Interworld picked up by Dreamworks!

June 17, 2007

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With STARDUST coming this year, and DEATH finally happening, Neil Gaiman fans have got plenty to be happy about. Now comes word that one of Gaiman’s latest novels (co-written by Michael Reeves), INTERWORLD, has been optioned by Dreamworks Animated. Here’s the book synopsis from Amazon:

Joey Harker isn’t a hero.

In fact, he’s the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house.

But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension.

Joey’s walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces—armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions.

When he sees the evil those forces are capable of, Joey makes the only possible choice: to join an army of his own, an army of versions of himself from different dimensions who all share his amazing power and who are all determined to fight to save the worlds.

Now, what’s the word on AMERICAN GODS?

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Thursday Evening Round-Up: The Veronica Takes Precedence Edition

June 8, 2007

Yeah, yeah, I know… there are a big number of readers here who have probably never even seen an episode of VERONICA MARS, and you’re all wondering when the regular blog posts start back up. I mean, wasn’t there some 80’s toy line that got optioned into a script today?

Seriously though, here’s all the news you probably already got somewhere else by now:

Oh, the new TRANSFORMERS theme song is sweet.

Sean Connery will NOT be appearing in Indy 4. Bummer.

The Speed Racer site is up and running!

Judd Apatow is being sued by someone who claims he stole the story for KNOCKED UP. We ain’t buying it. For a second.

CBR continues their weekly coverage of the big X-events.

Neil Gaiman is giving us a bit more DEATH confirmation. Puts a smile on the face.

AND… Chud’s got some interview snippets with Mr. Gaiman on the subject.

Enjoy 5 beautiful pages (plus cover) from Alan Burnett’s debut on SUPERMAN/BATMAN.

Continuing with all things Gaiman, three STARDUST TV spots are up over at the movie site. Click ‘Video’.

Shadowpact artist Tom Derenick is now DC exclusive.

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are re-teaming on IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE EMERALD CITY. Sounds interesting.

The Broken Lizard team (SUPER TROOPERS, BEERFEST) have a new pic in production: TAILDRAGGERS.

MySpace Comic Books has an exclusive first look at Devil’s Due’s DRAFTED.

This one will get people talking: WB is adpating Orson Scott Card’s EMPIRE.

Newsarama’s got some clips with FF2 writer Don Payne.

Assassin’s Creed, for PS3, XBox 360, and PC, hits this November. Looks very, very good.

Is my favorite comic book company from when I was a kid, coming back? Valiant apparently returns, but sans MAGNUS, TUROK, and SOLAR. Not sure how to feel.

Whew… I think I’m caught up now. Maybe.


Neil Gaiman’s Death Script Reviewed!!!

June 5, 2007

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VERY exciting script review over at Film Ick– Neil Gaiman’s DEATH screenplay! And from what I read, it sounds pretty amazing. The detailed review itself– very well written, btw– is full of spoilers, so be careful, even if you’ve read the graphic novel.

MY biggest complaint is the new title– DEATH AND ME. Umm, no. Let’s stick with “The High Cost of Living” please. The new one sounds way too cute for my tastes. Other than that though, all the points highlighted make it sound as though Gaiman has recreated the magic of his book perfectly… not that anyone had reason to doubt him.

I, for one, can’t wait for this film to happen. Shia Labeouf is considered a sure thing to play Sexton Furnival, now the question is, who is our DiDi? I’ve often said Kiera Knightley, but some folks look at me like I’m crazy when I suggest it. Who would you cast? Anna Paquin? Christina Ricci? Zooey Deschanel?

As always, I’m desperate to do some script reviews of my own here at Scramble Network. If anyone’s got a copy of this script they’re willing to share, I’d be ETERNALLY grateful. Send to scramblenetwork@gmail.com.


Gaiman directing Death?

May 29, 2007

Film Ick is reviving the rumor that Neil Gaiman himself will direct the adaptation of Death: The High Cost of Living, with Shia LaBeouf lined up to play Sexton Furnival and an unnamed actress close to accepting the role of Death herself ( here’s hoping its Kiera Knightley). The pic will be shot in the UK (but set in the U.S.) this fall/winter.

Is this the real thing, after years of similar rumors? Sure hope so…