Chris Columbus is in talks to helm Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Dean Cain will not be reprising his role as–wait, never mind, this is something different. Tim Burton was previously attached to direct when the film almost happened in 2007. Jim Carrey is attached to star as Ripley himself. No script yet–that happens after Columbus signs officially. Paramount wants a 2011 release date. Source: Variety.
The rights to game Army of Two have been snagged by Universal for production next year and Peter Berg will direct. Scott Z. Burns (Bourne Ultimatum co-writer) is scribing. Also of interest is the news that The Sims is at Fox and Mass Effect has been optioned by Avi Arad. Source: Variety.
Case 219 will star and be executive produced by woefully underutilized Harold Perrineau. It’s about “the aftermath of a high school shooting from the perspective of three misfit teens.” Source: Hollywood Reporter.
Legendary Pictures is in talks to acquire Epic Games, the people who brought you Unreal and Gears of War. You don’t really need to know that, but it’s interesting because as the article points out it’ll be the first financing company to start dropping coin into video games. No pun intended. You kids won’t know what it means anyway.
Newman’s Own is entering the frozen pizza arena: Newman’s Own Thin and Crispy frozen pizza in four flavors: Supreme, Four Cheese, Roasted Garlic and Chicken, and Uncured Pepperoni. It’s being test marketed in New England and will expand out to the full U.S. by 2010.
Perrier’s Bounty “is a comedy-thriller about three fugitives on the run from a big-time gangster out for revenge following the accidental death of one of his gang members.” I don’t know about that–I do know that it has Jim Broadbent, Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy in the cast–which is good enough for me. Production starts next month. Source: Variety.
Spring Awakening goes to bed on Broadway January 18th. There is a national tour underway, so if you didn’t catch it in New York, you’ll still get a chance. Source: Variety.