No time to argue! You throw me the newsbites, I throw you the whip!
1. Variety reports that Religulous, Bill Maher and Larry Charles’s satirical documentary about religion, has been postponed from its early summer release date to October 3, which is more or less the same time of year that Charles’s last film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006), opened. The new release date also happens to be smack dab in the middle of the Jewish High Holy Days; this year, Rosh Hashanah takes place September 30 while Yom Kippur takes place October 9. It’s also a few days after the end of Ramadan, the month-long Muslim fast.
2. Variety reports that Steven Spielberg is finally going to get around to directing that Abraham Lincoln biopic that he and Liam Neeson have been talking about doing for a while now. He could start shooting it as soon as early next year — but first, he has to shoot the opening installment of the Tintin trilogy.
3. Variety reports that Walden Media is “partnering with HarperCollins Children’s Books to launch Walden Pond Press” — and along the way, it mentions that Steven Knight, the writer of Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and Eastern Promises (2007), is now working on the script for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Knight and Dawn Treader director Michael Apted previously collaborated on the William Wilberforce biopic Amazing Grace (2006).