News Bits: Transformers, Alvin, Damned, Selma

Transformers 5
Mark Wahlberg tells MTV News that he’s “committed to doing a couple more” films in the “Transformers” franchise. Asked when he’ll get to work on the next one, he says: “I can’t speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we’ll be on set soon.”

Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
Walt Becker (“Van Wilder,” “Wild Hogs”) has signed on to direct a fourth installment of the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” franchise for Fox 2000 and New Regency. Adam Sztykiel (“Made of Honor,” “Due Date”) penned the most current draft of the script, taking over from Randi Mayem Singer (“Mrs. Doubtfire”).

It is unclear whether Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney will return to voice the furry CG characters or if Jason Lee will saddle up once again as their human caretaker Dave. The film is targeting a release next Christmas. [Source: THR]

The Damned
Legendary Pictures has optioned the film rights to Andrew Pyper’s upcoming supernatural thriller novel “The Damned” which hits shelves in February.

The story centers on a man who survived a near-death experience but is haunted by the spirit of his vengeful twin sister. And when he finally has a chance at real happiness with a new wife and stepson, the sister decides to strike them as well. [Source: Heat Vision]

Untitled Ava DuVernay Project
“Selma” director Ava DuVernay has revealed that she intends to direct an “eight to ten episode cable TV series” in the near future, one that will explore “the black experience in America.” However, there’s no further details about the project. [Source:The Guardian]