Newsbites: Living! Robot! Treader! Dollar!

Newsbites: Living! Robot! Treader! Dollar! June 8, 2007

It’s been a long, long time since the last batch of news quickies.

1. Julian Farino is attached to direct The Year of Living Biblically from a script by Jay Reiss, based on the A.J. Jacobs book.

2. Battlestar Galactica producer Ronald D. Moore is working on a sequel to I, Robot (2004; my review; another version).

3. Disney has set a release date — namely May 1, 2009 — for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. That will be less than 50 weeks after the May 19, 2008 premiere of its predecessor Prince Caspian.

4. Variety picks up the story about the falling American dollar and the harm it’s doing to the Canadian film business.

5. Mongrel Media and Capri Releasing say Away from Her has become the first English-language Canadian film to gross over $1 million in Canada this year. That isn’t what the site I usually check for this sort of info tells me, though. Unless maybe the site is reporting only one distributor’s earnings, and not the other’s?

6. Uh, does the long-shelved and much-reviled Pathfinder remake really merit two-disc extended-edition treatment?

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