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Filmism.net Dispatch May 3, 2009

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Big studio remakes of The Creature From the Black Lagoon and Flash Gordon don't bode well with Breck Eisner in the director's chair. His single big directorial effort so far – Sahara – was so bad even author Clive Cussler sued.

Another 3D movie, a remake of Piranha, is on the way, proof that Hollywood is already all over the next post-DVD revolution to try and get you back into the cinema for an experience a home theatre can't give you. And with high priests of the technology like James Cameron (who as any trivia hound knows has a special connection to the Piranha movies), how can they be wrong?

Eli Roth is doing the feature length version of his Grindhouse trailer, Thanksgiving. Frankly after Hostel I and Hostel II, I'm not terribly excited. He also went on record as saying he wants to do a big actioner, and while I try not to discrinimate, his back catalogue since Cabin Fever shows neither the imagination nor qualification for it. Similarly, Robert Rodriguez is doing the Predator remake, and I don't know if the inevitable TexMex flavour will suit it. I hope he surprises me.

The anticipated (by me, anyway) 28 Weeks Later sequel, 28 Months Later, has been confirmed, but almost as quickly home studio Fox Atomic was shut down. Will it move back to Fox Searchlight and jostle with Sundance hopefuls, or move to parent company Fox proper and not receive the attention it'll deserve?

Speaking of the undead, and I know this contradicts what I just said, but I can't get excited about horror comedy Zombieland, either – any filmgoers other than me suffering zombie fatigue?

The Wall Street sequel is fianlly going ahead after months on the rumour mill, with Michael Douglas and Shia LeBeouf starring.

And lastly, I saw trhe trailer to one of the most interesting-looking movies I've heard of in a long time recently. District 9 is a feature length mockumentary about refugees from an alien plant settling in South Africa. It's set to take a place among Movies that Changed the World lists everywhere because it was a YouTube short a couple of years ago before catching the eye of none other than Peter Jackson, who's shepherding the feature to the screen. The media eating itself again...

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