News briefs: Stargate contest; Hugheses to direct Akira?

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Patrick Lee
Dec 14, 2012

Fans of Syfy's Stargate Universe are being invited to create a cover and art for the SGU "Online Graphic Novel Sweeps", which will focus on the season 1.0 cliffhanger question: "What will happen to Dr. Rush?" The deadline is Feb. 23; enter here.
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Vulture reports that Warner Brothers is negotiating with The Book of Eli's Hughes brothers to direct a live-action remake of the cult favorite Akira, from a script by Iron Man scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.
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Paramount Pictures announced that it is making a fourth Mission Impossible movie, with Tom Cruise returning as Ethan Hunt and J.J. Abrams producing, to be released Memorial Day weekend 2011; screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are attached to write the script, from an original idea by Cruise and Abrams.
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Penelope Cruz is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp in the Rob Marshall-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, reports Heat Vision; it opens on May 20, 2011.
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Twitch reports that Hong Kong-based Imagi Animation Studios, whose Astro Boy reboot disappointed at the box office, is going out of business and laying off more than 300 employees.

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