Quick Cuts: Hack/Slash, Earth Vs. Moon, Babylon AD, Midnight Man, Scent of Adam

Variety reports that Rogue Picture’s adaption of Hack/Slash, the comic from Devil’s Due Publications, will be scripted by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li). The comic and film are centered “around Cassie Hack, a young woman who travels the country and takes on homicidal maniacs and serial killers along the way.” Marks is also currently scripting the film versions of Voltron: Defender of the Universe and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese’s script for Earth Vs. Moon has been awarded to Universal Studios after a four-studio bidding war, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, described as a “sci-fi epic,” although no plot details were announced, will be produced by Scott Stuber (the upcoming Wolf Man remake). Production and release details have yet to be announced.

Some uncertainty surrounds the US and UK releases of Vin Diesel’s next film, Babylon AD, which is based on a novel by Maurice G. Dantec. JoBlo reveals that European audiences will get an approximately 160-minute version from director Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) that is said to be far more dramatic than the simplified, action-heavy 90-minute version the US and UK will supposedly receive. The shortened film will likely be toned down to a PG-13 rating as well.

Update (4/11): Much of the JoBlo article has since been debunked by the production company, MNP Enterprise; the film will be a PG-13, per a contractual agreement with FOX, but “Babylon AD has never had a 2h40min cut. This rumor came from a joke Mathieu did in front of some journalists last september. Apparently some of them didn’t understand it…. The approximate length of the film is 1h40min and this is what has been delivered to our partner, FOX.”

Coming Soon has an interview with first-time director Marcus Dunstan, who lists Saw IV among his writing credits, about his upcoming thriller Midnight Man. The film features “an ex-con in desperate need of money to pay off his ex-wife breaks into the country home of his wealthy employer in an effort to steal a valuable jewel. He soon realizes that his family has been abducted by a masked killer who has rigged the house with deadly traps.”

Back at HR, we also learn that The Scent of Adam has been picked up by Lakeshore Entertainment. The film is an adaptation of Jean-Christophe Rufin’s French novel, Le parfum d’Adam, which was about “a young activist who frees lab animals from a research facility in Poland and unwittingly finds herself at the heart of the eco-terrorist movement and a conspiracy of global proportions.” The film will be “similar to the Bourne features,” according to coproducer, France’s TF1 International.

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  1. Written by Odontomachus
    on 2008-04-10 at 02:15

    Am I the only one who saw “Scent of Adam” and thought of Bioshock?

    I fail.

  2. Written by Janus
    on 2008-04-14 at 11:15

    Geek! Penny Arcade is two websites down, on the left.

    Why do people automatically assume that ‘European’ tastes are more sophisticated than American ones? I mean, these are the people who gave us Uwe Boll. Fortunately, there is a quality filter somewhere in the Pacific that prevents schlock like ‘Blueberry’ from infecting US shores.

  3. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-04-14 at 11:35

    Brightlight Pictures is the company that keeps giving Uwe Boll work. They’re Canadian.

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