Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 1, 2008

Welcome to another Weekend Movie News Wrap Up, This has been a pretty slow week movie news wise, so there hasn't been a great deal that we've missed - even though we haven't posted a great amount of stories this week. However that said, I'm here to dig up the bones of what we may have missed. Be warned though, it's a pretty B-list offering!

This week we feature:Ninja Assassin, Donnie Darko sequel S. Darko ...really, Ouija board - the movie and Val Kilmer in The Thaw.

1. Joel Silver's Ninja Assassin has begun production in Berlin. According to Comingsoon this is the plot of the film:

"Ninja Assassin follows Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them... and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.

In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow, Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi, to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive…and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan."

This all sounds very generic, and with a B-list cast I'm predicting that anticipation levels for this film are at the far end of the scale from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Ninja Assassin is directed by V for Vendetta helmer and Wachowski protege James McTeigue.

Source: Comingsoon

2. Showgirls star Elizabeth Berkley will star in S.Darko, the unnecessary sequel to Donnie Darko. The film currently shooting in Utah also stars Briana Evigan, Daveigh Chase, Ed Westwick and Justin Chatwin.

Don't worry - I've never heard of those people either.

"The story, set seven years after the first film, follows Donnie Darko's sister, Samantha, who, in dealing with her broken family, flees town with her best friend when they are plagued by bizarre visions."

See it soon in a DVD bargain bucket.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

3. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes will produce Ouija, an adaptation of Hasbro's supernatural game Ouija Board.

No plot details have been released. I don't blame them, this sounds like a terrible idea.

I like Michael Bay as a director, but I'm not a big fan of his producing efforts, I don't think that's going to change in the near future.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

4. Val Kilmer will star in The Thaw, a horror film about a group of students trying to stop a deadly parasite that has escaped from a defrosted woolly mammoth.

Sounds like a cool little movie, it's being billed as a eco-horror movie, but director Mark A. Lewis says that the film won't be too preachy.

Source: Dread Central

That's it for this week, I hope that I have a more exciting line up next week.

See you at the movies!

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