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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 01.30.09] movie news

Sometimes news is just too small scale to make full posts for. Like "Chris Nolan hints at Batman 3 casting..." big deal. But that doesn't mean we don't pay attention. We just compile it all in one meaty gumbo called Multiple Personality Disorder Report. Let's get started.

Considering I've known that Alex Proyas was attached to the new film version of John Christopher's amazing Tripods trilogy for almost a year now I'm not exactly sure why it's all of a sudden considered news. I mean, he's been listed on the project's IMDB page forever. At any rate, it's just good to know that things are still moving along on the project and that Proyas is still involved. [Via. STYD].

Another book series that we were really excited to hear was getting a feature is Dan Simmons' "Hyperion" (which I haven't read but which quietearth swears by). Word from Variety is that Scott Derrickson, helmer of the recent andmostly ill received The Day the Earth Stood Still, has been tapped to direct the film which will meld Simmons' two novels "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion" together into one epic. "Hyperion" is about; "a space war that threatens Hyperion, a planet known for the Time Tombs -- large artifacts that can move through time and are guarded by a gruesome monster called the Shrike." Awesome.

On the horror front, Sam Raimi's said to be bringing us a truly original - dare I say apocalyptic - sounding film called Burst. reports that Burst is "about strange un-explained phenom where people simply explode. A group of people must band together to find out what is causing it before they all BURST." Word on Raimi is that his Drag Me to Hell blew test audiences away this week too so it could be that he's on a roll.

In a bit of sweet DVD news, Catsuka reports that the amazing looking Anime anthology series Genius Party (trailer here) is finally available on boxed set, but unfortunately without English subtitles. We reported on this one all year. It looks simply stunning. Definitely check it out.

And for our last bit of news, one of our personal favorite actors, Michael Shannon has not only finished the Herzog/Lynch flick My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and the remake of 13 (boo!) but he will also be starring in a Scorsese pilot for HBO called Boardwalk Empire and you guessed it, it's a mob story. It's based on a book by Nelson Johnson about the origins of Atlantic City and will have Lucky Luciano and plenty of bootlegging. No, Shannon won't play a mobster but instead a Treasury Department agent trying to bust the bad guys. Can't wait!

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Lobster (13 years ago) Reply

The Hyperion novels are among my favorites. That said, I am not sure how well they will transfer to the screen. You know the story... they are too deep to come across well in 2 hours of video.

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