New Line

Those anxiously awaiting movies based on the books Inkheart, Time Travelers Wife, Sex and the City, He’s Just Not That Into You as well as The Hobbit, were worried by the news on Thursday that the films’ studio, New Line Cinema is being folded into Warner Bros. Variety reports that “specific decisions on possible date switches aren’t expected for several more weeks.” However, they say the launch of Sex and the City on May 30th will be unaffected, as well as the one of He’s Just Not That Into You (with Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Connolly), scheduled for Aug. 1.

Several weeks ago, Variety reported that the release of Inkheart (starring Brendan Fraser), originally scheduled for March 19 this year, was delayed until January 2009, “in part because the studio believed it couldn’t adequately market the pic in light of the hit television is taking from the writers strike.” No mention has been made of the fate of Time Travelers Wife (with Eric Bana, who plays Henry VII in The Other Boleyn Girl, as the librarian), which is scheduled for November.

Meanwhile, the legal dispute between Peter Jackson, who will produce The Hobbit, and New Line has been settled. News reports say the project will go ahead. Two films are planned with expected release of the first on Christmas, 2011. Jackson is currently filming The Lovely Bones for DreamWorks in New Zealand.

We’ve updated the Books to Movies Pages with May titles, including Iron Man, coming May 2, based on the Marvel comic hero. The title is so hot, that MTV has done a shot-by-shot analysis of the new trailer (they like it. A lot). The movie is live action, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges.

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