New Zealand: Months ago, we promised there would be a movie about killer sheep. And there will be: "Black Sheep," a Korean-Kiwi co-production with effects to be done by Peter Jackson‘s WETA, has gotten its funding together and will begin shooting next year. Via The Age.
Hong Kong/H’wood: The remake of the Pang brothers‘ "The Eye" hasn’t begun shooting yet, and apparently there enough faith in it, or at least lingering faith in Asian horror remakes, that New Line’s made a deal to remake "The Eye 2." The Hong Kong original starred Shu Qi and wasn’t so much a sequel as just also about being able to see ghosts; the remake has been titled "In Utero," and the script is being adapted by Todd Stein. Via Empire.
China: Chinese-American writer-director Dayyan Eng‘s film "Waiting Alone"
has been nominated for a Golden Rooster for Best Feature, the first
time a foreign director’s Chinese film has been nominated in the
competition. Via CRI.
India/UK: Aseem Chhabra at Rediff writes about British-Indian filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir‘s two documentaries on Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan, "The Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan" and "The Inner World of Shah Rukh Khan," which have just been released on DVD in the US.
UK: Writer Philip Pullman (whose "His Dark Materials" trilogy is on it’s way to film also, with "Shopgirl"‘s Anand Tucker directing the first installment) has labeled C.S. Lewis‘ Chronicles of Narnia "misogynist" and "racist": "If the Disney corporation wants to market this film as a great Christian story, they’ll just have to tell lies about it," according to him. Via BBC.
Canada: Those crazy Page Six kids at New York Post claim that David Cronenberg‘s pissed at Paul Haggis for also daring to name his film "Crash," a title Cronenberg staked out in 1996 with his ode to car-wreck sex. Based solely off this Cronenberg quote on Fox News:
"I thought it was very disrespectful, not just to me, but to J.G. Ballard who wrote the book ‘Crash’ in 1973, which is very famous. In France, they refuse to call [Haggis’ movie] ‘Crash’ because they have reverence for that book and for my movie. They call it ‘Collision.’ I think that their argument, that they couldn’t think of another title, is a little bit bogus…I don’t know how I would react if I met Paul Haggis. He’s also Canadian. You know, we’re basically peaceful people, but there was the fur trade, and it got nasty."