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Stuff You Need to Know, Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ripley's Believe It or Not

  • 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.
  • Alice in Wonderland has snagged Crispin Glover to play the Knave of Hearts, who is put on trial for theft of some tarts. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • 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.
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  • Cleo is going to be a musical version of the love triangle of Antony, Cleopatra and Caesar transplanted into the 1920s. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Catherine Zeta-Jones is attached as Cleopatra and Hugh Jackman is in talks to play Antony. Music is written by Guided by Voices. Sources: Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
  • The aforementioned Emmet Otter stage production will start Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys). It opens December 7th and runs through January 4th at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. Source: Variety.
  • 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.
  • Top Gear news: Top Gear Australia is being renewed for a second season. A Russian version is in the works as well. Source: Hollywood Reporter.

    • I can’t help but mention that I played the Knave of Hearts in a grade school play. (Tarts are, by the way, delicious.) Hearing Crispin Glover is assigned the same role is a little freakish.

      Army of two? The guys bump fists after committing genocide. Won’t that be fun?

      And I haven’t trusted Jim Carrey in a long time.

    • No, what would really be freaky is if you had also played the part of Willard in a school play.

      Also, I trust indie Carrey better than studio Carrey. Eternal Sunshine I loved the hell out of and thought he was amazing.

    • Yeah, that’s a good point. I guess I’m still just a little hung up on Series of Unfortunate Events. And a school that does Willard is a school I’m sending my children to.

      And here come the nightmares of Elijah Wood without a face again. Damnit, Widge!