More medieval fantasy for Kevin Lima

Director Kevin Lima (Enchanted), who is currently in pre-production of The Spook’s Apprentice, a medieval fantasy for Warner Bros, already has his next project lined up. Also for Warner, it will be a new interpretation of the medieval folk tale Tom Thumb. Interestingly written by Robert Rodat (The Patriot), the untitled film departs considerably from the classic tale.

An arrogant knight who’s shrunk to 6 inches while assigned to protect a princess and then discovers what it means to be a real hero.

No word on when production will start or as to who may star, but Warner believes this will be one of their big money earners whatever the year is when it’s released. Tom Thumb will apparently be a CGI creation while the rest of the film will be live-action…it sort of works with animals but will it be realistic enough for a human being, whether he’s tiny or not?

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Suck on this Warner Bros, Hari Puttar FTW!

If you’ve already been to this site, you’ve probably heard about the Harry Potter/Hari Puttar lawsuit Warner Bros initiated about a month ago. If not, the gist is that Warner Bros filed a lawsuit against Indian company Mirchii Movies over the latter’s film Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors, complaining it resembled its Harry Potter property a tad too much. Of course, Hari has nothing in common with Harry and is actually more of a Home Alone ripoff. You can read more about it here (including Hari Puttar‘s trailer) and here.

As I predicted, Warner Bros succeeded only in embarassing themselves, as Indian courts rejected the complaint yesterday on grounds that the stories are in no way similar and that Warner knew of the film since 2005 (!). Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors will now come out this Friday in India, instead of the September 12th release originally planned.

In related Potter news, 25 minutes of the sixth film’s IMAX presentation will be converted for a 3D presentation. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince will open worldwide in mid-July 2009.

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Warner Bros prepping new Tarzan movie

Now that Hellboy II director Guillermo Del Toro will helm The Hobbit, Warner Bros has chosen the less prestigious Stephen Sommers (Van Helsing) to replace him in directing a new Tarzan movie. While it certainly would have been interesting to know what Del Toro would have done with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic tale, I actually think Sommers is a perfect fit for the job.

Stephen Sommers is an extremely underrated director who delivers films which are meant to be entertainment and nothing else, and he does that well. If you need proof he can churn out a good Tarzan, check out his 1994 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Stephen Sommers’ movie will be an original take, not a retelling of any of the books or previous movies (though I’m sure elements will seep through). He will write the screenplay with Stuart Beattie, with whom he already collaborated on his next movie, G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra, to be released next summer.

Tarzan is best known to moviegoers for the 1999 eponymous Walt Disney cartoon and Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes, starring Christophe(r) Lambert. Others may recall a series of twelve films starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the thirties and forties. No date has been set for this latest adventure.

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Coco Chanel biopic to lens mid-September

In case you didn’t know, several projects are currently being developed to capitalize on commemorate the Chanel brand’s 100 years of existence. The most legitimate one would be Coco Before Chanel, which will start shooting in France on September 15th. Why the most legitimate? Well, it’s a French movie (original title Coco Avant Chanel) and Coco Chanel was French. The 22 million dollar movie, which Warner Bros will distribute in the States, will be directed by Anne Fontaine (Nathalie…) and star the cute but ever-so-annoying Audrey Tautou (The Da Vinci Code) as the legendary fashion designer and Alessandro Nivola (The Eye) as her lover Boy Capel. Of course, everyone is unnecessarily wondering how the film will compare to last year’s big French biopic La Vie En Rose (original title La Môme) which chronicled the life of singer Edith Piaf.

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Harry Potter wants to kick Hari Puttar’s ass, doesn’t care about Harvey Putter?

Yesterday I reported about Warner Bros’ legal battle with Mirchi Movies over the forthcoming Indian film Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors (read more about it here). Today I find out that an American movie called Harvey Putter And The Ridiculous Premise has finished filming this August, and not only does Warner not care, the film actually has the support of the Harry Potter cast, crew, and fanbase!

The 30,000 dollar movie, from the people who brought you The Dork Of The Rings (huh?) features characters with names such as Dumpy The Houseschmuck, Hernia Grunger and Wand Fu Master and takes place at the “Snogwarts School Of Witchcrap”. According to the IMDB, the self-professed spoof’s story goes like this:

Celebrity teen wizard Harvey Putter and his friends learn that they are merely characters in a best-selling book and must magically escape their world before the final chapter.

The thought that Warner is freaking out over a Home Alone ripoff that most international Potter fans will never see (Indian films still being a very niche market) while Harvey Putter, which sounds like it’s going to be as funny as a Friedberg/Seltzer film (Disaster Movie), actually has the support of the Potter community, is baffling, and kind of sad really.

Dear Warner Bros, Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors‘ title is equal parts Harry Potter and William Shakespeare (The Comedy Of Errors, anyone?), so unless you can somehow get the Bard’s corpse to join you in your quest for “justice”, please give it up, you’re only embarassing yourselves.

Harvey Putter And The Ridiculous Premise is expected to premiere sometime in 2010, Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors is slated for release on September 12th 2008, and Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince was recently moved to July 17th 2009.

Harry Potter attacks Hari Puttar

In what can only be labeled a bitch move, Warner Bros has filed a lawsuit against Indian production company Mirchi Movies regarding the forthcoming film Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors. The reason? Warner feels the movie is taking advantage of the Harry Potter name. WB spokeswoman Deborah Lincoln tells The Hollywood Reporter:

“We have recently commenced proceedings against parties involved in the production and distribution of a movie entitled ‘Hari Puttar’. Warner Bros. values and protects intellectual property rights. However, it is our policy not to discuss publicly the details of any ongoing litigation.”

Mirchi CEO Munish Purii retorded:

We registered the ‘Hari Puttar’ title in 2005 and it’s unfortunate that Warner has chosen to file a case so close to our film’s release. In my opinion, I don’t think our title has any similarity or links with ‘Harry Potter.’

The irony here? Mr Purii is actually the one who’s right. From the looks of Hari Puttar‘s trailer, the movie has nothing to do with the world’s most famous teenage wizard and is actually eerily similar to the Home Alone franchise, a property owned by Twentieth Century-Fox. So if anyone should file a lawsuit against Hari Puttar, it ought to be Fox, a company currently tangled with Warner in a messy battle over the Watchmen rights (god, it’s like a vicious circle).

Article continues after the jump. Also, Hari Puttar trailer.

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