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Captain America Gets Writers; He-Man Gets a Director; The Host Gets Ruined

We've got writers! We've got directors! We've got... well, writers and directors, mostly. First up, there is the long-awaited news about talent being attached to First Avenger: Captain America. Sadly, the acting talent question remains a mystery, but The Chronicles of Narnia scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (a name I will henceforth be calling the handsy guy on my Saturday morning bus) have been attached to pen the script for director Joe Johnston. As most know, the Captain America story is that of rejected army candidate Steve Rogers who undergoes an experiment that gives him enhanced strength and reflexes. And of course, an indestructible shield. The film will be set during World War II, after which the character will then appear in the modern-day set Avengers film, which will come out in May of 2011. I don't know if the weird time-space continuum that links Narnia with our world and makes time pass differently is going to help them, there. Should be interesting.

In director news, Latino Review has broken the story about director John Stevenson being attached to direct the stalled He-Man and the Masters of the Universe project. Stevenson's resume is a long list consisting mainly of art and animation department credits, and he was a co-director on Kung Fu Panda. Nevertheless, the story goes that he had a take that blew away the executives at Silver Pictures and he got himself the job, which gets the project back on the Development Express. Good news for fans of the franchise like my boyfriend, who are only allowed to watch the old cartoons when I'm not in the house.

Lastly, Universal has announced plans to remake South Korean horror-thriller The Host. Commercial director Fredrik Bond will make his big screen debut directing the feature, which tells the story of a city terrorized by a giant mutant squid-like creature that grabs a little girl whose dysfunctional family must rescue her. As we all know, I don't do horror movies, so The Host will continue to be just an awesome old episode of The X-Files. Good luck, Mr. Bond!

[Do I expect Mr. Bond to make a movie that's half as entertaining as the original Host, which is one of the best monster movies I've ever seen? No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die! - Zach]

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