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Filmism.net Dispatch January 15, 2009

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A strange thing happened the other night. In the last few hours of sleep I had a very vivid dream that I could only describe as the last few hours that would be experienced on earth if the film When Worlds Collide concentrated on who was left behind. The sense of doom, release, hopelessness and resignation was palpable in the dream, random acts of violence and joy as if it was the world's biggest street party and mass murder in one.

It emerged from my sleep fully formed, brilliantly scripted and location scouted and I was nearly in tears as I woke with it still ringing in my mind. I straight away decided that as soon as I was a Hollywood player I was going to snap up the rights to the remake, but boy that Hollywood machine works fast and who should be in the chair to do the 2010 reimagining but Stephen The Mummy Sommers. Sure, he might make it a fun movie (not the tragic, effects-tinged drama my subconscious envisioned). Of course, it might be Stephen Van Helsing Sommers who helms it, in which case we can look forward to another overcooked ham.

The Wachowski brothers are in talks to direct the next Superman sequel, probably desperate for some cred after the car smash that was Speed Racer. They're a safe bet though – rumblings around Bryan Singer's 2006 blue tights return are still that it was a little Hulk-esque – too cerebral and laden with motifs and subtext. If nothing else the Wachowskis will direct a thrill ride.

The Inglourious Basterds trailer shown on Entertainment Tonight was quickly yanked from YouTube by Universal, and Dreamworks goes to bed with Disney after the Paramount ditching.

Since zombies are still so popular now, a story about returning from the dead is fitting. Remember Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick? Thought not. How about The Blair Witch Project? Exactly – why aren't the two household names? Ten years ago this year they had the movie industry eating out of their hands. How could they squander such kudos by doing absolutely nothing after that? The answer – desperate straight-to-video fans – is that they're planning Blair Witch 3. After the first ill-conceived sequel should have gone no further than a mere whim, will anyone care?

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