[News Bites] ‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit, Online Game; ‘Munsters’ Delayed

With EFM ongoing our front page looks like someone threw up all over it, therefore we’ll squeeze a few news briefs into this small edition of News Bites.

Two time Oscar nominee Emma Thompson (Men in Black 3) is in final negotiations to star in supernatural love story Beautiful Creatures, reports Deadline. Directed by Richard LaGravenese from his own adaptation of the New York Times best selling novel of the same name, Thompson will join current Oscar nominee Viola Davis as well as newcomers Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert.Thompson will play the dual role of Mrs. Lincoln, a small town religious zealot, and Sarafine, who is the dark witch who possesses her. Filming will begin in April in and around New Orleans.

The site also reports that after a series of casting difficulties, NBC has pushed production on its “Munsters” pilot to June. The project, a reboot of “The Munsters” titled “Mocking Bird Lane,” was written by Bryan Fuller, with Bryan Singer attached to direct.

In even worse news, THR writes about Robert Kirkman, the famed comic book writer who helped create AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead,” has been sued by a childhood friend and collaborator who claims he is entitled to as much as half the proceeds from the lucrative franchise. Michael Anthony Moore, a fellow comic book artist, filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by THR, Moore says he was duped into assigning his interest in the material over to Kirkman, who has since gone on to fame and fortune. Moore, on the other hand, has received very little compensation and has not be able to access profit statements from properties including “Walking Dead,” he says. Full story here.

Speaking of “The Walking Dead,” AMC has launched an online game entitled “Dead Reckoning” that plays out like a motion comic. “The outbreak has struck, but no one knows it yet. The chaos has only just begun. You are Shane Walsh, a small-town police officer. Keep yourself and your people safe from harm. You have two objectives: Prevent people from being killed or turned into walkers…and keep yourself alive!