Father Geek reporting in with the latest issue of Elston's regular weekly column that covers all the previous week's movie industry news in one place so that you can easily catch up on anything that may have slipped thru the cracks of the cutting room floor during the busy work-week. This week's edition is longer than usual due to all the wheeling and dealing at Cannes. Sooooooo sit back relax and trip thru...
The WEEKLY RECAP...
TAKEN FROM VARIETY AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
TAKEN FROM VARIETY AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
* Stellan Skarsgard, Jacqueline McKenzie and Rachel Blake are attached to star in the thriller SISTERS for writer/director Stephen Sewell and ISM Films. It's about two sisters who reunite with their bizarro father who lives in a lighthouse.
* A.J. Cook, Nastassja Kinski, John Rhys-Davies and Thomas Kretschmann will star LIVING IN NEON DREAMS, scripted by Jeremy Tarr, for MGM and producers Michael Tarr and Hy Smith. The ALICE IN WONDERLAND-esque tale centers on a girl who enters a fantasyland after consuming a spiked drink at a party.
* Elena Anaya (TALK TO HER, SEX AND LUCIA) joins the cast of Stephen Sommer's VAN HELSING for Universal.
* Colin Firth will star in THE DEAD WAIT, a South Africa-set saga that spans the 20 years since the bloody Angolan war of 1983, for director Jens Meurer (PUBLIC ENEMY). Paul Herzberg wrote the script.
* Christopher Lambert has signed to star in the period thriller DAY OF WRATH for Bauer Martinez Studios and director Adrian Rudomin. Set in Spain during the Inquisition, story concerns the sheriff of a provincial town who must find the answers to a series of bizarre murders before the whole town is condemned.
* Dominique Swain joins the suspense thriller OUT OF SEASON, starring Dennis Hopper and Gina Gershon for director Jevon O'Neill.
* Eddie Griffin will provide the voice of Babe the Blue Ox for the live-action/CG-animated feature PAUL BUNYAN for Exodus Film Group and Masque Entertainment. Michael Nickles and Julia Wall wrote the script.
* Nicole Kidman has committed to reprise her DOGVILLE role to two more Lars von Trier-helmed pictures: MANDERLAY and an untitled third picture in von Trier's so-called U.S. OF A trilogy.
* Holly Hunter will star opposite Brittany Murphy in Revolution Studios' romantic comedy LITTLE BLACK BOOK for director Nick Huran.
* Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and Kaley Cuoco will star in the horror thriller HOLLOW about a group of high school seniors who learn that they are the direct descendants of those responsible for a tragic event that begins to replay itself. Nick Turturro, Judge Reinhold, Kevin Zegers, Joseph Masiello, Eileen Brennan, Stacy Keach and Melissa Schuman will also star.
* Jennifer Westfeldt (KISSING JESSICA STEIN) will star in 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER for writer/director Jordan Hawley. It's about a writer of sleazy biographies who decides to ditch L.A., burn his bridges and start a new life for himself on the East Coast. His plans go awry when he meets the woman of his dreams at the airport and decides to stay in town one more night to date her.
* Ray Liotta will star in FAMILY OF THE YEAR for director Joel Zwick (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING) about a family that moves to a new town, only to get along much better with their new neighbors than with themselves.
* Reese Witherspoon will star in DAUGHTER OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA, based on Jacki Lyden's book that Paramount is in talks to option. Meryl Streep has expressed interest to also star, pending a director. Karen Croner (ONE TRUE THING) adapted the script, based on Lyden's memoir of growing up with a mother whom everyone labeled as crazy but suffered from what is now known to be manic-depression. Lyden's mother often would become convinced she was a woman with power, such as the Queen of Sheba or Marie Antoinette, then act out her delusions.
* Vincent D'Onofrio and Joe Pantoliano will star in LITTLE VICTORIES for director Leo Trombetta and producers Mark and Michael Polish as well as Cappa Prods. It's about a 12-year-old boy whose world view is altered when his gangster uncle comes to stay with him after being tossed out the house by his wife.
* Sean Hayes joins the cast of DreamWorks' WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON! for director Robert Luketic and Red Wagon Entertainment. Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Nathan Lane and Ginnifer Goodwin also star.
