Dune Remake Gets A Hotshot New Director

We thought the epic undertaking of a Dune remake was all but finished, when Hancock director Peter Berg left to go make his alien-focused Battleship film. But the remake lives on, with a new director who might actually be better.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting Paramount has finally found a replacement for Peter Berg. Director Pierre Morel has stepped up to try and tame the great sandworms of Arrakis.

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Hobbit to start shooting this summer

Looks like Guillermo del Toro’s Hobbit movies are moving ahead as planned: Production Weekly now reports that they will begin a 14-month production schedule in June.

The publication’s Twitter feed @prodweek also posted that the films will shoot as expected in New Zealand.

The news comes after word that casting had begun in earnest.


Confirmed: Script problems may push Spidey 4 back

Before Christmas, the big rumor was that Spider-Man 4 had been shut down indefinitely because of problems with the story, which was first reported by our pals at

Well, despite studio denials that this was anything more than the usual holiday hiatus, now comes news (from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood blog, followed later in the day by Variety) that it is indeed true.

Finke posts what she says is an e-mail that was sent out to the visual-effects crew on Dec. 11

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Universal’s ‘The Wolfman’ Site Goes Live

In news for a film that could be considered dead in the water already, the site and online marketing campaign for Universal’s upcoming The Wolfman has gone live. The film has been bounced around more times than the Watchmen property back in the mid 90’s, and doesn’t look like it’s for the better.

Production began back in 2006 (which is now nearly 4 years ago) when Universal announced that Benicio Del Toro would be taking on the titular role. A year later, a list of names that included Mark Romenek, Brett Ratner, Frank Darabont, and Martin Campbell were at one point attached to the project, all falling off and leaving way for Joe Johnston (Jumanji, The Rocketeer) to take the helm in early 2008.

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Joss Whedon’s Upcoming Werewolf Flick

Joss Whedon, the brilliant man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse, is coming out with a brand new werewolf movie for all of us hungry fans out there. The Cabin in the Woods is the title to the upcoming 2011 horror film. But this isn’t all Joss Whedon; he co-wrote the script with Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard, who also directed the flick.

The project began filming in March 2009, and was meant to have a nice big release on February 5, 2010 but unfortunately it will now be delayed until January 14, 2011 so the film can be converted to 3D.

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Are you excited about the Dune remake? Have they chosen the right director?

OMG SQUEE!!!!! Sorry if I broke your eardrums. I am beyond excited about The Hobbit.

Poor Spidey 4. I hope they can get back on track.

What do you think of today’s movie news?