Our weekly round-up of tidbits returns….

 San Diego-based Legend3D is currently in the process of converting Tony Scott’s 1986 classic ‘Top Gun’ for a 3D theatrical release. THR reports that a four-minute ‘world premiere’ preview of the converted film–featuring the ‘Danger Zone’ aerial flight sequence–was screened last Monday at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam. Introducing the footage, CEO of Legend3D Rob Hummel said:

“We think there is great potential for catalog titles in 3D, but studios have had trouble justifying the expense. As I understand it, they are planning to release it in 3D in early 2012, though I know they want to get Tony Scott’s approval before they go forward.”

“I think Top Gun lends itself to 3D due to the aerial flight. You can have fun with 3D by bringing things off the screen if they are not attached to the edge of the screen.”

 

 TV News: It has been announced that ‘Pushing Daisies’ creator Bryan Fuller is working with Gaumont International Television to develop ‘Hannibal,’ a new six part series that will explore the early relationship of Thomas Harris’ signature character, renowned psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector, and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler named Will Graham (played by William Peterson in ‘Manhunter’ and Edward Norton in ‘Red Dragon’), who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. According to Deadline, Fuller is executive producing with Martha De Laurentiis who has produced three Hannibal Lector features: ‘Hannibal,’ ‘Red Dragon’ and ‘Hannibal Rising.’

 

 A trailer for Takeshi Kitano‘s ‘Outrage.’ In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favor of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over sake. Long-time yakuza Otomo has seen his kind go from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance.

 

 ‘The Last Exorcism’ Daniel Stamm has been set to direct a remake of the Thai horror/thriller ‘13: Game of Death.’ The original followed a salesman who ends up on a macabre hidden-camera game show where he must perform 13 extreme tasks to win millions in cash. Stamm is adapting the screenplay with writing partner David Birke.

 

 Filmax has released a teaser trailer for the horror sequel ‘[REC] 3: Genesis.’ The action now takes place miles away from the original location and partly in broad daylight, giving the film an entirely fresh yet disturbing new reality. The infection has left the building. In a clever twist that draws together the plots of the first two movies, this third part of the saga also works as a decoder to uncover information hidden in the first two films and leaves the door open for the final installment, the future ‘[REC] 4 Apocalypse.’

 

 Videogame News: Gamespot has a developer walkthrough of ‘Batman Arkham City.’

 

 Talking to Collider, ‘Anonymous’ director revealed that he has passed on directing an adaptation of Atari’s classic videogame ‘Asteroids.’

“I was very honored that they wanted to have me as a director, and I kind of liked the script very much, but at that time I was writing with my writing partner Harold Kloser a new script called Singularity and I opted for that.”

 

 Screen Dailys is reporting that British actor Eddie Marsan (‘Tyrannosaur,’ ‘Happy Go Lucky’) is set to make his directorial debut with ‘Pell Mell,’ a story described by the actor as “Shakespeare’s Richard III set in 1960s London.” Marsan penned the screenplay and will star. Shooting aims to kick off 2012.

 

 Talking to Entertainment Weekly, ‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone confirmed they have plans to adapt their Tony-winning Broadway comedy-musical ‘The Book of Mormon’ into a big screen feature. The musical, which has been playing to sold out houses since its opening, stars Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad as a pair of Mormon missionaries attempting to find converts in Uganda. “We want to do it some day,” says Stone. “The great thing is, a lot of Broadway teams would have to go team up with a Hollywood producer and bring on a Hollywood director, but Trey’s a director and Scott’s a great producer. We’ve all made movies. So it’s kind of cool, it can stay in the same family.”

 

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 Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures have officially announced plans to move forward with a reboot of ‘Point Break.’ The new version is set in the world of international extreme sports, and like the original involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring, but plot points beyond that have not been released. A hunt is underway to find a director for the project. Kurt Wimmer (‘Salt,’ ‘Law Abiding Citizen, and the upcoming ‘Total Recall’ remake) penned the screenplay.

