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Exclusive: Catherine Hardwicke Attached to Dot War

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 3, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 3, 2010 |

Catherine Hardwicke, despite an impressive resume that includes Lords of Dogtown and Thirteen, and who may be the fourth best female director in Hollywood (I place her behind Kathryn Bigelow, Nicole Holofcener, and Sofia Coppola) will nevertheless continue to be most associated with Twilight, at least until she gets another picture off the ground. We reported earlier this year (and the L.A. Times confirmed) that she was attached to direct If I Stay, possibly with Dakota Fanning. But she punted that one in favor of a gothic take on the Red Riding Hood called The Girl With the Red Riding Hood, which has Amanda Seyfried possibly in the lead.

She’s attached to a couple of other projects, including another version of Hamlet, but beyond The Girl With the Red Riding Hood — which is out to cast — she doesn’t have anything greenlit. We learned from The Hollywood Cog, however, that Hardwicke does have her eye on another project, one that hardly fits her M.O., although given her track record so far, it’s hard to pin an M.O. on her.

The movie she’s possibly lined up for is called Dot War, an action-adventure movie being set up over at Paramount Pictures. Michael London (Sideways, Milk) is producing. The project is being described as War Games meets Real Genius, and it’s about a video-game programmer who is trained by the government to fight terrorist using virtual technology (sounds like a definite 3D possibility).

Real Genius meets War Games? I suppose it is better than remaking either one (although, a remake of the latter is in development).

The script the project is based on is an old one written by Laura Harrington; it’s been stalled for quite some time. It’s currently out for a rewrite. Hardwicke’s participation, obviously, is contingent on how good that rewrite will ultimately be.

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