Ken Loach‘s next film will be "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," set during the Irish War of Independence (the stuff "Michael Collins" was made of), with the nicely cheekboned Cillian Murphy (of "28 Days Later") and Liam Cunningham to star. Also via Empire, Chris and Paul Weitz will be working together again on "American Dreamz," a satire of show business and
American politics. While we loved "About a Boy," we found "In Good Company" to be oddly dated both in its astonishment at the coldness of corporate politics and in its general concept of a workplace loyalty — does anyone work at (or expect to) the same company their whole lives anymore? Particularly in the fickle magazine industry? Brothers Weitz, you need a little more edge to your satire if you’re going to offend anyone and actually get anywhere in this town.
Warner Bros. picks up the spec script for "The Dionaea House," which the writer Eric Heisserer promoted with a mythology-building website. It sounds, frankly, like "The Ring" goes suburban sprawl: "The story follows a married man who has grown apart from his old friends. When one of them commits a double-murder suicide, the men feel compelled to investigate, eventually stumbling upon an evil force that perpetuates itself through tract housing."