Steven Conrad (screenwriter, The Pursuit of Happyness) and Todd Phillips (director, The Hangover, Old School) are developing a John Belushi biopic. Phillips will produce, and may direct. That’s all we know about the project, other than it probably shouldn’t be made, and I can’t think of anyone that suits the role, and they’ll probably end up getting Seth Rogen to put the weight back on, or ohgodohgod Kevin James to grow a beard or Dan Fogler, oh Jesus goddamn, what’s wrong with humanity? (THR)
EW is reporting that NBC has reached out to Danny McBride of “Eastbound & Down” and Rhys Darby of “Flight of the Conchords,” as potential cast members for “The Office,” ahead of Steve Carell’s departure. (EW)
Whatever happened to Robbie Fox, the screenwriter for the cult comedy, So I Married an Axe Murderer? (Remember when Mike Myers was funny?) Fox has mostly disappeared, save for penning the story for In the Army Now, the 1994 Pauly Shore comedy (Remember when Pauly Shore was funny? No. You don’t. Because he never was). Anyway, Fox is back now with Slide, a screenplay about a father with a troubled past who comes in to coach his son’s Little League baseball team. It sounds spectacularly lame, so it’s only appropriate that Gerard Butler has signed on, and it’s being converted into a soccer movie. You know, because Butler is Irish. Dude. DUDE. Stick to B-action flicks, man. No one wants to see you in family or romantic comedy roles. No one. (L.A. Times)
Gawker uncovered a 1999 episode of MTV’s “Undressed,” featuring Christina Hendricks, and man alive, she was so young and cute and … wow, that was a really bad show.
Anyone ever heard of the graphic novel, Last Man Standing? Paramount has secured the rights to make it into a film. (Slashfilm)
Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody are reteaming for Young Adult, described by Cody as a movie about a woman “stalking her high-school sweetheart [that] has elements of humor, but it’s pretty serious and fucked up,” The Playlist has picked up on a rumor that Josh Brolin may be joining Charlize Theron in the cast. (The Playlist)
Finally, AMC has picked up its 5th series, “The Killing.” Set in Seattle, the series is based on the successful Danish television series “Forbrydelsen” and tells the story of the murder of a young girl and the subsequent police investigation. Let’s just hope it’s more compelling than “Rubicon.”