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• Sam Raimi will direct a live-action movie based on the popular World of Warcraft online role-playing franchise.
Legendary Pictures and video-game publisher Blizzard Entertainment will produce the film, with Warner Bros. co-financing and distributing. Raimi will tackle the film once he completes Spider-Man 4.
• Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera) has signed on to write and direct the bloody Abattoir for Barry Levine’s Radical Pictures.
The company’s comics division, Radical Publishing, is turning the property into a graphic novel, based on a concept by Bousman and partner Michael Peterson. Artwork from the comic will debut at Comic-Con.
Abattoir centers on a real-estate agent who must clean up the remnants of a massacre in a mansion he hopes to sell.
• Director Ryuhei Kitamura and writer Holly Brix are attached to Magdalena, the film based on the Top Cow Productions character.
Jenna Dewan (Step Up) and Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) already are signed to star in the feature about the descendant of Mary Magdalene who serves as the warrior and protector of the Catholic Church.
• Relative newcomer Zachary Gordon (National Treasure: Book of Secrets) will star in Fox 2000’s adaptation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney’s best-selling series about a smart-aleck middle-schooler.
Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) is in negotations to play the female lead.