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[News Bites] Found Footage ‘Ring’ Sequel, ‘Apes’ Sequel, ‘Dark Shadows’ Featurette & “Fringe” Series Concludes

I seriously can’t remember a day with more news than today, it’s been chaos. I want to eat dinner, watch TV, damn, I wanna get to the bathroom already. So without further adieu, here’s a late night edition of News Bites to chew through!

Added above ins a 3-minute long behind-the-scenes featurette for Warner Bros. Pictures’ Dark Shadows, the Tim Burton-directed vampire flick starring Johnny Depp, and opening in theaters May 11. The original followed the life of vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Depp, and his run-ins with various monsters, ghosts, and supernatural creatures.

THR spoke with Paramount Film Group prez Adam Goodman who re-stated news that we’ve reported on various occasions, there will eventually be a new The Ring sequel, based on the U.S. remake of the Japanese Ringu. “The Ring is something that really lends itself to this [found footage] format right now, so we’re talking to [producer] Walter Parkes about doing something with that.” When we last reported, David Loucka was penning The Ring 3D.

Fox’s “Fringe” is about to say farewell as the network has reached a deal with Warner Bros. TV for a fifth (and final) season of 13 more episodes of the drama, which airs Fridays at 9 p.m., says Variety. “Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve,” said a very noble Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reilly.

The site also reports that toppers Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman introduced Fox’s slate at the ongoing CinemaCon where the exec pair made news announcing a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which has already been in early development. The pic neared $500 million worldwide at the boxoffice. Sequel? Uhm, yes. The first was a prequel to Franklin J. Schaffner’s 1968 Planet of the Apes.




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