News Shorts: September 11th 2008

“The character of Devastator will appear in the upcoming “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”. Made out of seven construction vehicles (green, yellow, red in color), the character has lots of upper body strength. Josh Nizzi’s previously released concept art is legit…” (full details)

“Universal has moved up “Land of the Lost” from July 17th to June 5th in the wake of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” hitting July 17th. “Fast and Furious”, which Universal had previously scheduled for June 5th, will now open a week later on June 12th…” (full details)

“Summit Entertainment scooped up U.S. rights to Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” an action pic about an Army squad defusing bombs in Iraq, for about $1.5 million. The deal provided a significant backend for the filmmakers, and the company plans on releasing the movie no earlier than the spring…” (full details)

“Sony is kicking off the new year with a direct-to-video sequel to “Open Season,” which generated more than $190 million at the worldwide boxoffice. “Open Season 2,” from Sony Pictures Animation, will be released Jan. 27 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and PSP…” (full details)

“Of his role as the villainous COBRA Commander in “G.I. Joe”, actor Joseph Gordon Levitt confirms that he put on hours of prosthetic makeup. As for the voice? ‘I love that voice from the cartoon. Chris Latta is a fantastic voiceover artist, but if you did that exact voice it would sound ridiculous in a live-action movie. I guess it’s half Chris Latta and half me.’…” (full details)