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Australian actor Damon Herriman (best known here for his work on FX’s Justified) will be joining the cast of Clint Eastwood‘s hotly anticipated (by me, anyway) next project, the biopic of legendary FBI founder and director-for-life J. Edgar Hoover. Herriman will portray Bruno Hauptmann, the German immigrant who was found guilty of kidnapping the Charles Lindbergh baby and summarily executed. Concerns over the legitimacy of Hauptmann’s persecution (he claimed he was innocent right to the end) prompted Hoover to investigate the case further. [The Playlist]
Herriman joins Leonardo DiCaprio as the young Hoover in J. Edgar, along with The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s longtime assistant and (supposedly) closeted lover. Charlize Theron is reportedly in talks to play Justice Department file clerk Helen Mandy, who became Hoover’s personal secretary, eventually working under him for over 50 years. Her involvement hinges on the other project Theron is circling, »
- Anthony Vieira
Evan Daugherty’s screenplay gives the Huntsman an expanded role where he becomes chained to Snow White for part of the story and acts as a mentor figure, teaching the teen girl how to fight and survive.
On the other hand, The Brothers Grimm: Snow White »
The Black List of 2010 continues with the second-half of the list showcasing the screenplays that received the most number of votes.
If you've missed the first half of the list you can find it here.
Hunger Games by Billy Ray
“Based on the book by Suzanne Collins. In an America of the future, young boys and girls are forced to participate in a televised battle to the death.”
Agent Creative Artists Agency – Todd Feldman, Brian Kend
Lionsgate. Color Force producing
“When the mother of future United States President Abraham Lincoln is murdered by a vampire, he begins a lifelong vendetta to rid the world of the heinous creatures.”
Agent William Morris Endeavor – Cliff Roberts, Jeff Gorin
Fox. Tim Burton Productions, Bazelevs Productions producing.
Are We Officially Dating? by Tom Gormican
“A dating movie told from »
- Patrick Sauriol
The brewing rivalry between two different "Snow White" projects jumped up a notch today as Relativity Media and Universal Pictures are seeking a major star to play the evil Queen in their respective takes on the fairy tale.
Relativity's version is being directed by Tarsem Singh ("The Fall," "The Cell") and sticks more closely to the original fairy tale. Rupert Sanders helms Universal's version which focuses more on the relationship between the Queen's servant and Snow White after they team up to seek revenge on the Queen. The latter was tipped to have Tom Hardy as the Huntsman, but now Michael Fassbender is apparently the front runner.
- Garth Franklin
Actress Riley Keough from “The Runaways” (left) joined English actress Felicity Jones (“The Tempest”), Bella Heathcoat from the Australian soap “Neighbours” and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander for scheduled auditions for the lead role in the Universal fantasy “Snow White and the Huntsman.” According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” studio execs contemplated casting well-known actresses like Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as Snow White but decided to follow the formula of Sony Pictures who recently cast little-known Rooney Mara to play computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the English-language remake of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." »
A pair of Oscar winners are being sought to play villains in rival "Snow White" movies. "Erin Brockovich" star Julia Roberts is being "courted" by Relativity to play the Evil Queen in Tarsem Singh's "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," while Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" is a little further along in the casting process, as the studio is in negotiations with "Monster" actress Charlize Theron for the same sinister role in "Snow White and the Huntsman," according to Deadline. Complicating matters is the fact that Theron may be close to landing »
Exclusive: An intriguing tale of rival Snow White is unfolding between Universal Pictures and Relativity Media. I'm told that Charlize Theron is hot and heavy in negotiations to play the Evil Queen in Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman (with Michael Fassbender the front-runner to play the woodsman). For its rival project The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, Relativity Media is courting Julia Roberts to play the Evil Queen. That film will be directed by Tarsem from a script by Melisa Wallack. Universal is negotiating with Theron at the same time that she is reading the script for a key role in J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood-directed film that will star Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover. The studio is moving quickly after paying $1.5 million against $3 million for the Evan Daughtery spec script that will be directed by Rupert Sanders. The projects are very different, and both films »
- MIKE FLEMING
For the moment, fairy tale movies are still the craze in Hollywood, but the big race right now is between dueling Snow White movies. Universal is moving ahead with Snow White And The Huntsman, from writer Evan Daugherty and commercial director Rupert Sanders, while Relativity has the 3D version The Brothers Grimm: Snow White with Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) behind the camera. Both are gearing up for a start in early 2011, so the hunt is underway for appropriate humans for the familiar »
- Dave Davis
