News briefs: F/X picks up Trek, Dead deal closed, Terminator DVD

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Jul 4, 2015

F/X has picked up TV rights to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek in what's said to be a standard four-year movie license under which the network will pay Paramount as much as $24 million for the film, Variety reported.
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Submarine has closed deals worldwide for I Sell the Dead, the 2009 Slamdance Award-winning horror film directed by Glenn McQuaid and starring Larry Fessenden, Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman and Angus Scrimm (Phantasm, Alias); in the movie, 18th-century justice finally catches up with two of the craftiest grave robbers in town, who tell a priest about their outlandish adventures.
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C.H.U.D., citing anonymous sources, reports that a battle is brewing to hire a director for the Conan reboot: Nu-Image/Millennium favors V for Vendetta's James McTeigue, while Lionsgate favors Brotherhood of the Wolf's Christophe Gans or Descent's Neil Marshall.
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Paramount has finally settled on June 5 as its Mexican release date for Star Trek, in the latest flu-driven reshuffle of the summer calendar, Variety reported.
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Michael Madsen, Rachel Hunter and Jennifer Tisdale are starring in Nictophobia, a horror thriller being directed by Doug Elford-Argent and produced by David Frank Fletcher Jr., according to The Hollywood Reporter; the story follows a murderer (Madsen) who terrorizes a trio of people who, in real-estate parlance, flip properties.
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Terminator Salvation director McG told Collider.com that the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release will have around half an hour to 40 minutes of deleted scenes, including ones of John Connor (Christian Bale) giving Sarah Connor-esque speeches, Moon Bloodgood topless and an alternate ending.