Trade Breaks: Minkoff, Saw 3, Choke

By Garth Franklin Monday August 28th 2006 12:53AM

"Chinese newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily reports that Rob Minkoff (The Haunted Mansion, Stuart Little 2, Stuart Little, The Lion King) will direct the Jackie Chan and Jet Li kiddie film team-up project. The story is said to follow a New York kid who travels to the ancient China to rescue the Monkey King and to learn the true meaning of Kung Fu..." (full details)

"Lionsgate was planning on attaching the entire first scene of the horror sequel "Saw 3" to the feature prints of "Crank" next month, but the footage proved too intense for exhibition. Lionsgate is now investigating an age appropriate online outlet to debut the footage".

"Universal Pictures has apparently acquired film rights to Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Choke" with Paul Bernbaum ("Hollywoodland") tapped to write. The novel concerns Victor Mancini, a young man who scams people by, literally, choking in restaurants in order to keep his mother in St. Anthony's Care Center while he goes to sexaholic meetings to get some action & tries at the same time lusts after his mom's nurse".