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Much as we’d like for director Justin Lin to just keep churning out Fast and Furious films forever and ever, the filmmaker appears to have a hankering for a some slightly different fare. Deadline Hollywood reports that the helmer has signed on to direct the big screen adaptation of author Patrick Lee‘s next novel, an untitled action thriller that will kick off a planned three-book series and that doesn’t even release until next winter. While we don’t know much about the project, the outlet does reveal that the book centers on “an ex-special operative named Sam Dryden. In the character-driven thriller, Dryden runs into a mysterious young girl who is not quite what she seems, and he embarks on a journey to keep her safe from a powerful government agent intent on hunting her down.” This could really mean just about anything, but hey, planned thrills! Warner Bros. just picked up the rights for the novel in an apparently heated studio battle. Lee’s first novel, “The Breach,” is also in development, thanks to producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and David Goyer.

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Screenwriter Marti Noxon has had career infested with the supernatural. After great success with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, she worked on Mad Men with the ethereally handsome Jon Hamm and then jumped to the screen with I Am Number Four. Her latest is Fright Night, and, okay, if you check out her resume, it features a lot of TV shows that have absolutely zero werewolves or ghosts or anything, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a massive fan of things that go bump in the screen light. My extended interview with Noxon will be a part of next week’s Reject Radio, but here’s a healthy part of the conversation to whet your appetite – including some talk about the screenwriting process, how she first got the idea for the script’s direction, and how Las Vegas is like a Spielberg suburb turned wasteland.

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I visited the set of the new Fright Night movie last September and wrote (perhaps a bit too honestly) about the experience here. That post covers my thoughts on the whole process, but it’s not all I have to report. No siree, while I was there several members of the cast and crew took time out of their clearly busy schedule to chat with the press. Unheard of you say? It’s true! And here are some words to prove it from the likes of screenwriter Marti Noxon and producer Michael De Luca. [These are excerpts from group interviews conducted during the set visit.] Be sure to check out all of our Fright Night coverage here.

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With as many romantic comedies featuring speeches about stealing the moon for a loved one (and at least one where the main character, as God, actually does pull that big rock closer to the Earth), Thad Roberts had a pretty great idea. He’s the former NASA scientist who worked up a scheme to sell pieces of the moon. Apparently if you walk down the street with your left pant leg rolled, it means your holding. According to the LA Times, Sony has purchased the rights to the forthcoming novel from Ben Mezrich (author of “The Accidental Billionaires”), and he’ll be reteaming with Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti (all producers of The Social Network) and Kevin Spacey (who worked with Mezrich previously on 21). The story here is similar to the founding of facebook. Huge ambition, a crazy scheme vaulted into reality by young love. However, the success is a bit less questionable considering Roberts failed and failed hard. Sex on the Moon sounds like a typical heist film with the stakes raised just enough to steal away an entire planet. It’s unclear where the sex comes in (maybe they place some moon rocks under the bed?), but with the right director and cast, this could be another winner.

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Jonathan Levine to direct The Sitter

After channeling the 1990s for The Wackness, Jonathan Levine is heading back further in time to bring us The Sitter,

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