Newsbites: The sci-fi pulp fantasy edition!

Time to get a few more backlogged items off my plate.

1. Has it really been two years since Guillermo Del Toro first talked about directing a Tarzan movie? Oh well, a little thing called The Hobbit got in the way, and now the producers of the Tarzan movie are thinking of getting someone else to direct. Someone like … Stephen Sommers. Ugh. — Variety, Hollywood Reporter

2. The judge presiding over the Watchmen lawsuit between Fox and Warner has set a trial date: January 6, exactly two months to the day before the film is scheduled to come out. Fox is trying to prevent the film from being released at all. — Hollywood Reporter, New York Times

3. I remember words like “yarn” and “centon”, but I had no idea the word “frak” was created for the original, cheesy, 1970s version of Battlestar Galactica and not for the new, improved, gritty version that everyone now knows and loves. Huh. — Associated Press

4. Mark Millar likes trilogies, apparently. The comic-book writer says he is working on a “basic story” for the next two Wanted films, and he says he is currently pitching “a big three-picture Superman thing, like a Lord of the Rings epic, starting over from scratch again with a seven-hour Superman story. One to be released each year.” — Newsarama, G4

5. James Cameron says Avatar, his upcoming effects-heavy 3-D movie, “makes ‘Titanic’ look like a picnic. . . . It’s simultaneously the most vexing and the most rewarding type of production that I’ve done yet.” — Canadian Press

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  • but I had no idea the word “frak” was created for the original, cheesy, 1970s version of Battlestar Galactic

    That’s it. I’m rescinding your geek card. 😉