News Shorts: March 24th 2010

The first official publicity still from Burke and Hare. Posters for Iron Man 2, Accidents Happen, The Losers, Mother and Child, Don McKay.

“”Beauty and the Beast” and the recent “Alice in Wonderland” screenwriter Linda Woolverton will pen the script for “Maleficent”, Tim Burton’s live-action feature based on the villain in Disney’s 1959 animated feature “Sleeping Beauty”…” ( full details)

“An 83-second teaser for “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” will run before prints of “Kick-Ass” in the UK this Friday…” ( full details)

“”Austin Powers” director Jay Roach says Mike Myers is working on ideas for a fourth film and he’d be up for directing it…” ( full details)

“Louis Leterrier says as part of his deal to remake “Clash of the Titans”, he penned plans for two further installments which “opens the door to Greek mythology”…” ( full details)

“Will Ferrell says that it looked like a sequel to “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” was coming together, but “now I’ve heard it’s going to be too hard to get everyone together”. He hopes director Adam McKay is able to “talk to all the guys individually and see if we can figure it out”…” (full details)

“Kevin Smith says his horror film “Red State” looks like it’s finally kicking off filming in July. He described the project as “unsettling and disturbing type of horror” rather than splatter or slasher gore…” ( full details)

“There’s now hints that Megan Fox’s buxom prostitute character in the upcoming “Jonah Hex”, described as a “twisted love-interest” for the titular lawman, might actually be his sister or cousin…” ( full details)

“Sam Worthington says he’d love to return to the Marcus Wright character he played in “Terminator Salvation”, saying “I had an idea that we’d go back in time to when Marcus was first put in jail… He would be more fallible, because he’s human; he’s not metallic”…” ( full details)

“Pierce Brosnan will narrate Disneynature’s “Oceans”, the conservation-themed sea documentary releasing this Earth Day – April 22, 2010…” ( full details)

The Weinstein Company has acquired US rights to Sundance premiering “The Company Men”, the first feature film by acclaimed writer/director John Wells. Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones star in the film which will open later this year.

Gurinder Chadha’s “it’s A Wonderful Afterlife” will score a release through Icon Distribution on April 21st in the UK and Ireland.

“”Flash Gordon (1980)”, “Dark Man” and the original “Tron” are getting the Blu-ray treatment, as is “The Thin Red Line” via Criterion…” ( full details)

“Bong Joon-ho’s “Mother” scored Best Film, Actress and Script at this year’s Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong…” ( full details)