Those rumors about Avatar 5? Sam Worthington explains

by Fred Topel at Sci Fi Wire
After the success of Avatar, James Cameron has been teasing fans with vague hints about his next films. There could be an Avatar sequel, but Cameron says the deals need to be worked out with the studio. At least he’s confirmed he will direct the next installment, but may turn the third over to another director. He’s also discussed a live-action Battle Angel movie, based on the manga and anime.

Access Hollywood quoted Worthington as saying he expects to be making Avatar 5. They didn’t get the Australian sarcasm in his voice. “Once again, Sam Worthington misquoted,” Worthington said. “No, I think Jim had an arc for three. Three’s a great number. At the moment, we didn’t even know we would go and do a second one until it fully gets embraced. I think the fact that it got embraced so quickly, so amazingly, which is mind-blowing for all of us, means an audience wouldn’t mind going back to Pandora with us. I don’t know about five.”

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Miguel Sapochnik on the Repo Men Ending

via Edward Douglas, Shock til you Drop
This past weekend, Miguel Sapochnik’s directorial debut, the sci-fi action-thriller Repo Men, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, opened after many delays, and let’s just say we were somewhat disappointed with how few people decided to give it a chance. That said, the 825,000 or so people who saw the movie will either have been puzzled by the movie’s ending or surprised that they could get away with something so unconventional in a studio film. If you haven’t seen the movie, then PLEASE don’t read on…but since it’s still playing in theaters, you can always go catch it and then come back and read this later.

So here’s your last chance to turn back before we get to the SPOILER!

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Filmmaker Del Toro to give ‘Hobbit’ new look

One of Peter Jackson’s frequent collaborators says the “Lord of the Rings” director passed the torch to Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to give the trilogy’s two-part prequel, “The Hobbit,” a fresh look.

After the huge success of the “Rings” series, Jackson is now working on adapting the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy novel that takes place before the trilogy. But this time the Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker is producing and working on the script, relinquishing directing duties to Del Toro, whose credits include “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the two “Hellboy” movies.

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Burton Ready to Unleash Frankenweenie

By Uncle Creepy at Dread Central

Tim Burton has never been busier! Coming off the success of Alice in Wonderland, he’s working on several other projects including the much talked about big screen adaptation of Dark Shadows (note, however, that MTV has squashed his rumored 3D adaptation of The Addams Family, for now at least). It seems, though, before getting to any of them, Frankenweenie will finally be thrown his bone first.

Unfamiliar with Frankenweenie? The 1984 short is one of Tim Burton’s earliest flicks and, as you may have guessed, a parody of the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley’s book of the same name. The story tells of a man who brings his dog back to life after it is killed by a car.

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Update: Hogwarts Not Destroyed

by Peter Sciretta at /Film
Over the weekend, news began to spread of a fire that broke out on the set of the latest Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, destroying a set from the wizarding school of Hogwarts. I have just returned to my London hotel from the very same set, at Leavesden Studios in Watford, UK — and while I’m not allowed to tell you anything about my visit until a much later date, the unit publicist issued a statement to clarify what had happened.

And don’t worry, the fire did not destroy any of the long-standing sets from the original films in the series — The Great Hall, Dumbledore’s Office are among the sets that have remained over the years, and are still fine.

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I’m glad the set, and everyone on it, is ok. They’re working on the Battle of Hogwarts, I wonder if that’s what started the fire? I honestly didn’t finishing reading the article about Repo Men because I haven’t seen it yet. And I’m looking forward to the Hobbit more and more; I loved Pan’s Labyrinth so this should be good too.

What did you think of the end of Repo Men? Are you looking forward to Avatar sequels and The Hobbit?