Paramount says their new take on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer called “Huck” will have supernatural elements and be “in the vein of Snow White and the Huntsman.” Ugh. via: THR Meanwhile. Imagine is cooking up another film version of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984. That’s potentially not a terrible idea as long (read…)

Robert DeNiro is involved, but there’s no word if Charles Grodin will come back. Even less promising than the fact that Brett Ratner is the director is the fact the screenplay is being re-written by David Elliot and Paul Lovett who are the geniuses behind G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. If I wanted to (read…)

The 2012 Black Listed script recalls the Abscam scandal of the early ’80s when the FBI netted several political officials including US Senator Pete Williams in a sting operation utilizing a phony Shiek pretending to be looking to buy US citizenship. After several years in movie jail, David O. Russell bounced back in 2010 with (read…)

Playmobile's Noah's Ark

I wasn’t aware that we needed an “edgy” $130 million retelling of the Noah’s Ark story, but it’s no longer just a rumor, it’s actually happening. Russell Crowe will star as faithful Noah, the Old Testament hero who built a big boat to save the world’s animals in the face of the Great Flood sent (read…)

Jake Gyllenhaal

Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) is set to direct An Enemy based on the novel The Double by Jose Saramango (Blindness) while Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star as a man who sees his double on a DVD, or at least a double of who he was 5 years earlier. Probably unwisely, he sets out to (read…)

The Rolling Stones

The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World is turning 50. Of course the individual members are a good bit older than that. While there have been a number of documentaries about the band and several concert films, a truly comprehensive look at their history full of their music still needs to be done. (read…)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese

Leonardo DiCaprio has long been attached as a producer of the adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir about Wall Street badinage in the 1990s and Scorsese has been frequently reported as one of the directors interested in climbing aboard, but you just never know with those two guys until you know. Well, now apparently we know. (read…)

Sunset Song

British arthouse favorite Terence Davies (Distant Voices Still Lives, Of Time and the City) is set to adapt the novel considered among the most important Scottish novels of the 20th century by people who consider such things. Written by Lewis Grassic Gibbon 1n 1932, it’s the first part of the A Scots Quair trilogy (along (read…)

As it is with the previously announced with the remake of Rebecca, the party line on this one will be that they’re not really remaking Hitchcock’s film, but going back to the orginal source novel Before the Fact by Anthony Berkeley. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that there’s room for a new version (read…)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will co-star opposite Scarlett Johansson in his feature directorial debut, an as-yet untitled film (which he also wrote) described by Deadline as “a sexy comedy about about a modern-day Don Juan, and his quest to become less of a ‘selfish dick.’” via: Deadline

In an adaptation of Steve Martin’s 2010 satire of the art world, Amy Adams (who is also producing) will play high-end New York art dealer Lacey Yeager from the mid ’90s until the present as she claws her way through the ranks to own her own gallery. I haven’t read the novel, but I found (read…)

Rumors have been swirling around a possible film to be directed by Abel Ferrara inspired by the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund who resigned in 2011 amid accusations of rape. While neither the production company Wild Bunch nor Depardieu will confirm the project, Ferrara told French newspaper Le (read…)

No, not the Michael Mann film from the ’90s. This is a 1986 film written by William Goldman from his novel of the same name and it represented a stretch in Burt Reynolds’ waning, post Cannonball Run II career with films featuring macho one-word titles like Stick and Malone. Jason Statham will be taking over (read…)

Yes, well, Ridley Scott’s name is on more projects than he could ever possibly film so take this with a gigantic grain of salt. If he does commit to it, no telling what will happen with the other projects he’s been recently rumored to be involved in. Anyway, The Counselor is a spec script written (read…)

It’s called Gods And Kings and it’s not your grandfather’s Ten Commandments. According to “insiders” this is envisioned as a “Braveheart-ish vrsion of the Moses story.” Less gloss than DeMille and more grit. Color me skeptical, but then I underestimated Spielberg’s horsey war movie too and it was a lovely surprise. I don’t need to (read…)

Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas is in negotiations to play olive drab fan Fidel Castro in Castro’s Daughter, a film about Alina Fernandez, the spawn of the unholy union between the Cuban dictator and Cuban socialite Naty Revuelta. No supporter of her father’s regime, Fernandez fled Cuba in the early 90s. Fernandez describes herself as a “huge fan” (read…)

