The Boy screenwriter to pen Dennis the Menace remake

Variety is reporting that screenwriter Stacey Menear (Mixtape, The Boy) to pen the script for a remake of Dennis the Menace, which is being produced by Gil Netter (The Blind Side, Life of Pi).

Created by Hank Ketcham as a syndicated U.S. comic strip in 1951 – and not to be confused with the Beano character of the same name, Dennis the Menace spawned a live-action TV show in the 1950s, along with two animated series and a 1987 TV movie.

In 1993, the character made his big screen debut courtesy of director Nick Castle and writer-producer John Hughes, with a movie starring Mason Gamble as Dennis and Walter Matthau as the grumpy neighbour Mr. Wilson.
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‘Dennis the Menace’ Remake Lands Writer (Exclusive)

‘Dennis the Menace’ Remake Lands Writer (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. has hired “The Boy” screenwriter Stacey Menear to write the script for its remake of “Dennis the Menace,” Variety has learned.

The project is being produced by Gil Netter. There are no directors or actors attached.

Dennis the Menace” was originally launched by Hank Ketcham as a syndicated comic strip in 1951, inspired by Ketcham’s four-year-old son Dennis and his penchant for mischief. The name was inspired by his wife Alice, who said at the time, “Your son is a menace!”

The strip led to a 1959 sitcom and a 1993 live-action movie, starring Mason Gamble and Walter Matthau as the grumpy neighbor George Mitchell. “Dennis the Menace,” directed by Nick Castle from a script by John Hughes, performed solidly at the box office from Warner Bros. with $51 million domestically and $66 million overseas.

The Boy” has grossed $36 million domestically for STX.

Menear also wrote coming-of-age drama “Mixtape,” which won the
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'The Devil Inside' Director Takes on 'The Inhabitant'

'The Devil Inside' Director Takes on 'The Inhabitant'
The Devil Inside director William Brent Bell has signed on to direct The Inhabitant for Lakeshore Entertainment and Vertigo.

No plot details have been released for the supernatural thriller, but the story is said to be in the same vein as last year's box office hit The Conjuring. Stacey Menear wrote the screenplay. The writer's script entitled Mixtape landed on The Blacklist back in 2009.

Tom Rosenberg (Gone) and Gary Lucchesi (I, Frankenstein) are producing for Lakeshore Entertainment, alongside Vertigo's Roy Lee (The Lego Movie), Matt Berenson (The Place Beyond the Pines), Jim Wedaa (Unstoppable) and Adam Stone. No production schedule was given.

William Brent Bell made his directorial debut in 2006 with Stay Alive. His 2012 follow-up, The Devil Inside, took in $107.1 million worldwide from just a $1 million production budget. He also directed the thriller Wer, which hasn't been released in the U.S. at this time.
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'Suburgatory's Jane Levy to star in thriller 'In A Dark Place'

'Suburgatory's Jane Levy to star in thriller 'In A Dark Place'
Suburgatory's Jane Levy has been cast in the lead role of In A Dark Place.

Levy will star as a young American governess in the movie.

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Levy's character travels to London to care for a doll in the psychological thriller, reports Deadline.

When she arrives, the governess is expected to care for the doll like a living, breathing being.

Bharat Nalluri (Spooks, Life on Mars, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day) on board to direct the Gold Circle Films production.

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The screenplay for In A Dark Place was penned by Stacey Menear, who penned 2010 Black List script Mixtape.

The movie is set to be produced by Paul Brooks, Roy Lee and Jim Weddaa, with Scott Niemeyer and John Middleton named as executive producers.

Levy will next be seen in horror remake Evil Dead, which is due to be released
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Sjp Takes Her Twins For a Spring Stroll in the City

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Sjp Takes Her Twins For a Spring Stroll in the City
Sarah Jessica Parker took her two daughters, Tabitha and Loretta, out for a walk in NYC earlier today. She took advantage of the warming temperatures in the city by layering a L'Agence coat over a light gray sweatshirt as she held onto her twins, who were clad in similarly Spring-appropriate outfits. Sarah appears to be enjoying a little downtime as she prepares for two new roles: the upcoming indie Mixtape and Married and Cheating, a new film with Marisa Tomei. While Sjp has no shortage of film work ahead of her, fans may be disappointed to hear that her cameo in Lovelace was cut before the movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week. She guest starred in the project as feminist crusader Gloria Steinem, a role that Demi Moore was originally slated to play before she had to drop out of the movie. View Slideshow ›
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Casting Couch: Christoph Waltz Is a Muppet, Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman Are ‘The Last Knights,’ and More

What is Casting Couch? It’s a daily roundup of all the casting news you care about, and maybe (probably) one or two items you don’t. Some info has finally leaked about James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller’s upcoming sequel to The Muppets. Turns out it’s going to be a caper movie, somewhat along the lines of The Great Muppet Caper, but with more of an international flair. How international? So international that THR is reporting they’re closing in on signing Christoph Waltz to play one of the main, non-Muppet roles—that of an Interpol inspector. Other important parts for humans are said to include a Russian femme fatale and a male lead with mysterious intentions. Actors looking to land the part should start sending in their shifty-eyed head shots now. The Wrap is reporting that grizzled old grump Harrison Ford is close to signing on for another movie—and no it’s not
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Casting: Poots, Vaughn, Parker, Garner

Need for Speed

Imogen Poots ("Fright Night") is in negotiations to play the female lead in Scott Waugh's film adaptation of the popular racing video game series "Need for Speed" at DreamWorks.