* Aishwarya Rai will star in Ketan Mehta's THE RISING, based on the revolution of Indians against their colonial Brit rulers in 1857. Aamir Khan , Toby Stephens and Damian Lewis also star.
* Jimi Mistry (EAST IS EAST) will play the lead in the epic romance PARTITION for Myriad, imX Communications and director Vic Sarin, who wrote the script with Patricia Finn. It's about two people caught in the events that divided India and Pakistan in 1949 after a man resigns from the British Indian Army to live in a quiet village in India soon finds his life turned upside down when he becomes responsible for the life of a 17-year-old girl who is traumatized by the events that separted her from her Muslim family.
* Parker Posey will star opposite Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore in LAWS OF ATTRACTION for director Peter Howitt, New Line Cinema and Intermedia Films. Shooting begins June 16 in Dublin.
* Peter Boyle will play Old Man Wickles in SCOOBY DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED for director Raja Gosnell and Warner Bros.
* Vincent Cassel will star in MESRINE, based on the life of France's public enemy No. 1, Jacques Mesrine, for director Barbet Schroeder and La Petite Reine.
* Meryl Streep will join Denzel Washington in Paramount's Jonathan Demme-directed remake of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. Production begins in late September.
* Olivier Martinez will play a detective alongside Angelina Jolie in TAKING LIVES for Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and director D.J. Caruso. Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland and Gena Rowlands will also star.
* Tom Arnold and Kevin Hart will join the cast of the urban comedy SOUL PLANE for MGM and director Jessy Terrero. Snoop Dogg and Method Man also star.
* Joy Bryant, Gina Gershon, Desmond Harrington, Ali Larter and Dominic Purcell will star in Hyperion Pictures' suspense drama THREE WAY SPLIT for director Scott Ziehl. Based on Gil Brewer's 1963 pulp novel WILD TO POSSESS, the story is described as a darkly comic tale of murder, kidnapping, blackmail and sexual deception. Russell Marleau adapted the script.
* Eva Longoria ("The Young and the Restless") will star in the Breakaway Films indie thriller CARLITA'S SECRET about a young girl who dreams of becoming a Broadway dancer. The pic follows her as she runs from police and her past and changes her identity. On her journey for stardom, she becomes the hottest entertainer in Miami's South Beach.
* Robert Downey Jr. will star in and produce A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, an adaptation of Dito Montiel's autobiography, for Xingue Films. Montiel will direct from his own script. It's a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints.
* Michael Pitt and Jacob Reynolds will star and William H. Macy, Edie Falco and Jason Lee are in talks to join WEST MEMPHIS THREE, based on the Arkansas murder case that inspired the 1996 documentary PARADISE LOST for writer/producer Curt Johnson. Johnson is lining up a director for a fall shoot in Texas and Arkansas.
* Dr Dre will star in Entera's action comedy WANTED MEN, written by Ian Holt, about two janitors and wanna-be DJs, Dr. Wyde and Big Willy, who take over their radio station's airwaves with the help of a 14-year-old intern and white rapper, called Mickey Mike. Things go awry when the duo are accused of kidnapping Mickey.
* Rory Culkin and Hayden Panettiere will star in WEST TEXAS KIDS for writer/director Brad Isaacs (EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS), Entera and producer Polly Platt. It's about two kids who leave their homes in Texas and travel across the U.S. in search of adventure.
* Terry Gilliam and his co-writer Tony Grisoni are in negotiations to adapt Peter Ackroyd's London-set psychological murder mystery novel DAN LENO AND THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM.
* Sandra Nettelbeck (MOSTLY MARTHA) is writing and will direct a bigscreen version of Noel Coward's play DESIGN FOR LIVING. It's a social comedy set in 1932 about three free-spirited artists living in a menage-a-trois.
* Scott McGehee and David Siegel (THE DEEP END) are attached to direct THE DEADLY PERCHERON for Fox Searchlight and producers Stephen Wolley and Elizabeth Karlsen. Howard A. Rodman is scripting this adaptation of John Franklin Bardin's classic 1940s crime novel.
* Pantelis Voulgaris will direct Damian Lewis in BRIDES for Martin Scorsese and Barbara De Fina's Cappa Prods. Viktoria Charalabidou and Andrea Ferreol will also star. Greek novelist Ioanna Karystiani wrote the project which begins shooting May 28 in Crete and Athens. Set in 1922, the pic tells the story of a mail-order bride -- one of 700 aboard the SS King Alexander -- who falls in love with an American photographer. She is bound for her new husband in New York; he is on his way home to a failed marriage.
