News briefs: Transformers 2 tops U.K., Japan; Teen Wolf rebooted?

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Adam-Troy Castro
Jul 4, 2015

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen doesn't open in the United States until Wednesday, but it's already rolled up about $20 million at 846 locations overseas, according to The Hollywood Reporter; the sequel opened at number one in the United Kingdom ($14.1 million from 517 screens) and Japan ($5.8 million from 329 sites).

Oscar-winning visual-effects specialist Charles Gibson will make his big-screen directing debut with the Geoff Rodkey-scripted supernatural family comedy The Goblin, Variety reported; the story revolves around a suburban family that moves into its new home only to find a curmudgeonly goblin who doesn't want them there.

Moviehole reported that a remake of the classic Michael J. Fox monster comedy Teen Wolf is in early development; Warner Brothers currently has the project out to writers, looking for the craftiest re-interpretation of Rod Daniels' 1985 hit.

The Harry Potter Advanced Potion-Making Experience has gone live on YouTube; it is an interactive video-submission contest launched in support of the July 15 opening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

The fifth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival is now accepting submissions through Sept. 15; the festival is a partnership with Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame and the Seattle International Film Festival Group (SIFF).