I spent the afternoon getting treatment for my horrible, horrible TMJ (sympathy, please) so in an attempt to catch up on the news briefs, here’s a special edition of News Bites:
As previously mentioned, Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) is currently rewriting Federico Alvarez’s recent draft of The Evil Dead, which Alvarez will direct some time in 2012.
IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to director Chris Peckover’s feature debut Undocumented, a truly dark thriller that’s heavy on the politcs and light on the horror, reports Variety. It’s a prety great film that premiered at Fantastic Fest last year. Peckover wrote the script with Joe Peterson. Scott Mechlowicz, Alona Tal, Yancey Arias, Greg Serano and Kevin Weisman star. It “centers on a group of documentary filmmakers chronicling the trials and inequities faced by Mexican illegal immigrants. When they join a group of families illegally crossing the border to record the experience firsthand, their truck is pulled over and detained — and what happens next plunges their group into unimaginable horror.”
MTV has renewed “Teen Wolf” for a second season of 12 episodes to air in 2012, reports Variety. “Teen Wolf” premiered June 5 and through its seven episodes has been MTV’s highest-rated new series of the past two years in the 12-34 demo, averaging 1.7 million overall viewers. The series has been TV’s No. 4 show among auds 12-34.
A recent issue of Production Weekly claims that Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium is now titled Baja Dunes, although, as Latino Review smartly assesses, could be a title cover up for production purposes. The story revolves around aliens doing battle with humans on Earth. The film’s cast already includes Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Alice Braga, Wagner Moura and Diego Luna. It’ll arirve in theaters March 1, 2013 from Sony.
Speaking of title changes, Sony Screen Gems has decided on Underworld Awakening for Selene’s fourth battle with the Lycans. Directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, and starring Kate Beckinsale, India Eisley and Michael Ealy, Screen Gems will continue the tradition of a New Year’s release on January 20, 2012.
Lastly, Warners The Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes and Alicia Vikander, will arrive in theaters February 15, 2013. An exorcism tale on Valentine’s Day? Aces! Sergei Bodrov directed the big screen adaptation of “The Last Apprentice.”