March 28th, 2011 in Movies by 0 Comments

Mila Kunis has signed on for director Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful for Walt Disney Pictures. She’s playing the witch Theodora. James Franco is on board as the young carnival performer who becomes the great wizard. Being considered for the other two witch roles are Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightley and Rebecca Hall. [Variety (Paywall)]

Erin Carufel joins Amanda Seyfried in Heitor Dhalia’s thriller Gone. The Lakeshore Entertainment film focuses on a kidnapping survivor out to rescue her sister from the same abductor. [Risky Business]

Warren Beatty enjoyed a courtroom victory against the Tribune Company over the film rights to Dick Tracy. Beatty dumped a quick and dirty TV special into production featuring him in costume being interviewed by Leonard Maltin as a way of satisfying the “use it or lose it” clause in his film rights contract. Presumably the actor/producer means to exploit the film rights in some meaningful way later on. []

Josh Hutcherson, Alexander Ludwig, Hunter Parrish, Lucas Till and Evan Peters are said to be contenders for the male lead role of Peeta in Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games. Actors Liam Hemsworth, David Henrie, Robbie Amell and Drew Roy are vying for the role of Gale. Jennifer Lawrence has already secured the female lead in the film.  [Heat Vision]

S. Craig Zahler has sold his spec screenplay The Big Stone Grid to Columbia Pictures. Michael De Luca is producing the film, a crime thriller about a terrifying New York City extortion ring.  [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Smurfs will now be released by Sony Pictures Animation on August 3rd, a few days earlier than previously scheduled. []

Our Idiot Brother will be released by The Weinstein Company August 26th. []

I Don’t Know How She Does It will be released by The Weinstein Company September 16th. []

Piranha 3DD will be released by Dimension Films November 23rd, a few months later than previously announced. []

Apollo 18, which was due in theaters next month,  will now be released by Dimenstion Films on January 6th, 2012. []

Victoria Justice will play the lead in Paramount Pictures’ Fun Size, directed by Josh Schwartz. She’ll play a snarky teen saddled with chaperoning her brother on Halloween. She loses him and goes on a quest to find him. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Amanda Hocking legendary eBook author has sold the film rights for her Trylle Trilogy to Media Rights Capital. District 9 scribe Terri Tatchell is working on the screenplay. [Arts Beat Blog]

Will Sasso is locked for the role of Curly in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s The Three Stooges for 20th Century Fox. Hank Azaria is said to be the favorite for Moe while James Marsden is the unlikely choice for Larry. []

Viggo Mortensen will not play the male lead in Universal Pictures’ Snow White and the Huntsman after all. Negotiations with the actor on the Rupert Sanders directed pic have fallen through. [Heat Vision]

Armie Hammer has been cast as the male lead in the other movie on the same subject: Relativity Media’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White for director Tarsem Singh. He’ll play Prince Andrew Alcott. Saoirse Ronan is said to be circling the title role. Julia Roberts has already been cast as the evil queen. They’re looking to beat Universal with a release date of June 29th, 2012. []

Speaking of Saoirse Ronan, she recently revealed that she’s hoping to land a role in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, though rumors that she already has a part are untrue. [Heat Vision]

Ryan Murphy will not direct the hip hop update of Annie for Sony Pictures Entertainment and producer Will Smith. []

Khaled Laith and Razane Jammai have landed the role in Tobe Hooper’s horror flick Djinn. The movie tells of a couple from United Arab Emirates who have the unlikely misfortune of relocating the U.S. into a high-rise infested with a Djinn. David Tully has written the script. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Robert De Niro will star in director Jessy Terrero crime thriller Freelancers. Forest Whitaker is also in talks. Curtis Jackson is already on board as lead actor and producer. []

Liongate has secured the feature film rights to the 1970s era U.K. TV series The Professionals. Callum McDougall and Richard Whelanto will produce the feature film. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Chucky will return in a reboot of Child’s Play from MGM. Don Mancini has a script that has been on ice over a rights dispute between the studio who owns the rights to the original and Universal Pictures, who holds the rights to the sequel. They’ve reached a deal and plans are to film this year with Brad Dourif returning to voice the lead. []

Author: Rob Worley

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