George Clooney and his production company, Smoke House, have bought the rights to Jonathan Mahler's legal thriller "The Challenge."
The book chronicles the long campaign waged by U.S. Navy lawyer Charles Swift and Georgetown law professor Neal Katyal to ensure a fair trial for Salim Hamdan, the bodyguard and driver of Osama bin Laden.
Clooney may possible write, direct, and star in the film adaptation.
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"Edwin A. Salt" may now be called "Edwina A. Salt."
Once upon a time, Edwin was a male and Tom Cruise was slated to star. Now, the espionage thriller is being re-tailored and retrofitted for the very female, Angelina Jolie.
Philip Noyce ("The Quite American," "Catch a Fire") is attached to direct.
Jolie will playing the title character, a CIA officer who's accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy and must elude capture long enough to establish her innocence.
Jolie is a rare actress who's proved her mettle in the action genre long dominated by men.
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Thanks to "Gladiator" and "300," Hollywood is having a love affair with the toga! Just take a look at these upcoming projects:
*** Zak Penn ("The Incredible Hulk") is writing and will produce "The Argonauts" for 20th Century Fox.
*** You've heard of the "Clash of the Titans" remake for Warner Bros.
*** Oh yeah, a "300" sequel is in the works too!
*** "War of Gods" about Greek warrior Theseus is being fast-tracked by Relativity Media.
*** 3, yes 3 Hercules movies are being developed, and the most talked about is "Hercules: the Thracian Wars" to be directed by Peter Berg ("Hancock")
*** Universal is developing "God of War" based on the videogame with Brett Ratner attached to direct
But "Jason and the Argonauts" is still near and dear to my heart!
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The fantasy series, "The Wheel of Time," by the late Robert Jordan is going to be adapted for the big screen by Universal Pictures.
The film versions will begin with the first book in the cycle, "The Eye of the World."
"The Wheel of Time" books have sold 44 million copies worldwide. Its cult status is being supported by role-playing games, a soundtrack, comic books, and numerous fansites.
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Taylor Hackford ("Ray") is planning to direct "Tenn," a drama about the life and times of playwright Tennessee Williams. Robin Shushan has written the screenplay.
According to Variety:
Pic focuses on how Williams' tumultuous upbringing -- complete with a scornful father, depression, conflicts about sexuality and watching his beloved sister institutionalized and lobotomized -- fueled the conflict in such plays as "The Glass Menagerie" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Streetcar Named Desire."
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