News Shorts: October 23rd 2008

Script reviews are out for Brian K Vaughn’s Roundtable and Guy Ritchie’s take on Sherlock Holmes.

“In a big surprise, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has been rated R for ‘some violence, disturbing images and language’…” (full details)

“Due to his commitment to the next one or two ‘Spider-Man’ movies, Sam Raimi has ruled himself out of the running to helm Paramount’s plans to relaunch the Jack Ryan franchise…” (full details)

“My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way confirms his Dark Horse comic book ‘Umbrella Academy’ ahs been optioned by Universal…” (full details)

“Gold Circle Films has acquired Cathy McCarthy’s spec script “Oh Brother.” “Brother” follows a self-made woman who, ashamed of growing up as an orphan, hires actors to play relatives at her wedding to impress her fiancee’s high-society family…” (full details)

“A week after Paramount pulled “The Soloist” out awards season, it’s yanked the drama out of the Oct. 30 AFI Fest opening night slot – which would have been the drama’s world premiere…” (full details)

“Concept Artist Mark Goerner talks about the eighteen months he spent working on crafting the world of ‘Battle Angel Alita’ world for James Cameron’s planned feature…” (full details)

“John and Drew Dowdle (“Quarantine”) are lined up to write and direct the first ‘Night Chronicles’ thriller, the first film of three films produced by M. Night Shyamalan…” (full details)

“Zac Efron has denied rumors of his involvement in the fourth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie…” (full details)

“Dimension Films will release eighteen $3-6 million direct-to-DVD movies. These include Pulse 2, a new Children of the Corn, Hell Ride 2 and three Midnight Man movies…” (full details)

“A ten-episode seventh season of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” goes into production in December for airing next year…” (full details)

“‘I really do wish him all the best with it’ says Kevin Bacon about Zac Efron in the remake of “Footloose”, the role that made him famous…” (full details)