Kathryn Bigelow on the set of THE HURT LOCKER

Briefs: KILL BIN LADEN, X-MEN, DJANGO UNCHAINED

May 2nd, 2011 in Movies by 0 Comments

Arnold Schwarzenegger may make his acting return in producer Al Ruddy’s adaptation of N. Richard Nash’s novel Cry Macho. The former governor is supposedly asking from a $10 million payday and a huge gross percentage in spite of the fact that he hasn’t opened a movie in almost 10 years. [Deadline.com]

Bryan Singer added his voice to the protest of the WGA rulings on the writing credits for X-Men: First Class. He agreed that Jamie Moss, who wrote a previous draft of the film deserved credit more so than Sheldon Turner, who wrote the defunct X-Men Origins: Magento script for 20th Century Fox. Moss had appealed the decision, but the WGA revisited the ruling and reaffirmed that story credit will go to Singer and Turner and screenplay credit will go to Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz and Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn. [ Heat Vision, 2]

Final Destination 5 will open from Warner Bros on August 12, 2011. [Deadline.com]

Sebastian Stan and Socratis Otto will appear in director Heitor Dhalia’s thriller Gone for Lakeshore Entertainment. They join Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley and Emily Wickersham in the cast. [Variety (Paywall)]

Steven Soderbergh will direct Channing Tatum in the male-stripper drama Magic Mike, which is based on Tatum’s own teenage experiences. Reid Carolin wrote the script and is producing with Tatum as well as Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs. [Deadline.com]

Vanessa Hudgens will star in writer/director Ron Krauss’ indie drama Gimme Shelter. She’ll play a pregnant teen who flees her abusive mother to find her biological father, played by Brendan Fraser. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Quentin Tarantino will direct the western Django Unchained from his own script as his next project. Stacey Sher and Pilar Savone are directing the homage to spaghetti westerns. The Weinstein Company will distribute. [Deadline.com]

Dean O’Gorman has replaced actor Rob Kazinsky in director Peter Jackson’s currently-filming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Kazinsky dropped out of the production last month. Lee Pace has also joined the cast and Hugo Weaving is reprising his role as  Elrond. [Variety (Paywall), The One Ring]

Man on a Ledge, directed by Asger Leth and starring Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks will open from Summit Entertainment on January 13, 2012. [Deadline.com]

Hugh Dancy will star in writer/director Tommy O’Haver’s thriller Spree for Maya Entertainment. The film focuses on a pre-wedding fling that spins out of control. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Carey and Shane Van Dyke have sold thier horror script The Watching Hour to New Line Cinema. Mary Parent and Michael Connolly are producing the science fiction spec. [Deadline.com]

Chris Mark and Jacqueline Emerson have joined the cast of Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ books The Hunger Games for Lionsgate. [Heat Vision]

Bryan Cranston has been cast in director Adam Shankman’s adaptation of the stage musical Rock of Ages. He’s playing the Mayor. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays his wife. The characters do not appear in the original play. [Deadline.com]

Osama Bin Laden is dead at the hands of U.S. Military in Pakistan. [Everywhere]

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson knew about it before you did. [Twitter]

Kathryn Bigelow is in the right place at the right time with her next project lining up to be Kill Bin Laden. She’s reteaming Mark Boal, writer/producer on The Hurt Locker for the film, which will presumably get a massive green light, though the story was based on a previously unsuccessful attempt to bring the terrorist leader down. Megan Ellison is said to be ready to fund the pic. Joel Edgerton is attached to play the lead actor. [Deadline.com]

Rob Worley

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