[News Bites] Samuel Jackson For ‘RoboCop,’ ‘Twilight Zone’ Rewrites, Time Travel With ‘Glimmer’ & ‘Abraham Lincoln’ Director’s Cut

Samuel L. Jackson is joining the cast of Robocop, MGM and Sony’s remake of the classic 1987 sci-fi action movie, reports THR. Jose Padilha is directing the film, which sees Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”) as the title hero, a cop named Alex Murphy who is brought back from the brink of death and turned into a cyborg police officer. Gary Oldman has already been cast as his scientist-creator. Jackson will play Pat Novak, a charismatic media mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world. Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing the movie, which is eyeing a September shoot in Toronto and has a tentative release date of August 9, 2013.

All You Need Is Kill scribe Joby Harold is in negotiations to rewrite The Twilight Zone for Warner Bros. and Appian Way, says Variety. Cloverfield helmer Matt Reeves is set to direct from a script originally penned by Jason Rothenberg and subsequently rewritten by Sherlock Holmes scribe Anthony Peckham. Unlike the 1983 feature that had four separate storylines, this pic will have one story that features elements from the “Twilight Zone” universe made popular by Rod Serling’s classic TV series.

They also report that, in a competitive situation, DreamWorks has shelled out mid-six figures to acquire Glimmer, a sci-fi/fantasy spec written by Carter Blanchard (Immortals). The script is described as an “Amblin-esque found-footage tale involving teenagers and time travel.” That’s just enough info to get me excited.

Lastly, below you’ll find a video trailer for “Director’s Cut: The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Conceived by director Timur Bekmambetov, this deluxe edition utilizes never-before-seen storyboards, as well as exquisite pieces of production art and conceptual designs to journey deep into the mythology of the film, telling the tale of Abraham Lincoln as seen through the eyes of “Adam,” an ancient and powerful vampire who rules the American South. Order a copy here.