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Tuesday, 19 May 2009

The Random - Welcome to Hoxford, The Ushers, Martin Luther King Jr, The Irishman, Legend of the Magic Bell, Last Warrior, A Very Private Gentleman

- Comic book creator, Ben Templsmith, talks about who he would like to star in the Welcome to Hoxford adaption. “I always saw someone like Katee Sackhoff [Starbuck in "Battlestar Galatica"] as Dr. Ainley or, in my dreams, Winona Ryder,” Templesmith told MTV News. “The main delusional character obviously has a bit of a Riddick vibe, and I do love Vin Diesel’s voice, but really I have no idea on him. I would say Lance Henrikson would make an awesome leader of the wolf pack.”

- Green Knight Ventures is planning a 3D contemporary adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic novel "The Fall of the House of Usher" says The Hollywood Reporter. Poe's 1839 tale tells of the mysterious goings-on in the house of Roderick Usher, who has recently buried a sister whose presence still haunts the house. The Ushers, will look at a grown brother and sister who have lived in the same Martha's Vineyard house for a long time but begin to feel trapped there, and who then bring in a real-estate broker to help them resolve their crisis. Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott and Rufus Sewell star in the film which Stephen Kay is attached to direct.

- DreamWorks has landed life rights to Martin Luther King Jr. and is already developing a biopic about the famed civil rights leader reports Variety. The aim is to create a "definitive portrait of his life" that will probably cover everything through to his assassination in 1968 in Memphis.

- Vincent D'Onofrio and Vinnie Jones have joined the cast of Jonathan Hensleigh's The Irishman says The Hollywood Reporter. Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer star in the story of real-life mobster Danny Greene. Hensleigh and Jeremy Walters penned the screenplay based on Rick Porrello's book. Linda Cardellini, Fionnula Flanagan, Bob Gunton, Laura Ramsey, Steve Schirripa and Paul Sorvino have also joined the cast.

- Terence Chang and John Woo’s Lion Rock Productions are set to produce the $30 million budgeted 3D fantasy epic Legend of The Magic Bell reports Screen Daily. Based on a Chinese classic, the film tells the story of a warrior (Renee Yuan) who falls in love with a beautiful demoness but is forced to transform her into stone in order to save humanity. Their paths cross again 5000 years later when the warrior has been reincarnated as a demon hunter.

- Cuba Gooding Jr and Olivier Martinez and are in final negotiations to star in the $15 million post-apocalyptic action film The Last Warrior for Hannibal Pictures says Screen Daily.
John Eyres penned and will direct the story set in the not-too-distant future. It sees the head of security at a war-mongering corporate go after a rogue soldier who has been genetically enhanced.

- George Clooney is set to star in A Very Private Gentleman Focus Features says Variety.
Based on the Martin Booth novel, Clooney will play an assassin who hides out in an idyllic Italian town before carrying out a final assignment. He resists his usual aversion to human interaction, and his friendships and romantic entanglements complicate his mission

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