News bites for the new week:
- It seems that Toronto, which has seen movie production waning over the last few years, is about to get big-budget business. According to The Associated Press, principal photography for The Incredible Hulk sequel will take place in the Canadian city. According to executive producer Jim Van Wyck, who shot 16 Blocks in the city 2 years ago, Toronto's film community is "exceptional." Now they've got a location for the 4-month shoot to commence this summer, rumors about Peter Gallagher and a release date for 2008. How about some definite cast, Marvel?
- AfterDark Films, who are currently distributing The Abandoned, have jumped on The Tribe after seeing just its promotional trailer at Berlinale. The first feature for Jorg Ilhe, it is an action/horror film about a group of twenty-something people who are stranded on a deserted island with humanoid creatures. It stars Jewel Staite (Serenity), Justin Baldoni (Everwood) and a bunch of other young actors who are probably hoping to jump out of the horror genre and into mainstream popularity like the next generation's Jamie Lee Curtis. It seems like a step back for Ms. Staite.
- Another comic book is on its way to the big screen. Benderspink has picked up the rights to Brian Haberlin's comic, Area 52. It should make for an interesting film. The plot: a group of "misfit soldiers" are stationed on a base in Anarctica when they learn that they're gaurding a collection of alien technology and weaponry. One of the artifacts ends up hatching a killing alien, and the soldiers have to join together to defeat it. The question is: Will this be like Alien, Starship Troopers or something else?
- The British better watch out for Johnny Depp's swinging arm! Sweeney Todd has started shooting at Pinewood Studios, which lies about 30 miles outside of London. If you haven't been following our continuingcoverage, or aren't big on the work of Steven Sondheim, Todd is a man who is unjustly sent to prison and vows revenge -- and he gets it by returning to his barber shop and slicing his victims throats...before his accomplice cooks them in meat pies. It stars Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen.