Newsbites: The myth and fantasy edition!

Newsbites: The myth and fantasy edition! November 5, 2008

A fair bit of news today, on these fronts.

1. Clash of the Greek-mythology movies! Henry Cavill, who plays Charles Brandon on The Tudors, is in talks to play Theseus in War of the Gods, while Sam Worthington, who co-stars in Terminator Salvation, is in talks to play Perseus in the remake of Clash of the Titans. — Variety, Hollywood Reporter

2. Jack Black will star in a “contemporary reimagining” of Gulliver’s Travels, in which the title character becomes a travel writer who is sent on assignment to the Bermuda Triangle. — Variety, Hollywood Reporter

3. Russell Brand — a British comedian who made a splash Stateside as a scene-stealing rock musician in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and who has since been plagued by a controversy or two — is reportedly in talks to play Johnny Depp’s brother in Pirates of the Caribbean 4. That’s inspired casting, if true. — Daily Mail

4. John Boorman will direct a computer-animated adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. — Variety

5. Producer Gale Ann Hurd comments on the rumour that her adaptation of Magdalena will water down the source material’s potentially offensive religious elements: “I don’t think you can separate ‘Magdalena’ completely from the legacy of her descent or the fear of destiny or many things that are connected with her as part of the comic book franchise. But at the same time, it’s not a religious movie in that respect.” She says the film will be like The Da Vinci Code (2006) and The Omen (1976-2006), where religion was mainly relegated to the background. (It was?) — MTV Splash Page

6. Screenwriter Chris Morgan says the sequel to Wanted will probably take the story in a “more global” direction. — MTV Splash Page

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