Poots will play a savvy exotic car dealer who connects the wealthy with high-end supercars. Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") plays the male lead. [Source: THR]

Triple Time

Vince Vaughn has signed on to star in Peter Billingsley's action-thriller "Triple Time" at Scott Pictures. Michael J. Wilson and Billingsley co-wrote the script. Vince and Victoria Vaughn will produce.

The story follows a broke U.S. marshal (Vaughn) tasked with escorting an ecoterrorist. When their transport plane explodes, the unlikely pair must work together to figure out who is behind the conspiracy. [Source: Variety]


Sarah Jessica Parker will star in Tom Vaughan's indie coming-of-age comedy "Mixtape". Shooting kicks off in February in New York.

The story centers on a 12-year-old
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Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch to play the Beatles' closeted manager. Plus: Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Garner, Vince Vaughn

Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch to play the Beatles' closeted manager. Plus: Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Garner, Vince Vaughn
Benedict Cumberbatch (or, as I’ve unadvisedly taken to calling him, Benny Batch) will star in an untitled biopic about Brian Epstein, the troubled manager for the Beatles, a closeted gay man who died in 1967 from an accidental overdose. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing the film, which will be helmed by Paul McGuigan (a frequent director of Cumberbatch’s acclaimed BBC series Sherlock). Todd Graff (Joyful Noise, Bandslam) penned the script. #BennyBatch #MakeItHappen [THR]

• Yes: Christoph Waltz is in talks to star in the sequel to The Muppets, as an Interpol inspector. While star Jason Segel won’t reprise his role,
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Imogen Poots May Star Opposite Aaron Paul in Need For Speed; Mark Strong Joins Nicole Kidman in Before I Go To Sleep, Plus the Film’s First Poster

Check out the latest casting news in brief below: Imogen Poots (Fright Night) has been cast opposite Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) in the Need for Speed adaptation directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor). Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will join Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!) in Before I Go to Sleep, director Rowan Joffe's psychological thriller adapted from S.J. Watson's best-selling book. Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) will star in in the indie coming-of-age drama, Mixtape, directed by Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas). Hit the jump for more info on each picture, plus the first poster and synopsis for Before I Go to Sleep. Heat Vision reports that Poots is in talks to star in Need for Speed opposite Paul. The DreamWorks' adaptation of the Electronic Arts racing game will be “rooted in the tradition of the great car-culture films of the '70s
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New Rush , Snitch and Neuromancer Images From Afm dropped by the American Film Market (Afm) today and spotted some new images for upcoming projects. Below, you'll see the first official photo for director Ron Howard's Formula 1 racing film Rush (September 20, 2013 ), starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl. That's followed by Dwayne Johnson in the action-thriller Snitch , opening on February 22, 2013. Next up are the comedy Welcome to the Jungle , starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the Neuromancer adaptation, neither of which have release dates yet. And finally you'll see the Tom Vaughan comedy Mixtape starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
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Tom Vaughan to Direct Mixtape

Director Tom Vaughan, who recently wrapped the Miley Cyrus comedy So Undercover, signed on to direct the coming-of-age drama Mixtape, based on Stacey Menear’s script about a young girl who loses a mixtape, her only connection to her deceased parents, and sets out to learn about their lives by investigating the little-known songs on the tape’s case. Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray of Maven Pictures teamed up with Jim Wedaa Productions to produce Mixtape. Menear’s script won the American Zoetrope screenwriting contest in 2009 and appeared on the 2009 Black List of the best un-produced screenplays.
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The Black List of 2009 - Part 2

The Black List of 2009 continues with the screenplays that received the most votes from 300+ Hollywood professionals. Miss the first part of The Black List? It's right here.

12 Votes:

Celeste & Jesse Forever by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack

“A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people.”

Overture. Team Todd producing.

Conviction by Jonathan Herman

“After serving five years in prison after a botched heist, a mastermind bank robber is forced by a tenacious FBI agent to entrap his former protege who has embarked on a multi-million-dollar bank-robbing spree.”

Warner Brothers. Silver Pictures producing.

Neighborhood Watch by Jared Stern

“A suburban ‘neighborhood watch’ group, actually a front for dads to get some male bonding time away from the family, uncovers a plot bent on destroying the world.”

Fox. 21 Laps Entertainment producing.

13 Votes:

Book Smart by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins

“Two overachieving high school seniors realize
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