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News and Notes from Around the Movie World

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 31, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 31, 2010 |

We’re going to do a quick update on the progress and changes on some recently reported projects. First up, at one point, it was reported that David Fincher was circling both the Bobby Fischer movie, Pawn Sacrifice (with Tobey Maguire in the lead) and the U.S. remake of Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. The Playlist has learned, however, that Fincher is not nor ever has considered directing Pawn Sacrifice — he acted in an advisory capacity only. However, The Playlist did learn that not only is Fincher officially attached to Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, but it will be his next project (following The Social Network, due out in October).

I haven’t seen the Swedish version of Girl with a Dragon Tattoo yet (Dan will have a review of it up in the not-too-distant future), but if an American remake of a foreign film has to be made, it’s hardly a sell-out, exploitative gambit when you bring in Fincher, who already has two amazing serial killer flicks under his belt, Zodiac and Se7en. He’s the go-to serial-killer film director. So, chalk this one up in the win column.

Elsewhere, we broke the news a month ago that Dustin Lance Black was penning the script to a J. Edgar Hoover biopic. A couple of weeks later, it was reported that Clint Eastwood would direct. And now, EW reveals that Leonardo DiCaprio is interested in taking the lead. He’d be a good choice, I think. He’s got the stoic FBI man thing down, but can he play an alleged closet case? We’ll see. Or maybe we won’t. “It sounds interesting to say the least,” says DiCaprio. “There’s no contract, no anything, but I’m a huge fan of Clint’s.” DiCaprio is attached or set to star in around 30 projects right now, so I wouldn’t count my chickens before they appeared in front of the cameras for their close ups.

Meanwhile, a reader — Seraf — alerted me to the unfortunate news that Stephenie Meyer is releasing another Twilight novels just weeks ahead of the theatrical release of Eclipse. The 200-page novella is called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (whoever that is) is will be available free here on June 5th.

That is not, however, the only Stephenie Meyers’ news of note. Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) has reportedly just finished his third draft of the script adapting Meyers’ freshman novel, The Host for the screen, according to Deadline. If you want to read more about that project, be my guest.

Finally, some very sad news to report. Television writer David Mills, who contributed to both “The Wire,” “Homicide: Life of the Streets” and “ER” passed away last night, reportedly of a brain aneurysm. He was only 48. We will, however, get to appreciate his work a little longer, as he also contributed to the forthcoming series, “Treme,” set to air soon on HBO.

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