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5 A-List Casting Items that No Legitimate News Organization Would've Reported At This Stage in Development Five Years Ago

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 16, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 16, 2011 |

  • Per annual tradition, Steven Spielberg is dragging up the fossils of the Jurassic Park franchise again, meeting with a writer (Mark Protosevich) and tossing around ideas for a fourth film. It’s in the early stages, no writer is even attached, and the studio hasn’t even committed to making the movie, but in the movie blog world, all we need is a whisper and it’s NEWS! If it’s a slow news week in June, we don’t even need a whisper. We can hear it telepathically. Stamp it. Forty-seven other websites already have. (THR)

  • Deadline is reporting that James Mangold (Knight and Day, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) has been offered the director’s chair for the Wolverine sequel, after Darren Aronovsky walked away. Note that this is only an offer, and that negotiations haven’t even begun yet. Screw it. Stamp a seal on it. This is NEWS! according to at least 40 other sites.

  • Deadline’s Nikki Finke, who is apparently losing her hold on the trade news world and grasping desperately for relevance, is also reporting that Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) new pitch — which has been purchased by the studio and will be produced by Judd Apatow — is unconventional love story about a guy who becomes obsessed with a woman. The guy is apparently good looking, and the woman is apparently overweight. Naturally, Nikki Finke reports that it’ll probably be Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy, though no negotiations have begun and there’s probably no script. But, it sounds logical, right? Therefore, stamp it: NEWS! Fifteen other sites have already!

  • Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have taken a pass on a script that’s exchanged quite a few hands in Hollywood in recent years. The movie, called Neighborhood Watch, is about “an urbanite who gets more than he bargains for — in the form of extraterrestrial activity — when he moves to the suburbs and joins the neighborhood watch.” Apparently, the project has been offered to Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer to direct, and though he has not signed on, Ben Stiller may be interested in the movie. Note, however, he’s also interested in several other projects (including a remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). But hey! Blood in the water! Stamp it: NEWS! Why not? 32 other sites have. (LA Times)

  • The idea of a remake of the 2006 French film Tell No One (great movie) has been bouncing around for a few years. Two years ago, the remake rights were purchased. Now Chris Terrio has been assigned to pen the script. Chris Terrio wrote Argo, the film that Ben Affleck is currently directing, ergo Ben Affleck is attached to direct Tell No One. Given the number of projects that Ben Affleck is attached to now, and will likely be attached to over the next year, will he ultimately make Tell No One? Probably not. But who cares? Stamp it: NEWS! It must be, 50 other sites have reported it! Thanks, Nikki Finke. (Deadline)

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