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Filmism.net Dispatch December 14, 2009

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Summit Entertainment, currently swimming in money and Robert Pattinson fanmail from that little vampire movie sequel you might have heard of, are sticking with what they know and doing a retool of the life of Vlad of Romania. For non-horror geeks, that's the Prince they called The Impaler who was partly Bram Stoker's inspiration for Dracula in his immortal (see what I did there?) novel. It's been done in book form a million times but never completely covered in a film apart from the opening scenes of Francis Ford Coppola's definitive Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Happy Feet 2 is on the cards and despite a fairly lukewarm box office reception to Terminator: Salvation - to say nothing of franchise owners Halcyon skirting bankruptcy - McG has talked up two more sequels. I'm probably one of the few people excited by the news as I thought his entry into the franchise was everything it should have been.

I talked only a few months back about how similar all of the Depp/Burton films are starting to look and feel when news about Alice in Wonderland was coming to hand, so wasn't surprised or the least interested that their next collaboration is in planning. The only reason I'm passing on news I find so uninspiring is because I'm wondering how long it'll be before critics and fans agree with me about them both. Isn't everything they do starting to look like one big amphorous MadHatterEdwardScissorhandsWillyWonka oddball character in a gothic setting?

After the complete critical and commercial car crash of Speed Racer (see what I did there?) the Wachowski brothers are somehow convincing another proucer to give them money. I read the other week their next project is going to be set 90 years in the future, in Iraq. Speed Racer: The Shock and Awe Years? Zion 1.0? Perhaps not.

And if you haven't already heard, most of the reviews of Avatar have been glowing, including one from my better half, who didn't hesitate to call it the best movie she'd ever seen.

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