Movie News After Dark: World War Z, Thor, Fraggle Rock and 25 Years of Pixar

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s your definitive source of Pixar pandering, at least for tonight. But hey, at least we get it out of the way in a single article. Try reading other sites — it’s Pixar this, Pixar that, even the new Batman reboot will be done by Pixar. Good grief. That said, we watched The Incredibles on Blu-ray this evening and it was INCR… you get the idea. Now on with the news.

We begin tonight with news that excites me. It’s no secret that Max Brooks’ book “World War Z” is a personal favorite of mine. It’s exceptional in every possible way and one of the great zombie apocalypse stories ever written. So to see it come to life as a movie is risky, but worth it. When the project was reportedly in danger a few weeks ago, I was sad. But now I’m happy(ish) again, as a new report says that World War Z could get financing and even begin shooting this summer. If I could, I would will this project to happen. It may be impossible, but I’m going to try.

New MPAA Chairman, former Senator Chris Dodd, made a State of the Industry speech this week at CinemaCon. Now, if only he’d get to the part about making the MPAA less uptight about sex and violence, I think we’d all get along just fine.

Pixar has announced that a Monsters Inc. sequel is underway, and it shall be called Monsters University. John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi and anyone Pixar asks will be among the cast. The only thing missing is a director, which will likely come from somewhere in the Pixar bullpen. My vote is Angus MacLane, who directed the Wall-E short Burn-E. I’m just saying.

It appears as if Green Lantern‘s tough, gold pig-looking (don’t tell him I said that) Lantern Corps trainer Kilowog has found his voice. Word on the street is that Michael Clark Duncan, whose distinctive voice will make an already large character feel more domineering, has been brought on to bring him to life.

“We need to find another director and once we’ve found that, we’ll be able to know. It’s too early to call on Japan, I’m not sure where they’re at, so now we’re finding another director, but Fox is very anxious to make the movie and we’re moving ahead full steam to find another director.” Even Hugh Jackman doesn’t know what’s up with The Wolverine.

One of The Avengers will make a big appearance in Thor when he drops hammer into theaters on May 5th. It’s sort of a big reveal, so don’t even click this link if you don’t want to be spoiled. If you would like to know, it is a piece of information that will make you want to see Thor.

Speaking of Thor, this IMAX poster is the best we’ve seen yet:

“They’ve talked about getting a new writer, which I’m willing to do. They’ve talked about starting over from scratch, which I’m willing to do. But I have not heard a peep from their camp in almost a year. I completely sympathize with all of you that are waiting for a movie, but let’s all remember that the next best thing to making a Fraggle movie is avoiding making a BAD ONE.” That’s Hoodwinked director Cory Edwards, still attached to a Fraggle Rock movie adaptation, updating fans on the status of the project from his own blog. In short, The Weinstein Company is sitting on the project for no apparent reason.

Bill Murray will play Franklin D. Roosevelt in an upcoming adaptation of the radio play Hyde Park on the Hudson. Yes, that Franklin D. Roosevelt. Presidential. Married to Eleanor. Polio. The works.

Just a week before Tron: Legacy is due on DVD and Blu-ray, Disney has decided to let go of Horizons, the next project from director Joe Kosinski. Apparently post-apocalyptic wastelands with seemingly original stories aren’t in this year. More superheroes!

Is there a conspiracy behind Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life? Is it a completely unmarketable mess? Jeff Wells explores with his own unique wit, as always.

Here’s a killer combo: Teresa Palmer, best known for being very attractive, will star in a Twilight-esque film (but with zombies!) for director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) called Warm Bodies. Palmer has impressed us. Levine is quality. I like zombies. Summit Entertainment is producing, and they like to give a lot of freedom to their filmmakers. Sounds fine to me, even with that Twilight reference.

We close tonight with a really sweet find, one that goes perfectly with the fact that I watched The Incredibles before sitting down tonight’s column. Editor NkMcDonalds has put together a killer montage spanning the last 25 years of Pixar animation and entertainment. Say what you will about the unabashed fanboyism around this company, but don’t try to deny the fact that they are genuinely special. [via /Film]

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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