Trade Breaks: Punisher, Transformers, Mei

“John Dahl (“Rounders,” “Joy Ride”) is in major talks to helm the sequel to the 2004 comic adaptation “The Punisher.” The script in place is said to feature Jigsaw as the villain……” (full details)

“Activision has signed Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox to provide their likenesses and voices for “Transformers: The Game,” which ships for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and PC on June 19th…” (full details)

“Chen Kaige (“Farewell My Concubine”) will direct “Mei Lan-fang,” a $15 million biopic of the Peking opera singer. The film will track not only Mei’s development of female characters, but also his role in popularizing Peking opera with Japanese and American audiences and the political turmoil in the first half of the 20th century. Mei’s refusal to perform during Japanese occupation of China will be highlighted…” (full details)