News briefs: New Jeannie writer hired; Nimoy honored

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

The Los Angeles Times' 24 Frames blog reports a rumor that Sheila Callaghan, a writer on Showtime's The United States of Tara, has been hired to write a script for a long-gestating film based on the 1960s fantasy comedy series I Dream of Jeannie.

Yesterday, we reported that original Star Wars star Mark Hamill was thinking about directing a movie based on his comic series; now comes news that Hamill has become a founding board member of Berkeley Square Films, a new British film company, according to Deadline Hollywood; the company plans to make movies budgeted up to $7 million.

Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy will be on hand for the unveiling of a commissioned bronze bust portraying the iconic character of Mr. Spock and to leave behind his iconic "live long and prosper" handprint at a ceremony commemorating Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, as the official Trek capital of Canada on Friday.

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films will honor Avatar director James Cameron, Terminator producer Lauren Shuler-Donner and Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci with special awards at this year's 36th Annual Saturn Awards on June 24.

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