Movie News Round-Up

Written by David_Redge

M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.

A (rather good) trailer has been posted to the official site, at http//

The chiller, starring Joaquin Pheonix, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver, tells of a small, idyllic village whose founder’s struck a deal with the neighbouring mythical creatures residing in the surrounding woodlands, not to enter the forest and in return, the villagers have nothing to fear from the creatures. The deal seems to be coming to a close…

Judging by the trailer this could be M. Night Shyamalan’s (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs), scariest film yet.

X3 – XMEN 3 and Wolverine

Producer Lauren-Shuler Donner (“X-Men” 1 & 2) has indicated that writers Dan Harris & Mike Dougherty (who penned “X2”) will be writing the third movie for a preferred release in 2005, They’ll also develop a “Wolverine” movie but don’t expect that until after X3.

Natalie Portman and Luc Besson Reunite for Leon 2?

Rmours have it that Natalie Portman will be reteaming for Leon 2 – a dream for all fans everywhere. Postman consideres the script to be “great”, but she has been working with Lucas’ Star Wars scripts for the past few years…?! Leon explored the role-reversal psychology of a 12-year-old and a childlike hitman and is considered by many as a mighty fine film.

Halloween 9

David Webb Peoples (Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys) has been announced writer of Halloween 9. Possible titles include Halloween Flogging The Dead Horse.

The Exec

Chrsitopher Nolan (Insomnia, Momento), currently in pre-production with Batman Intimidation has already planned his next move – The Exec, a drama set in a future society where big business is the governing body, and conducts its affairs like engaging in warfare.

76th Acadamy Awards

Billy Crystal will return to host the 76th Academy Awards on February 29, 2004. This will be the eighth year that Crystal has served as host of the presentation. He hosted four consecutive shows beginning in 1990, then returned following a three-year hiatus to host the 69th, 70th and 72nd presentations.

Seven Titles are to be considered for Best Visual Effects Universal’s ‘The Hulk’, New Line’s ‘The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King’, 20th Century Fox’s ‘Master and Commander The Far Side of the World’ and ‘X2 X-Men United’, Universal’s ‘Peter Pan’, Walt Disney Pictures’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl’ and Warner Bros.’ ‘Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines’. Matrix fans, will no doubt dispute the nominees – especially when compared to T3 and Master and Commander.