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By Daniel Carlson | Industry | July 1, 2008 |

Despite the presence of Christian Bale, I still find myself more worried than excited about the forthcoming Terminator Salvation. (This is the latest iteration of the title, after Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins and Terminator Shmerminator: We’re Making One More.) On one hand, yes, there’s Bale, who’s obviously among the best actors of his generation, and charismatic, and kind of blindingly handsome. But it’s also being directed by McG, a music video helmer whose feature credits include a firm but aged pair of Charlie’s Angels films and the deeply awful We Are Marshall. However, things got just a smidge brighter this week when it was announced that Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to join the cast in a role that’s being described as “small but pivotal.” Principal photography is already under way in New Mexico. There’s no telling what kind of part Bonham Carter might play, though odds are 3:2 she’ll wind up having weird and graphic sex with one of the Terminator models.

Has anyone else heard the Patton Oswalt bit about how reality TV producers will eventually film all of existence, forcing writers to begin scripting actual reality for people to live? It’s a great bit, and I couldn’t help but think about it when I read the news this week that Warner Bros. has acquired a comic book called Billy Smoke and is developing it as a starring vehicle for Matthew Fox. The kicker is that the Oni Press comic doesn’t even exist, and isn’t set to hit shelves until 2009. It’s as if the majors have plowed the comic book ground to the point of infertility and are now forced to reach into the future to acquire comic book properties that will eventually be turned into disappointing features. Billy Smoke is about a hitman who is nearly killed and decides to search for redemption (or whatever) by ridding the world of every other assassin. I guess it’s never too early to be let down.

Derek Haas and Michael Brandt — screenwriters for 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted and a couple of actual (one-time) Pajiba readers — have drafted a script for Sony called All Creatures Great and Small. It’s an adventure story set in a future where people have ruined the planet, causing the rapid evolution of plants and animals, who now run the show. Despite the vague smell of The Happening, Brandt described the story as a “big, fun, fantastic, Jurassic Park-type movie.” After Wanted, these guys can do whatever they want.

Here’s one for the kids in the crowd with low standards: The producers of 300, Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, are set to produce War of the Gods, which will have a “similar scope and tone.” The director? Tarsem. Of The Fall and The Cell. Enjoy.

There are only two entries in this morning’s trailer watch. First up is an indie comedy called In Search of a Midnight Kiss:

And now, the trailer for Quantum of Solace, the new James Bond film. The title’s incredibly dumb, but the movie looks like anything but:

Daniel Carlson is the managing editor of Pajiba and a low-level employee at a Hollywood industry magazine. You can visit his blog, Slowly Going Bald.

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