Paul Greengrass, the remarkable director of "The Bourne Supremacy," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Green Zone," and "United 93," is getting ready to take us on a "Fantastic Voyage."
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the director is in talks to direct Fox’s long-gestating remake of the 1966 sci-fi thriller which is being produced by James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment."
The original film directed by Richard Fleischer featured a submarine shrunk to microscopic size and injected into a nearly assassinated diplomat's blood stream. The one catch? There's a small crew inside the injected submarine. The premise is very similar to Dennis Quaid's "Innerspace" from 1987. In that Joe Dante-directed and Steven Spielberg-produced film, Quaid is injected inside Martin Short's bumbling Safeway clerk character, Jack Putter.
The new "Fantastic Voyage" will harken back to the original's plot, and yes, it will be released in 3D, surprise surprise!
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Kal Penn, aka Kumar Patel, is leaving his position of associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement to be a stoner again!
Penn will reunite with John Cho (Harold Lee) for the third installment of the "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" franchise! Wait, is it third? I thought it's fourth, if we count the 2008 short "Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam."
New Line Cinema has set a summer start date with hopes of releasing the film during the holiday season of 2011 or 2012. The studio is also considering to release the film in 3D! Oooooh, for more visual psychedelic effect!
The Christmas-themed film does not have a director yet, but New Line is about to hire a helmer soon!
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John Gotti Jr. is going to reveal his experience growing up Gotti in an organized crime family in a documentary film, a feature film, and a book!
DeadlineHollywoodDaily exclusively learned that:
Gotti Jr., the former head of the Gambino crime family, will soon be looking to make deals to tell a father-son story and what it was like to grow up with a dad who was the most famous mob boss in America. Gotti Jr. followed in his father's footsteps, eventually taking over after his father, John Gotti, was sent to prison for life for racketeering and other offenses. Junior, who has long maintained he left the crime game in 1999, is free to tell his tale after federal prosecutors in January announced they would not seek a fifth trial against Gotti Jr. for alleged offenses that included racketeering and murder. The first four cases resulted in mistrials.
Apparently, he's 75% finished writing his tell-all book, and his ready to shop his book and movie deal around! The plan is for the documentary to be finished by spring of 2011 even though there's no director attached to the project yet.
Tony D’Aiuto, one of the attorneys who successfully defended Gotti Jr. in his last trial, told DeadlineHollywood that, “He’s (Gotti Jr.) willing to go all the way, revealing as much as possible without hurting anyone who’s still involved in the street life."
The big question -- who should play Gotti Jr. in the feature film?
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As we told you last January, Tom Hanks co-wrote and will direct the film "Larry Crowne" and he'll team up with his "Charlie Wilson's War" co-star Julia Roberts.
Back in January, all we knew was the film is going to be about "a middle-aged man being forced to find a new career." We now know more about the film.
First, "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston is in final negotiations to co-star. The dramedy is being financed by Vendome and will be distributed by Universal. And Hanks co-wrote the script with Nia Vardalos. The actor produced her mega-hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that "the story centers on the title character (Hanks), who is downsized from his job and decides to start over by enrolling in college. There he forms some unexpected bonds with fellow students while also catching the eye of a professor (Roberts)."
Aw, it's one of those mature coming-of-age stories. Cranston will star as Roberts' husband, a blogger and an online porn addict. HA!
Production will begin shooting in Los Angeles this month.
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This DiCaprio dude is one busy actor! Yesterday, we said he's in talks to star as J. Edgar Hoover for director Clint Eastwood, today, he's attached to play "Travis McGee" for Oliver Stone who's negotiating to helm the project for Fox.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "McGee is the shaggy hero of 21 detective novels written by John D. MacDonald and could provide fodder for another Fox franchise. The movie will be based on the first book in the series, “The Deep Blue Good-by,” published in 1964. The novel tracks the Florida-based “salvage consultant” as he reluctantly leaves his houseboat to go in search of a treasure hidden by a soldier after World War II."
"The Deep Blue Good-by" paints its hero as a non-conformist, boat bum, knight in slightly tarnished armor as he sets out on a wild journey through the wreckage of a woman's soul. Eloquent!
The script have been written by Dana Stevens (“City of Angels”) and Kario Salem (”The Score”). More than likely, this will be Stone's next project after the release of his "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" also from Fox.
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