SXSW will open with the world premiere of writer/director Scott Frank‘s "The Lookout" â€” "Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Isla Fisher, Matthew Goode, and Jeff Daniels, the new film is described by SXSW as ‘a crime thriller with a twist.’ " The film is Frank’s directorial debut; he’s the writer behind "Dead Again," "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight," for which he received an Oscar nomination in 1999. Other SXSW films that have been announced: the world premiere of Joe Swanberg‘s "Hannah Takes the Stairs," the US premiere of New Zealand horror-comedy "Black Sheep," and Alan Cumming‘s "Suffering Man’s Charity." (Via Brian Brooks at indieWIRE.)
First Look Pictures has picked up the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" feature-length film.
The film centers on the origins of "Hunger Force" characters Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake and an immortal piece of exercise equipment threatening the balance of galactic peace. (Via Dave McNary at Variety.)
In a New Year’s message to Ain’t It Cool News, Sylvester Stallone shares that " I am in the process of reactivating the project on the murders of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac and that looks like it is a strong possibility. Now that would be an interesting segue from ROCKY or RAMBO."
ABC has greenlit a one-hour TV pilot based on Doug Liman‘s "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (as David Denby so nicely put it, "When you see this movie, you can understand why the rest of the world thinks Americans are crazy") with Liman directing. The film’s screenwriter, Simon Kinberg, who also wrote the pilot, calls it " ‘Married … With Children’ with guns." (Via Nellie Andreeva at the Hollywood Reporter.)
Catlett alleges that Gibson asked for a copy of his film while shooting Apocalypto and that scenes from Return to Aztlan ended up in Gibson’s film. Catlett has now started legal proceedings against Gibson. (Via the Guardian.)
+ SXSW Film Fest to Open with "The Lookout" (indieWIRE)
+ Dylan film goes to Weinsteins (Variety)
+ ‘Aqua Teen’ to bigscreen (Variety)
+ A New Year’s Message From Sly (AICN)
+ ABC has ‘Smith’ pilot in crosshairs (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Mel Gibson being sued for plagiarism (Guardian)