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By Daniel Carlson | Trade News | April 3, 2008 |


Very little happened this week in film news, or at any rate, it’s hard to get excited about any of it. When the trades allot space and ink to stories about the marketing campaign behind Speed Racer, you know it’s a slow week. Perhaps the most interesting bit of news was Paramount’s purchase of Lost City of Z, a manuscript by David Grann that Brad Pitt will produce. Pitt could also wind up starring in the film, which deals with the British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who was searching for the so-called City of Z in the Amazon when he, his son, and their party disappeared in 1925. Grann’s book, being published in February, is an expansion of his 2005 piece for the New Yorker about an archaeologist who may have found the missing city, though I don’t know if Fawcett’s bones were among the ruins.

It was also announced this week that William Monahan, Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Departed, will make his directing debut this fall with the crime drama London Boulevard. Monahan is adapting Ken Bruen’s novel about London gangster who decides to give up his life of crime after he’s released from prison, and subsequently becomes a handyman for a local actress. Here’s hoping the novel and film aren’t as dry as the logline. A British ex-con who spends two hours fixing lamps for a reclusive starlet? I want the guy who did The Departed to come up with some bloody double-crosses and shootouts.

In what has to be the weirdest casting news I’ve ever heard, Joel McHale, Scott Bakula, and Mike O’Malley have joined — wait for it — Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant, being billed as a dark comedy/thriller. It’s not that the new castmembers are untalented, though O’Malley’s career is pretty baffling. McHale is great as the host of “The Soup,” while Bakula’s wheelhouse is cornball sci-fi. These guys are each good at what they do, but mixing them makes no sense at all.

Seriously, I’m running out of stuff here. A couple of writers from the Pirates of the Caribbean series are going to do a new version of The Lone Ranger for Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. That’s the kind of week this has been. I would rather watch two hours of “Kissing With Ross” than another Bruckheimer/Disney movie.

Yada yada yada, trailers. The first clip this morning is for the upcoming Step Brothers, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as a pair of grown men who find out they’re related and proceed to bond like children. Here it is:

The other clip this morning is for Chapter 27, about the assassination of John Lennon. It stars Jared Leto as gunman Mark David Chapman and also, randomly, Lindsay Lohan. No joke:

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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