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The idea of a Pet Sematary remake has been bouncing around since February, but it looks like Paramount is ready to move forward: Twitch reports that they’ve approached horror auteur Alexandre Aja to direct from a script by Matt Greenberg, who wrote the well-received adaptation of 1408, another Stephen King story. Aja is certainly no stranger to horror – High Tension put him on Hollywood’s radar, and he followed up with an intense, terrifying take on Wes Craven’s classic The Hills Have Eyes.  His penchant for unflinching gore and uncomfortably long takes of hard-to-stomach sequences seem like a great fit…

Twitch just broke the news that British bad-boy Russell Brand is negotiating to play the male lead in Lamb of God, the upcoming religious comedy written and directed by Juno scribe Diablo Cody.  Not much is known about the film, except for the official synopsis: Lamb of God follows a young conservative religious woman who loses her faith after a plane crash, decides to go to Las Vegas to live the life of a sinner, and on her journey finds her way back to her faith. No word on who will star opposite the comedian.  But I’ll see Brand in…

Despite a lackluster performance at the box office, Warner Bros. appears to be moving forward with a sequel to Green Lantern, the sci-fi comic saga that was expected to be one of the studio’s tentpoles this summer.  The film opened to $53 million before quickly losing momentum, finishing its run with just over $114 million, far below the studio’s expectations. Speaking to the LA Times, Warner Bros. film president Jeff Robinov made the following statement: “We had a decent opening, so we learned there is an audience.  To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker…

IGN is reporting that Catherine, the bizarre relationship puzzler from publisher Atlus that released last week, has already shipped the most units at launch of any game in the company’s history. VP of sales Tim Pivnicny gushed about the title’s success: “Catherine has exceeded our highest expectations.  It released last week to tremendous critical acclaim and fan response, bolstered by the release of a demo a couple weeks prior, and continues to generate discussion among fans for its mature themes, engrossing subject matter, and frantic, challenging gameplay. It is fitting, then, that Catherine can boast the largest launch in the…

The LA Times is reporting that negotiations between AMC and Breaking Bad producer Sony Television are becoming strained, and that Sony has begun to send feelers out to other networks to gauge interest in acquiring the show.  Apparently, AMC is wanting the fifth (and potentially final) season of the hit drama to span only six to eight episodes, instead of the standard run of 13.  The creative team behind the show balked at the idea, and negotiations are currently at a standstill. AMC is also trying to cut costs on another signature show, The Walking Dead, whose budget was slashed…

American Reunion, currently in production with the entire original cast returning, is scheduled for release on April 6th, 2012.  Check out the plot synopsis below, which sheds a little bit of light on what we can expect: In the comedy American Reunion, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a…

With The Avengers scheduled for a 2012 release and sequels to Captain America and Thor still in the early stages of development, Marvel is looking to expand their film slate and move away from their more mainstream properties.  Twitch is reporting that the first draft of Doctor Strange has been turned in by scribes Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who also wrote Cowboys and Aliens and the Conan reboot. Now it looks like Marvel is forwarding the script to potential directors, in hopes of signing someone on to “oversee continued development.”  Could Marvel be attempting to fast-track the film in…

Rumors of a Friday Night Lights film have been kicking around for awhile, but executive producer Peter Berg confirmed the news to Deadline on Monday.  Berg, who also directed the 2004 theatrical film on which the show is based, stated “We’re very serious about trying to do it.” The goal is to move into production early next year, based on script approval from Universal, and the film would feature Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton reprising their roles from the series.

After taking a surprise lead on Friday, family film Smurfs ran neck-and-neck with sci-fi western Cowboys and Aliens for the entire weekend, with analysts calling the race “impossible to predict.”  Studio estimates had each film finishing with $36.2 million for the weekend, and it turns out, those estimates weren’t far off. But in the end, Cowboys rode off into the sunset with the victory, taking 1st place with $36.4 million, just edging out Smurfs, whose $35.6 million was well above pre-weekend estimates.  Captain America fell to 3rd place, Harry Potter came in at Number 4 (surpassing the $1 billion mark in…

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