BUZZ News Shorts: Ghost In The Shell, New Star Trek Series, Ghostbusters & More


••• Anime News Network is  reporting that Japanese comedian and actor Beat Takeshi (Battle Royale) has joined the cast of the Ghost In The Shell Hollywood remake and will play Public Security Section 9 boss Daisuke Aramaki. He will star opposite Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt and Sam Riley.

••• CBS has hired Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry to act as executive producer on its new Trek series. Eugene Roddenberry is currently president of Roddenberry Entertainment, whose chief operating officer Trevor Roth, will also be an exec producer on the new show. “Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love Star Trek to enjoy,” says showrunner Bryan Fuller, “And it is only fitting that Rod Roddenberry and Roddenberry Entertainment join our new Trek adventure to ensure that his father’s legacy of hope for the future and infinite diversity in infinite combinations runs through our tales as Gene Roddenberry intended.” [via ComingSoon]

••• Meg is one of Hollywood’s Moby Dicks, an especially apt metaphor since it features a giant shark. The book, by Steve Alten, came out in 1997 and Hollywood has been trying to find a way to translate it to screen ever since with various directors and writers and studios attached over the years. Now it’s back on the frontburner again (is that a thing?) with Deadline claiming that National Treasure’s Jon Turteltaub may very well be the new director for the job (last year it was Eli Roth). In the meantime, Syfy will make a dozen more Sharknado films…

••• You don’t need a visit from the Ghost Of Christmas Future to know that there must be yet another version of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol in production. There’s always another version of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol in production. According to The Hollywood Reporter the latest is in the works at Annapurna Pictures with two-time Oscar nominee Bennett Miller (Capote, Foxcatcher) attached to direct and legendary British playwrite Sir Tom Stoppard (Brazil, Shakespeare in Love) penning the screenplay. Not much is known about this new version but it will be set in the 19th century.

••• Disney chairman Bob Iger stated at an investors’ meeting yesterday  that his company, unlike Fox with Deadpool, has no plans to make any R-rated Marvel superhero movies. [via /Film]

••• Hey, apparently there’s going to be some scientific accuracy in the new Ghostbusters movie…



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