Lost in News: Film Development Thursday 1.7.10

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In this Thursday edition of Lost in News A Kick-Ass looking film opens the SXSW Film Festival. James Franco amputates his arm in the name of art. Darren Aronofsky’s Robocop much like Murphy in the film is dead…for now. Netflix subscribers get served  half a bad news sandwich. Let me In, Thor, and the new Pirates of the Caribbean play the release date game. And Universal lets some of the first promo pics for their upcoming 2010 releases free on the internet.

Kick-Ass has been named as the film that will open the annual SXSW film festival.

James Franco (Pineapple Express) has been cast to play Aron Ralston in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. Boyle, in case you had forgotten, was last year’s Oscar winner for his direction of Slumdog Millionaire. Aron Ralston is the mountain climber who amputated his own arm after it was crushed by a boulder. (Source FirstShowing.net by way of Production Weekly’s twitter.)

Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) at one time was attached to develop a new Robocop. A paring I found personally odd yet intriguing none the less. Due to the studio’s financial woes (MGM) and a chairpersons demands that the new Robocop be filmed in 3D it is now on indefinite hold. Follow the source link for some addition bits about The Hobbit and a potential remake of FX? (Source: /Film)

Netflix shared some unfortunate news with it’s subscribers Wednesday. As DVD and Blu Ray sales continue to decline no doubt thanks to services like Netflix the online rental outfit has agreed to hold all new Warner Bros. DVD and Blu Ray releases for 28 days after their release on disc. The studio hopes to get DVD and Blu Ray sales back up. I can only imagine that it will only be a few months (if not less) now before all the other major studios do the same.  I have no doubt that the news that for first time in seven years theater ticket sales out earned DVD and Blu Ray sales are driving studios to these measures. (Source: Netflix and Ars Technica)

The unneeded remake of the excellent Let the Right One In, which has been retitled Let Me In will release into theaters on October 1. Do your self a favor and Netflix or rent the superb Swedish film Låt den rätte komma in or Let the Right One In. (Source: CHUD)

Due to Spider-Man 4‘s current development hell status another Marvel hero is coming in to save the release dates day. Paramount and Marvel announced that Thor will now open on May 6, 2011. That is two weeks earlier than it’s previously announced release date. That Date? May 20, it is now claimed by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Sources: Variety Thor Box Office Mojo Pirates)

Several stills from Universal’s upcoming 2010 releases hit the web Wednesday evening. Pics from Scott Pilgrim vs the world, MacGruber, and Your Highness are all included in the gallery below. Click to make the pics larger.

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