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Friday Link-A-Mania

Bay Confirmed for Transformers 3
Paramount has announced that Michael Bay will direct the third Transformers film, and has set a release date for 1 July 2011, reports Variety . Stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox will be also back.

Sam Raimi Launches New Thriller Label
Sam Raimi's genre label Ghost House is launching Spooky Pictures as a new banner that will produce thrillers for family audiences, according to Variety . The first film it will produce is The Substitute, a remake of a Danish thriller.

Stars Sign Up For Let The Right One In Remake
Richard Jenkins, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz have been signed up for the revived Hammer Films remake of the legendary Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In. Jenkins has a handful of upcoming projects including Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts. Smit-McPhee can be seen next in The Road, with Viggo Mortensen, while Moretz was last seen in (500) Days of Summer. The film is being directed by Matt (Cloverfield) Reeves, reports Variety .

The Future Is Wilder On The Big Screen
Warner Bros is developing feature version of animated documentary series The Future Is Wild, according to Variety . The 2002 show, which was broadcast on the BBC in the UK, was an international co-production which brought to life scientists predictions of how the Earth might develop in the dim and distant future using CGI. "It’s a freaky, fantastical interpretation but also a scientifically based version of what the evolution of Earth looks like – with or without us," producer John H Williams told Daily Variety.

Day One Cut Back To A Mini Series
US Network has decided to cut back its forthcoming SF series from a full 13-week episodic show to a four-hour mini series, according to Variety . The Network maintains, though, that the mini series could serve as a pilot for a possible series. This is similar to the fate which has befallen ABC’s V remake, which will now also kick off as a four-hour mini series, although the current plan there is still make a further nine episodes to air later. Day One is about the aftermath of a global catastrophe and how the residents of one apartment building in Van Nuys band together to survive and figure out what happened.

NBC is developing a new fantasy cop show called Midnighters, according to The Hollywood Reporter . The show is about a group of people born at the stroke of midnight who have access to the 25th hour of each day, which they use to stop crime.

New Spy Series From JJ Abrams
It's turning into a busy week for NBC – as well as the Day One and Midnighters news, the Network has also announced that it has commissioned a new spy series from JJ Abrams, says The Hollywood Reporter . The show concerns husband and wife spies who work together. OF course, the spy game is nothing new to Abrams, as he wad the creator and showrunner on Alias.