One for "Primeval," which is either about a serial killer, African warlords or a giant crocodile â€” and, best of all, is "based on a true story" â€” here. We’ll recant this statement later, but right now, neck deep in prestigious holiday releases, we’d like to say: January, we’re looking forward to you.
And in the works:
Johnny Depp‘s production company has bought the rights to Nick Hornby‘s "A Long Way Down" (Depp isn’t attached to star). D.V. DeVincentis, who also adapted Hornby’s "High Fidelity," has been hired to write the script (via Pamela McClintock and Michael Fleming at Variety). Related news: the $10 million Broadway musical adaptation of "High Fidelity" will close after just 14 performances (via the AP). For a mere $2 million, we would have stepped in and advised against such a production.
Anne Hathaway will star in "Passengers," a supernatural thriller being directed by Rodrigo Garcia of woman-anthology films "Ten Tiny Love Stories" and "Nine Lives" (via Borys Kit at Hollywood Reporter).
Scott Coffey, the writer-director of Hollywood portrait oddity "Ellie Parker," will direct "Happiness Sold Separately," based on the Lolly Winston’s novel. Julia Roberts will produce and possibly star in the film (via Nicole Sperling at Hollywood Reporter).
And, finally, it looks like the world will no longer be denied Justin Timberlake‘s big-screen acting debut. According to Carl DiOrio, also at the Hollywood Reporter, "[a] federal judge ruled Wednesday that Universal can open its crime thriller ‘Alpha Dog’ in wide release as planned January 12, despite objections from murder suspect Jesse James Hollywood." Hollywood, the inspiration for the film, claimed its release would prevent him from getting a fair trial. Universal should be so lucky!
+ Trailer: Offside (Apple)
+ Trailer: First Snow (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: Reign Over Me (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: Primeval (Apple)
+ Book buys for Depp (Variety)
+ ‘High Fidelity’ ending after brief run (AP)
+ Baena to write ‘Awakening’ for bigscreen (Variety)
+ Hathaway on board for "Passengers" thriller (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Roberts ‘Sold’ on love story (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Weinsteins bring ‘Nightmare’ to U.S., U.K. (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Judge gives thumbs-up to movie release (Hollywood Reporter)