Pop culture news in little espresso shot-sized chunks. Because you have better things to do with your time than read 500 word posts on each of these.
Congratulations, Marvel. You have managed to get my attention by getting Kenneth Branagh in talks to helm Thor, which is slated to hit cinemas in 2010. Trouble is the script is by Mark Protosevich, who is infamous in my mind for having written I Am Legend…for Schwarzenegger. Yes, it was terrible. Donald Blake will be the version of Thor in the film. Now bring in Walt Simonson to do design work and you’ll have me actually looking forward to this. Source: Variety.
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, those mad geniuses who do Lovecraft better than anyone, have The Shadow Out of Time coming out from their Dark Adventure Radio Theatre on October 1st. You can get it on MP3 or CD, and the CD has bonus bits. They also announced The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Find their goodness here.Found via SFFAudio.
The Lord of the Rings lawsuit between the Tolkien Trust and HarperCollins on one side and New Line Cinema on the other goes to trial in October 2009. Beyond that, I can’t tell you what all is happening with it, since it’s in legalese. If you really feel like you want to smack it around, go for it. Otherwise, what you really need to know is that it’s all about money and money will inevitably change hands and make it all go away.
Zack Snyder, the guy who brought you 300, is on board to develop three original games for Electronic Arts. If they turn out to be popular enough, EA, who would own the rights, would pass them to Snyder’s company to be produced as feature films. Then we could have a video game adaptation with some promise, instead of just waiting around for Uwe Boll to turn Tempest into a film. Source: Variety.
Our friend Alonzo Mosley (FBI) clued us into The Outbreak, which is basically what you would have gotten if Dragon’s Lair had been originally conceived by Tom Savini.
War Heroes, by Mark Millar and Tony Harris over at Image Comics, has been snagged by Sony. No writer or director on board at the moment. Source: Variety.