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Briefs: ENDER’S GAME, X-MEN, CABIN IN THE WOODS

April 29th, 2011 in Movies by 0 Comments

Jeff Bridges is in negotiations to co-star in director Robert Schwentke’s adaptation of Peter Lenkov’s comic R.I.P.D. for Universal Pictures. He’s a much better match for the grizzled (and long-dead) old west lawman that partners with Ryan Reynolds’ recently-dead contemporary cop in an other-worldly police force. [Deadline.com]

Gavin Hood is set to write and direct an adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel Ender’s Game for Summit Entertainment. Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Gigi Pritzker, Linda McDonough and Lynn Hendee are producing along with Orson Scott Card. [Heat Vision]

Kario Salem is set to write DreamWork’s untitled Martin Luther King biopic. The news comes on the heels of failed attempts at portraying the civil rights icon from other studios. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Apollo 18 is now scheduled for release on August 26th from The Weinstein Company. Strangely, that sets the movie to compete with another TWC release Our Idiot Brother. [Variety (Paywall)]

Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and Lenny Kravitz are rumored to have been offered roles in Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games for Lionsgate. Meanwhile Elizabeth Banks has locked the role of Effie Trinket which she was previously rumored for. [Vulture, Heat Vision]

Dwayne Johnson aims to star in an untilted biopic of country music star Charlie Pride. He’s also producing the movie along with Dany Garcia, Randy Jackson and John Daines. [Variety (Paywall)]

R.L. Stine has sold the film rights for his book It’s the First Day of School … Forever to the Gotham Group. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson, Yvonne Bernard and Beth Elise Hawk are producing. As the title suggests, it’s a youngster’s horror take on Groundhog Day. [Heat Vision]

20th Century Fox has asserted it’s first-look deal with Shawn Levy to take the producer/director’s untitled Kodachrome movie away from DreamWorks. DW had a deal to buy the pitch, written by Jonathan Tropper and based on a New York Times article. [Variety (Paywall)]

Adam Cohen has sold his sci-fi thriller spec screenplay The Greys to Dimension Films. F. Javier Gutierrez will direct the movie. Sean and Bryan Furst are producing. [Press Release]

Ben Kingsley will appear in Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy project The Dictator for Paramount Pictures. [Variety (Paywall)]

Jeremy Renner will star in and produce a biopic of actor Steve McQueen as part of the launch of his new production company The Combine. James Gray is writing the script culling from Marshall Terrill’s books Portrait of an American Rebel and The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon. Ivan Zacharias is attached to direct. [Risky Business]

Don’t be Afraid of the Dark is now set to be released on August 12th from FilmDistrict and Miramax. Comic creator Troy Nixey directed the movie based on the cult classic TV movies of the 1970s. Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison and Jack Thompson are among the cast. Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Johnson produced it. [Press Release]

Max Landis has sold his pitch for a fantasy pitch called Amnesty to Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Ron Howard is attached to direct the movie which apparently blends espionage and fantasy genres. Brian Grazer will produce. [Deadline.com]

Jamie Moss has filed an appeal against the Writers Guild of America’s ruling on the credits of X-Men: First Class. Moss wrote a previous draft of the movie which was retooled significantly by producer Bryan Singer and director Matthew Vaughn. Credits on the film are complicated due to being influenced by a number of comic book sources, as well as defunct movie projects like X-Men Origins: Magneto. The writer of that script got a credit but Moss does not. [Heat Vision]

Jane Levy is in talks to appear in Josh Schwartz’s Halloween teen romcom Fun Size for Paramount Pictures. She joins Victoria Justice in the cast. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Cabin in the Woods, the long-lost horror movie directed by Joss Whedon, written by Drew Goddard and starring Chris Hemsworth will finally see release from a distribution deal between Lionsgate and MGM. The film, initially slated for October 2009, has been trapped by MGM’s financial woes until now. No release date has been set at the moment. [Deadline.com]

Luke Greenfield will direct his own untitled action comedy script for 20th Century Fox. The studio paid six figures for the screenplay, which was co-authored with Nicholas Thomas. Simon Kinberg is producing. [Deadline.com]

Author: Rob Worley

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