Cinemafique

Taking the filler out of filmmaking.

Tidbits: June 1, 2001

Posted by Brian on 06/02/2009

Source: Hollywood Reporter

The Runaways
Michael Shannon (Bug, Revolutionary Road) is in current negotiations to take one of the lead roles in The Runaways, a biopic based on the legendary band fronted by Joan Jett. Shannon was still mulling other offers and timing details still needed to be worked out. Kristin Stewart plays Jett while Dakota Fanning is also on board as bandmate Cherie Curie. While the film will focus primarily on the four female bandmembers, there are a number of key male roles involving people who were personally and professionally involved with the band. The film is written and directed by amazing video director, Floria Sigismondi.

Surrogates
Halle Berry (Catwoman, Things We Lost In The Fire) is in talks to star in the film Surrogates, which is currently being developed by Paul Verhoeven. The thriller is based on a novel by Kathryn Mackel, and centers on a couple desperate to have a child who find themselves in an unbearable position when they find out the surrogate they hired to carry their baby is insane. Berry is interested in the part of the woman wanting to have a child, and Fox is keen to have her do it, though official dealmaking has yet to begin.

My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
Alyssa Milano is on board to star in and produce My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend in which she woul play an outgoing woman who meets two seemingly ideal men in quick succession — a struggling novelist (Gorham) and successful ad exec (Landes) — and must decide between them. Beau Bridges, Michael Landes, Christopher Gorham and Carol Kane also star. Daryn Tufts will direct from his own script.

Untitled Woody Allen Project
British actress Lucy Punch was cast by Woody Allen to fill a role abandoned by Nicole Kidman. A relative unknown, Punch had parts in CBS’ series The Class, Hot Fuzz, and Ella Enchanted. Woody Allen’s currently untitled film shoots in London this summer.

How To Talk To Girls
Ben Karlin and Stu Zicherman have been hired to adapt a nine year-old’s musings on the art of seduction. Fox picked up film rights in December to “How to Talk to Girls,” a self-help book written by fourth-grader Alex Greven. Karlin and Zicherman, who paired up to write the spec “A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce),” will adapt a feature screenplay from Greven’s extensive experience on the playa-ground. Greven was selling his handwritten pamphlet at his school book fair before HarperCollins published it in November. The youngster apparently was trying to give his peers some tips on communicating with their fairer schoolmates beyond pulling hair and kicking shins. Karlin is a producer on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Zicherman co-wrote the awful awful Elektra.

The Angriest Man In Brooklyn
Richard Shepard has signed on to direct the dark comedy The Angriest Man In Brooklyn. The project, originally titled “92 Minutes” and based on a 1997 Israeli film, explores a New York City man who’s been told he has an hour and half left to live  and what he does with that time. Daniel Taplitz adapted the screenplay from writer-director Assi Dayan’s original “Mar Baum.” Shepard wrote and directed The Matador, and directed the pilot for Ugly Betty for which he won an Emmy.

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