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The Buzz: Peter Jackson to Direct Hobbit, Sam Raimi’s World of Warcraft Movie, and More

by Dan Koelsch

The Buzz is a feature in which we round up the biggest and most popular film and television stories of the week. Why go through pages of blogs just to find out what everyone is talking about? We’ve got it all right here. Check out all the stories after the break.


Top Stories

Despite earlier rumors, Neill Blomkamp has not been approached to direct The Hobbit, as he is currently working on his sci-fi project Elysium. In fact, Peter Jackson is now in talks to direct it himself.


Albert Hughes talked about the live action remake of the anime film Akira that he is directing. It is going to be PG-13 and he’s not looking to make a sequel, so if it goes forward, he probably won’t be involved.


John Lasseter will co-direct Disney Pixar’s Cars 2 with Brad Lewis, who is making his directorial debut after producing Ratatouille.


Speaking of Disney, the mouse house is revisiting the past in two ways. First, they are working on converting The Lion King into 3D. Second, a Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel is finally trying to get made, with original director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Castaway) possibly coming back.


M. Night Shyamalan is working on a secret project with Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow. Could this be an Unbreakable sequel? A brief log line from Deadline NY doesn’t rule it out.


Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) is working on a World of Warcraft movie for Legendary and Warner Bros., and he talked about it with Collider. Raimi is a big fan of the game and plans to have the entire movie be set within the WoW world.




Other Headlines

First Official Photo: Jason Momoa as the New Conan the Barbarian

Official Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Synopsis Released, Movie Will Be In 3D

Rumor: Marvel to Introduce New Characters with Short Films?

Prince of Persia is the Highest Grossing Video Game Movie of All-Time

Rumor: Guy Ritchie Wants Daniel Day-Lewis as Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2?

Timothy Olyphant Could Be the New Snake Plissken?




That’s it for this week’s The Buzz. There is a lot of film and television news every week, so if you think something was big enough for us to include above, let us know in the comments below.



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