The Black List started in 2005 when Franklin Leonard was working for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company. Leonard was getting drowned in sub-par spec scripts, so he sent an e-mail out to his industry contacts looking for the best unproduced scripts out there. The 2005 Black List and the 2006 Black List were undeniably important in getting a fresh batch of writers on the Hollywood scene. Since then, too many people know about the party and the studio system has learned that people are paying attention. That means that increasingly, scripts have been lobbied into the Black List. [Note: I have no actual evidence I would be able to share, disclose or show you that proves this, so file that assertion under: "Things Dave thinks and gets to write because he's squatted on that soapbox long enough to get squatter's rights."]This year: the majority of the Black List Top Ten has already been sold or optioned. I'm not sure how helpful it is to make a list of good In Production scripts. Certainly less helpful to writer's churning out material that keeps getting passed over (or people who have Not starred in Prison Break »
The Black List has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of 300 (up from last year's 250) development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven't heard of yet. Note: The headline is a slightly inaccurate, because a lot of these screenplays have already been acquired (six of the top ten listed), a bunch are in production now, and some have even finished production. One of this year's top ten screenplays, J.C. Chandor's Margin Call, about the last 24 hours at now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers is already in the can and set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm »
- Peter Sciretta
Frank Leonard is the most popular man in Hollywood today. This fine December day marks the release of the 6th annual Black List, a ranked collection of the top un-produced screenplays in the town, compiled by Leonard. Last year the top script was The Muppet Man from Christopher Weekes about “the life and times of the late Jim Henson.” Coming in second was Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network script, which is a current frontrunner to sweep the Oscars. The year before was The Beaver, now starring Mel Gibson and set for a release in 2011.
The top one this year, College Republicans, has Shia Labeouf and Paul Dano attached. As for the rest of the list, I’ll be seeing Margin Call (pictured above) at Sundance 2011 and Safe House goes into production next year. We also reported on Oldboy director Park Chan-wook‘s English language debut with Carey Mulligan attached, »
- Jordan Raup
Find out what the top unknown spec screenplays are of 2010 in the second part of The Hit List. As assembled by The Tracking Board, The Hit List is a round-up of what dozens of Hollywood agents, readers, development executives and insiders consider to be the best unsold screenplays this year. The more votes that a screenplay received from The Hit List voters, the more liked it was amongst their circle.
Did you miss the first part of The Hit List for 2010?
Two buddies journey on a spontaneous and poorly planned road trip to Mexico to rescue their best friend.
Heatseekers by George Mahaffrey (Action)
A young ex-military pilot infiltrates a gang of sky "pirates" working out of Bangkok, only to find himself taking part in an elaborate aerial tower heist using powered gliders and parachutes. »
- Patrick Sauriol
Days before The Black List reveals their most liked unproduced screenplays of 2010, The Tracking Board have released their very own version of a best of list, with a different kind of science and mandate: focus on spec scripts (update: Ttb describes it best: a spec essentially means that "no one has paid you to write it beforehand, therefore most often a writer is writing that particular script fueled by passion and a dream, with no promise for payday at the end of the day"). The Hot List process is best described here - but to give you a gist in their owns words: The Spec Market is essentially Hollywood’s roulette table. For some scripts, it is a place where they will rise to the golden gates of Bidding Wars, A-List Attachments, and Seven Figure Deals, but for others, they will disappear off into the lonely fields of Sampleville, sending »
Tom Hardy is the male Scarlett Johansson. Or is she the female Tom Hardy? Either way, between them they’re being offered parts in almost every film at the moment. While Scarlett is on the hook for Cameron Crowe’s new film, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and more, Hardy might be cropping up in Snow White and the Huntsman (unless Johnny Depp decides to do it) and has apparently been offered a role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Right now, this is merely rumour, but according to Bloody Disgusting, Hardy is wanted to play Henry Sturgess, the vampire who agrees to mentor Lincoln in the ways of dispatching his fellow fanged fiends.The Us President, of course, harbours a deadly grudge against the nightwalkers, who he learns killed his mother after his father got behind on a debt to them.There’s no word yet on who will »
Dark fairytale revival Brothers Grimm: Snow White has nabbed itself a director in the form of Tarsem Singh. Just one of three Snow White films currently in production (Disney have Snow White And The Seven on the go, while Johnny Depp is circling Rupert Sanders’ Snow White And The Huntsman), Singh’s version has been described as an edgy, adult version of the classic tale. Clearly, studio Relativity are looking for something visually arresting with their production, and with Singh having stirred up some fittingly dark imagery in...
