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Angelina JolieLast year, "Wanted 2" director Timur Bekmabetov not only said Angelina Jolie's character would return for the sequel, he also explained how she could reappear despite her [SPOILER ALERT] apparent demise at the end of the first film.

However, an unconfirmed report has emerged that Jolie has turned down a chance to reprise her role as the assassin named Fox in favor of starring in another movie.

According to New York Magazine, Jolie will instead star in "Gravity", a sci-fi thriller by director Alfonso Cuarón. The report also states that because Jolie has opted to leave "Wanted 2" behind, Universal Studios has "pulled the plug rather than recast the film." Read More...

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The CraziesThe mental well-being of a rural Iowa town is about to be obliterated by a tainted water supply, and no amount of therapy can save survivors from their infected friends and neighbors.

Overture Films' new take on George Romero's 1973 film "The Crazies" looms close and with it, a companion comic book narrative set to flesh out the tale's horrific causes and effects.

Produced by Jeff Katz of American Original and printed by Top Cow, the four-issue miniseries follows four distinct chapters featuring individual creative teams. Ivan Brandon and Jon Buran handle "Hopman Bog," followed by Brian Reed and Hugo Petrus on "Dwyer Creek," Marc Andreyko and Vincent Spencer on "Black Pond" and Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rashan Ekedal handling "Ogden Marsh." Read More...

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WantedFor well over a year, Mark Millar has been talking about the proposed sequel to "Wanted", based upon his hit creator owned comic miniseries with artist J.G. Jones. The film, staring James McAvoy as Wesley Gibson and Angelina Jolie as Fox was a surprise hit during its release in 2008, making a sequel inevitable. And according to Millar, "Wanted 2" may finally be close to going in front of the cameras.

"I can't remember exactly when it's going to start shooting — I don't even know if I can officially say — but it will be soon and the script is almost ready," said Millar during an interview with IGN. Millar also disclosed where the sequel would pick up and reiterated that it would have a "global" scope.

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Last we heard from the "Wanted 2" camp, director Timur Bekmambetov revealed to MTV News that he had settled on a way to bring Angelina Jolie's character back for the sequel. All that's left is actually convincing her to return for another film.

One character that is certainly planned for a return is world-class assassin Wesley Gibson (played by James McAvoy). When we caught up with him during the junket for "The Last Station" (hitting theaters today), we had to get an update on what he's heard and where "Wanted 2" stands.

"I got a phone call from Timur on New Years Eve," McAvoy told MTV News. "I thought he was phoning to tell me what's happening with the film, but he said he'd get back to in a couple of weeks, and he should have some stuff." Read More...

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AlibiFlush from the success of “Twilight” and its sequel “New Moon,” Summit Entertainment has picked up the film rights for Top Cow’s “Alibi.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, John Hlavin (“The Shield”) is onboard to write the adaptation. Halvin was also recently tapped to write the fourth “Underworld” film. “Alibi” co-creator and Top Cow President Matt Hawkins is also attached as an executive producer, along with Marc Silvestri.

An “Alibi” one shot written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Jeremy Haun was published last year as part of Top Cow’s Pilot Season. The story follows a wealthily playboy named John Stephens whose high profile social life serves as the perfect cover for his twin brother Rick — a top-secret government assassin. The concept was created by Hawkins and Michael Renegar. Read More...

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WitchbladeIt's been a while since we checked in with the Top Cow crew about "The Witchblade," the planned feature film based on the publisher's long-running, fan-favorite comic book series about a female police detective who fights evil with the aid of a supernatural artifact. Back in May, Top Cow president Matt Hawkins said the project was still looking for a writer, but financing had already been secured and director Michael Rymer ("Battlestar Galactica," "Queen of the Damned") was attached.

During a recent conversation with Hawkins, the Top Cow chief said very little's changed in that respect—but they have come up with a new take on the movie's plot.

"We sat down with a couple of guys, [co-producer] Platinum Studios and Marc Silvestri and I, and we banged out a three-page document that says here’s the basic story idea we want to do," said Hawkins. "It’s sort of a balancing act—it’s very different from the book, but thematically, it’s very much the same." Read More...

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AlibiLast month, it was announced that "Alibi," a Top Cow comic written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Jeremy Haun, was tagged for adaptation by "Surrogates" producer Mandeville Films. A story of twin brothers who lead very different lives (one is a deadly government agent while the other is a wealthy socialite), "Alibi" has only had one issue published—but it was enough to catch the attention of Hollywood.

I recently had a chance to talk with the president of Top Cow, Matt Hawkins, to get a little more info on the deal and what they have planned for the project. As one of the co-creators of "Alibi," Hawkins has a particular affection for the project, and he shared his thoughts on where it's at and where he'd like to see it headed. Read More...

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MagdalenaLast we heard from the "Magdalena" camp, the upcoming adaptation of the Top Cow property had landed "Midnight Meat Train" director Ryûhei Kitamura to helm the project, with "The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations" writer Holly Brix penning the screenplay.

Chronicling the adventures of a direct descendant of Mary Magdalene who protects the world against evil using a variety of supernatural powers, "Magdalena" already has its stars in "Step Up" actress Jenna Dewan (playing the heroine, Patience) and "Hellboy II" actor Luke Goss (playing Patience's mentor, Kristof). Last year, we featured a week of video interviews with Dewan (we've embedded some of them in this post), and now we thought we'd check in with the new "Magdalena" writer to see where the project's at these days—and where she's planning to take it.

MTV: Where is the film at right now? Where are you in the process?

HOLLY BRIX: Right now, we're working out a deal so that I can start writing. We're not at the beginning of the process, but we're just going to script. Read More...

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Wanted - Angelina Jolie"Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov has made no secret of his desire to bring Angelina Jolie back for the sequel to last year's hit film based loosely on the comic book series by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones. However, her character's final scene in the film made such a return unlikely—if not impossible.

While Jolie previously told MTV News she didn't think her character, Fox, would be making a comeback for "Wanted 2," it's worth noting that this is still the world of comic books—and as all fans know, no character stays away very long in comics. In fact, when we spoke to Bekmambetov recently, he not only reiterated his plans to bring Jolie's character back, but he said they already have a plan for how it's going to happen.

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Alibi"Alibi," the comic book series about John Stephens and his secretive twin brother who operates as a top-secret government assassin, is headed for the big screen.

Variety reports that the Top Cow Productions series written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Jeremy Haun will be adapted into a feature-length film courtesy of a partnership between the publisher and Mandeville Films.

The comic book was initially conceived as part of Top Cow's "Pilot Season," an initiative that showcases a series of one-shot issues that serve as back-door "pilots" for elaborated ongoing series. Readers vote on their favorite books, with the winning issue -- sometimes the top two -- moving on for full-fledged series. Read More...

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