Will Mr. Limpit utter the sounds, "Heh heh. Heh heh heh?" Mike Judge, the cartoon wunderkind and creator of "Beavis and Butt-head" and "King of the Hill," is in talks to direct and co-write a remake of "The Incredible Mr. Limpit," today’s Daily Variety reports.
The project is set up at Warner Bros., which had been developing a version with Jim Carrey. Carrey has since exited the project, and actors on the short list to star include Mike Myers, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.
In the 1964 original, Don Knotts portrayed a mild-mannered man who fell into the water, turned into an animated fish and helped the U.S. Navy spot Nazi submarines.
SO YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A ROCK ’N’ ROLL STAR? Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has teamed up with director Martin Scorsese to co-write and produce a film billed as a no-holds-barred expose of the pop world. A Reuters report says the working title for the film is "The Long Play."
CANNES IF YOU CAN:The Cannes Film Festival today released the list of the 19 films in its main competition. Among the films and directors are Joel Coen ("O brother, where art thou?"), James Ivory ("The Golden Bowl"), Neil Labute ("Nurse Betty"), Liv Ullmann ("Trolosa (The Faithless)") and Aoyama Shinji ("Eureka"). French director Luc Besson will head the jury.
BIG DADDY’S NEXT PROJECT: New Line has made a preemptive purchase of "The Five Joes," a project to be produced by Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison Prods. partner Jack Giarraputo. Sandler’s involvement at this point is limited to producer, according to Variety. The pair most recently executive produced the Rob Schneider hit "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo."
THE DEER HUNTER: Actor Jeff Daniels is helming "Escanaba in da Moonlight," an adaptation of a play he wrote. According to Daily Variety, it's about a family of deer hunters who are cursed because their eldest son has never shot a buck.
‘THE ONION’ FILM TOPS ‘TITANIC’: Todd Hanson, the lead writer of the Wisconsin-based comic newspaper the Onion will write "10th Circle Added to Rapidly Growing Hell," a DreamWorks Animation project. Get this: Variety says it's about an expansion in hell to make way for an influx of demographers, tobacco lobbyists, ad execs, creators of office-based sitcoms and monopoly law experts retained by major corporations.
ARTIST-AUTHOR DIES: Edward Gorey, whose theater set designs, illustrations and humorously macabre stories (which graced TV's "The Addams Family" and other productions) were once described as "poetic and poisonous," died Saturday at Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. He was 75.
Tom Cruise is ready for some onscreen partner swapping with wife Nicole Kidman.
Daily Variety reports that Cruise and Paramount Pictures have snapped up the rights to English author Celia Brayfield's upcoming romantic novel "Heartswap" -- with an eye toward Kidman taking over one of the lead female roles for the big screen.
The story involves two engaged buddies who agree in a drunken stupor to try to seduce each other's marriage partners. Complications and infidelity ensue -- but of course. The movie is being set up between Paramount and Cruise-Wagner Prods. (Cruise's company with partner Paula Wagner).
AGENT GWYNETH? Gwyneth Paltrow may take a cue from Jodie Foster and star as an FBI agent in Warner Bros.' "Taking Lives." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paltrow has long been interested in working with director Tony Scott, and "Lives" might be the right collaboration.
Based on a book by Michael Pyle, "Lives" is the tale of an FBI profiler assigned to track down a serial killer who takes on the identities of his victims. Shooting is set to begin this spring.
GOING 'ANIMAL': He was Disney's top gigolo. Next, he'll be a guy who receives organ donations from animals. That's the premise of the comedy "Animal," a planned Disney feature starring "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo's" Rob Schneider. According to the Reporter, the project will reteam Schneider with "Deuce" executive producer Jack Giarraputo.
The movie's based on one of the actor's ideas -- about a man whose donated body parts cause him to take on the personalities of different animals.
KLINE STEALS 'THIEF' ASSIGNMENT: Oscar winner Kevin Kline, the jewel thief in "A Fish Called Wanda," is set to make his directing debut on the Fine Line Features' "The Palace Thief." Variety reports that Kline will also star in the production, based on the short story by Ethan Canin.
