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Filmism.net Dispatch December 18, 2007

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Blockbuster news – or the lack of it, with I Am Legend blitzing the competition and proving the biggest ever December US opener, while The Golden Compass bites the big one with barely a third of its budget back in the back after two weeks on screens.

I hate to tell them I told them so, but most of us are already sick of these Lord of the Rings-lite fantasy epics for kids. Narnia was bland and predictable enough, and His Dark Materials (upon which The Golden Compass is based) is no Narnia.

Transformers 2 with all the principals is confirmed, in news as surprising as the revelation that the sun will rise some time in the next 24 hours, but it's the J J Abrahms Star Trek casting that's got people talking, with unknowns and knowns in the mix. They include John Harold and Kumar Cho as Sulu, Simon Shaun of the Dead Pegg as Scotty and Karl Doom Urban as McCoy, and it's a little more exciting than the seeming been-there-done-that theme of Cloverfield, which looks like Godzilla on DV cam.

In news nobody cares about, one of the most intriguing projects I've heard about lately, alternate reality werewolf movie Beknighted, has major crew attached in Andrew Shrek, Narnia Adamson directing and producing. Please don't make it another bloated, flabby Van Helsing, Warner Bros.

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