News Shorts: February 11th 2009

Posters for Crank: High Voltage, The Last House on the Left, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, H2, The Horsemen, Sin Nombre, first pictures of “The City Of Your Final Destination”, the first Merchant Ivory film made since the death of Ismail Merchant.

“Carnaby has landed the U.K. rights to Jake West’s comedy horror “Doghouse,” starring Danny Dyer, Stephen Graham and Noel Clarke. The story centers on a group of men who head to a remote village, only to discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals…” (full details)

“Rick Bieber, writer-director of “The 5th Quarter,” starring Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell and Ryan Merriman, is holding an Internet-based talent search to find original songs for the sports-themed film’s soundtrack and is accepting submissions at the film’s Web site…” (full details)

“Citing a tougher economy and lower than expected revenue thanks to underperformers like “The Spirit” and “Punisher: War Zone”, Lionsgate is reducing its in production film slate from 15-16 this year to around 12 in 2010…” (full details)

“Cartoon Network announced today that it has picked-up a second season of the hit CG-animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” from creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation. Slated to premiere in the fall of 2009, the second season will continue to take audiences on new and exciting adventures, combining the legendary storytelling of Lucasfilm with innovative animation…” (full details)

“Various studios are allegedly fighting over the rights to Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”. The project makes liberal use of Austen’s original text and injects a little undead action at certain points…” (full details)

“SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers have agreed to meet Feb. 17-18 to re-engage in negotiations for a new TV/theatrical contract. SAG and the AMPTP have not engaged in official negotiations since late November, when two days of meeting with a federal mediator ended without a resolution. Since then, the actors union has fought a brutal internal battle over whether to move forward with a strike-authorization vote that could lead to a work stoppage…” (full details)