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[News Bites] Insurge Stalks ‘Equinox’; “Under the Dome” Casting; “Dexter” Gains A Hitman; ‘Jurassic Park 3D’ Poster

It’s been another massive news day, so here’s a few evening briefs to send you off until tomorrow. It begins with THR reporting that Paramount’s low-budget genre Insurge label is going sci-fi with Equinox, which is being written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes. Project details are being kept secret but it is being described as “Dead Calm in space,” according to sources. Calm, released in 1989, was an enclosed thriller set on a boat which pitted a married couple against a murderer. Mason and Boyes are Brits who previously wrote NSFW, and collaborated on The Devil’s Chair and other random indie thrillers that Mason directed.

The site also reports that Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Cloverfield alum Mike Vogel, pictured above, has been tapped to join the cast of the network’s sci-fi drama “Under the Dome.” Based on the book by Stephen King, the summer series “Follows residents in the community of Chester’s Mill as they deal with the postapocalyptic conditions that ensue when a strange dome mysteriously encapsulates the town.” Vogel will play Barbie, an Army veteran who is in Chester’s Mill on a mysterious mission during which he might have killed a man. He’s not a bad guy but, at the same time, not someone to be messed with. He’s as baffled by the dome as everyone and befriended by an investigative journalist named Julia, though his shadowy past will complicate his relationship with the married woman. Director Niels Arden Oplev (Sweden’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will direct the first episode.

TVLine managed to get a few details about Nick Gomez‘s (“The Walking Dead”) upcoming guest spot on “Dexter.” The site reports that Gomez will play hit man Javier Guzman on the Showtime drama. The character — who goes by the nickname El Sapo — will find himself frustrated when Debra gets in between him and his target, which probably isn’t great news for Dexter’s sis.

Lastly, Cine1 has a really crappy new poster for Jurassic Park 3D, the 3D re-release of the 1993 Steven Spielberg classic making its IMAX 3D debut on April 9th. The CG work looks better than anything in “Aliens: Colonial Marines,” at least…




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