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11/03/2005 Entry: "Coming to a screen near you?"

Scifi Wire recently posted news about a possible "Sookie Stackhouse" tv series and an already-in-motion movie based on Neil Gaiman's STARDUST!

Dead as a Doornail

"Ball Raises Southern Vampire
(From Sci-Fi.com)

Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball is developing a new HBO series based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire book series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project is the first under Ball's two-year deal with HBO to develop new original programming, the trade paper reported. HBO has ordered an hourlong pilot to be written and directed by Ball.

The Southern Vampire series chronicles the intermingling world of humans and monsters in contemporary rural Louisiana, particularly vampires, thanks to a synthetic blood formula that allows them to roam far from their coffins, the trade paper reported.

There is no timetable for shooting the Southern pilot, but Ball believes it will happen sometime next year."

--review page for DEAD UNTIL DARK (Southern Vampire 1)
review page for LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS (Southern Vampire 2)
--review page for CLUB DEAD (Southern Vampire 3)
--review page for DEAD TO THE WORLD (Southern Vampire 4)
--review page for DEAD AS A DOORNAIL (Southern Vampire 5)

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"Vaughn sprinkles Stardust
(From Sci-Fi.com)

Paramount is in final negotiations with British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) to direct and produce his adaptation of Neil Gaiman's adult fairy tale STARDUST, Variety reported. Vaughn penned the script with writing partner Jane Goldman.

Gaiman's novel, first published in 1997 as STARDUST: BEING A ROMANCE WITHIN THE REALM OF FAERIE, is set in a town in the English countryside where the magical and mortal mix. The story is centered on a young man who promises his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm, where he has to contend with witches, goblins, gnomes, talking animals and evil trees. STARDUST won the 1999 Mythopoeic Award for adult novel.

Vaughn produced and made his directorial debut on the gritty gangster thriller Layer Cake, starring Daniel Craig, who went on to be named the next James Bond. Vaughn was attached earlier this year to direct the third X-Men movie, but left the project."

--review page for STARDUST

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Blood and Chocolate just finished filming.

Posted by Lori @ 11/04/2005 02:23 PM ET

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