Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Ghost Rider’ Director Going Solo; More ‘Ninja Turtles’ Coming; Comic Book Artist Gets ‘Cabin Fever’

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Ghost Rider’ Director Going Solo; More ‘Ninja Turtles’ Coming; Comic Book Artist Gets ‘Cabin Fever’

Feb 15, 2012

Twisted Metal

‘Ghost Rider’ Director Going Solo: After writing and directing four films with Mark Neveldine (notably, two Crank flicks), and writing two others with him, Brian Taylor is going solo. He will write and direct Twisted Metal, a big-screen adaptation of the video game (pictured above). The film will replicate the game’s premise, in which savage combatants fight each other to the death in heavily-armored vehicles. Neveldine and Taylor will team again in the future; their latest, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, opens on Friday.  [Deadline]

More ‘Ninja Turtles’ Coming: Whether you want them or not, more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are on their way to a theater near you, and now director Jonathan Liebesman appears ready to help reboot the series for producer Michael Bay. Liebesman and Bay previously teamed as director and producer for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which was surprisingly good; Liebesman went on to direct Battle: Los Angeles (not so good) and Wrath of the Titans (due out March 30). [Variety]

Comic Book Artist Gets ‘Cabin Fever’: The first prequel to Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever will be directed by Kaare Andrews, who made a name for himself as a comic book writer and artist (see a recent example of his work below). Andrews worked on multiple Marvel projects before turning to film; he is one of 26 directors contributing to The ABCs of Death anthology. Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is an origin story, set on a Caribbean island, and revolving around the flesh-eating virus that consumed numerous teenagers in the first two films. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Kaare Andrews Wallpaper for Marvel Comics


Oscar TV Show Remains a Mystery: While pundits have been busy predicting who will take home Academy Awards on Feb. 26, few details have emerged about the Oscar show itself this year. The Academy has declined to implement suggestions to make the broadcast more open to audience involvement, and producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer have likewise declined to make public any of their plans, beyond the hosting duties to be carried out by Billy Crystal. [New York Times]

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