* Carlos Saura will direct the tentatively titled EL SEPTIMO DIA (THE SEVENTH DAY) for Lolafilms. It's based on a screenplay by writer and occasional film director Ray Loriga based on a real-life event in a Spanish village in 1991 when members of one family slaughtered a dozen members of another in a family feud.
* Samuel Hadida and Wandering Star are developing SOLOMON KANE, an action blockbuster adapted from the cult book. David Jung and Steve Dandois are writing the script centering on Kane as he takes on deadly human forces as he seeks revenge against the sorcerer who destroyed his family.
* Damien O'Donnell (EAST IS EAST) is attached to direct INSIDE I'M DANCING for Octagon Films. Jeffrey Caine wrote the buddy movie about two boys with cerebral palsy.
* Martin Scorsese will direct a documentary for Spitfire Pictures and Cappa Prods. about Bob Dylan and the impact his early music had on the cultural and political landscape. Dylan will give his first filmed interview in 20 years. The docu will begin in 1963 and stops at 1966, after he shocked his audience by going electric. The pic will be ready in late 2004 or early 2005.
* Warner Bros. and Trilogy Entertainment picked up TAJ MAHAL, written by Kamran Pasha, based on the true story of a young prince who does battle with an evil empress for India's throne and a princess's heart.
* Fernando Musa will start shooting the drama CHICHE BOMBON (PRETTY GEM) in July. A metaphor for today's Argentina, the pic concerns a woman in her late twenties who is pregnant by an 18-year-old neighbor.
* Richard Russo and Robert Benton are scripting and executive producing THE ICE HARVEST, based on the novel by Scott Phillips, for Focus Features and Bona Fide Prods. It's a comedic thriller set in a snowbound town on Christmas Eve that centers on a lawyer who is about to embezzle money from his mob superiors.
* Echelon Entertainment picked up the true-story script DOUBLE DESTINY from Anthony Leigh Adams and Christina Adams about identical twin brothers -- one raised as a Nazi, the other as a Jew. Separated as infants by a mother who could only return with one child to Nazi Germany while the other remained with his Jewish father to grow up in Trinidad, the twins don't meet until years later.
* Milo Addica (MONSTER'S BALL) is in advanced talks to write/direct an untitled pic based on con artist Christophe Rocancourt's bestselling memoir, THE FRENCH HUSTLER.
* M. Night Shyamalan will direct THE WOODS for Disney with Ashton Kutcher, Kirsten Dunst and Joaquin Phoenix in negotiations to star. Production is planned for an October start for a summer 2004 release. Set in 1897, the story focuses on a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them.
* John Stockwell (BLUE CRUSH) will direct Pierce Brosnan in New Line's AFTER THE SUNSET for Firm Films. It's about a master thief sailing off to an island paradise after his last big score. However, when his lifelong nemesis, an FBI agent, shows up to make sure the thief is really retired, a new cat-and-mouse game of friendship, suspicion and thievery begins.
* Simon Film Prods. picked up the script 3 AND OUT, written by Tony Owen and Stephen Lewis, about a fledgling underground train driver who has already had two suicide jumpers. On learning he needs only one more death and will be allowed to retire on full pay and pension, the man goes in search of someone with nothing to live for.
* Michael Radford (IL POSTINO) will write/direct a feature version of Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE for Avenue Pictures. Al Pacino, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen and Joseph Fiennes are in talks to star. Shooting is scheduled to begin Sept. 1 in Venice and Luxembourg.
* Larry Clark (KIDS, BULLY) will direct A GOOD DAY TO DIE, based on a 1973 Jim Harrison novel about a love triangle involving a poet, a Vietnam vet and the woman who oscillates between them. They travel from Florida to the Grand Canyon with a crate of dynamite in an effort to blow up a dam to protest the war. Tom Hedley and Adam Davidson wrote the screenplay.
* Director Ken Loach and writer Barry Hines (KES) will develop HOLYLAND COMMON VS. ITALY, a love story with a political twist, about a young woman in an English mining village during WWII who falls for an Italian POW. Forty years later, during the miners' strike of the 1980s, she travels to Italy to see the life she could have had.
