1. Matt Damon is teasing his directorial debut, which is thought to be Father Daughter Time, based on a spec script Warner Brothers recently purchased. It’s about a criminal on the lam with his daughter; the two go on a multi-state crime spree. Damon is prepping it, and has already revealed that John Krasinski will have a role in the film. (Vulture)
2. Darren Aronovsky, who most recently dropped out of the Wolverine sequel, is trying to secure $130 million to direct Noah, an edgy fantasy re-telling of the Noah’s Ark story. (Deadline)
3. Rumor has it that the long in-development Asteroids film (yes, the one based on the video game) has been offered to Roland Emmerich. The script comes from Matt Lopez, best known for writing Disney’s The Race to Witch Mountain. (Vulture)
4. Reese Witherspoon, attempting to catch the Bridesmaids wave, has signed on to star and produce in Who Invited Her?, about a woman who decides to tag along on a guy’s bachelor party weekend. Why be the next Hangover or the next Bridesmaids when you can be both? (EW)
5. As was rumored last week, Leonardo DiCaprio is indeed in early talks with Quentin Tarantino to play Calvin Candie, the villain role in Django Unchained. There’s been no confirmation yet regarding the rumor that Idris Elba might play Django. (Variety)
6. Whether we like it or not, the Lone Ranger film is moving ahead. Armie Hammer (The Social Network) is set to play the title character; Johnny Depp will play Tonto; and Gore Verbinski will direct. The film now has a official release date, December 12, 2012.
7. Nine days after The Lone Ranger is released, Judd Apatow’s next film, possibly called This is Forty will be released. The film is a spinoff of Knocked Up focusing on the characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Albert Brooks and Megan Fox will also star in the film, and now four more have been added: Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) and Wyatt Russell. I do hope that, with Apatow creating a spin-off with Knocked Up characters, that there’s some continuity with Knocked Up, unlike the Apatow produced Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off, Get Him to the Greek. (Variety)