- Josh Winning
Three studios are whistling faster and faster as they each work to try to get their Snow White film finished first. The Relativity/Brett Ratner production has hired Tarsem Singh to direct Brothers Grimm: Snow White in 3D. Singh helmed the upcoming gods and monsters movie Immortals for Relativity. Brothers Grimm: Snow White will tell the Snow White tale from a darker, edgier and comedic angle where the Queen assassinates Snow's father, the King, and Snow gathers together an army of seven argumentative dwarves to reclaim the kingdom from her evil stepmother. Production is set to begin in March.
Universal has its film Snow White and the Huntsman which focuses on the mentorship that develops between Snow White and the Queen's right hand man once he lets the teen escape and they are both fugitives. Rupert Sanders is directing; Universal is hoping to cast Johnny Depp as the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Casting rumors have abounded over the past week for the upcoming action-adventure flick "Snow White and the Huntsman," but surprisingly none of those have involved who might portray the titular Snow White. As of today, Johnny Depp is rumored to be up for the role of the Huntsman and Charlize Theron is being eyeballed to play the evil queen Ravenna, who's trying to kill Snow White. But there hasn't been a question as to who might potentially play the girl with skin as white as snow, lips as red as a rose, and hair black as ebony.
Well, we're raising that question now. In this edgy version of the Brothers Grimm tale, Snow White not only has to be an innocent princess, but also has to turn into a total badass who, after being trained by the Huntsman, goes to get her revenge on Ravenna. We'll get to the guy »
- Terri Schwartz
In the ever-mounting drama of the Snow White showdown, Relativity is grabbing headlines today with their latest step toward production. According to THR, lauded director Tarsem Singh (The Fall) has officially signed on to direct the Brett Ratner produced The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, which promises a dark turn that features thieving dwarfs and a dragon.
We’d previously reported Relativity had approached the director, who has just wrapped The Immortals, in hopes of making it to production between their co-producing frenemy, Universal, who has their own Snow White project in the works. Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman promises a heralded spec script and big name stars like Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron as the current favorites for the huntsman and the evil stepmother. With their director locked in, Relativity hopes to go into production on Brothers in March of 2011. While Universal has no set start date, there »
- Kristy Puchko
A slight update to a story we ran a few weeks ago that The Fall director Tarsem Singh had been offered the gig directing Snow White, one of several projects percolating out there that takes on the classic fairy tale with a new twist. The project, in development at Relativity Media from the spec script by Melisa Wallack, was one of the first of the new Snow White stories out there, and now it may be one of the first to actually get made. Deadline reports that Singh has accepted the job, and will start filming in March once he wraps up his mythological epic The Immortals. The biggest competition for the film comes form Universal, where they're developing Snow White and the Huntsman, with newcomer Rupert Sanders attached to direct and all kinds of names, from Tom Hardy to Charlize Theron to Johnny Depp, rumored for the big major »
Before I head off to a screening of Due Date, a pair of interesting stories have just come online and I thought I'd jot 'em down before taking off.
First, I've heard a lot of good things about Erik Larson's nonfiction book "The Devil in the White City" and now it comes to light Leonardo DiCaprio has signed to star in the film, which he's set up through his Appian Way banner with Double Feature Films.
The book centers on H.H. Holmes who, according to Wikipedia, was one of the first documented American serial killers in the modern sense of the term. Holmes opened a hotel in Chicago for the 1893 World's Fair, which he built himself and which was the location of many of his murders. While he confessed to 27 murders, of which nine were confirmed, his actual body count could be higher.
With DiCaprio's Appian handling it, »
- Brad Brevet
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