News Shorts: September 15th 2010

More set photos from The Three Musketeers including Orlando Bloom in costume, and shots from filming on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. There’s also the first shots of January Jones as Emma Frost on the set of X-Men: First Class in the UK.

Posters for Hatchet II, A Little Bit of Heaven, For Colored Girls, Let Me In, Megamind, Love and Other Drugs, 13

“Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit”) has emerged as the top choice to direct the Lionsgate’s thriller “Hunger Games” and is in early talks to do so. Ross, along with David Slade and Sam Mendes, was first rumoured as a candidate for the job the other week…” (full details)

“MGM is looking to get into production on the next James Bond film in late Summer/early Fall next year for a release late 2012…” (full details)

“”Streetdance 3D” and “Donkey Punch” actress Nichola Burley has scored the third lead in Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of the English classic “Wuthering Heights”. Filming kicks off in Yorkshire in the Fall…” (full details)

“While Natalie Portman may be Alfonso Cuaron’s pick for the female lead in his sci-fi epic “Gravity”, the studio is rumoured to be keen Sandra Bullock for the role with the offer to go out to her should Portman pass on the role the way Angelina Jolie did…” (full details)

“Production is aiming to begin around December/January on the triple frontier-set drug tale “Sleeping Dogs”, the anticipated re-teaming of “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal…” (full details)

“Ron Perlman has joined the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” which also stars the likes of Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks…” (full details)

“Stealth Media Group is planning a 3D remake of 1977 cult classic “Kingdom of the Spiders” which starred William Shatner and followed a town overrun by thousands of migrating tarantulas. Nuala Barton and Rene Sheridan are set to produce…” (full details)

“Joel Schumacher has apparently signed on to direct “The Barry White Story” for Hollywood Gangs. The story involves the ghost of Barry White teaching a young kid how to succeed in love…” (full details)

“Sir Ian McKellen says that filming on the long-awaited prequel The Hobbit is aiming to start in January…” (full details)

“An offer is out to Kevin Pollak to join Kevin Smith’s horror-meets-fundamentalism tale “Red State”. Shooting kicks off late next week…” (full details)

“Pelagius Entertainment and Protein Entertainment have launched development of the 3D animated feature “Hot Dogs”. Max Botkin (“Robosapien: Rebooted”) penned the script and production kicks off early next year…” (full details)

“Robert Schwentke is now officially set to direct “R.I.P.D.” for Universal Pictures. The comic deals with a police department of the dead and Ryan Reynolds remains signed to star…” (full details)

“Comic artist Brendan McCarthy claims to have had a meeting at Disney earlier this year where the idea of a Pixar-animated “Doctor Strange” film came up…” (full details)