spoke here with Kenneth Branagh who says: "We're having a great time at the moment. We're in intense pre-production. I shoot 'Thor' in January of next year and because the time of release has been moved, it's allowed me to have a moment in the summer where I can shoot the Wallanders ... and, strangely, there's a weird, pleasing connection between the Swedish Wallander and the Nordic Thor. And as I've played a lot of Danish Hamlets, I feel as though my Scandinavian trilogy is forming. Tom Hiddleston is a great actor and he, amongst a number of others, has been part of the group we've spoken to and all that's still a work in progress." The film's release date is May 20, 2011.
20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo
Production Weekly says in this pdf version here that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been cast in the undersea epic, which will begin production in Australia later this year. Will Johnson play Captain Nemo? No word. The film's director, McG, has openly wanted Will Smith for the role. So we'll see.
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "thirtysomething" (Season 1) here, "Suspense" (Ultimate Collection) here, "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" (Season 2) here, "Route 66" (Season 3) here, "Cagney & Lacey" (Menopause Years) here, "Supernatural" (Season 4) here.
The Lone Ranger
ComingSoon.net tells us here that Jerry Bruckheimer has picked his director for the reboot. Mike Newell is to helm the 2010 Disney project.
IESB says here that Todd McFarland is working on a new film of the character. For the complete interview, click here. McFarland said: "Right now I literally have five offers on the table, everything from the big studios… to more where I'm leaning, which is more of a smaller budget - just keep it down, keep it dark, keep it grungy - I mean, I've got two teenage daughters, and I'm trying to come up with an idea that would get them and their dates to go to it. And it's not a comic book movie, it's just a scary movie, a creepy movie. …Think The Departed, but with something moving in the shadows."
The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa
Variety reports that Roger Donaldson will direct the 2009 film of the book by Seymour Reit. They say: "The book centers on the theft of the world's most famous painting from the Louvre in 1911. It was missing for more than two years before an Italian carpenter named Vincent Perugia showed up with the painting in Florence. The film will center on the conman who masterminded the theft."
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
X-Men: First Class Finals #4,
New Mutants #1,
Agents of Atlas #4,
& The Trojan War #1