News briefs: Apes prequel gears up; Gods is now Immortals

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Production Weekly is reporting that the Planet of the Apes prequel movie Caesar has opened production offices at Mammoth Studios in Burnaby, Canada, near Vancouver; the film is scheduled to start shooting mid-July.

Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is the top choice to direct the two-part The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn among a list of top-flight filmmakers including Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola and Fernando Meirelles, Deadline Hollywood reported; Summit Entertainment hasn't signed him yet, but they are reportedly in talks.

Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Killer, meanwhile, will shoot in London and Iceland beginning in July.

Relativity Media has changed the title of its Greek mythology tale from War of the Gods to Immortals—presumably to avoid confusion with the similarly themed Clash of the Titans or the upcoming God of War —and announced the casting of John Hurt and Isabel Lucas, Variety said; the movie has also gotten a Nov. 11, 2011, release date.

ABC's Lost was Tuesday night's most-watched scripted show in the 18-49 demographic, but the second new episode of V since its hiatus saw its audience drop again, to 6 million viewers from 7.2 million the previous week, Variety reported.

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