Popular movie franchises will see further episodes, with “Hancock 2,” “Spider-man” (5 and 6), “Mission: Impossible,” “X-men: Origins,” and a new Jason Bourne film in the works. Beatles-related projects are also planned, including a biopic of manager Brian Epstein. Rounding out August were a number of urban/street stories, “Q School” (a golf comedy), a questionable sequel to “White Chicks,” and a remake/adaptation of “Brewster’s Millions.”
Other selected/notable sales include:
–Rob Zombie will continue his streak of gritty horror remakes with his rendition of “The Blob.”
–A adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.”
–The (possibly) Steven Spielberg-directed project “Pirate Latitudes,” based on the Michael Crichton novel. David Koepp pens the Spielberg-produced script.
–The life of music biz icon Brian Epstein, who discovered and managed The Beatles, in “A Life in the Day.”
–Walt Disney’s almost sure-to-be poignant film, “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
–Bryan Singer may take the helms of the legendary story “Excalibur.” This will be a remake of the previous 1980s film.
–Robert Zemeckis will helm a 3-D remake of “Yellow Submarine,” the 1968 Beatles music-based film.