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February 7, 2008 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | February 7, 2008 |

Emilio Estevez has got to be setting records for having one of the most schizophrenic career paths ever. It’s not that I begrudge him his newfound to desire to channel his energy into message films that trumpet their importance to the viewer; it’s just that I’m having a hell of a time reconciling the auteur who made Bobby with the dude who once got all choked up delivering his “My dad wants me to be a winner” monologue in The Breakfast Club. I mean, it’s Coach Gordon Bombay, for crying out loud. But I guess Estevez has at least been smart about selling out, since he initially balked at the admittedly unnecessary third installment of The Mighty Ducks and only relented when Disney agreed to finance The War at Home for him to direct. Anyway: Estevez’s next project will be The Public, which he wrote and will direct. The story is partly based on an editorial that ran in the Los Angeles Times written by Chip Ward, a retiring Salt Lake City librarian who told of the rising number of homeless people, some of them mentally ill, who seek shelter in public libraries. The film will be set in Los Angeles at the public library downtown, and will follow a 48-hour period in which a librarian at first turns away the homeless people, then has a change of heart, then embraces them, and probably has a really sad but ultimately uplifting time. The film will be another ensemble piece — with something like 16 main characters — and is set to begin shooting in March sometime. I am willing to bet almost a week’s pay that Morgan Freeman will be involved in some way. Don’t ask me why I think this. It just feels right.

Also this week, it was announced that the ridiculously cute and surprisingly British Anna Friel — aka Chuck from “Pushing Daisies” — has been cast as the female lead and love interest for Will Ferrell in Universal’s Land of the Lost. Brad Silberling, who’s directed a ton of TV shows as well as the deeply stupid City of Angels, is at the helm. It seems unlikely that the movie can or will be good in any but the most ironic sense, which is a shame. Here’s hoping Friel does well, and survives to make more and better films.

In other news, the Weinstein Co. has optioned the rights to Evan Kuhlman’s Wolf Boy, a novel about a young man who loses his brother in a car accident and deals with his grief by creating a comic book with a hero called Wolf Boy, based on his brother. The book will be adapted for the screen by Christopher Parker, about whom I have been able to learn absolutely nothing, despite semi-motivated Googling. So, who knows how this one will turn out.

This morning’s trailer watch brings a pretty braindead clip for Doomsday, which looks like a mix of Escape From New York, 28 Days Later, No Escape, and a music video. It stars Bob Hoskins, who should know better, and Rhona Mitra, whose sole talent seems to be walking around in tight pants with her hair slightly tussled and her lips parted. So, um, enjoy, if possible:

Next up, the trailer for Flawless, a 1960-set caper flick with Michael Caine, who is British, and Demi Moore, who is not. Check it:

Finally, let’s wrap this up with the clip for Son of Rambow, Garth Jennings’ movie about a pair of young boys coming of age in London in the early era of Stallone. Here it is:

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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