Fact -- Robert Downey Jr. is a badass.
So, who better to play a lock-picking, plane-flying, government-defying survivalist? No one, that's who.
Sony Pictures Entertainment just optioned the book Emergency!: This Book Will Save Your Life by author Neil Strauss, and Deadline reports that Downey is eyeing the lead role. He'll also produce with his wife and Team Downey partner Susan Downey as well as Michael De Luca.
In the nonfiction New York Times bestseller, Strauss is frustrated with the state of the world so he moves his family offshore to the island of St. Kitts. There, he gains citizenship and learns how to shoot guns, track animals, and basically just kick nature's ass. He's surrounded by lawyers and cult leaders who also left civilization, and he slowly begins to realize the absurdity of it all.
Honestly, this sounds like the role Downey was made to play. Well, except for maybe Iron Man. But still, this sounds like a really fun and yet potentially darkly comic film. Current go-to scribe Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) will pen the adaptation, but there's no director attached yet. No matter - Downey's interest will definitely bring some of the best in Hollywood forward. Be on the lookout for this one.
Breck Eisner may have found his dream Snake for the Escape From New York remake. Eisner says that he considers Timothy Olyphant one of the “very few guys” fit to step into Kurt Russell’s iconic eyepatch. Olyphant and Eisner previously worked together in this winter’s The Crazies.
In a completely original and not overused move, Eisner explained to Comingsoon.net that the remake would deal with “the anxiety of the world and anxiety of our existence post-9/11.”
Eisner also revealed that he’s making some more changes to his already belabored Escape script, bringing in another writer to supplement Allan Loeb's work.
New Line Cinemas is producing the film, which is due out in 2013.
Sources: ComingSoon, MovieWeb
Disney has bagged an untitled baseball pitch from screenwriter Allan Loeb that will star Bradley Cooper.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the dramedy centers on a baseball player who, after suffering an injury, has to go back to the minors, where the only place he can find lodging is in a senior citizens' home. There, he meets an old baseball guru who helps lead him back.
The project, from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps writer Loeb, will be produced by Andrew Panay with Loeb and his Scarlet Fire Entertainment partner Steven Pearl.
The story idea comes from Panay and colleague Adam Blum. The project is said to be in the vein of Scent of a Woman and The Rookie.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Remake is, apparently, his middle name. Breck Eisner, who won kudos for his chilling re-imagining of George Romero's The Crazies earlier this year, will next set his sights on John Carpenter's beloved Escape From New York, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The remake has been a top priority for the New Line (WB), which picked up the rights in March 2007, with Gerard Butler attached to star and Ken Nolan writing the script. The project then veered into development hell, losing Butler but amassing a penal colony of writers, among them Jonathan Mostow and Allan Loeb, and collecting then losing director Len Wiseman. (Neal Moritz has remained producer throughout the process.)
Eisner's boarding should bring redo back on track as New Line, sticking with the Loeb draft, tries to mix an origin story for anti-hero Snake Plissken and merge it with the story of the 1981 original.
On who should take over the famous eye-patch now that Butler is gone, we're officially endorsing Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a current Warner Bros. favorite and emerging star who's work in the genre, from last years Watchmen to this weekend's release The Losers, makes him a dependable choice for the role.
Walter Hamada and Sam Brown are overseeing for New Line.
Source: Deadline Hollywood
Everyone loves a good comeback story and Hollywood has been setting the stage for another one in the last few years as Winona Ryder slowly made her way from tabloids headlines into one of the biggest releases of 2009 - J.J. Abrams Star Trek. She next worked with Darren Aronofsky on his new thriller Black Swan, due in theaters December 1st. Today, she continues her career resuscitation as Deadline Hollywood reports that she'll co-star in Ron Howard's new comedy Cheaters (formerly titled 'Your Cheating Heart').
Allan Loeb (21, upcoming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) penned the script about a guy who discovers that the wife of his best friend and business partner is getting intimate with another man. Vince Vaughn and Kevin James will top line the Universal Pictures release, which has no release date as of now.
We've always enjoyed Ryder's work - from Beetlejuice to Bram Stoker's Dracula to Mr. Deeds - so we're pleased to see her back on the screen again, working with the kind of top tier talent she deserves to be amongst.
Kevin James will join Vince Vaughn in an as-yet untitled Ron Howard-directed comedy for Universal. The film, which spins around infidelity, is Howard's next directing vehicle, from a screenplay by Allan Loeb. Howard is prepping a spring start in Chicago, according to Deadline.com.
James and Vaughn will play best friends and business partners. Vaughn is tortured about whether or not to tell his pal when he observes his wife getting intimate with another man.
The comedy came from an idea by Brian Grazer, who will produce with Vaughn and the actor's Wild West Picture Show banner. Imagine's Kim Roth is executive producer.
Variety reports that Ron Howard will direct Vince Vaughn in an untitled comedy written by Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street 2). The film, for Universal Pictures, will get a spring production start.
The film is an exploration of the comedic fallout surrounding infidelity between lovers and friends.
Deals for Howard and Vaughn are still being finalized.
Jennifer Aniston is in talks for Columbia's romantic comedy Pretend Wife, a project being developed as an Adam Sandler vehicle.
The Happy Madison-produced film has Dennis Dugan as the lead contender to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Columbia is looking at a shoot early next year for a February 11, 2011, release just in time for Valentine's Day.
The script, written by Allan Loeb and Tim Dowling was once known as Holiday in Hawaii. Plot details are being kept under wraps.
Sandler next appears in the ensemble comedy Grown Ups, which Dugan directed.
Aniston has romantic comedies The Baster with Jason Bateman and Bounty with Gerard Butler set for release next year.
Variety reports that Ryan Reynolds (Wolverine, The Proposal) will star in a new "dude-in-drag" romantic comedy; written by Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street 2)
Reynolds will play a jilted lover who must disguise himself as a woman and befriend his ex in order to win her back.
Liza Chasin (Frost/Nixon, Atonement) will be executive producer along with Reynolds and Loeb.
Has Jennifer Aniston's dream of becoming a baby mama finally come true? Close ... but not quite.
Jason Bateman will impregnate Aniston this spring in The Baster. The fertility-themed romantic comedy from Mandate Pictures and Blades of Glory directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon will shoot later this year in NY from a screenplay by Allan Loeb.
Adapted from a short story by Jeffrey Eugenides which was published in The New Yorker, the film centers on best friends Wally and Kassie. When Wally learns that Kassie is planning to get pregnant via artificial insemination, he replaces the donor's semen with his own and must live with the secret that he is the father of her child.
READ: Baster, The New Yorker, June 17, 1996
Bona Fide Productions' Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa will produce. Mandate president Nathan Kahane will executive produce along with Aniston and her Echo Films partner Kristin Hahn.
As Variety points out, the project marks the second artificial insemination comedy to get the green light in recent weeks. CBS Films is moving forward with the Plan B starring Jennifer Lopez. Last year's Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Baby Mama, also about a fertility-challenged woman, was a box-office success earning $64.3 million worldwide.
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