The Random Spiel: October 11th 2007

New photos are out from Spiderwick Chronicles, Beowulf, and The Golden Compass.

Coming Soon has posted an updated pre-strike priority list with start dates for many upcoming major feature films over the next few months. If it’s not on the list, then it’s likely being held back.

– Matthew Vaughn confirms that the “Thor” script he handed in to Marvel was budgeted in the region of $300 million, and so he’s been asked to cut that in half. Meanwhile, Kevin McKidd has confirmed that he won’t be playing the superhero in “Thor”, but could play the villain Loki.

– Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. have come aboard “Wolverine” to work on special effects make-up, whilst Damien Carr will serve as VFX co-ordinator, Carol Kiefer will head up the art department and Kym Barrett will handle costumes. Producers are looking at Queenstown, New Zealand as a possible location to shoot around November/ December.

-The title for the fourth “Rambo” film has been changed from “John Rambo” to “Rambo: To Hell and Back”.

– There are hints that sequels are in the works for both Pixar’s Cars, and the Shia LaBeouf thriller Disturbia.

-Paul W.S. Anderson has been talking about his remake of “The Long Good Friday” and reveals that much of the original script’s scenes will remain intact.

– The first promos are out for the fourth season of “Battlestar Galactica”, and Starbuck says “We’re going the wrong way”.

-Sean Astin says that as far as he knows, “Goonies 2” is an “absolute certainty”.

– Director/Screenwriter Terry George, who is on the negotiating committee for the Writer’s Guild, gives his view on the strike.

-Composer David Arnold will return for a fifth time to score the twenty-second James Bond film.

– Director/writer John August has made his screenplay for acclaimed indie comedy “The Nines” available for download on his official site.

– Janet Jackson and Tyler Perry talk about their work together on the upcoming drama “Why Did I Get Married?”.

– Jennifer Connelly has denied reports that she and husband Paul Bettany are attached to the horror film “Born”.