News Bits: Waldo, Godzilla, Asteroids, Hunger Games, Muppets, Stephen King, Prometheus, Hannibal, 300, and More!

Under the Dome TV show

* Two things happening on Stephen King projects.  First Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) has been brought on to write the Under the Dome TV series, and secondly, Palomar Pictures has picked up the rights to make an adaptation of his novel Rose Madder.

* Wrekin Hill and Row 1 have come together in order to bring Zhang Yimou‘s WWII film The Flowers of War (starring Christian Bale) over to US theaters.  They’ll release it in limited theaters in December (to qualify for the Oscars) with a wide release early next year.


* NBC has picked up the Hannibal TV show, which will focus on the early days of the serial killer made famous in the Silence of the Lambs movie.

* Ridley Scott recently opened up about his upcoming Sci-Fi flick Prometheus.  The most interesting and revealing aspect of his conversation was that he finally addressed how the film ties in with Alien:

The last eight minutes of the “Prometheus” story evolve into “a pretty good DNA of the ‘Alien’ one.

Snow White and the Huntsman banner

* A promotional banner for Snow White and the Huntsman has been released (click the link for a large version).

* Lionsgate Executives spoke candidly recently about The Hunger Games, and even specified exactly how much the first film would need to make for them to do a sequel (which already has a release date).  Hunger Games needs to make $100 million domestically in order to get Catching Fire made…but they’re pretty confident that’s going to happen.

Hunger Games

* Speaking of The Hunger Games, we also got this nifty new picture from the film.

* For our Dallas readers, there’s an Alexander Payne retrospective going on now at the Angelika Theater where they are screening his films through the 14th, which will end with a screening of his new film The Descendants.

* In some sad news, Bruce Campbell recently tweeted that his part in Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful has ended up on the cutting room floor.

Godzilla 2013

* THR is reporting that Evan Spiliotopoulos (who wrote Snow White and the Huntsman) has been hired to writer Asteroids for Universal.  Yep, a movie based on the 70s game which had no real plot.  The movie will follow 2 estranged brothers that have to save the Earth from aliens.  On top of that, it’s also been announced that Max Borenstein has now been brought on to writer Legendary’s Godzilla remake…No word yet on if he’ll be touching up David Goyer’s script or starting all over again.

Where's Waldo

* MGM has acquired the rights to Where’s Waldo and have announced plans to make a live-action film based on the children’s book…Which makes about as much sense as basing a movie off of a ouija board and the Monopoly game.

* Part of the opening song/dance for The Muppets movie has made its way online.

* There’s been a minor change in the title of the next 300 movie. Instead of being 300: Battle of Artemisia, it’ll now be called 300: Battle of Artemisium…Anyway, while doing an interview with Collider, Mark Canton, talked about the film and stated that it wasn’t a prequel or sequel to 300.  It’s another story that merely takes place in the same universe.