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    Scifiwire Movie News (3/28/2003) -Sound of Thunder, Harry Potter 3, Batman, Blade 3

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    Edward Burns hunts dinos in A Sound of Thunder
    Labor Dispute may impede progress on Harry Potter III
    David Goyer to adapt Chris Nolan idea for Batman
    Blade III to start production
    Rumors and Tidbits
    Edward Burns hunts dinos in A Sound of Thunder

    Edward Burns, star of the upcoming SF film A Sound of Thunder, told SCI FI Wire that he considered the time-travel movie an unlikely project for himself, as he'd never read the Ray Bradbury short story on which it's based. But though Burns said he wasn't much of a literary SF fan, "it was one of those genres that I like as a moviegoer. So when the opportunity came up to be in the film and to work with Ben Kingsley—and because people had told me that the short story was one of Bradbury's best—I thought, 'Huh, all right.' ... And it turned out to be a great experience."

    Burns plays Dr. Travis Ryer, a guide with Time Safari Inc., a company owned by Charles Hatton (Kingsley), which uses time-travel technology to enable its clientele to hunt for dinosaurs in the past. When rules are broken and the future is altered, Ryer must team with Sonia Rand (Catherine McCormack), creator of the time-travel technology, to save the day.

    "The short story ends when the group comes back and realizes they've screwed with evolution," Burns said. "So now 2038 Chicago is something of a rain forest. Basically, that's the end of the movie's first act, and the next hour is spent trying to fix the wrongs that we've done."

    Burns said he spent four months acting in front of a blue screen. "It was a very, very different experience for me," he said. "It was one of those things where I can't wait to see the movie in order to see the environment they've created around us." Peter Hyams (TimeCop) directed A Sound of Thunder, which is tentatively scheduled for release in spring 2004.
    Labor Dispute may impede progress on Harry Potter III

    Crew members threatened to walk off the job in a labor dispute at three British film studios where Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is currently in production, the Zap2it Web site reported. The workers have given the studios one week's notice before walking out in a dustup over wages.

    A walkout could affect the production of the third Harry Potter, which is shooting at Leavensden Studios in Hertfordshire and Shepperton Studios in West London. Other projects possibly affected by the strike include the live-action film based on the British Thunderbirds TV series, which is shooting at Pinewood Studios.
    David Goyer to adapt Chris Nolan idea for Batman

    Writer David Goyer (Blade and Freddy vs. Jason) will draft a new Batman script, sources told Variety. Goyer's new take on the comic superhero will be based on an idea by Insomnia director Christopher Nolan, not the previously reported Batman vs. Superman and Batman: Year One stories, the trade paper reported.

    Warner Brothers executives could not be reached for comment on the report, and Goyer's representatives at the William Morris Agency declined to comment on the negotiations, the trade paper reported.

    **(Note from Granite: It would be great if it was something like this idea)
    Blade III to start production

    Blade film writer David Goyer told the Comics2Film/CBR News Web site that the third chapter in the vampire franchise should roll cameras later this year. The script for Blade III has been turned in, and Goyer told the site that it was "very well received."

    The next job is to hire a director, which may or may not be the screenwriter himself, Goyer added. "We're talking about the director situation now," he said. "But however it pans out, we will probably be shooting by September."
    Rumors and Tidbits

    The release date for the upcoming second Spider-Man movie has been bumped back to July 2, 2004, from its original May 7 date, Variety reported. That puts it into direct competition with Will Smith's I, Robot, which is also slated for that date, the trade paper reported.
    Paramount and DreamWorks have agreed to co-finance the remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, marking the fourth such partnership between the studios in recent months, Variety reported. The pair reached similar pacts for Paycheck, Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Killing Pablo.
    The MI6 Web site reported that a 21st James Bond movie is targeted for a November or December 2004 release.
    The world premiere of A Wrinkle in Time, a film based on Madeleine L'Engle's beloved children's book, will kick off the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, April 25 to May 4, Variety reported. John Kent Harrison directed the movie, about kids on a quest to rescue a physicist and his friend whose experiment with time travel has gone wrong.
    Our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us. - Matthew Mcconaughey - Interstellar

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    Daly City, CA
    Sounds good. I'll be waiting for Blade 3 and the Wrinkle in Time movies. :big grin:
    If you can stay calm, while all around you is chaos...then you probably haven't completely understood the seriousness of the situation.

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