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Filmism.net Dispatch November 22, 2009

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I was interested in an upcoming movie starring Jake Gyllenhall called Source Code. it sounds geeky, but as anyone in computers knows, Hollywood gets technology dreadfully wrong in movies as turkeys from Swordfish to Untraceable have shown us.

Not really movie news, but you can't help feel sorry for Joss Whedon, who's had another show cancelled on him. MGM's also up for sale and The Equaliser/Breaker Morant/Sergeant Howie Edward Woodward passed away.

One of my favourite screenwriters – David Koepp – hasn't had as much success as a director, with The Secret Window kind of okay, and Ghost Town mostly uninteresting, but his next project behind the megaphone is an action thriller, so fingers crossed.

I talked about the movie version of Monopoly months ago now, when I wondered how they could ever make a movie of a boardgame. This week I had my answer – a guy playing the game is going to be sucked into it, Jumanji -style.

The Wolf Man is looking more like a train crash waiting to happen all the time, with uber-composer Danny Elfman the latest creative head to jump ship.

With his Facebook movie The Social Network in development, David Fincher looks like he's entering an exciting and prolific new period, with his name on five movies as director over the next three years.

I've written before about how the studios love Roland Emmerich, and after 2012's explosive bow (USD$250m after two weekends), his currency will be going through the roof right now.

Aussie author Tim Winton might finally be getting a big screen treatment with Simon Baker and his producing partner buying the rights to Winton's Breath.

But the biggest news is the meeting of two of the most titanic talents in modern entertainment, a collaboration I always used to dream about when I was a kid. Stephen King and Steven Spielberg are working together on a mini series adaptation of King's just released doorstop Under the Dome.

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