American Idol - As reported at IGN, it looks like Fox wants to milk it's wildly popular TV show by making a movie from it, staring Clarkson and Guarini. The movie will supposedly be a musical about "real-life adventures with scripted hijinks." Supposedly, the story will be about... well, who cares. The idea is obviously just a way for Fox to ride their succesful cash cow. If Clarkson and Guarini have any sense, they'll find a way to scuttle this potential turd before it ruins any career they might have.

Episode 2 on IMAX - If you couldn't get enough of Star Wars Episode 2, you'll now be able to see it at your local (or not so local) IMAX theatre. Lucas will be remastering the film for the immense theatre experience and aiming for a November 1st, 2002 release. This will be the first time a movie that was digital filmed and created will be translated to the really big screen. View the official press release here.


Spyhunter - Yet another videogame is getting a shot at the big screen. This time around it's Midway's Spyhunter, a James Bond-like combat racing title that was recently revived with a next gen version. Currently in the script stages, the story will revolve around Secret Agent Sects and his uber vehicle, the G-6155 Interceptor, which can change from car to speedboat to motorcycle. And the man to play Sects is none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Mummy Returns, Scorpion King), who seems to be making a name for himself in the movie world.

Fatal Frame - Tecmo's survival horror game is also going to the movies. Not much is known about the cast, director or even how close the script will be to the game. We'll let you know more when we hear about it.

Batman Vs Superman - With constant rumors about flicks for both DC Comics heros floating about, it's interesting to hear that Warner Bros is looking to have a movie with both set for 2004. To be directed by Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm, Das Boot) and written by Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, 8MM), the film looks to chronicle events that lead to the two heros duking it out over differences in crime fighting styles. Rumors are floating around that The Joker and Lex Luthor may also be in the film. Two actors of note have been mentioned so far: Matt Damon as Superman and Christian Bale as Batman, but neither has confirmed that they have a deal for the roles as of yet.


Star Wars - As reported at Coming Soon, it looks like George Lucas may be slowly working his way towards getting the original trilogy on DVD. But, don't throw out your VHS tapes just yet. When asked if he would include the original versions of the films, Lucas stated: "I don't think so. I think of the film as the Special Edition, I don't think of it as the early version, any more than I would put early rough cuts on. I could put four or five rough cuts onto the thing and say, 'This is how it advanced.' I consider the Special Edition as being the final version at this point. I don't even worry about the other ones, because it went through a lot of incarnations to get to the final stage."

There's also been comments made that Lucas will further enhance the original triology so as to make it fit better with the new movies and it's been confirmed that Natalie Portman will film scenes that will be added to another version of Return of the Jedi sometime in the future.

X-Men 2 - Coming Soon confirms that Alan Cumming (Spy Kids, Josie and the Pussycats) has signed on for the role of fan favorite mutant Nightcrawler. Original reports had Ethan Embry in the role. Also signed on is Aaron Stanford as Pyro. Expect filming to start in mid-June.


At the Mountains of Madness - Lovecraft fans rejoice! Variety reports that Blade 2 director Guillermo Del Toro is in talks to direct a film based on the novella written by the early 20th Century horror author. No movie studio seems to be named at this point.

Silent Hill - Apparently considering the success of the Resident Evil movie, the greenlight has been given for a movie based on the horror videogame series. In an email received by bloody-disgusting.com from Dark Aura Entertainment, they comment on the feature film, which they will do with the aid of New Line Cinema. No cast or director was mentioned. To view the email, click here.

The Hulk - It appears that the feature film based on this long-time Marvel series is finally moving along. To be directed by Ang Lee (Crouching TIger, Hidden Dragon) and written by David Hayter (X-Men), the film will feature a CGI rendered Hulk, to be animated by Lucas' ILM. In casting news, Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) looked to be the director favorite for Banner, but reports state that Eric Bana (Chopper) is the frontrunner for the role. Othe cast members recently confirmed include Jennifer Connelly (Rocketeer) and Brooke Langton (Replacements). Don't expect this one out until 2003.


Ninja Scroll - As reported on Yahoo News, it looks like the famous Ninja Scroll anime will be getting a live-action treatment. Larry Kasanoff, producer of Mortal Kombat, has bought the rights to the film and hopes to market the license for movies, televisions shows, music and live enterainment. On the move, Kasanoff stated: "Anime is today what video games were seven years ago -- an entirely different style of entertainment that will be mainstream in the very near future."

