The Random Spiel: July 7th 2008

Classic British sitcom “Spaced” is coming to the US, both in DVD and real-life form as Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Jessica Hynes will be in various US cities throughout the month promoting the release. See the official site for details.

– Speaking of director Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz,” “Shaun of the Dead”), the spunky Brit talks about his big-screen adaptation of Marvel comicbook hero “Ant-Man” as an “Iron Man”-esque action/comedy.

– New posters for The Dark Knight, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Blindness, Disaster Movie, Quantum of Solace, Henry Poole is Here.

– A copy of the full uncut version of Fritz Lang’s cinematic classic “Metropolis”, though lost for eight decades, has been found in Argentina and confirmed genuine by German film experts.

-The fourth “Watchmen” video journal has gone online and you can see Rorscach moving about .

-Clive Barker is developing a big-screen adaptation of his short-story “Down, Satan!” which Christopher Monfette is adapting.

-Guillermo del Toro doesn’t sound too sure if either “The Hobbit” or a third “Hellboy” will be shot in 3D.

-ABBA singer-songwriter Benny Andersson says that he would not rule out doing a theatrical (and eventually film) sequel to “Mamma Mia”.

-“The Day the Earth Stood Still” director Scott Derrickson talks about the trailer and film, essentially saying that the remake sticks pretty close to the original 50’s classic.

-Now that “Wanted” has made a fortune, comic creator Mark Millar goes on a wild rant about his plans to reinvent “Superman”.

-Summit Entertainment has officially locked the movie rights to make “New Moon”, the sequel to “Twilight” which they’re releasing later this year.

-Sharon Park has confirmed that the first of up to three new “Battlestar Galactica” TV movies has been greenlit. Actress Tricia Helfer also has spoken about her reaction to reading the final episode script.

-Jeffrey Tambor has said that an “Arrested Development” movie is looking pretty likely now.

-A pretty good breakdown of everything we know so far about what’s in the next James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” opening in November.

-Richard Hammond and James May might leave the BBC’s popular motoring show “Top Gear” due to a pay dispute.

-A good quality version of the nine minute promo reel from John Woo’s epic “Battle of Red Cliff” is finally online at Twitchfilm.

Check out this brilliant single-take tracking shot recreating much of the sets from Kubrick’s “The Shining” for a new UK Channel 4 promo ad.

-A psychopath finds out that his victims at an eatery won’t stay dead in the low-budget horror flick “Die-Ner” and the official site has opened.