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Subject:  movie news

01/01/2007 06:20 GMT

In a recent interview director Christophe Gans stated that "Silent Hill 2" will be penned by Roger Avary and fantasy author Neil Gaiman.

On his personal blog over the weekend though, Gaiman has refuted that report. In a post, the acclaimed author of "Stardust" and "Neverwhere" says "I'm afraid that I don't think I am -- I mean, it's the first thing I've ever heard of it, and I'm sure that if they make a sequel Roger would want to write it himself."

Gaiman wouldn't be opposed to the idea though, saying "I am writing Black Hole with Roger (we're one draft in right now), and we already wrote next year's Beowulf. If I get home to find an invitation to write Silent Hill 2 with Roger is waiting for me I'll let you all know".

I have to give credit to Alan Dale. The 59-year-old Kiwi actor, relegated to playing the suburban dad on the Aussie soap "Neighbours", left the show in 1993 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career - something many younger actors try and fail at.

Instead of disappearing however his career has flourished with memorable regular and recurring roles on such prime time hits as "24", "The O.C.", "Lost", "The X-Files", "JAG", "The West Wing", "E.R." and "NCIS". He's now a series regular as the megarich media magnate Bradford Meade on the new seasons biggest rating success "Ugly Betty".

Now the actor is branching out into films. Following up his cameo as the Romulan Praetor in 2002's "Star Trek: Nemesis", AICN reports that Dale has landed an unspecified role in the next Batman film "The Dark Knight".

Details of the role, along with the other at present unannounced cast members, will be made at the start of production in March.

Despite declining ratings over on The SciFi Channel, universal critical acclaim and robust DVD sales have led Universal Home Video to apparently consider greenlighting a Battlestar Galactica direct-to-video telefilm.

According to a report at Geek Monthly, if it goes forward the two hour telefilm will shoot in March during the series hiatus and prior to the commencement of production on the series fourth season in June.

While there is no story for the telefilm at present, plans are afoot to come up with a screenplay that doesn't step on existing continuity for the series, but utilizes most of its existing sets.

There is also speculation the telefilm will somehow tie into the mythology for the Galactica spin-off series, Caprica, which has not been officially greenlit by SciFi Channel.

The move would mark another sci-fi series making the leap to direct-to-DVD movie projects following on the heels of recently announced similar projects for "Babylon 5" and "Stargate SG-1".

It's a new year, and with it comes various new films set to get underway on filming in the next few months.

Til now arguably the most high profile shoot for film buffs in 2007 was looking to be "The Dark Knight", that news changed over the weekend however.

Seems that George Lucas himself revealed at the recent Rose Parade that Friday that filming of the long-awaited “Indiana Jones” movie will begin next year (isn't that what he always says?).

In an AP report that went up Friday afternoon, it's revealed that Lucas and Steven Spielberg recently finalized the script for the film and that Harrison Ford is confirmed to be starring again.

Exact film locations have not been decided yet, but Lucas said part of the movie will be shot in Los Angeles.

Lucas has kept pretty quiet about the plot, but said the film will be a “character piece” that will include “very interesting mysteries.”

The fourth chapter of the “Indiana Jones” saga will hit theaters in May 2008, many guessing it to be the big release for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.


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