News Shorts: May 16th 2010

Several photos from the George Clooney assassin thriller The American and the Zac Efron-led fantasy drama Charlie St. Cloud, the first photos from The Great Ghost Rescue, more photos of Jason Momoa as Conan, and a photo of Ryan Reynolds half-stripped out of his motion capture costume for Green Lantern.

There’s also the first poster for The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, four character posters for Jonah Hex and six international posters for The Last Airbender.

“Marilyn Manson and his fiancee Evan Rachel Wood are attached to star in Adam Bhala Lough’s “Splatter Sisters”, a film described as a “late 80’s sexploitation-serial-killer-slasher-road-movie”. David Gordon Green and Edward R. Pressman will produce…” (full details)

“Emile Hirsch is circling the lead role in the Darren Aronofsky-produced conspiracy thriller “Tangiers” for Protozoa Pictures. “Pi” actor Sean Gullette will take the directorial reigns…” (full details)

“Samuel L. Jackson says that “some time after” the upcoming “The Avengers” movie, there’ll be a big “S.H.I.E.L.D.” movie. He also reckons the character War Machine will “show up a lot” in future Marvel films”…” (full details)

“To give Shia LaBeouf credit, the guy agrees with the audience that the last ‘Indiana Jones’ was a stinker – “I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished”…” (full details)

“Anchor Bay Films has acquired North American rights to Marcos Efron’s remake of the 1970 British thriller “And Soon The Darkness” starring Amber Heard and Karl Urban. A Fall release is planned…” (full details)

“Summit Entertainment has picked up the distribution rights to Paul W.S. Anderson’s “The Three Musketeers 3D”. Summit has scheduled a Summer 2011 release for the film, so production has had to move up principal photography by a month. Shooting will now kick off in August…” (full details)

“Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth”) has secured $30 million in financing to direct “Paani” (Water) from a script by David Farr. Kapur plans to shoot in November in Singapore and Dubai…” (full details)

“Damian Lewis has joined the action-thriller “Man Is Wolf to Man.” Set in French Guyana in 1934, the story follows penal colony escapees being tracked down by a ruthless bounty hunter. Shooting kicks off this Fall…” (full details)

“Al Pacino and director Michael Radford, who previously teamed on 2004′ “The Merchant of Venice”, have finally scored financing for their film take on “King Lear” which will shoot in the U.K. next spring…” (full details)

“John Landis is lining up the financing for “Ghoulishly Yours, William M Gaines”, a biopic of movie about EC Comics publisher Bill Gaines, the man who turned Mad Magazine into a satirical powerhouse of the 20th century. Joel Eisenberg has written the screenplay…” (full details)

“Screenwriter-playwright Michelle Lipton will pen a contemporary update of Dorothy Baker’s bittersweet 1962 comedic novel “Cassandra at the Wedding” for F&ME. The story follows two young, attractive and intelligent twins who are quite different personalities. When one plans to marry a man the other hasn’t met yet, the laughs begin…” (full details)

“Martin Scorsese’s documentary about George Harrison has scored the title “Living in the Material World: George Harrison” and is currently being shopped around in Cannes towards a 2011 release date…” (full details)