News Shorts: December 4th 2008

– New posters for the Nic Cage-led Alex Proyas-directed thriller Knowing, and the Jensen Ackles-led horror remake My Bloody Valentine.

“Zone Film has picked up Jeff Welch’s horror film “Piecemeal” about a young man who is trying to cope with life after years of abuse. Daniel Roby will direct…” (full details)

“A teaser trailer has yet to be cut for “Avatar” as not enough footage is completed. James Cameron claims he hasn’t spoken to Fox about trailer placement…” (full details)

“Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to a recent New York Times article about a 12-year-old aspiring food critic who has charmed his way into posh eateries on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The film will be re-tooled as a youth-themed empowerment film…” (full details)

“Overbrook Entertainment’s Will Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz have teamed with Diana Jenkins’ D Media to launch Red Pearl Pictures, which will distribute Western films throughout the Middle East – most notably Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Egypt…” (full details)

“Alex Cox’s “Repo Man” sequel “Repo Chick” goes into production next month and oddly enough David Lynch’s name has apparently been attached as producer on the project…” (full details)

“Lexi Alexander says that while she won’t be back for a third “Punisher” movie, she would like actor Ray Stevenson to come back and direct a third film and he’s “very open” to the idea…” (full details)