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Briefs: APES, DUNE, TOTAL RECALL

March 23rd, 2011 in Movies by 0 Comments

20th Century Fox has rescheduled the release Rise of the Apes (The Planet of the Apes prequel) to August 5th. James Franco stars. They’ve also shuffled Jonah Hill’s The Sitter to December 9th. [Deadline.com]

Jamie Kennedy, Angela Sarafyan and famed attorney Mark Geragos are set to appear in the romantic comedy Lost and Found in Armenia from newcomer director Gor Kirakosian. Kennedy plays a U.S. senator who falls in love while on vacation in Armenia. Maral Djerejian and Valerie McCaffrey are producing.  The movie lenses this week in Los Angeles with location filming also happening in Armenia. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Dwayne Johnson is negotiating to star in writer/director Ric Roman Waugh’s action thriller Snitch. The Rock plays a father working undercover to sting a drug lord in hopes of earning clemency for his teen son, in this fact-based film. Justin Haythe wrote a previous version of the script. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Benicio Del Toro is the latest cast addition to Oliver Stone’s drug pic Savages, based on the book by Don Winslow. Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch are set for the story’s two protagonists. Del Toro will play the drug enforcer Lado who tries to coerce the small time pot dealers into the employ of his boss. The female lead remains uncast. [Deadline.com]

Doug Liman is pressing to film his untitled Moon project for Paramount Pictures this year. The film has a troubled history that includes losing a studio and a leading man, as well as numerous rewrites. Currently meetings are being held with Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Andrew Garfield, Emile Hirsch and Chris Pine in order to fill out the cast. More meetings are underway this week. [Heat Vision]

Paramount Pictures has let go of the feature film rights to Frank Herbert’s beloved science fiction novel series Dune. Studio had spent four years trying to develop the books into a franchise. Word is that the studio fell out with rights-holder Richard P. Rubinstein over money. The books have been developed as a David Lynch movie in the 1980s and a SyFy Channel TV series in the 2000s. [Deadline.com]

Alan Rickman is looking to join the cast of Gambit for director Michael Hoffman. Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz are already on board for the remake. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script. Mike Lobell, Adam Ripp and Rob Paris are producing. Rizal Risjad is executive producing. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Kate Bosworth, Eva Mendes and Paula Patton are all reading for roles in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake. Colin Farrell is set to star. Bosworth is angling for the villain role originated by Sharon Stone in the 1990 version. Mendes and Patton are after the heroic female lead. Neal Moritz is producing the movie based on the Philip K. Dick story We Can Remember it For You Wholesale. [Deadline.com]

Johnny Depp is attached to star in a remake of the classic private detective thriller The Thin Man, currently being scripted by Jerry Stahl. Rob Marshall may direct. The original movie is abased on a novel by Dashiell Hammett. Depp is producing with Christi Dembrowski. [Heat Vision]

Ellen DeGeneres aims to produce a film adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s novel Sing You Home. The TV icon will team with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.  [Deadline.com]

David Fincher is said to be talking to Sony Pictures about directing their Cleopatra: A Life? movie starring Angelina Jolie. [Deadline.com]

Andrea Berloff is writing the script for the fact-based Cocaine Cowboy for Paramount. Movie focuses on a Vietnam vet turned billion-dollar coke dealer. [Risky Business]

Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg will topline Celeste and Jesse Forever from a script by Jones and Will McCormack. Lee Toland Krieger is directing. Movie focuses on a divorced couple determined to remain friends. [L.A. Times]

Ivan Reitman is looking to direct a feature film version of Alan Paul’s book Big in China: My Unlikely Adventure Raising a Family, Playing the Blues and Reinventing Myself in Beijing.  Project is out to writers. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Author: Rob Worley

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