Walden Media is producing a reboot of the Benji movies.  Brandon Camp, the son of Benji creator Joe Camp, Jr., will direct the new movie.  Now, they’re looking for the dog that will portray Benji on the big screen!

“Finding the right dog to play him is an essential element of making this movie, so we’re casting a wide net and leaving no stone unturned,” said Brandon Camp in a statement. “That includes using social media to reach dog-owners who might have a perfect Benji of their own at home.”

Visit the official Benji the Movie Facebook page to get involved and submit your dog!

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“Braveheart” writer Randall Wallace will direct “The Conscientious Objector” for Walden Media, Walden confirmed to TheWrap.

The film tells the true story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doss served in WWII, joining the army as a medic. He was ostracized by his fellow soldiers because of his refusal to kill or even carry a gun. He proved his courage, saving 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa.

Drafted in 1942, the Seventh-day Adventist became a medic because he refused to carry a weapon into combat.

Wallace earned his lone Oscar nomination as a writer, penning the script for “Braveheart,” but his directing credits include “The Man in the Iron Mask,” “We Were Soldiers” and “Secretariat.” He wrote the first two but not the latter.

Aaron Schneider had previously been attached to direct.

The script was written by Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the Pulitzer-winning play The Kentucky Cycles and whose script credits include The Pacific and The Quiet American. The film is a co-production between Pandemonium and Permut Presentations, and is being produced by Bill Mechanic, David Permut and Terry Benedict (who directed the 2004 documentary bearing the same title). Steve Longi is co-producer.

Walden Media has hired Joe Ballarini to rewrite Atlantis 7, a thriller in which an elite military Navy SEAL force attempts to find the mythical city of Atlantis. A military code breaker seeks out his absentee father, who may hold the secret to unlock the clues that make an Atlantis discovery possible, which is key to saving the world.

Dean Parisot is attached to direct, and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps is producing with The Gotham Group. Adam F. Goldberg wrote the first draft adaptation of M. Zachary Sherman’s graphic novel Seal Team 7 and Robert Nelson Jacobs did a rewrite.

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The 2003 documentary comes to Blu-ray 3D with two cuts in September.

In an early announcement to retailers, Disney/Buena Vista has slated ‘Ghosts of the Abyss – 3D’ for Blu-ray 3D on September 11.

For the first time on Disney Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray 2D, see the real story behind the Titanic and watch this groundbreaking cinematic achievement in a beautiful new digital restoration!

Academy Award®-winning Director and master storyteller, James Cameron journey’s back to the site of his greatest inspiration – the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world’s foremost historic and marine experts and friend Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 souls lost their lives almost a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never-before. With the most advanced 3D photography, moviegoers will experience the ship as if they are part of crew, right inside the dive subs. In this unprecedented motion picture event, made especially for IMAX 3D theatres and specially outfitted 35MM 3D theaters across the country, Cameron and his team bring audiences to sights not seen since the sinking 90 years ago and explore why the landmark vessel – more than any shipwreck – continues to intrigue and fascinate the public.

The Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will feature both the theatrical (60 minute) and extended (90 minute) cuts in 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include Reflections from the Deep.

Adam Brooks will direct “Happy Mother’s Day” for Walden Media, the company confirmed on Monday.

Brooks will also write a new draft of the script for the film, which revolves around four moms on their special day. Walden exec Eric Tovell would not go into further detail about the plot.

Nia Vardalos wrote the initial draft with Keith Nerryman and David A. Newman following up with another draft.

We’ve found more information about the sequel to Nim’s Island. One thing that was kind of surprising, but I sort of expected, was that it appears most of the original cast will not be returning. In fact, currently the only cast member we know of is Bindi Irwin, who was last seen in Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove, which was the direct to video fourth film in the Free Willy series.  It appears that she will play the role of Nim Rusoe, the role that Abigail Breslin originated.  These are the only other details we’ve managed to find so far.  No word yet on whether Gerard Butler or Jodie Foster will reprise their roles from the original film.

Synopsis

The writer and producer of the smash hit NIM’S ISLAND brings you the much anticipated sequel, RETURN TO NIM’S ISLAND, featuring Bindi Irwin in a wild ride filled with pristine beaches, exotic animals, dastardly pirates, and all your favorite characters from the original.

After his cruise ship discovery of Nim and her beautiful island, Edmund tries to explain the wonder of his find to his classmates only to find that nobody will believe him. Frustrated, Edmund runs away and sneaks aboard the same fateful cruise ship as his last adventure and steals a row boat to make his way to Nim’s Island. At the same time, Nim’s world is turning upside down, as she’s faced with the possibility of having to move to the mainland for her father to pursue his scientific research. Left alone for her last weekend on the island, Nim finds Edmund, as well as the pirate animal poachers that followed him! Soon, Nim and Edmund are in a stealth battle of cunning and wits to rescue her beloved sea lion Selkie. With Nim’s know-how and Edmund’s bravery, they are able to defeat the pirates and maybe even solve the scientific mystery that would allow Nim to stay on her beloved Island.

FREE WILLY meets PETER PAN meets HOME ALONE – with loads of action and laughs – as Bindi Irwin defends the paradise of Nim’s Island!

Won’t Back Down Theatrical Trailer

May 16th, 2012 by Paul Martin

The theatrical trailer for Won’t Back Down is now up at Yahoo Movies.

Directed by Daniel Barnz (Beastly) from a script he co-wrote with Brin Hill, the fact-based drama stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as a pair of determined mothers who team up to establish a charter school for struggling children in their Pittsburgh neighborhood.

Oscar Isaac co-stars as a ukelele-strumming teacher who takes a romantic interest in Gyllenhaal.  And making his big screen debut is Dante Brown. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Screen Australia has announced a list of films receiving development support, and on that list is a film that I didn’t know was even being considered: Nim’s Island 2.  The sequel actually has a working title of Nim’s Island: The Return of the Pirates.

The creative team for the sequel isn’t the same group of people that worked on the first film.  The producers are Chris Brown and Tom Hoffie.  The screenwriter is Ray Boseley.  The film will be directed by Brendan Maher.

The website listed this as the synopsis: A sequel to the hugely popular family film Nim’s Island.

That isn’t a lot to go on, and I’m going to reach out to Walden Media to see if this is their production, and if it is at all connected to Wendy Orr’s sequel to Nim’s Island, Nim at Sea.  There’s also no word if any of the original cast will be returning for the sequel.  We can only hope!

Fox Animation has acquired the movie rights to children’s book The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by first-time author Christopher Healy.

Chernin Entertainment, which produced Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is attached to produce.

The book, which hits shelves May 1, tells the story of the four princes from the classic fairy tales who saved Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.

In the tome, the princes’ due is glossed over by various minstrels, but the four young men — cast out of their respective castles — get a shot at redemption and glory when they uncover a plot that could destroy the kingdoms.

The 432-page novel from Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins Children’s Books, is the first from Healy, who was a children’s entertainment reviewer as well as a haunted house zombie actor before writing Saving Your Kingdom.

Healy is repped by Hotchkiss and Associates and Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

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New Release Date for “Parental Guidance”

April 11th, 2012 by Paul Martin

Fox moved the Crystal/Midler comedy Parental Guidance from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day 2012.

In Parental Guidance, Crystal and Midler play “old school grandparents who have a hard time finding a middle ground with their three modernized grandchildren.”  Marisa Tomei plays their daughter Alice, who despite different parenting styles, looks to the common ground of raising kids to mend her rocky relationship with her parents.  Tom Everett Scott plays Alice’s Husband.  Andy Fickman directed the comedy.