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SDCC: Peter Jackson Talks Tintin Sequels caught up with Peter Jackson just after the press conference and got a quick update on where he and Steven Spielberg want to take Tintin after the first film,The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, hits theaters late next year. "I've got several favorite stories," says Jackson, "I like 'Seven Crystal Balls' and 'Prisoners of the Sun.' I like 'The Black Island.' I like 'The Calculus Affair.' I haven't made a final decision yet." Jackson confirmed that work on the follow-up won't start until he's completely done with writing duties on The Hobbit. He did, however, say that he has a neat idea of where he'd like to take Tintin after the first sequel: all the way to the moon. Published in 1953, Tintin actually beat Apollo 11 by 16 years in a famously retro red and white checkered rocketship. Like the adventure chosen for the first film ("Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham

Spielberg, Smith’s plans to remake ‘Old Boy’ thrown into jeopardy

LONDON - American film director Steven Spielberg and actor Will Smith’s plans to remake cult Korean movie ‘Old Boy’ have been thrown into jeopardy, as the original makers of the 2003 hit are allegedly not authorised to grant a remake. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg and Smith had recently secured the rights to modernise director Park Chan-Wook’s film from producers Show East. But Show East filmmakers have found themselves at the centre of a lawsuit from Futabasha bosses, the Japanese publishers of the original manga series, who claim the producers were in no position to negotiate with the Hollywood heavyweights and Universal studios. Seoul-based Show East has since shut down and its executives have ceased all contact with Futabasha, further complicating legal proceedings, which began last week. “We haven’t been able to confirm that Show East is bankrupt, and at this stage we’re not sure what effect this will have on the legal case,” the Daily Star quoted a spokesper

LucasArts plot secret XBLA release?

Rumours abound this morning that LucasArts could be planning on announcing a previously secret Xbox Live Arcade title called Lucidity. Joystiq purport to have a screenshot from the secret project, which is said to be a side-scrolling adventure game . With no official word from LucasArts still, details are scant at best, but it sounds as if Lucidity, will focus on a lead character called Sofi, who will move through the world assisted by the player, who will place helpful objects in her path in order to maintain her progress. Visually, the game seems to sport an interesting cartoon-look, with heavy stylisation on show. With the publisher now hard at work on bringing several classic adventure titles back to the small screen, could this be the first brand new LucasArts adventure for some time? Tags: lucasarts , xbl

LucasArts teases Comic-Con announcements

Friday, July 17 2009, 19:36 BST By Liam Martin , Gaming Reporter LucasArts has promised to make several "world exclusive" announcements at the upcoming Comic-Con event in San Diego. According to CVG , the broadcasts are due to take place during the Star Wars Spectacular keynote, which has sparked suggestions that a new Star Wars title will be announced. In addition, LucasArts plans to reveal Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes and Lego Indiana Jones 2 footage. Comic-Con will run from July 23 to 26, and will also feature announcements from Microsoft as well as new Left 4 Dead clips. Tags: lucasarts , comic con

Star Wars crew create Moon props

David Bowie's movie-making son has revealed he enlisted teams from Alien and Star Wars to sprinkle magic space dust on his debut film. Duncan Jones, whose moody first film Moon has received rave reviews, assembled a team to create the space vehicles which was headed by veteran model-maker Bill Pearson. Pearson, of Shepperton Studios, worked on the models of the space freighter Nostromo in 1979 film Alien. Duncan, previously known as Zowie Bowie, told the August issue of The Word magazine: "Bill's team was like that old Ripping Yarns episode Golden Gordon where he gets all the old footballers together. We had a guy there who worked on R2D2. "It was an amazing crew of old-timers and the work was fantastic. Some of these incredibly talented guys don't get to work together any more." Sci-fi movie Moon stars Sam Rockwell and features the voice of Kevin Spacey, who agreed to appear after the movie had been filmed. Duncan joked that one day his work would overshad

How Much Is George Lucas Involved In The Old Republic?

Keane Ng posted on 9 Jul 2009 8:01 pm George Lucas is the grand overseer of all things Star Wars, but he can't be everywhere at once. So how much involvement is he taking in the development of the latest and (hopefully) greatest venture for his franchise, Star Wars: The Old Republic ? Despite the wishes of many folks who hold Star Wars close to their hearts, franchise father George Lucas is, ultimately, the end-all be-all of everything Star Wars . Now, we can assume that the guy can't micro-manage the packaging for every single action figure, but it'd be silly to assume that he doesn't have some say in one of the biggest ventures for the franchise in recent memory, BioWare's MMOG, Star Wars: The Old Republic . "I haven't shown it to him personally, no," BioWare's Ray Muzyka told G4 . "But I know he keeps his finger on the pulse of everything LucasArts is working on, so I know he's involved in it. I've talked to him about t

Tales Of Monkey Island Review

I've just finished chapter one of Tales of Monkey Island by TellTale Games. If you are worried that this new addition won't meet your high expectations of Monkey Island gone-by, then fear not. This is every bit worthy of sitting along side the previous offerings. The first chapter will take you between three to five hours to finish. The voice acting is superb, the wonderful monkey island music returns and the comedy is there in all its glory. Please do everyone a favour and buy this. I want more!

