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Goyer’s Soylent Green to be a Sequel

BLADE: TRINITY writer/director David Goyer has announced that his proposed remake and update of the 1973 sci-fi flick, SOYLENT GREEN will begin where the original film left off, reports SCI FI WIRE. Goyer also said he will not write or directed the film, but will produce it through his first-look deal with Warner Bros.

"I will say that the reveal at the end of the first movie happened at the end of our first act," Goyer said in an interview. "So the first movie is kind of the first act of our film, and then it's about what happens afterwards."

Digital Headline News

Billboard Digital Entertainment Conference Kicks Off

On Nov. 4, 2004, at UCLA's Tom Bradley International Center, The Billboard Digital Entertainment Conference kicked off. Sponsored by BILLBOARD magazine, in association with DIGITAL MEDIA WIRE, the event hopes to honor and explore innovation, entrepreneurship and brand development in digital entertainment.

Film Headline News

Third D&D Flick Goes into Development

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 12:00am

Zinc Ent. has announced it is developing a third film in its DUNGEONS & DRAGONS franchise. The second film DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 2: THE ELEMENTAL MIGHT will be released in the U.S. by Warner Bros. in 2005 with Warner Home Video handling the home entertainment distribution in the States as well as certain foreign territories. First Look Intl. holds the worldwide rights.

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Catwoman Scribe Takes a Swipe at Transformers

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 12:00am

CATWOMAN scribe John Rogers has been hired to pen the script for DreamWorks and Paramounts feature live-action rendition of TRANSFORMERS, reports VARIETY. Angry Films head Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto are producing the film along with Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Steven Spielberg is exec producing. The picture is set for a summer 2006 release. The film will be based on the Hasbro toy line of vehicles, which transform into giant robot. DeSanto wrote the story that Rogers will base the screenplay on.

Short Headline News

Looney Tunes are Back! Golden Collection Volume Two Arrives on DVD!

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 12:00am

Suffering succotash! The Looney Tunes are back! Fans of all ages can experience Warner Bros.' golden era of animation when Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Tweety & Sylvester and all their friends return in another exciting installment of The Looney Tunes Golden Collection. Volume Two will be available in a four-disc set, and contains 60 cartoon shorts, 4 more than Volume One, that have been beautifully restored and re-mastered to their original, uncut presentation.

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Tarantino Returns to Kung Fu

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 12:00am

KILL BILL director Quentin Tarantino has said that he will be returning to the kung fu genre for his next film, reports TOTAL FILM. The PULP FICTION maverick says the new film will be in Mandarin Chinese and hopes to be able to release the film with an out-of-synch English language track. Previously, it was suspected that Tarantino would make his next project his long-in-the-work World War II men on a mission flick, INGLORIOUS BASTARDS.

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Playtone Mines City of Ember for Feature Film

Playtone has secured the film rights for Jeanne DuPrau's young adult bestseller, THE CITY OF EMBER, reports VARIETY. Partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are negotiating with Caroline Thompson (EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) to write the screenplay and Gil Kenan to make his directorial debut. Walden Media is in talks to co-produce and co-finance the picture.

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Miller Joins mental images

Phillip Miller has been appointed evp of business development of mental images U.S. subsidiary, mental images Inc. Miller joins mental images with a noteworthy career of defining and promoting leading software solutions at Autodesk, Discreet, and Instant Effects in addition to architectural design.

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Hellboy Director’s Cut DVD Delivers Improved Story

As anticipated Guillermo del Toros recently released directors cut of HELLBOY on DVD (Columbia TriStar Home Ent. $34.95) offers minor improvements in characterization to make this a worthwhile purchase, along with several additional bonus features on this three-disc set. The new footage sheds light on Rasputin and Ilsa as well as greater interplay between Myers and Liz Sherman. New footage is seamlessly integrated into the feature with no loss in quality.

New bonus features include:

Post Headline News

Post Logic Relocates creocollective to Hollywood

Post Logic Studios will relocate its visual effects boutique creocollective from Santa Monica to the Hollywood facility, which was recently renovated with a digital intermediate theater.

With this move, creocollective feature film and commercial clients will be able to take advantage of on-site DI, restoration, audio post-production and HD mastering services to complement creocollectives slate of high-end visual effects, 3D and compositing capabilities.

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modo Now Available in Japan

Luxology Llc. announced its Japanese distribution partnership with Mars Inc. Headquartered in Fukuoka, Japan, Mars will be the primary Japanese distributor for the Luxology product line starting with the highly anticipated modo, the powerful new subdivision surface and polygonal modeling platform. Mars will also handle localization, support, marketing and sales for Luxology products throughout the region. The English-language version of modo is available now through Mars, and the Japanese-language version will be available in January 2005.

