Natalie Finn at E! continues the delusion that Brandon Routh is an actual human being and not a CGI character by reporting that he’ll be returning to the role of Superman in a Bryan Singer-directed sequel due out sometime in 2009. Other big news on the shiny blockbuster front: Peter Jackson announces (via his fandom, no less) that he will not direct "The Hobbit." Via the Guardian, "Jackson goes on to say that the move is due to New Line only having rights to make the new films within a limited period, before adding: ‘This outcome is not what we anticipated or wanted, but neither do we see any positive value in bitterness and rancour. We now have no choice but to let the idea of a film of The Hobbit go and move forward with other projects.’"
IFC Films has picked up two films for First Take: Eric Nicholas‘ "Alone With Her," a Tribeca selection (via Dave McNary at Variety), and New Zealand serial killer drama "Out of the Blue" (via Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter).
Coming Soon reports that Takashi Miike‘s new film, "Sukiyaki Western: Django," will be "Japan’s first true western" â€” reportedly a remake of Sergio Corbucci‘s "Django," the film will be set in 12th century Japan, be shot in English, will star Hideaki Ito, Koichi Sato, Kaori Momoi and others, and will also include a role of unknown size to be played by Quentin Tarantino. It’s the weirdest project we’ve heard of since…Miike’s last one.
And Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter writes that "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" will be adapted for the screen, because, if this weekend’s grosses have any lesson to impart, it’s that grown-up entertainment has nothing on shiny stuff you can plunk your kids in front of for two hours.
+ Trailer: Zodiac (Apple)
+ Trailer: 3 Needles (Apple)
+ Routh to Suit Up for Superman Sequel (E! Online)
+ Jackson will not direct Hobbit (Guardian)
+ IFC is with ‘Her’ (Variety)
+ Kiwi killer movie set for U.S. release (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Tarantino to Star in Miike’s Sukiyaki Western (ComingSoon.net)
+ TARTAN’S NEW SLATE (Kaiju Shakedown)
+ ‘Eastern’ adds pair to cast (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Alexander’s’ bad day good for Col (Hollywood Reporter)