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Marvel Movie Date Set, Including Spidey 4
There's been some shuffling round with the opening dates of upcoming big screen Marvel movie adaptations, and now three will premiere in 2011 – Spider-Man 4 (May 6), Thor (17 June) and The First Avenger: Captain America (22 July). Variety also reports that The Avengers is now set to debut on 4 May 2012. The release date of Iron Man 2 remains the same: 7 May 2010.

Journeying Again
New Line has greenlighted a sequel to last year’s Journey To The Center Of The Earth, according to Variety . Surprising, really, since the first film, starring Brendan Fraser battling a CG overload (like most his films) was hardly exactly zeitgeist-shattering. Maybe it was cheap. The sequel script, currently titled Mysterious Travels: The Lost Map of Treasure Island, has Prof Trevor Anderson and his nephew embarking on a journey to a mysterious island that was the subject of three classic novels – Jules Verne's Mysterious Island, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. That’s one Hell of a ret-con.

Doing It
Warner Brothers is prepping a big screen version of Stephen King’s It, which was previous been made into a TV mini series in 1990, reports Variety . The story deals a groups of school friends who lived through a reign of terror by a killer clown in the '50s, who reunite when the killings start again. Quite whether the new script, by Dave Kajganich (who has also written the script for an Escape From New York remake for New Line), should reinstate the bizarre novel ending left out of the mini series, featuring a cosmic turtle battling a space spider, is open to debate.

Alien Zoo
Warners Brothers has commissioned Joe Stillman to write Alien Zoo, a CGI/live action family comedy dubbed "Jurassic Park With aliens", according to Variety . Stillman contributed to the first two Shrek films.