Dragonball The Movie - Rights for another anime classic, this time the well-known series that shows on Cartoon Network, have been recently acquired by Fox, who wish to turn the series into a live action film with hopes for a potential series of sequels. Considering the insane popularity of the animated series, Fox has high hopes. Pleased with the deal, Dragonball creator Akira Toriyama stated in an interview with IGN that "I have always drawn my manga with the desire to create something unique to comics, something that can only be expressed in the form of comics. I felt that if I didn't do so, the reason for the existence of my comics will become weak. But recent movies have surprised us by entering such territory that used to belong only to comics with wonderful technology and wisdom."


Terminator 3 - It looks like Arnold will be finally doing the long awaited sequel, which looks to start production in April 2002. The film's producers, Mario Kassar and Andrew Vanja, managed to get a deal with Warner Bros. to distribute the film. The subtitle of the film has been officially announced as "Rise of the Machines" and looks to be slated for a July 2003 release. Reports also have it that Warner Bros. will get first refusal rights for a potential fourth movie, if that ever comes to fruition.

X-Men 2 - Slated for a May 2003 release, the film is now going by the name "X". 20th Century Fox promises that the cast and creative team have returned for the sequel, even though Halle Berry may seem to have scheduling conflicts as she is trying to nab the villainess role for the upcoming Bond 20. Rumors are still flying around about who the new characters will be. Current comments lean towards Nightcrawler, the Beast or Gambit. Filming should start between May and July of 2002.


Star Wars Episode 2 - After the bombshell of the name for this prequel, any news is good news. First up is a report from TheForce.net that the movie trailer for the prequel should show up in theatres as early as October, possibly with the movie Monsters, Inc. In an interview with the Herald Sun (as reported by Moviehole), actor Anthony Daniels (C3PO) was reported as stating that in Episode 2 "...Jar Jar is as good as gone." He also stated: "Episode I took loads of acclaim at the box office but a number of real fans weren't happy with it. They're going to be pleased with the one we're doing now. It is definitely darker." He also commented that we should expect less merchandising with this film. "What can I say that's not nasty? Even George Lucas would admit there's a problem with over-merchandising these movies and it has become an object lesson in how not to do it and they won't make the same mistake again. I hope."

Daredevil/Pitch Black 2 - Early rumors of Vin Diesel (Pitch Black, Fast and the Furious) making a film appearance as the Marvel Superhero seem to have finally been squelched. This is not to say that the project is dead. Newer rumors have Ben Affleck eyeing the part as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. On the other hand, Vin is slated not only for the movie XXX, but the sequel to the highly successful Pitch Black. The sequel, currently subtitled "The Chronicles of Riddick", is in draft form, written by David Hayter (X-Men), but looks promising enough to bring the actor back. Of course the $11 million plus incentives probably don't hurt either.


Star Wars Episode 3 - Even though Episode 2 isn't totally finished, it looks like there is new word floating around about who might be involved with the final installment. Current reports have actor extraordinare Gabriel Byrne (Usual Suspects, Stigmata) in talks about a possible role. Also, it looks like James Earl Jones will be returning to do the voice of Darth Vader for the third movie.

Matrix Reloaded - Despite best wishes to have the sequel to the hit Matrix come out in December of 2002 to go against the second installment of Lord of the Rings, director Joel Silver has had to make the decision to postpone the release of the movie. In an interview Silver was quoted as saying: "It's a staggering project. There's so much dealing with it, it's unbelievable, and they just need time to finish both movies, because we're shooting them as one big movie. It's not back-to-back. It's one movie, so they'll finish shooting it, and then they'll take the time to finish the movies." Considering that he's shooting both Matrix 2 and 3 at the same time, the delay is understandable. Source: Sci Fi Wire

Aliens Sequel or Ghostbusters 3 - Fans of either series has always wondered if they might continue on. In an interview with Empire magazine, Sigouney Weaver noted that she was talking with unnamed people about an Aliens sequel. On the Ghostbuster's front, though, she was quoted as saying: "As for a Part 3, that's highly unlikely,' Sigourney tells Empire. 'I think our bustin' days are long gone - we'd be a very sorry bunch of very old ghostbusters now."

Spiderman - While, for the most part, Sam Raimi has worked with a new cast for this movie, he couldn't help but toss in a few small parts for his Xena and Evil Dead pals. Ted Raimi (his brother, aka Joxer from Xena) will get a bit-part as Hoffman, a mean-spirited co-worker of Peter Parker's at the Daily Bugle. Original rumors had him pegged as Dr. Curt Conners, aka the Lizard, but he was quick to kill those rumors. Also on set is Bruce Campbell (Ash from the Evil Dead series). This info is brought to us by Canoe.ca.


