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Filmism.net Dispatch June 9, 2008

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I didn't hear good things about George A Romero's last Dead film, Diary of the Dead. Aside from it coming too late on the heels of Cloverfield and others that have already explored the first-person, in-camera idea, by some accounts it's simply not a very good movie, and other directors from Zack Snyder (behind the 2004 Dawn remake) to Jaume Balagueré's ( [Rec] , which did the same as Cloverfield again) are doing zombies much better these days.

Maybe the father of the dead is dead, cinematically at least. But in even more bizarre Dead news, I heard they're going to re-release his 1978 classic in 3D. Now that's going to be something to see.

There's also been more casting on Oliver Stone's George W Bush biopic, with Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, which should be a treat.

Also, Rob Cohen is doing a Jan be Bont. Remember after Speed when de Bont was the hottest thing in Hollywood? A few Twisters and The Hauntings later and the truth got out - he was a talentless hack and ended up helming the dire Lara Croft cash-ins.

The same thing happened to Rob Cohen, riding high after The Fast and the Furious but with his stock plummeting after the ridiculous Stealth. Now he's been relegated to the action director scrapheap of the second Mummy sequel, to director of the second, a project even original Mummy hack Stephen Sommers didn't want.

Speaking of Jan de Bont, he's still in silly sequel purgatory, committed to a follow-up to - yes, you heard right - Point Break . Hope the beaches have disabled access and disabled parking spots now Patrick and Keanu are almost fifty.

Guy Ritchie is doing a Sherlock Holmes adaptation, which likely a match as Quentin Tarantino doing Saddle Club, and there's another Andromeda Strain out there somewhere, this time a TV miniseries that I'd love to see.

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