It Has Been Written: Jesus Loves Neil Patrick Harris
I am absolutely fucking thrilled at the prospect of Matt Damon — who is in early talks — being the lead in the next Cameron Crowe film, We Bought a Zoo, the adaptation of a memoir by Benjamin Mee. Crowe is my favorite director, and if anyone can bring him back from the disaster that was Elizabethtown, it’s Damon, who only knows how to work with great directors. We Bought a Zoo — about a family who buys a dilapidated zoo with over 200 exotic animals in the English countryside — has also become my very next must-read book. (THR)
Guy Ritchie just finished up a two-week rewrite on Sherlock Holmes 2, and he’s hoping to get Daniel Day Lewis for the role of Moriarty. He probably won’t. Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Gary Oldman are the leading contenders behind DDL.
There are suggestions out there this week that, if Knight and Day bombs at the box office, Paramount may expand the storyline of an otherwise minor character in the next Mission Impossible movie in order to broaden the appeal beyond Tom Cruise, i.e., what Shia LaBeouf was to Indy 4. So, go see Knight and Day this weekend, folks, otherwise the Mission Impossible franchise (which I still very much like) may have Rob Pattinson or Zac Efron in a major supporting role. Tom Cruise may be crazy, but he’s our crazy. Don’t let the younger generation push him out already. (Deadline)
Director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, Constant Gardner) is attached to the Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) scripted 360, a contemporary version of Arthur Schnitzler’s play, Reigen. (Deadline)
Megan Fox wants to play a bisexual, Apache-born superhero who can control the weather with her mind. “I don’t want people to protest this, but I would like to be (Sarah) Rainmaker in ‘Gen 13 ’ if they ever made that into a movie,” she told Fox News. Well, Megan: If Jonah Hex is any indication, I very much doubt that anyone would care enough to bother protesting. (The Playlist)
Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is lining up another directing project, reportedly working to direct Babe in the Woods from writer Mike White (Chuck & Buck, School of Rock). It’s about a freshman Yalie who becomes a target for the New Jersey mob.
After Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach bailed on a adaptation of Mr. Popper’s Penguin — a 1938 children’s book — it appears as though director Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday) and Jim Carrey may be stepping into their place. (Variety)
Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) has purchased the rights to Elliot Allagash, a novel from “SNL” writer Simon Rich. It’s about a bullied kid who is taken under the wing of the title character, who regularly drinks and engages in villainy. Reitman is set to produce, and may or may not direct. (THR)
Wife-beater and all around douchebag Charlie Sheen looks as though he may return for Major League 4. His character would come out of retirement to mentor a younger pitcher. It would put Sheen nowhere near the top of the list of older actors to play a professional athlete. (Moviehole)
Neil Patrick Harris has confirmed that he will return for the third Harold and Kumar movie. Apparently, in the movie, Jesus gives him a second chance. (Hollywood.com)