JACKIE AND THE DOGG: Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier ("Foxy Brown") is set to get her groove back opposite rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg in the New Line Cinema production "Bones." Ernest Dickerson ("Juice") will direct. The film is set to start shooting this month on location in Vancouver.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the story has Dogg playing a ghost who seeks revenge 20 years later against the thugs that murdered him and destroyed his neighborhood. Grier will play the clairvoyant girlfriend he tries to win back.
'SATANIC' AUTHOR TAKES A BITE: After spending a decade trying to avoid a death warrant, what to do next? If you're Salman Rushdie, you might take a part in a vampire movie. Reuters reports that the controversial "Satanic Verses" author has said that he wants to be an actor and has been offered a role as a bloodsucker.
The author has maintained 24-hour protection since his book sparked a death edict from Iran's ruler, the Ayatolla Khomeini, in 1989. Khomeini issued the warrant due to what he viewed as the writer blaspheming Islam.
Rushdie has gradually come out of hiding, although one Iranian Foundation has a $2.8 million bounty on his head.
FRENCH CONNECTION: Acclaimed "Topsy Turvy" director Mike Leigh has said bonjour to France in a big way, inking a deal with French production company Studio Canal Plus for his next three films. Variety notes that Leigh and Simon Channing-Williams, partners in Thin Man Films, have signed all rights to the Paris-based pay-television company, with Leigh set to start working on his next project in September.
It worked for Rob Schneider. Why not Dana Carvey?
The popular "Saturday Night Live" alum, largely out of the public eye since his heart surgery in 1997, will get a helping hand in reviving his career from A-lister (and fellow ex-"SNL" guy) Adam Sandler. Today's Daily Variety says Sandler will produce a Disney comedy that will both star and be co-written by Carvey.
The comedian, best known for yukking it up as shy Garth to Mike Myers' metal-head Wayne in the "Wayne's World" sketches and big-screen movies, is in talks with the studio, Sandler and producing partner Jack Giarraputo. They're the team responsible for Schneider's surprise holiday hit "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo."
Mum's the word on the plot for Carvey's starring vehicle. But he'll get some notice as a supporting player in Sandler's upcoming comedy "Little Nicky." And if "Deuce's" $64 million domestic gross is any indication, the former Church Lady might be taking up a healthy collection.
Carvey underwent an angioplasty procedure in October 1997, at age 42. It was the capper on a down period for the comic, who flamed out professionally in 1996 with the ill-fated run of his ABC primetime vehicle "The Dana Carvey Show."
CAUGHT IN 'TRAFFIC': Harrison Ford and Catherine Zeta-Jones don't mind being stuck in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic."
Trade-paper reports today say that the two stars have climbed aboard the Fox vehicle, which was once in danger of being junked. It's now parked at the studio's arthouse division, Fox Searchlight.
Ford will play a judge who becomes a U.S. drug czar. The film's based on the British miniseries "Traffik." Things get complicated when the judge's daughter becomes a serious crack cocaine and heroin addict.
The film is Ford's first foray into arthouse filmmaking. According to Variety, the actor will take a major pay cut from his usual $20 million fee. Shooting is set to begin April 2.
GIRLS IN THE 'HOUSE': Actresses Diane Lane and Leelee Sobieski will square off as mother-daughter rivals in "The Glass House." Variety says that the Columbia-based drama starts shooting this spring with television's Daniel Sackheim at the helm.
The 17-year-old Sobieski, last seen strutting in "Eyes Wide Shut," will star as a teen-ager taken in by a Malibu, Calif., couple after her parents die in a car accident.
'MONKEY' BUSINESS FOR NBC: "Dharma & Greg" star Thomas Gibson will be paid $1.5 million to monkey around in NBC's latest Hallmark Entertainment miniseries. The four-hour project, called "The Monkey King," co-stars Bai Ling. Russell Wong is in negotiations to play the title role.
The story, by "M Butterfly" playwright David Henry Hwang, is about a young American businessman and an academic who journey to China to do battle with mythical monsters.