James Franco

Busy James Franco is attached to star in Mapplethorpe, a film about controversial photographer Robert Mapplethrope who died of complications from AIDS in 1989. Whatever one thinks of Mapplethorpe’s striking black and white photography, his more controversial homoerotic and/or sadomasochistic work made serious cultural waves in the morally uptight 1980s and raised important questions about (read…)

Patricia Highsmith's Deep Water

Zach Helm, writer/director of the underrated Stranger Than Fiction has been chosen to write the adaptation of Deep Water, the 1957 thriller by Patricia Highsmith, perhaps best known for the novels Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Deep Water tells the story of a Victor, a husband who avoids divorce by allowing (read…)

Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly

If the name Olivier Dahan sounds familiar it’s because he made a splash just a couple of years ago with another bio, the Marion Cotillard-starring La Vie En Rose. The script for Grace of Monaco which made the Black List revolves around 6 months in 1962 when Grace Kelly, now Princess Grace of Monaco, worked (read…)

It’s not a remake, but Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) was inspired by the 1948 Fred Zinnemann film The Search, a drama about a mother’s search for her son who was interred at Auschwitz. Hazanavicius’ wife Berenice Bejo (The Artist) will play a woman working for an NGO in Chechnya in the aftermath of the country’s (read…)

George Clooney

The Monuments Men will be a big-budget adaptation of the book (subtitled Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History) by Robert M. Edsel about a group of American and British art experts who worked behind enemy lines between D-Day and V-E Day to track down and keep precious works of art (read…)

Iron Pinocchio

The script about Geppetto’s search for his beloved marionette/boy Pinocchio was written by Pushing Daisies creator Brian Fuller and THR describes it as “well-regarded.” The rag further describes Tim Burton as being “keen” to direct it and in conversations with Warner Bros. who own the property. Robert Downey Jr. meanwhile has “expressed serious interest.” Well, (read…)


Here’s another example of a studio getting cold feet on an expensive film. This long (and tortuously) in the works adaptation of the Japanese comic already had its budget chopped in half to $90 million and now they want to get it down to $60 – $70 million. In the mean time, the Vancouver production (read…)

Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead

Malcolm Leo is directing a documentary on Jerry Garcia based largely on a 3-hour interview Leo conducted with the founding member of The Grateful Dead in 1987. The hope is for a Spring 2012 release. The Deadline report doesn’t say what kind of music rights the filmmakers have procured but points out that talent agency (read…)

Sissy Spacek in Brian De Palma's Carrie

It’s going to be called Carrie: Boys Don’t Cry Until They’re Telekinetically Crushed by Gymnasium Doors and then Burned to Death. Back when this project was first announced, the justification was that screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who re-wrote Spider-Man: Turn of The Dark (no seriously turn it off goddamnit or I’m getting the belt!) was going to (read…)


Yeah, I know that’s not exactly a news flash. Wiig has cagey about a sequel to the film ever since it semi-unexpectedly became a substantial hit last summer. Kim Masters wants it to be because Wiig has some bad blood with Universal over the tiny bonuses received by her co-stars, but I like to think (read…)

Sarah Polley

Actor turned director Sarah Polley who made a splash a few years back with her feature directorial debut Away From Her has signed on to an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s historical novel Alias Grace. It’s an account of Grace Marks, a 16-year-old Canadian maid convicted of murdering her employer and her employer’s housekeeper in the (read…)

Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis, the director of the best film called Crash not directed by David Cronenberg but by a guy who shares a name with a boiled sheep’s stomach filled with oats and the sheep’s organs, has signed on to direct the Canadian political drama Paris. THR didn’t take the time to enlighten us as to (read…)

The Hive was not on my radar at all because it was a Joel Schumacher picture. I don’t have much of an opinion on Brad Anderson (The Machinist) taking over other than to say “well, at least that means one less Joel Schumacher movie in the world.” Like Whac-a-Mole however, I’m sure Schumacher will just (read…)

Leonardo DiCaprio

Graham Moore, whose The Imitation Game recently topped the 2011 Black List of unproduced screenplays, has been hired by Warner Bros. to adapt Eric Larson’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America with an eye toward Leonardo DiCaprio playing notorious serial killer H.H. Holmes. Holmes constructed (read…)

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