Sarah Michelle Gellar will be using her vast
experience of the undead to take on all manner of monsters in George A
Romero's screen version of the ultra-scary play-station game Resident
Evil. Gellar is being considered for the role of SWAT team member
Rebecca Chambers who comes face to face with a plethora of mutant
nasties in a run-down mansion house.
latest round of the long-running court battle over the rights to James
Bond has ended with the US Circuit Court denying Sony a motion for a
rehearing over a preliminary injunction preventing them from creating
a rival franchise. In a statement, MGM chairman Frank Mancuso
declared, "This decision means that Sony has exhausted all its
legal options before trial
We eagerly await our court date to
establish damages for Sony's interference." Following these
initial skirmishes, the final conf-rontation in the megalomaniac's
sorry, in a Los Angeles federal court, is
expected in late March.
Adam Sandler, star of two of 1998's unexpected
smashes, The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy, is lined
up as the lead in fantasy comedy Little Nicky. Sandler will be
the spawn of Satan in a rather unusual screen relationship - his
father is the Devil and wants him to take over the family business.
The Lost World is coming to TV. No,
not the Spielberg one! This is the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
adventure story packed with prehistoric beasties and other unfriendly
inhabitants, previously filmed in 1925 (with ground-breaking effects
by King Kong's legendary animator Willis O'Brien), 1960
(directed by disaster specialist Irwin Allen) and 1993 (er, starring
Sliders' John Rhys-Davies). Filming will begin in Spring 1999
on the pilot for the Telescene Film Group and Village Roadshow
Pictures produced show, which will boast 'unparalleled special
effects' as Professor Edward Challenger and his expedition colleagues
find themselves in - to borrow the title of another prehistoric yarn -
the land that time forgot.
The latest director to part company from a big
studio project over 'creative differences and budgetary concerns' is
Gore (MouseHunt) Verbinski, who is no longer helming Buena
Vista's $60-80m sci-fi thriller Mission to Mars. Producer Tom
Jacobson stated, "The studio is very committed to the movie. The
movie always had an extensive pre-production plan because it's a
and this doesn't jeopardize the film."
The story of a rescue mission on the red planet after a first team
disappears will now be put back from April to June production start,
with Sam Raimi or Frank Marshall being named as possible replacements
for absentee Verbinski.