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Last week we told you that a sequel to the 1987 cult film The Lost Boys was in production here in Vancouver, Lost Boys II: The Tribe. Well, fans of creature features have cause for excitement. Legendary Hollywood FX makeup artist — and sometimes actor — Tom Savini will appear in the film, and arrives in Vancouver next month to shoot his sequence. Savini, whose credits include Dawn Of The Dead and Friday The 13th, among many others, will play a surfer who runs afoul of vampires in the early part of the film. The project stars original Lost Boys actors Corey Haim and Jason Patric, and rumour has it that Corey Feldman will also return to reprise the role of Edgar Frog, though this has not yet been confirmed.
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Keanu Reeves arrives on ‘Earth’: Back in June we reported that the 20th Century Fox re-imagination of Robert Wise’s classic 1957 sci-fi film, The Day The Earth Stood Still — originally set to shoot this month in Vancouver — had been stalled due to script and directorial issues. It seems the studio has sorted all of this out, having just this past weekend announced the casting of Toronto-raised actor Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, the humanoid alien. Moreover, our sources tell us that Vancouver is still on track to host the shoot, now tentatively scheduled for a late fall or early 2008 production start. We’ll keep you posted.
AVP-R trailer stirs positive Internet buzz: Though B.C. lost a number of big budget film projects to Ontario and Quebec this year — thanks in large part to those provinces’ willingness to roll back the PST for productions — one of the biggest sci-fi franchises out there, AVP (Alien vs. Predator to the uninitiated) did shoot its latest iteration on our doorstep. After months of simply being known as AVP-2, the film finally received a title last week, Alien vs. Predator — Requiem, and the studio, 20th Century Fox, has now launched the official website, AVP-R.com, where you can have a look at the film’s trailer, which begins with the tagline: “In space, no one can hear you scream. On Earth, it won’t matter.” Though it proves absolutely nothing, the trailer is impressive, so much so that the Internet has been abuzz with positive anticipation ever since the official site went live. Fingers crossed.