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Uwe Boll Returns!

Super Boll: The world’s greatest living director, Uwe Boll has cast Luke Perry and Lauren Holly in his apocalyptic thriller The Storm. In the film, Holly plays a “dedicated wife and mother who must deal with an end-of-days scenario — all heightened by the arrival of a mysterious stranger named Silas (Perry) who holds the key to the approaching doom.” And with this, Holly and Perry have officially given up on their attempts at career revival. [HR]

Six Sells: David R. Ellis , who describes his résumé as a series of “high-concept B movies” (Final Destination 2, Snakes on a Plane, Final Destination 4) is onboard to direct Six Days Till Midnight. The film is about a stranger who gives a rich businessman six days to answer a question. For each day he doesn’t answer it, a loved one will be killed. If it’s unanswered on the sixth day, he’s dead. Sounds like a better idea for a game show. [Variety]

Primetime Fairy Tales: ABC has given the go-ahead to a pilot for a small-screen adaptation of the comic book Fables. Published by DC’s Vertigo imprint and created by Bill Willingham, the hour-long show will focus on fairy-tale characters living in exile in modern New York City. Big Bad Wolf and Snow White are expected to play central roles. Six Degrees creators–executive producers Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner are working on a script that promises to be no weirder than real-life New York City. [HR]

Escape Plans: John Adams screenwriter Kirk Ellis has signed on to write Katherine Heigl’s upcoming HBO drama Escape. Adapted from the memoir of Carolyn Jessop, whose testimony helped convict Warren Jeffs, the film tells the story of a woman who flees the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints with her eight children after years of being forced to live in a polygamous relationship. Joseph Smith does not approve. [HR]

Syns of the Robot: Jericho producer John McNamara is teaming up with Supernatural producer-writer Sera Gamble to bring Showtime Syns, a character-driven sci-fi drama. The show will take place in a world where Syns, humanlike synthetic organisms, “are used for various purposes.” Showtime has snagged U.S. rights to the project, which was originally developed by the BBC. According to Chris Coelen, CEO of production company RDF USA, the project will contain “light sci-fi elements, but it’s really meant to be rooted in the real world.” Because a show about robots who do your laundry could only really be rooted in the real world. [HR]

Uwe Boll Returns!