Source: THR's Heat Vision Blog

G.I. Joe star Channing Tatum has landed the starring role in Ion, which is being produced by Ridley and Tony Scott for 20th Century Fox's specialty arm Fox 2000.

Writer Will Dunn reportedly shopped the script to studios previously without any luck, but in the wake of Avatar's $2.7 billion worldwide box office grosses, Fox reconsidered the sci-fi project. The story concerns a man who travels across several dimensions trying to reunite with his lover reincarnated.

Tatum's next high-profile project is The Eagle of the Ninth, from State of Play director Kevin MacDonald, which is slated to open on February 25th, 2011. Meanwhile, Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are hard at work on a script for a second G.I. Joe, which, if everything goes well, seems likely to hit screens in summer 2012.

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Source: Universal Pictures, Apple.com

Universal Pictures has just released the first trailer for Little Fockers, the third entry in the popular Meet the Parents franchise. Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, and Barbara Streisand are back, with Jessica Alba, Laura Dern and Harvey Keitel in tow for the Paul Weitz-directed comedy.

The previous entry, Meet the Fockers, was released in 2004 and was a surprise smash, easily eclipsing the success of the original with a massive $279.1 million dollar domestic haul against an $80 million budget. Little Fockers is scheduled to open just in time for Christmas, on December 22nd, 2010.

Click here to watch the trailer exclusively on Apple.com.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

John Lithgow ("Dexter") and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) have signed on to join James Franco in 20th Century Fox's tentpole reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Titled Rise of the Apes, the film serves as both a sequel and a prequel to the 1968 original.

According to reports, Lithgow will play Franco's Alzheimer's-afflicted father, while Pinto plays a fellow scientist. Rupert Wyatt, who directed the critically successful crime ensemble The Escapist, is helming the film, with a screenplay co-written by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.

The last entry in the series was Tim Burton's 2001 remake, which was somewhat commercially successful (grossing $180 million in the US against a $100 million budget), but it was ultimately dismissed by both critics and fans. Fox has been working on the prequel (under the widely-reported codename Caesar) for some time now. It is scheduled for release on June 24, 2011. 

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Source: SuperheroHype!

Writer/director Guy Ritchie is hard at work on the screenplay for the follow-up to the very successful Sherlock Holmes, and there are some big names on his wishlist. Early rumors indicate that the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels helmer wants Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis to take the role of Moriarty, who appeared in the first film, but only as a silhouette.

Moriarty is the arch-nemesis of the Sherlock Holmes character, and while Moriarty was only fleetingly present in the first film, it seems clear that he will be a major villain, if not the central villain, in the sequel. Of course, Day-Lewis rarely appears in mainstream commercial films, and previously took a five-year hiatus from acting between 1997 and 2002 based on his disinterest in the roles he was being offered. However, Ritchie has other names on his list, including Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Gary Oldman.

None of these names belong to Brad Pitt, who worked with Ritchie on Snatch and was previously rumored to have shot a few scenes for the first film that never materialized. In any case, more will be known soon, as Ritchie finishes the script in order to meet the sequel's December 16th, 2011 release date. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are already locked in to reprise their roles.

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