Popcorn: Theron onboard for Reitman's next film
Director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) has finally decided on his next project, the comedy/drama Young Adult. Written by Diablo Cody (who wrote Reitman's biggest hit, Juno) it will focus on a ghost writer who returns to her hometown to try to rekindle an old relationship.
Even though the project has just been put in motion, the trio expect filming to begin this November. I expect a big-name actor will be announced as the male lead in coming weeks.
Spielberg needs a new Lincoln
For a long time Liam Neeson was attached to take the title role in Spielberg's long-postponed Abraham Lincoln biopic. Both Johnny Depp and James McAvoy were rumoured to be in the running for John Wilkes Booth. Now it seems too much time has passed, and Neeson claims he's getting too old for the role. Speaking with Digital Spy, the actor confirmed: "I'm not actually playing Lincoln now. I was attached to it for a while, but now I'm past my sell-by date." This journalist humbly suggests Spielberg regular (and square-jawed, authoritative American) Harrison Ford takes on the role.
Is Rambo getting a re-boot?
Sylvester Stallone's occasional public interviews at Aintitcool.com are always worth a visit. He's much funnier and more articulate in real life than he is in the movies. This week, taking questions from fans, he hinted that he'd like to revisit Rambo as a prequel: "I certainly think this is worth pondering because it's intriguing to find the whys and wherefores of how people have come to become what they are. The traumas, the loss and the tragedy of being in Vietnam would certainly be a great challenge for a young actor and it would be ironic that Rambo directs younger Rambo after having played it for 20-plus years."
Neil Jordan to direct Skippy Dies
Currently enjoying a surge in productivity, Neil Jordan is making time to direct Skippy Dies, an adaptation of Paul Murray's recent, critically lauded, novel. The story is set in a Dublin boarding school and has been described (by The Guardian) as "one of the most enjoyable, funny and moving reads of this young new year". Jordan is currently working on The Borgias, a TV series about the 15th-century crime family starring Jeremy Irons.
Justin Bieber, the movie
Hold on to your hats: squeaky clean teen sensation Justin Bieber is about to star in a semi-autobiographical movie. The film, which, incidentally, will be shot in 3D, will mix dramatic scenes with concert footage. Astoundingly, this project will be directed by Oscar-winning Davis Guggenheim (he won for An Inconvenient Truth).
Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz passes away
You may not know his name, but you've almost certainly seen his work (even if you're not a Bond fan). Tom Mankiewicz (whose father was All about Eve screenwriter Joseph Mankiewicz) passed away this week after a battle with cancer. As well as writing the screenplays for Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die and non-Bond projects including Ladyhawke and Dragnet, Mankiewicz worked as a script consultant on The Spy who Loved Me, Gremlins and Superman I and II.