 

 Below is a teaser trailer for the latest horror from Eduardo Sánchez, co-director of ‘The Blair Witch Project.’ ‘Lovely Molly’ centers on a young newlywed woman who is thrust into a supernatural nightmare of the unknown when she moves into her deceased father’s house.

 

 ‘Game of Thrones’ star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will join Jessica Chastain for the Guillermo del Toro-executive produced horror movie ‘Mama,’ reports THR. The movie tells the story of a couple who take in their long-lost young nieces and nephews. The kids were found after living in the forest for five years but now murderous events begin to unfold and it becomes clear that a supernatural force is intent on claiming the kids. Andres Muschietti is directing, expanding the story he first told in his 2008 Spanish-language short.

 

 Shirley MacLaine, Alan Arkin and Vera Farmiga are set to star in the Sue Kramer-directed indie ‘The Locals.’ Deadline reports that the movie puts a contemporary spin on the tale of Romeo and Juliet by injecting Jewish/Italian twist.

 

 Want to know more about those ‘Back to the Future’ Nike MAG trainers? Check out the behind the scenes video below.

 

 Check out the official trailer for Jesus Orellana’s independent animated short ‘ROSA.’ In the near future, humanity has disappeared, leaving behind a large megalopolis devoid of natural life. From the destruction awakes ROSA, a robot part of the KERNEL project, mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem using recovered samples of long-extinct plant species.Wandering among the ruins of the lifeless city, Rosa will soon discover that she is not the only part of Kernel that has awakened. You can find out more about the short over at the official site or the official Facebook page.


 British actor Colin Salmon is set to return for ‘Resident Evil: Retribution.’ The actor tweeted, “Confirmed I will be shooting new Resident Evil movie. Paul Anderson has written an amazing script. Cannot share how I return because it’s intrinsic to the plot.” Also returning for the upcoming fifth film in the franchise is Boris Kodjoe “Ok, Resident Evil fans. [Milla Jovovich] and myself are up here in Toronto getting ready for RE5 More action than ever!!!” he said via his Twitter account. The sequel slated to begin shooting in Toronto this month.

And while we are on the subject of ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ Mila Jovovich has tweeted two video from her training.

 

 Snoop Dogg has been hired to star in biopic ‘The Legend of Fillmore Slim.’ Fillmore Slim — real name Clarence Sims — is a blues vocalist and guitarist. During the 1960s and ’70s, he was also a well-known pimp in San Francisco, referred to as “The West Coast Godfather of the Game” and “The Pope of Pimping.” The project will be directed by Hawthorne James. Producer Alan Ames said: “This film will span decades,” said Ames, “from Slim’s emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption.”

 

 The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that American TV network The CW is in the process of developing a reboot of the 80’s fantasy series ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ The project is being described as a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist. ‘Brothers and Sisters’ duo producer Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper are attached to pen the project and executive produce alongside Paul Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Bill Haber. The original series starred Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton and followed the adventures and romance of a sensitive and cultured man-beast and a crusading District Attorney assistant.

 

 THR reports that ‘American Idol’s’ Jordin Sparks is to make her acting debut playing the title character in a remake of Sam O’Steen’s 1976 ‘Sparkle.’ Based loosely on The Supremes, the original centered on a girl group and the turmoil they experience after one of their members turns to drugs and another achieves their desired fame all by herself. Mike Epps is attached to play Satin, a stand-up comedian who marries one of the sisters and gets her hooked on drugs. Whitney Houston is set to return to acting, fifteen years since her last onscreen role in 1996’s ‘The Preacher’s Wife.’ She will be playing the not-so encouraging mother of Sparks’ character.

 

 Below you will find the latest posters for We Need to Talk About Kevin‘ (trailer), ‘The Raven,’ ‘ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘ (trailer), ‘The Sitter‘ (trailer) ‘In Time‘ (trailer), ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift‘ (trailer), ‘Puss in Boots‘ (trailer), ‘Real Steel‘ (trailer) and ‘Goon‘ (trailer).

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