Good morning, everybody. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving (or a good Thursday, for those who aren’t Americans.) I’m still working on just what form things will take here now that I’m not doing the full Weekly Weblinks, but I’ve still collected a bit of news for you this week. Not a lot — I think most of the major studios were probably taking it easy during Thanksgiving — but there are still a few interesting tidbits:
The writers for Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX are now known, though which is writing exactly which episode is not. Coming aboard is Simon Kinberg, writer of X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes (2009), and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also confirmed to be writing is Lawrence Kasdan, writer of The Empire Strikes Back, as well as Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Both will also be acting as producers on the films. Kinberg has some good films in his writing credits, and could be a good fit. Kasdan, of course, is a very welcome return.
Independence Day‘s 3D re-release has been unscheduled. Additionally, the 3D re-release of Revenge of the Sith has been moved up a week.
The Beatles audition tape that Decca rejected (one of the more famous blunders in music history) has been found. The tape, which is reportedly in pristine condition, features the Beatles covering ten rock and roll songs. It is to be sold at auction on the 27th of November. If the auction winner is smart, releasing the album would probably be a very effective way to turn a profit. I can’t imagine Beatles fans wouldn’t love to get their hands on some “new” vintage Beatles tunes.
A biopic of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, is being planned by producer/screenwriter Robert Lewis Galinsky. The project is titled Two Worlds Colliding. Galinsky is the writer and producer of the 2009 horror film Prey (also titled Dreamtime’s Over); the article also credits him as the screenwriter for Flatliners, but I cannot find confirmation of this anywhere except from other news articles with the same basic text; IMDb credits the 1990 film to Peter Filardi.
Adi Shankar’s planned 2015 (and still untitled) “all-female Expendables” action movie is still moving along. Confirmed to star in it so far (barring any changes) are Gina Carano (Haywire) and Katee Sackhoff (the Battlestar Galactica reboot). Sackhoff says a few words here, not naming any names but saying that the other women proposed for the project have her excited.
And that’s it for today. What do you think? Anything sound interesting?