Exorcist 4 - It looks like another chapter in this series of horror movies based on the book by William Peter Blatty will be seeing the silver screen. Taking a cue from George Lucas, this film will be a prequel to the original 1973 Exorcist. Having received the blessing of Blatty, this movie will detail the events of Father Merrin as a missionary in Africa, which have been expounded upon from a page in the original book. John Frankenheimer (Reindeer Games) has been signed on as director by executive producer Jonathan Zimbert. The script is written by William Wisher (Terminator 2) with some extensive re-writes by Caleb Carr (author of "The Alienist").

Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones - Apparently George Lucas' announcement at Starwars.com about the title of the new installment has caught a lot of fans off-guard. A number of the message boards have been flooded with comments wondering if the new name is a joke and most polls show that movie-goers either don't like the new name or just don't care. Apparently the name was such a guarded secret that even members of the cast were caught off guard by the announcement. Ewan MacGregor was even quoted as not having a too favorable opinion of the name.


Resident Evil: Ground Zero
- After much trouble and bouncing about, it looks as if the Resident Evil movie might actually be a reality. With Paul Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon) as director, the film actuall started filming in February of 2001. While most of the cast seem to be relative no-names (Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Heike Makatsch), the one name of note in the cast is Milla Jovovich (The Messenger, Fifth Element). While the script of the movie may take a slight change from the games, the visual look of the movie promises to at least be solid. On staff for the film are production designer, Richard Bridgland (Richard III, The Sight) and visual effects supervisor, Richard Yuricich (Event Horizon).

The Scorpion King - The sequel to the popular Mummy and Mummy Returns movies is turning out to be more of a prequel. Staring The Rock, Kelly Hu, and Michael Clarke Duncan, this film actually will tell the story of the character from The Mummy Returns (which seemed awefully underused) and will apparently have nothing to do with the current storyline created by the two previous movies. Also, it looks like The Mummy will join Men In Black in their conversion to cartoon format. WB has slated a cartoon version of the Mummy staring Rick, Evie and their son in Indiana Jones-like adventures for the Fall 2001 schedule.

Matrix Sequels - For those who feared popular media would water-down what is looking like a promising movie series, Joel Silver has promised in an article for Empireonline that the sequels will not be softened-up for a wider viewer market. 'These pictures are not for children. The Matrix sequels are both R-rated and that's just the way that worked out... These films are R-rated for a reason.'

Indiana Jones - While not much seems to be going on here, news of a writer has cropped up in places, namely Variety, who states that 6th Sense Director M. Night Shyamalan was approached to write the sequel. Since both George Lucas and Harrison Ford are involved with other projects at the current time, don't expect a lot of serious movement on this film until later in the year.


Tomb Raider 2 and 3 - Apparently, Paramount has decided to follow suit and sign up Angelina Jolie for at least two sequels to the upcoming movie. It's also been said that neither 2 or 3 will get the green light if the first one bombs, though. On a musical note, both Fatboy Slim and U2 have been rumored to be involved on the soundtrack for the first movie. It almsot seems fitting that U2 would be involved, considering their usage of the videogame Lara Croft in their Popmart World Tour set-up.

X-Men 2 Reports have stated the Bryan Singer was finally signed-on as the director of this eagerly awaited sequel. Considering most of the original cast had multiple movie contracts, Singer appeared to be the final (and maybe most important) hold-out. Since he's slated to film a movie with Johnny Depp, X-Men 2 may not start filming until Fall or Winter 2001.

Batman Sequels In an insane twist, it looks like their might be not one, but two sequels for this series that sputtered in the late 90s. Reports have it that Darren Aronofsky is slated to direct a new Batman movie based on Frank Miller's Batman: Year One series, a gritty retelling of Bruce Wayne's first year as Batman. The other movie (possibly directed by Boaz Yakin) is a live-action version of Batman: Beyond, the cartoon series on WB that sets Batman in the future.

Superman Lives This may be the movie that never actually sees a movie camera. First, it was going to be directed by Tim Burton and star Nicolas Cage. Now, neither of them are involved, and rumors are abound that ex-Gladiator Russell Crowe is going to be Superman. When I see it on film, I'll believe it.

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