Bill Condon, the director who gave us "Dreamgirls" and wrote "Chicago," is in talks with Columbia Pictures and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison to direct a film about Richard Pryor with Marlon Wayans in the starring role. The plan is for the film to go on production next spring.
The biopic, budgeted for $20 million, will be called "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?" and Sandler will produce along with Jack Giarraputo, Chris Rock, Mark Gordon, and Jennifer Pryor.
No word yet on the supporting cast but sources are saying that Sandler is thinking of appearing in a cameo as Pryor's first manager, Sandy Gallin.
Once upon a time, Condon wanted his "Dreamgirls" star Eddie Murphy to star in his Pryor film when it was being developed at Weinstein Co. Then the director shopped it to Paramount and then Fox Searchlight but Murphy was so expensive.
Now it's back to square one with Condon and with a much cheaper actor. But the big question -- can Wayans pull it off as Pryor? I don't really consider himself as a serious actor -- "White Chicks," "Scary Movie" films, heck, I didn't even like him in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."
But Condon is a great writer/director and I'm sure he'll be able to help Wayans channel Pryor.
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Columbia Pictures hired "Seabiscuit" director, Gary Ross, to rewrite "Spider-Man 4" and now, the studio has given him the "Venom."
Variety tells us that the studio is in talks with Ross to helm the Spidey-spinoff “Venom,” and rewrite the script.
Ross will start working on the script as soon as he's done with "Spider-Man 4." The new "Venom" movie will start from scratch, a reboot, if you may. Topher Grace played him in "Spider-Man 3" but the role will feature a new actor.
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Walt Disney Pictures is going to make a film called "Reel to Real," a family fantasy flick about a magical film projector that shows nothing but Disney films, well, not really, but the studio picked up the project based on a pitch by Eric Saiet and Andrea Maywhort-Scully.
The Hollywood Reporter is saying that "the deal was made before Rich Ross was named chairman of Walt Disney Studios on Monday."
Maywhort-Scully is also working on a novel.
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New Line Cinema is getting ready for another "National Lampoon's Vacation!" The division of Warner Bros. is developing a sequel to the 1983 comedy classic. "Wedding Crashers" director, David Dobkin, is set to produce and possibly direct.
This time, the film will focus on Rusty Griswold, the son, and NOT the Chevy Chase father character, Clark.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that "New Line is meeting with writers to write the script but the take is already developed: the story focuses on Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, the protagonist of the initial movies and portrayed by Chevy Chase. The younger Griswold is now a father in his own right and takes his family on a road trip vacation."
The characters of the new film will acknowledge the first trip in 1983, so this film is more of a sequel than a reboot. Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, the mom in the original films, will have room to return as grandparents IF the actors choose to do so.
Right now, there are no firm agreements made between Chase and D'Angelo yet.
Oh, and National Lampoon is not involved because WB controls the characters and the title.
I heard that New Line wants to make this sequel closer to "Planes Trains and Automobiles" and "Little Miss Sunshine" than "RV" or "Are We There Yet?"
Good call New Line!
Now, who should play Rusty? Why don't they just hire Anthony Michael Hall in the role who starred as Rusty in the original film? Talk about continuity...
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Adrien Brody, best known for his Oscar-winning performance in the Roman Polanski drama “The Pianist,” has been set by 20th Century Fox to star as the heroic mercenary who fights alien hunters in "Predators."
Brody will star alongside Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Walt Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, and Louiz Ozawa.
Production for the reboot, being produced by Robert Rodriguez, is about to shoot on location in Hawaii and Rodriguez's home base, Austin, Texas, where his Troublemaker Studios is located.
Nimrod Antal, the guy who gave us 2003's "Kontroll," and 2007's "Vacancy," and the upcoming "Armored," is set to direct. The script is co-wrtten by Rodriguez with Michael Finch and Alex Litvak.
Variety tells us that "Brody and his Paradigm reps lobbied hard for the role." Why would an Oscar-caliber actor want to star in a blockbuster? Because he can reinvent himself as an action hero ala Robert Downey Jr. with "Iron Man."
Brody's character is similar to the one that Arnold Schwarzenegger played in the 1987 original film. And yes, Brody has signed options to return for sequels.
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