Over the last couple of weeks, The Hollywood Cog has given me a few scoops that fall in the “interested” category, which is to say: The actors are “interested” in these particular projects, but they are not attached, they are not signed, and the projects themselves — while in development — have not even been greenlit. When an actors marks himself down as “interested,” it basically means he or she is saying, “Hey! The pitch sounds cool. Send my agent the script when it’s finished, and I’ll take a look.” One of those “interested” stories was Sandra Bullock and Steve Carell being interested in Tom Perotta’s Abstinence Teacher, which has already been reported elsewhere. These potential casting notes fall under that same category — they’re iffy, at best. So, if you must label, then label the following as rumors, though interesting ones:
A couple of months ago, Deadline reported that Bret Ratner and Relativity Media were producing a edgy reimagining of Snow White — Brothers Grimm: Snow White. The Hollywood Cog is reporting that Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Mic Macs) is considering directing and that Natalie Portman has some interest in playing the “edgy” Snow White.
Dustin Hoffman is eying the role of the crime boss in The Contortionist’s Handbook, which is set to star Charming Potato.
As has already been reported, Walt Disney is developing Fallen, a fantasy drama in the vein of Twilight, but with fallen angels instead of vampires. The movie is based on the recently released Lauren Kate book about a teenage girl in high school who experiences forbidden love, have to choose between two young men who she is unaware are fallen angels who have battled over her for centuries. Liam Hemsworth is interested in the role of one of the fallen angels (or, the Tyler Lautner one?)
The $40,000 Man, which has been in development for a while, has Robert Downey, Jr. interested in the lead role of a legendary astronaut and “true American hero,” who is horribly in jured in a car crash and is rebuilt by the government to be a bionic man but on a budget of $40,000 - which makes him not that bionic. John Daley (“Freaks and Geeks”) rewrote the script, which was originally written by Terry Zwigoff.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing a Peter Craig scripted flick Little America, which is bizarrely being described as a cross between Black Dog and Speed. It’s about a 16-year-old prostitute who inadvertently kills a gang member, and then must go on the run. She hitches a ride with a truck driver who is hauling a lethal toxin. The truck driver and the prostitute bond during the chase. Kristen Stewart is interested in the role of prostitute, while Josh Brolin is interested in the role of the truck driver.
Yon Motskin has written Ethel, a period drama slash complex love story, about Ethen and Julius Rosenberg. It centers on Ethel, who has to choose between her husband, Julius— who may or may not be a spy— her dysfunctional family, and her own life. Sam Rockwell is interested in the Julius role.