Aliens RPG dead, Spielberg’s “project LMNO” alive

The Aliens role-playing game has officially been canned by Obsidian Entertainment and Sega. Obsidian, the developers behind Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic II and the upcoming Alpha Protocol, announced the game with Sega in 2006, but announced on Friday “we are no longer working on the game”. A Sega spokesperson gave the official final nail, saying the company “has no plans to move forward with the Aliens RPG”. The squad-based action game Aliens: Colonial Marines has also slipped from its June-latest release date, but it currently looks set for late September. While the Aliens role-playing game may be officially “game over, man”, despite rumours to the contrary, Steven Spielberg’s mysterious LMNO project isn’t. In a fascinating interview with Edge , leftfield game designer Jason Rohrer said: “I did some consulting work, most recently for EA on the Spielberg LMNO project. My understanding is that project’s pretty much been cancelled now, what with the changing economy, but I

War love story could be turned into Spielberg film

The story of a 90-year-old British former Prisoner of War who fell in love with a German interpreter could be made in to a Hollywood blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg, according to reports. Steven Spielberg has reportedly been approached to make a movie out of Horace Greasley's war story Horace Greasley was held captive for two-and-a-half years in a Nazi PoW camp in Lamsdorf, Poland, during which time he began a secret affair with a girl from a nearby village called Rosa. He would regularly sneak out at night for trysts with his lover and she would help him find food and equipment he could then smuggle back in to the camp. They were separated at the end of the Second World War, just after she fell pregnant with his child. But they got back in touch when the Government asked Mr Greasley to verify her story so she could work for the Americans as a translator. Sadly, Rosa died in child birth and they were never reunited. Until recently the story had gone untol

Lucasarts classics hit Steam, prices revealed

Among the batch of Lucasarts games on Steam are some real classics, like LOOM and The Dig for £2.99. Lucasarts has finally released the first of what we hope to be many batches of games on Steam, revealing a simple pricing structure for it's back catalogue that's remarkably fair even if the Steam versions of ye olde SCUMM games don't work in ScummVM, apparently . The first batch of Lucasarts games on Steam covers a broad range of titles, including forgotten classics like LOOM and The Dig , right through to Star Wars tie-ins and recent Lego Indy titles. Best of all, the pricing system for the games actually looks remarkably fair and the games seem to be slotted into one of three price bands based on their age and success, with the old adventure games which we're so fond of coming in at just £2.99 a pop - which is about what you'd expect to pay if you tracked down a physical copy on eBay probabl

G4 and Lucasfilm team up for historic Star Wars event

The 2009 Comic Con is less than a month away but big news is already coming from a galaxy far, far, away. For the first time ever in the San Diego-based convention's 40 year history, a presentation entitled "The Star Wars Spectacular" will be broadcast as a major television event on the G4 cable channel. The Lucas-approved broadcast will be shown on Saturday July 25th starting at 2pm ET/PT and will feature exclusive never-before-seen footage, breaking Star Wars/Lucasfilm news, guest stars, and surprise announcements. The Lucasfilm panels are normally kept secret from those not attending the sold-out "Star Wars Day" panels usually held on the Friday of the convention. This year, Lucas devotees will get to hear exclusives from Lucasfilm's Steve Sansweet and "Clone Wars" supervising director Dave Miloni on the sci-fi-centric G4's popular "Attack of the Show" starring Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn who is a favo

Lucasarts Retro Titles To Get A New Lease Of Life

Retro titles like LucasArts' back catalogue of classic adventure releases are being given a new lease of life thanks to the wonders of digital distribution. That's the word from the game maker, which credits online distribution for increased interest in the Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition. Chatting with blog Destructoid , producer Craig Derrick has said there was immense fan interest in getting Monkey Island recreated, while there was also internal enthusiasm for the project at LucasArts . "We're experiencing a remarkable increase in retro gaming and nostalgia thanks in part to the digital distribution of games on Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, Wiiware, Steam and iTunes. We're seeing that gamers are looking for new experiences, even if they're found in classic games," the developer beams. "The age range of the average gamer has significantly broadened and people are open now more than ever to different types of game genres."

Alien invasion's foe: Noah Wyle is Spielberg's choice for TNT series

Noah Wyle will star in the yet untitled series on TNT with Spielberg at the helm. from Noah Wyle is the human race's last hope in a ne