Quick Hits & Snack Bits For 8/16/09
Here are some bits that we missed from this past week’s news:
David Mamet is writing a screenplay about Anne Frank, based on The Diary of Anne Frank, the 1950’s play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, and Mamet’s own take on the material.
AMC has acquired the rights to Robert Kirkman’s popular and excellent zombie comic series The Walking Dead, with Frank Darabont slated to write, direct, and exec produce the potential series. Yowza, AMC could be giving HBO a run for its money in terms of quality TV programming.
The big-screen adaptation of Marvel’s The Sub-Mariner is apparently still in the works, though it hasn’t moved out of the early stages at this point. Universal owns the rights and has Surrogates director Jonathan Mostow attached to direct, who said they’re still working on getting the script right. Check out Collider for more info and the video interview with Mostow.
Warner Bros. will be making a live-action/CGI Lego movie that “centers on the subject of childlike imaginations and examines themes of creativity and teamwork in the manner of Toy Story.” Seriously, this toy-craze has got to stop.
A bunch of character design concept images have surfaced online for I, Frankenstein, the Kevin Grevioux-scripted (based on his comic), Patrick Tatopoulos-directed re-imagining that casts Frankenstein’s monster as a hard-boiled PI and pits him against Dracula, a crime kingpin. If the Shelley-meets-Chandler mash-up gets you all sorts of excited, you’re not alone. Check out the images below via IESB.net, ShockTillYouDrop, AICN, and Bloody-Disgusting (click each one for the full image):
Also, Bloody-Disgusting has worked their tail off to confirm that Robert Downey, Jr. is in talks to take on the character of Lestat du Lioncort (previously played by Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire and Stuart Townsend in Queen of the Damned) for the reboot of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. Check out their article for all the bloody details.
Alison Pill has replaced Ellen Page in Jack & Diane, the story of two teenage girls who fall in love but struggle against the mounting tides keeping them apart, including the fact that one of them is turning into a werewolf. Olivia Thirlby remains attached. I remain intrigued. [AfterEllen via /film]
And finally, ComingSoon.net has some spy photos from the set of The Losers. The shots show Idris Elba and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Roque and Clay, respectively. Click the photo below to see the whole gallery:
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