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Disney Retells Snow White with Shaolin Twist

Walt Disney Pictures has hired Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon to pen SNOW AND THE SEVEN, a martial arts take on SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, reports HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Hong Kong director Yuen Wo Ping will make his English-language directorial debut on the film. Andrew Gunn is producing with Gunnfilm's Ann Marie Sanderlin serving as exec producer. Brigham Taylor is overseeing the film for the studio. Set in 1880s British colonial China, the fantasy and martial arts film will follow the Grimm Brothers fairy tale with seven Shaolin monks aiding the heroine.

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Pendragon’s War Of The Worlds Maquettes At Sci-Fi Museum

Production maquettes from Pendragon Pictures' new movie version of H.G. Wells' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS will be featured in the new WAR OF THE WORLDS exhibit opening at Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame beginning Oct. 30, 2004. The exhibit, which will run for one year, also features dozens of book editions, radio, film and stage adaptations. An array of artists' interpretations of the Martian invasion, including a collection of original illustrations for the 1906 le Vandamme edition of the novel by Brazilian artist Alvim Correa will be on display.

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The Blob Gets A Second Remake

Paramount Pictures and producer Scott Rudin have teamed to remake THE BLOB, reports VARIETY. The original films producer Jack Harris worked out a deal with Warner Bros., producers of the 1958 Steve McQueen version, to bring the remake rights to Paramount where he has production deal. Studio evp Brian Witten and creative exec Ed Goemans will oversee the pic. No writer or director has been signed.

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Sony Lands Superman’s Return

As expected, Sony Pictures Imageworks got the SUPERMAN RETURNS gig after Warner Bros. took it away from ESC Ent., forcing it to close shop and go on hiatus, reports HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Former Imageworks staffer Mark Stetson, who is supervising vfx for Warner Bros., was instrumental in helping Sony beat out ILM in the bidding.

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LightWave 3D to Contain 64-Bit Port Capability

NewTek Inc. announced the port of its Emmy Award-winning LightWave 3D to the Intel EM64T and AMD64 platforms. NewTek touts LightWave 3D as the first professional 3D graphics application to publicly reveal plans for a 64-bit port.

Game Headline News

Blur’s Warhammer 40,000 Cinematic Bridges Movie/Gaming Gap

Touting feature-film quality computer animation, Blur Studio has produced a CG cinematic for one of this years most anticipated games, THQs WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR. The thrilling, two-minute film, included with the game CD, introduces players to WARHAMMERS dark, futuristic fantasy universe through an intense, tactical battle between legions of alien warriors.

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Painkiller Jane Arrives on Sci Fi

Sci Fi Channel has given the thumbs up on a two-hour pilot, PAINKILLER JANE, based on Joe Quesada and Jim Palmiotti's Event Comic series. NBC Universal TV Studios is set to produce in association with MGM TV. John Harrison (FRANK HERBERT'S DUNE), Don Opper and Greg Gold will write and exec produce the show. Production is set to start by the end of the year. The story follows Jane, a young Marine who after being exposed to a biochemical weapon gains self-healing powers, which she uses to fight crime and dodge the military.

Studios Headline News

Fog Rolls In At Revolution Studios

Revolution Studios is set to remake John Carpenters 1980 horror flick, THE FOG, reports VARIETY. THE CORE scribe Cooper Layne has been hired to pen the screenplay. Debra Hill and Carpenter, who wrote the original, will produce along with David Foster. Production is scheduled to begin in February. The original film was set in a Northern California coastal town where a thick fog descends and brings back the drowned seaman who died in a shipwreck 100 years prior.

Studio Headline News

Digital Musings From the Editor:

When word leaked to us that the shuttered Walt Disney Animation (Japan) studio was reopening with most of the former Disney animators and staff as The Answer Studio, VFXWORLD immediately tried to secure an interview with president Motoyoshi Tokunaga. The former vp/gm of the Disney studio in Tokyo politely asked us to be patient.

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NVIDIA GeForce 6 Drives High-End Share Growth

NVIDIA reported that the rapid adoption of its leading family of 3D graphics processing units (GPUs) has moved it into the number one spot in the Microsoft DirectX 9.0, or high-end performance segment of the market, rising from 26% share in the second quarter of 2004 to 64% share in the third quarter of 2004, according to market analyst firm Mercury Research.

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Batman Begins with New Cross-Console Game

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 12:00am

Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., DC Comics and Electronic Arts will join forces to bring BATMAN BEGINS to multiple videogame platforms in 2005. In this exclusive co-publishing agreement, a game based on the upcoming film will be released day and date with the film on the PlayStation 2, the PSP (PlayStation Portable), Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

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