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February 21, 2007 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | February 21, 2007 |

Did you know that searching for Keanu Reeves on the IMDb doesn’t take you directly to his bio page but instead to a list of results including the actor as well as a video called Keanu Reeves: Journey to Success? How weird is that? It’s apparently some hour-long emotional fluff job written and directed by Brandon Christopher, who, per the omniscient and possibly sentient computers that run IMDb, also wrote and directed Taboo: The Beginning of Erotic Cinema. Creepy. Anyway, all that is completely beside the point, but also probably more interesting than the point: David Ayer (Harsh Times) is set to direct Reeves in The Night Watchman, from a script by James Ellroy. Ayer is also set to give the script a rewrite. Ellroy’s story was inspired the L.A. riots a few years ago, and will follow a maverick cop (Reeves) who plays by his own rules when it comes to curtailing gang violence, only to receive a “wakeup call” and decide to change his ways. If the wakeup call turns out to be a giant black man with red and blue pills, I’m going to be very upset. Then again, it’s Ayer, so I’d imagine Keanu will spend his time getting high and sleeping with women of ill repute. Mmm, sign me up.

In casting news this week, Marcia Gay Harden and Toby Jones have joined the cast of The Mist, based on the Stephen King short story (from back when King could really crank out some classics, too, not the latter-day King who’s had his edge inevitably dulled by age). The story deals with a freak storm that blows into a little town in Maine, forcing a group of citizens trapped in a supermarket to band together to fight the evil creatures that came in with the storm. Frank Darabont is directing, and considering he made his debut with an adaptation of a King short story, not to mention the fact that he helmed The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, it’s safe to say that the story’s frightening twists are in safe hands.

Last, but certainly not least: After years of rumor and speculation, “The Simpsons” is finally coming to the big screen. The new full-length trailer bowed this week during a new episode of “Simpsons,” which has been on the air since the first year of the first George Bush’s presidency. The show’s best years are behind it, but it’s still pretty funny, and besides, it will always be eminently quotable for members of my generation. I’ll be there, donut in hand and double-guitar on my shoulder:

Daniel Carlson is the managing editor of Pajiba and a low-level employee at a Hollywood industry magazine. You can visit his blog, Slowly Going Bald.

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