News Bits: The Wolverine, The Jetsons, Tale of the Body Thief, Snow White, and Hunger Games

Wolverine Comic Book

Originally rumored for 2011, then changed to 2012, Fox has now officially set the Hugh Jackman comic book sequel “The Wolverine” for July 2013.

James Mangold will direct, taking over for Darren Aronofsky who for some reason had found himself attached to the movie for a while there. The fact that Aronofsky has since left the project to concentrate on his “Noah” film feels like the world righting itself.

The Jetsons CartoonHey, look, they’re making a “Jetsons” live-action movie! Well of course they are. They made a “Smurfs” movie, didn’t they?

Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, the writers of “Chewie” (about the actor who played Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” movies) have been tapped by Warner Bros. to do a rewrite on their “Jetsons” live-action movie. Donald De Line and Denise Di Novi are producing the film, which will be based on the Hanna-Barbera show about the futuristic family and their robot maid.

The movie has apparently been in the works for over a decade. Yikes. That’s a lot of invested years. You’d think they could maybe spend it on something more, I don’t know, worthwhile? Oh, who are we kidding. Kids will eat this shit up.

Tale of the Body Thief Book CoverHey, remember Anne Rice? I guess you could say she was Stephenie Meyer before there was “Twilight”. Rice wrote a series of Gothic horror novels, many of them revolving around the vampire character Lestat, who has appeared in a couple of movies, including “Interview with the Vampire” (starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt) and “Queen of the Damned” (starring the late Aaliyah and, well, some other people).

Needless to say, “Interview” is still the most well-known film based on her books, but maybe an upcoming adaptation of another Lestat novel, “Tale of the Body Thief”, can supplant that.

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, via their Imagine Entertainment, have optioned the film rights to Rice’s “Tale of the Body Thief”. The ubiquitous duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will also produce.

The plot of “Thief” finds Lestat, “depressed and lonely after centuries as a vampire, decides to transfer souls for a day with a psychic, who after the transfer reveals that he has no intention of switching back. Lestat, now in a human body and with the help of some friends, must track down the man and get his body back.”

Yeah, psychics, right? Can’t trust’em, can’t switch bodies with’em.

Kristen Stewart is in full action mode in a new pic from “Snow White and the Huntsman”.

Shockingly, this is actually an honest to goodness official still, and not just something the studio’s PR people grabbed from the trailer and tried to pass it off as an official still. Yeah, we’re onto you, boyos.

Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Movie Image

So what happens when you cross “The Hunger Games” with Internet singing sensation/pinata Lana Del Rey? You get a music video for “The Hunger Games”. It’s actually surprisingly cool. Props to singer Holly Laurent for almost perfectly mimicking Del Rey’s voice.