Trailers of note: There’s one for "Interview," the Steve Buscemi-directed adaptation of the 2003 film by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh, here. Sienna Miller stars alongside Buscemi as a soap opera actress (hah!).
In the works: For all you 80s babies out there: Savage Steve Holland, the filmmaker behind "Better Off Dead" and "One Crazy Summer," is climbing out of tweeners TV series hell to direct a new film: "The Big One 3," which will be semi-autobiographical, according to producer Warren Zide:
"This is based on a true events in Savage’s life," Zide said. "When he
was a kid, he had his 13th birthday party and the only one that showed
up was a clown, and all that that guy did was hit on his sister." [Hollywood Reporter]
Meanwhile, and we knew this day would come, Warner Bros. has optioned 80s cartoon/toy line "Thundercats" for a feature film adaptation. [Variety] Given that the film will be CGI-animated, our prescient casting (two years ago) of this inevitable cinematic product seems less, well, prescient, but still â€” you can find it here.
Two new projects for Spike Lee, coming off the last strong year: He’ll be directing an Italy-set WWII drama about black American soldiers, adapted from this novel by James McBride. [Variety] And, more nebulously, he vows he’ll be returning to New Orleans to shoot a follow-up to "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," though he’s not sure when that will be: "Now is too soon." [Hollywood Reporter]
Elsewhere, New Line is going to produce a narrative adaptation of classic video game doc "The King of Kong," also owned by New Line and set to be released by Picturehouse this summer. Seth Gordon, the director of the doc, will also direct the narrative version. [Variety]
Acquired: At long last someone has picked up So Yong Kim‘s festival favorite "In Between Days," which follows a lonely and homesick Korean teenager living in Toronto with her mother. Kino will open the film in New York on June 27. [indieWIRE]
Magnolia has picked up Charles Ferguson‘s Iraq (sigh) documentary "No End in Sight." The doc, which focuses on the misjudgments and mistakes that led to and have plagued the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq, won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year. [Hollywood Reporter]
Freestyle Releasing has acquired Korean (with English-speaking, US actors) monster movie "D-War" for a late August release. The film, which is reported the most expensive South Korea movie, like, ever, stars Jason Behr and features the inimitable pleasure of seeing a giant serpent smooshing its way through downtown Los Angeles. [Variety]