Trade Breaks: Moyer, Everest, Tucker

“Stephen Moyer has landed the male lead opposite Anna Paquin in “True Blood,” Alan Ball’s vampire drama pilot for HBO Brook Kerr also has been cast in the project, which Ball wrote and is set to direct and executive produce. Based on the “Southern Vampire” book series by Charlaine Harris, “True Blood” takes place in a world in which vampires can buy Japanese-made synthetic blood. Their integration into a small Louisiana town causes quite a stir, and a love story ensues between Bull Comton (Moyer), a vampire, and Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), an innocent waitress who can read people’s minds…” (full details)

“Large-screen specialist MacGillivray Freeman Films has greenlit “Return to Everest 3D,” a follow-up to its 1998 hit “Everest.” “Return” is directed by two-time Oscar nominee Greg MacGillivray (“The Living Sea,” “Dolphins”) and marks the first time the world’s tallest mountain will be filmed in Imax 3D. “Return” will again star Jamling Norgay of Nepal and Araceli Segarra of Spain, who climbed the summit in 1996. “Return to Everest” is slated for release in March 2009 as the company’s eighth pic in its Great Adventure Film series…” (full details)

“Ice Cube sat down to talk to Angie Martinez and said that Chris Tucker (Smokey) will be back in a fourth movie in the “Friday” film franchise for New Line Cinema…” (full details)