It looks like there’s always time to fight more ghosts, with news that Ghostbusters 3 is on its way. Promisingly, some of the key cast members from the original movies appear to be heavily involved.
 
The web is abuzz with news that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, the writing team that adapted Lord of the Rings for the screen, will be reuniting to script the two Hobbit movies. If only for continuity with the Rings trilogy, this would be good news, but it's worth remembering that one of the eleven Oscars garnered by the third movie in the trilogy, Return of the King, was the Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.
 
There was bad news for fans of the Harry Potter movies on Thursday with the announcement by Warner Bros. that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been rescheduled for a 17 July 2009 release, a frustrating delay of eight months beyond the original release date (November 2008).
 
Last year we wrote with some optimism about Howard McCain's forthcoming Viking Sci-Fi adventure Outlander (or is it a Sci-Fi Viking adventure?). Back then it still had a projected release of early 2008, a date which came and went without word. Well, according to the official Outlander site the movie has now been completed and will be released later this year, unless you happen to live in Latvia where it has already been released! For the rest of us, a couple of trailers are now available.
 
Rumour and speculation about who will be cast in Guillermo del Toro’s two Hobbit movies are like fog on the Barrow Downs, dense but insubstantial! A lot has been said, with very little if anything officially confirmed by the Studio.
 
The Hugo Award winning DC Comics graphic novel, Watchmen, is set to be released as a movie in June 2009. Directed by Zack Snyder of 300 fame, the Warner Brothers/Paramount Pictures/Legendary Pictures production will star: Malin Akerman; Billy Crudup; Matthew Goode; Carla Gugino; Jackie Earle Haley; Stephen McHattie; Jeffrey Dean Morgan; and Patrick Wilson. Not huge names, all of them, but then 300 was cast with some relative newcomers too.
 
Until last week SFFMedia's Law of Hype gave a certain reassuring predictability to Hollywood. If you’re unfamiliar with this law it states in its simplest form that hype = disappointment and that an increase in hype therefore leads to greater disappointment. Long experience has proven the truth of this. That is until The Dark Knight came along and blew that seemingly invariant truth out of the water! Chris Nolan’s sequel to Batman Begins (2005) has been breaking all the rules, not least in the amount of hype generated.
 
A trailer for the fourth Terminator movie, Terminator Salvation, is now online. You can watch it here. In this new instalment, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, and if all goes well, it will be the first part of a new trilogy. The teaser shows glimpses of Christian Bale in a series of explosions as he tells us in a sombre voice-over that "this is not the future my mother warned me about" and "I don't know whether we can win this war".
 
Hancock proves two things beyond a shadow of doubt: any attempt to do something different in Hollywood is a risky business, but it’s a damn sight less risky if you can convince Will Smith to come along for the ride!