News Shorts: March 26th 2010

New posters for Robin Hood, Adele Blanc-Sec, Reign of Assassins and Happiness Runs.

“Tod ‘Kip’ Williams (“The Door in the Floor,” “The Adventures of Sebastian Cole”) has signed to direct the “Paranormal Activity” sequel. The first film’s director Oren Peli announced the news today…” (full details)

“Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up the film rights to Glen David Gold’s novel “Carter Beats the Devil”. Set in 1920’s America, the story follows an extremely skilled young illusionist known for his elaborate stunts. His reputation is soon on the line when his most outrageous stunt stars none other than President Warren G. Harding…” (full details)

“Afghanistan doc “Restrepo”, winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival documentary grand jury prize, has been acquired by National Geographic Entertainment who will release the film in theaters this July…” (full details)

“Owen Wilson’s role in “Little Fockers”, the upcoming third film in the “Meet the Parents” series, will be more substantial than first thought. Wilson will return “with a new passion for Ben [Stiller’s] wife Teri Polo”…” ( full details)

“Robert Downey Jr. has apparently indicated that he’s up for playing Tony Stark a third time…” ( full details)

The first of a four part tribute to filmmaker Akira Kurosawa is up at Flickering Myth.

“The Oscars have announced that next year’s nominations will be announced January 25th 2011 with the ceremony a month later on February 27th…” (full details)

“Jenna Dewan and Joe Hursley have joined Penelope Spheeris’ indie comedy “Balls to the Wall” about a young guy who gets a second job moonlighting as an exotic dancer in a gay club in order to pay for his wedding. Jason Nutt penned the script…” (full details)

“Relativity Media has optioned Greg Russo’s supernatural thriller script “Down” which centres on a guy trapped in an elevator…” (full details)

“Toy corporation Mattel and producer Neal H. Moritz are teaming to develop a film about an alien civilization living in the deepest pockets of Earth’s oceans. The project is currently out to screenwriters…” (full details)

“‘True Blood’ star Alexander Skarsgard, his father Stellan Skarsgard and Peter Stormare will lend their voices to the 3D Finnish animated feature “Moomins and the Comet Chase”…” (full details)

“”Well, look who you’re talking to! I wrote the script … what do you think?” says openly gay scribe Dustin Lance Black when asked if his J. Edgar Hoover biopic will tackle the subject of Hoover’s homosexuality and penchant for cross-dressing…” (full details)