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Remember that awe-inspiring, award-winning CGI trailer for the forthcoming zombie survival game Dead Island?  UK novelist Mark Morris does – in fact, he’s written a book that was largely inspired by that trailer, and it’ll be seeing a release alongside the game.  Morris specializes in horror and thrillers, and has also written a number of Doctor Who novels. Says Morris: “Having marveled, like the rest of the world, at the stunning trailer earlier this year, I absolutely leaped at the opportunity to write the official Dead Island tie-in novel. This is a rich, exotic world of well-conceived characters, stunning locations…

Deadline is reporting that a second draft of The Umbrella Academy has been ordered by Universal Pictures.  They’ve tapped Dodgeball writer/director Rawson Thurber for the rewrite.  The film is an adaptation of the limited series written by Gerard Way, frontman for My Chemical Romance, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The official synopsis from the series: In an inexplicable, worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.” These seven children form…

George Clooney’s The Ides of March, a political thriller that he co-wrote as well as directed, is on its way this fall. The ensemble cast features Ryan Gosling as an influential young press secretary, and also includes Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, and Marisa Tomei, as well as Clooney himself.  Here’s a brief synopsis of the film, followed by the trailer. During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.  

First optioned in 2001, Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Invisible Monsters is practically the definition of “development hell.”  Numerous directors, producers, and screenwriters have all been attached at various points over the last decade, with no project having come to fruition.  Hopefully, that’s about to change.  Producer Cameron MacLaren has announced that, after “working for the past twenty months” on the script, a director has been hired: Samir Rehem, who has helmed episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation and Skins. While I would love to start getting excited about this project, the fact remains that we’ve been down this road before.  When…

According to a press release from Disney, filming is officially underway on Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful.  Cameras began rolling on Monday, July 25th, and the entire production is scheduled to take place on the 200,000 square-foot soundstage at the newly-opened Raleigh Studios in Pontiac, Michigan. From the official press release: Oz The Great and Powerful imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, The Wizard of Oz.  When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the…

The official trailer for Margin Call, a dramatic thriller that takes place during the early hours of the financial crisis, has been released. Official plot synopsis: Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Stars…

Neil Burger is certainly enjoying the success of Limitless, having recently signed on to direct Sony’s Uncharted adaptation in the wake of David O. Russell’s departure.  Now Variety reports that Burger is in talks to direct another adaptation, this time for the non-fiction title Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn.  The cook chronicles Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker’s infamous crime spree through the Depression-era South, leaving a trail of bodies and empty bank vaults in their wake. The adaptation is being handled by Sheldon Turner, the Oscar-nominated scribe who penned Up in…

Konami has released a new batch of screens for their forthcoming entries in the Silent Hill series. This first shot is from the Silent Hill HD Collection, which revisits the second and third entries with new HD graphics.  The gallery below contains several new shots from Silent Hill Downpour, an original entry into the beloved horror franchise.  Both titles are scheduled for release this fall on PS3 and Xbox 360.

Speaking to Screenrant at San Diego Comic Con 2011, Castle star Nathan Fillion revealed that he is still very much interested in portraying Nathan Drake in the upcoming Sony adaptation of Uncharted, with new director Neil Burger at the helm.  Fans have been clamoring for Fillion to to portray the adventurer ever since the project was announced, and there’s no denying the striking resemblance between the two. However, the amiable Fillion is concerned that the overwhelming enthusiasm of his fans might hurt his chances. “I am certainly still interested in playing Nathan Drake. I think every actor I know wants…

The four-month NFL lockout has finally come to a close, and while teams are scrambling to complete personnel operations in just a few short weeks, EA Sports is trying to reassure their fans that they will be ready to quickly adapt to any changes that could potentially impact Madden NFL 12, and have recently launched the “Free Agent Forecast”. From the site: Football is back and your favorite team might hit the free agency jackpot with players like Nnamdi Asomugha, Santonio Holmes, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens potentially available. New rules and a new beginning in the NFL mean we’re…

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