Newsbites: Twilight! Noah! X-Men! Reboots!

1. Chris Weitz wanted to direct back-to-back sequels to The Golden Compass (2007), but that film was a box-office disappointment … so now, he may get to direct back-to-back sequels to Twilight instead. For the moment, Summit Entertainment is promising only that he will direct New Moon, based on the second book in the series — but there has been speculation for some time that Summit may want to shoot that sequel in conjunction with the third installment, Eclipse. There is also speculation that a new actor may be hired to replace Taylor Lautner, who played the latent werewolf Jacob in the first film. Pre-production is slated to begin in Vancouver next week, and if all goes according to plan, New Moon will be in theatres by November 20 — less than a year from now. — Entertainment Weekly (x2), Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Nikki Finke, MTV Movies Blog, VancouverFilm.net

2. Darren Aronofsky says “a big movie star” is attached to his movie about Noah, but first he’s going to produce a graphic novel based on his idea for that film. — Rope of Silicon.com

3. David Goyer says the Magneto prequel is on hold until the studio can see how well X-Men Origins: Wolverine does at the box office next year. — Superhero Hype!

4. David Goyer also says there has been talk of rebooting the Blade (1998-2004) franchise, without Wesley Snipes. — ShockTillYouDrop.com

5. Warner Brothers likes what Michael Bay and his buddies at Platinum Dunes are doing with their reboot of the Friday the 13th (1980-2001) franchise, which comes to theatres early next year, so now the studio is letting them reboot the A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984-1994) franchise, too. — ShockTillYouDrop.com

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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