'The Thing,' 'Resident Evil 4' -- Weekly Horror Meme-orandum   

February 1, 2009 A roundup of the week's big horror movie news stories, including updates on "Resident Evil 4," "The Thing" prequel and more.

A script for "Resident Evil 4" has been written by Paul Anderson, who is not coming back to direct. The film is set to shoot in Toronto and Japan -- although the film is apparently set in Alaska. Milla Jovovich has yet to be signed. ... Robert Rodriguez is producing a reboot of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic "Predator." ...

Matthijs Van Heijningen has been signed to direct the prequel to John Carpenter's "The Thing" for Universal. The script, which covers the events that befell the Norwegians who turn up dead in Carpenter's original movie, was penned by Ron Moore. ...

Dror Soref's "Not Forgotten," a horror title that played well at Slamdance, has been picked up by Anchor Bay Entertainment for distribution in the U.S., UK and Australia.

A director announcement is due to arrive soon from Platinum Dunes regarding the helmer of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake. The film is due to start shooting soon, producer Brad Fuller told Bloody Disgusting. The film will be a priority over a potential "Friday the 13th Part 2" sequel to Marcus Nispel's remake/prequel/sequel hitting theaters Friday, Feb. 13.

Jena Malone of "The Ruins" (the gal on the left above) has been cast in the lead for MGM's "Cabin in the Woods," a horror film co-written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. Goddard will direct. Goddard, who helped write "Cloverfield," told MTV last summer about the project: "[T]here's a reason the title is so straightforward… It's its own sub-genre, the cabin in the woods, and this is sort of our take on it. It's fresh and new." Note: This casting news has since been debunked.

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