Bad Boys II: A reader at Dark Horizons recently sat down for a Q & A on Bad Boys II with producer Jerry Bruckheimer:

"In typical fashion Jerry was hyping up Bad Boys 2 by saying "the car chase in this film will blow your socks off" and that the hummer chase through San Francisco in The Rock pales in comparison. He has 9 projects in development, with 3 on the fast burner that should be in production by the end of the year. Most of the discussion was on the history of their partnership and how Armageddon was pitched in three sentences, and given the go ahead with a six sentence description".

Charlie's Angels 2: Bernie Mac spilled the beans to the Chicago Sun Times about how his character in the film is related to Bill Murray's character of the last film:

"We're brothers from another mother. You see, Bill and I are related, but our father just messed around. His Bosley was also adopted as a kid ...don't ask. The other thing I can tell you is that our father eventually brought him home and introduced us as brothers. Oh, one more thing. We came from a detective family. Bill hooked up with the girls years ago. He used to come home and tell all these great stories about dissecting bombs. My dad and I frankly never believed him. In 'Full Throttle,' it's explained that he went on a special mission and asks me to fill his spot at the Angel's headquarters"

Thanks to DH for the scoop.

The Matrix Reloaded: The first pic of 'Merovingian', played by Lambert Wilson, is up at TheMatrixfans.net! CLICK HERE

In addition, the very first review of the film is up at CountingDown. CLICK HERE

His Dark Materials: Brett Ratner recently spoke with Sci-Fi Wire about his ambition to create an adaptation of Philip Pullman's, His Dark Materials:

Playwright Tom Stoppard is writing the screenplay for New Line Cinema. "There's not even a script, so it's a ways away, but New Line, the studio that I'm in business with, is developing it," Ratner said in an interview. "I'm just hopeful."

The trilogy, which begins with The Golden Compass, centers on an 11-year-old girl who tries to rescue her best friend from kidnappers. Along the way, she encounters witches, talking bears and a truth-telling compass. "It's kind of like Harry Potter [or] Lord of the Rings," Ratner said.

Indiana Jones 4: Rumors have been rampant on the net lately about the progress of Frank Darabont's script for Indy 4. Luckily, Darabont himself recently contacted Dark Horizons to clear up some rumors:

"I've just now reached page 80 writing my first draft of the Indiana Jones sequel...Harrison Ford hasn't yet read a word of it and won't until the script is completed to Steven Spielberg's satisfaction. It won't be over 200 pages (nowhere near that), nor will it be "pretentious", the intention is to make it entertaining and adventurous. I would never hand in a script that was 250 pages long, which is twice the length a script should be".

Footloose:Variety is reporting that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the executive producers of Chicago

xXx2: Rob Cohen recently gave a quote to E! Online about the progress, if any of a xXx sequel:

"It's happening," he says. "I'm gonna start shooting it in the summer of '04, and it will be out for the summer of '05."

The Crow 4: MTV’s Ryan Downey recently talked with young actor Edward Furlong about his role in the next “Crow” movie. Here’s what the actor had to say… “I think its going to be the best one," Furlong said at last week's "Spun" premiere. This latest “Crow” installment, titled “The Crow: Wicked Prayer”, reportedly centers on a new Crow who returns after being murdered by a group of bikers. "The story is, like, people taking peyote," Furlong said. "It's crazy." The appeal of doing “The Crow 4” for Furlong is pretty simple. "I come in. I kill the bad guys. I'm the Crow. ... It's going to be dope,” he said.

The Crow 2037:Creature Corner recently interviewed Rob Zombie about his ditched idea for a film set against the backdrop of The Crow. Set in the future, his script, entitled "The Crow 2037," followed a young boy murdered with his mother on Halloween by a dark priest. A year later, the spirit of the crow resurrects the kid to seek vengeance. But the boy forgets why he must seek revenge and continues to live his life. Twenty seven years later, the boy is now a man serving as a bounty hunter. When he gets a massive memory recall, he sets out on a path of rage to the priest who killed him.

CLICK HERE for the interview!

Paycheck: Uma Thurman has joined Ben Affleck on the sci-fi thriller.

Cruel & Unusual: The good reviews from Joel Schumacher’s latest film, “Phone Booth”, must being doing wonders for revamping the directors’ career because The Hollywood Reporter indicated today that he is in negotiations to direct the big screen adaptation of “Cruel & Unusual”, by best selling author Patricia Cromwel. The movie, like the book, will follow a medical examiner that must figure out how the fingerprints of an executed killer have turned up at the scene of a new crime. “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Patriot” writer Robert Rodat will adapt the novel.

Zombiegeddon: Tom Savini as Jesus Christ? That's right. The famed horror make-up effects wizard has jumped into his (supposedly) most memorable role yet, according to Ain't It Cool. CLICK HERE

The Polar Express: Sadly, Michael Jeter, best known for his roles in Patch Adams, Jurassic Park III, and The Green Mile, passed away over the weekend. A story over at CNN claims Jeter's recent work on the upcoming Robert Zemeckis film, The Polar Express, will apparently be preserved because of an abundance of footage, according to Jeter's publicist, Dick Guttman:

Jeter had been filming the Christmas movie "The Polar Express." Guttman said the producers believe there is enough footage to preserve Jeter's role in the film.

Scooby Doo Too: Production begins April 14th which reunites the original cast with Scooby-Doo director Raja Gosnell, screenwriter James Gunn and producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle of Mosaic Media Group.

In their new mystery adventure, Scooby and the gang confront an anonymous masked villain who is plotting to take over the city of Coolsville by wreaking mayhem with a monster machine that creates Mystery Inc.’s classic foes like The Creeper, Captain Cutler and The 10,000 Volt Ghost.

Stay tuned...

Ryan J. Downey