News briefs: RoboCop reboot; Burton OK; Magyk movie

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Dec 14, 2012

The Hollywood Reporter Risky Biz blog has an interesting column about Fountain director Darren Aronofsky's dilemma: He's on the verge of a deal to direct the supernatural Natalie Portman movie Black Swan later this year, throwing into question his involvement in a reboot of the RoboCop franchise, on which he has been working with writer David Self.
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Star Trek's LeVar Burton, who was hurt in an accident on Monday, posted an image of his wrecked car and tweeted: "Woke up feeling like I was hit by a car. Oh wait, I was..Thanks for all of your thoughts, prayers & good wishes!"
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Warner Brothers has brought in David Frankel to develop and direct Septimus Heap: Magyk, based on the popular seven-volume children's books by U.K. author Angie Sage, about two babies who are switched at birth—one a boy who discovers his birthright as the seventh son of a seventh son and is destined to become a powerful wizard, the other a girl who is fated to become a princess, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Disney has acquired screen rights to the young adult fantasy novel Wings and will develop the best-selling Aprilynne Pike title as a star vehicle for Miley Cyrus, Variety reported.
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Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have firmed up a March 4, 2011, release date for I Hop, a live-action/CGI family comedy in which Russell Brand has been set to provide the voice of the Easter Bunny, which is to be directed by Alvin and the Chipmunks' Tim Hill, Variety reported.
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