Nigerian Information Minister Dora Akunyili has requested that all Nigerian cinemas stop showing “District 9“, confiscate all copies and potentially remove offending scenes, and has written to Sony asking for an ‘unconditional apology’. (full details)
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has acquired most international distribution rights for Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete,” the feature film spin-off from the “Grindhouse” trailer says the trades.
Asked about helming a potential ‘Magneto‘ movie, ‘Wolverine’ director Gavin Hood says “Absolutely, if I was asked I’d take an interest. But the truth is I haven’t been asked and I think that the studio right now is waiting to see how we do with the DVDs, and who knows where we’ll all be if and when a ‘Wolverine 2′ script is ready”… (full details)
According to Female First, George Clooney is looking to direct Matt Damon in the film Hamdan v Rumsfeld, a political film he is developing about the ‘War on Terror’ a seen through the eyes of Osama Bin Laden’s former chauffer. The story follows the plight of the chauffer, who was captured in Afghanistan and shipped to notorious US detention centre Guantanamo Bay, located in Cuba.
Michael Sheen claims he’s heard the rumors but hasn’t been approached to star in the fourth “Underworld” – “I’m not sure. I’ve heard rumor of it, but nobody has actually spoken to me about it, so I don’t know. Maybe it is going to take place without me. I’m not sure”…(full details)
Darren Aronofsky has signed on to direct and produce an indie heist thriller inspired by the $85 million robbery at the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, England, in February 2006. According to Variety, XYZ Films and Time Inc. Studios are partnered with Protozoa Pictures on the project.
Walden Media and Kerner Entertainment have picked up “Mrs. Doubtfire” co-writer Randi Mayem Singer’s contemporary genie story “Gene“. Plot details of the live action family film are being kept under wraps. Jordan Kerner is producing…(full details)
Coca-Cola Zero has set up a brand new viral website for James Cameron’s “Avatar” and reveals a lot of detail about the planet Pandora and what the humans are up to there. Stephen Lang delivers a video blog as his Colonel Quaritch character while there’s some impressive artwork as well…(full details)
Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” has surpassed “Pulp Fiction” at the box office and is now the filmmaker’s highest grossing film ever. The film has grossed over $108 million in North American box office receipts since its initial release on August 21st.
“John Glenn (“Eagle Eye”) will executive produce the new Fox drama “Fallen“. The story revolves around a group of vigilante “fallen” angels who take down the criminal and the corrupt in New York while falling in love, battling demons and seeking their own personal revenge – Not sure if this is a spin off from the old Denzel Washington film of the same name (full details)
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group is in final negotiations to acquire the Woody Harrelson comedy “Defendor“. Peter Stebbings’ movie stars Harrelson as a man who is under the delusion that he is a superhero and sets out on a series of adventures to protect a crime-beset city. (full details)
Source: Dark Horizons