Last week it was reported that Natalie Portman would play the lead in and produce the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Yesterday, citing "a very reliable (and handsome) inside source," Pajiba reported that David O. Russell is coming on to direct and adapt. Meanwhile, the Tobey-Maguire-as-Bilbo-Baggins rumor has been denied.
Russell has finished shooting The Fighter with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg, and his derailed comedy Nailed, which shut down production four times, is still listed by IMDB as being in postproduction. He's got no less than seven other projects said to be in development.
Over in Hobbit-ville, a report by Latino Review said that early-stage talks are ongoing between CAA and the producers of Guillermo del Toro's Hobbit for Tobey Maguire to star as Bilbo Baggins.
Both The One Ring and Movieline reported later, however, that the rumor was not true. "This is false!" Maguire's publicist Kelly Bush told Movieline. The One Ring wrote, "Our sources indicate this rumor is NOT valid, again, this is NOT true according to our sources."
I won't give away the film's clever opening except to say that it's
playfully inventive and if you buy into it it ties together nicely
with the rest of the film. Essentially it's a film about the American
dream Hollywood style: Two young kids growing up in Smalltown USA who
go to Tinseltown with delusions of grandeur hoping to escape their
insulated world for fame and fortune. Oh yeah and one of the guys sells
his virginity to get funding for their film.
Jeremy Jordan and Mark Ballou as CFDS (Chronic Filmmaking Dream
Syndrome) sufferers Dave and Ethan are believably earnest in a 1990
"Dawson's Creek" sort of way. Ruth De Sosa is the Beverly Hills
housewife exploiting the sexually repressed boys for cheap thrills and
Courtney Gains plays the dim-witted producer. No stars here but no
Probably the most amazing thing about the film is Lu's fascination with
and affinity for Americana. It's hard to believe the director has only
been in the United States for five years; her feeling for the small-town
characters and their situations is dead-on. And Lu has a great sense of
visual style particularly for such a low-budget affair.