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Eleven North American cities get to see The Phantom Menace first in a series of charity premières, though tickets cost $500 each. The UK première, on July 14 at the Odeon Leicester Square, is also a charity affair and will be attended by Prince Charles.
Fans wishing to avoid plot spoilers altogether will have a much harder time from now onwards. The 352-page Phantom Menace novelization by Terry Brooks went on sale from May 3 and even the CD of John Williamss eagerly-anticipated new score (on sale from May 3 in the UK and a day later in the US) contains a pretty big spoiler in the track listings!
A computer-animated TV series of Starship Troopers is in development by Sony for Americas WB network, with Foundation Imaging (Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Voyager) producing the CGI. The 40-part series unfolds a story arc that will run through to the final episode. It shares elements with both the original book by Robert Heinlein and Paul Verhoevens film (though it will presumably be less gory). Elements from the book made possible in this all-CGI version include the fabled Power Armour. At least one of the movie actors is expected to provide their voice Clancy Brown (Sgt Zim).
The long-mooted movie version of Tomb Raider is finally going ahead at Paramount. The start order was given in April after Die Hard and Street Fighter writer Steven de Souza submitted a draft that execs considered ready for filming (various other writers had been taking a shot at adapting the hit video game). Despite much speculation , theres still no cast yet, including the all-important Lara Croft (my money's on current Hollywood darling Catherine Zeta Jones Web Ed), but a director has been assigned: hes Stephen Herek of Critters and Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure.
The hit has also put the sibling directors (whose previous film was the excellent Bound) in great demand. One of their earlier scripts, Carnivore, has already been dusted off for director George Romero to rush before the cameras in the autumn before, it seems, his much-heralded Resident Evil. Carnivore is a gothic Horror allegory set in a boarding house where the rich residents disappear under mysterious circumstances and, as the title implies, the food tastes rather odd.
The Wachowski brothers are also being linked to a movie version of the comic book V for Vendetta, which they were developing prior to producing The Matrix.
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