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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

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First off, I just want to say how sickened I am with the horrific events that occurred yesterday at the Virginia Tech University (click HERE for more info). For a place of learning and self-discovery, supposedly some of the best years of your life, this is a tragedy that will scar many young men & women for who knows how long. Plus, with my youngest sister and two sister-in-laws currently going to college, it is worrying. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were impacted and I only hope that there will be a way found to prevent something like this from happening again…

Moving on to lighter subjects, I just wanted to share some recent news that I’ve come across. I know that not all of it may be book-related, but I’m a fan of all mediums, so here goes:

Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark fame, has been hired to write the screenplay for the remake of 1981’s Clash of the Titans. Could be interesting depending on the director and whoever does the special effects.

There’s a rumor that director Michael Bay of the underrated The Island and the upcoming Transformers movie, might be reteaming with producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) on the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time film adaptation through Warner Bros. As a fan of the game, both the original NES version and the next-gen ones, I’m hoping they can pull this off as long as it’s not like the effects-driven Mummy debacles. Also, I can’t wait for the Transformers movie!...yes, call me a geek ;)

Other rumors suggest that both director Ron Howard and actor Tom Hanks are set to return for another Dan Brown adaptation, this time for the prequel Angels & Demons. Personally, I thought Angels & Demons was the superior book over The Da Vinci Code, and would make the better movie, so let’s hope that if the rumors are true, that they’ll do a much better job this time around.

Also, there’s gossip about Sam Raimi of the recent Spider-Man films helming J.R.R. Tolkien’sThe Hobbit”. Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been banned from the possibility of making “The Hobbit”, so if this were to occur, I think Sam Raimi would be a worthy successor. On a related note, there is apparently a lot of interest in buying the film rights to Tolkien’sChildren of Hurin”, which was released today and put together by Tolkien’s son Christopher. Buy it!!!

And apparently, there’s an HBO drama pilot in the works based on the “Southern Vampire” series by author Charlaine Harris with Anna Paquin (X-men, The Piana, Amistad) cast as the lead character Sookie Stackhouse. Maybe I should check out this series.

Also, be sure to check out The Wert Zone, which has a very nice REVIEW of the SF movie Sunshine, which was directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting/28 Days Later fame, and stars Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) and Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies, Memoirs of a Geisha) among others. This is one of my most anticipated films of 2007, and the review has me even more excited to see it now.

Finally, what about Edward Norton playing Bruce Banner in the next Incredible Hulk movie? Great casting, but to be honest, I thought the first Hulk movie had a very strong cast and we know how that turned out. In the end, it all comes down to the story and how the effects turn out.

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