* Carine Adler (UNDER THE SKIN) is working on BALANCE OF POWER with writer Deborah Davies and producer Ceci Dempsey. It's a political drama set in the 18th century court of Queen Anne.
* Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger (THE LAWLESS HEART) are developing THREE WAY SPLIT with producer Martin Pope about a woman who embarks on a road trip across Europe to find her missing son in Croatia.
* Kenny Glenaan (GAS ATTACK) is developing DU CANES BOYS with writer Kate Gartside, about two South African boys sent for soccer trials in Holland.
* Barry Levinson will direct THE COLONEL AND ME for Warner Bros. about the mentoring influence that Elvis Presley manager Col. Tom Parker had on producer Jerry Weintraub. Bo Goldman (SCENT OF A WOMAN) is writing the script.
* David Serrano (THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BED) will direct CON AMOR O SIN AMOR (WITH OR WITHOUT LOVE), a musical comedy set to go before the cameras in June 2004 for LaZona Films.
* Mimi Leder will direct Franchise's VOID MOON for Warner Bros. and producer Bill Gerber. Shooting begins in September. Based on Michael Connelly's novel, the project's about a former cat burglar who is lured back to her former profession. Unfortunately, her target turns out to be someone she never should have tangled with, and she soon finds herself running from gunmen who seem to calculate her every move. Meanwhile, the men seem to be closing in on her secret -- a young son she's trying to protect.
* Richard Kelly (DONNIE DARKO) will direct KNOWING for Escape Artists and Fox Searchlight, who just picked it up from Columbia Pictures. It's about a man who unearths a time capsule with children's drawings predicting the future that was buried in the 1950s. One child's drawings predicted several horrible events that already have come true; however, one has not yet occurred, and the man sets out to prevent it from happening.
* Tim Story (BARBERSHOP) is in talks to develop and direct Universal's comedy RALPH (aka POOKIE POO) for Imagine Entertainment and Urban Entertainment. It's about about a black man who, tired of being made to feel invisible, makes a wish and winds up in a parallel world where he is the only man of his race in existence.
* Mark Frost ("Twin Peaks) has quietly come on board to rewrite 20th Century Fox's comic book pic FANTASTIC FOUR for director Peyton Reed (DOWN WITH LOVE).
* Steven Spielberg is eyeing to direct THE RIVALS for DreamWorks and producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen about the catfight between 19th century stage stars Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse. Robin Swicord (LITTLE WOMEN) wrote the script.
* Darren Aronofsky is set to develop and direct a live-action adaptation of LONE WOLF AND CUB, the Kazuo Koike-created graphic novel collection, for Paramount and Mutual Film Company. It's about a disgraced 17th century samurai who travels around Japan as an assassin for hire as he tries to clear his family's name. His companion is his 3-year-old son, whose mother has been killed.
* Tim Burton will direct a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY for Warner Bros. The film will be produced by Plan B, the newly formed partnership of Brad Grey, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, and Michael Siegel, who manages the film interests of the Dahl estate.
* Jon Avnet is attached to direct the epic EMPIRE OF THE DRAGON for producer Aurelio De Laurentiis, set in 2nd century Persia and based on an original treatment by Valerio Manfredi. De Laurentiis has also purchased the rights to the best-selling Italian novel I KILL, by Georgio Faletti, about an FBI agent and a French cop chasing a serial killer on the Cote d'Azur.
* George Wing will write the romantic comedy HELIUM for director David Dobkin, Warner Bros. and producer David Heyman. Loosely based on Tim Earnshaw's 1997 novel, the story centers on a man who becomes lighter than air when he falls in love. He therefore avoids romance at all costs, but when he does succumb to the charms of a woman, he attempts to discover what it is about love that literally makes him float.
* Antoni Aloy (ESSENCE OF MIND) will direct the gay English-language Bollywood musical comedy JUNGLE RED for ABS Production. It's about two young homosexual lads who escape from their repressive small village dreaming of becoming stars in Bollywood. Mario Torrecillas scripted.
* Bertrand Tavernier is preparing to direct HOLLY LOLA, starring Marie Gillain and Jacques Gamblin as a childless couple on a quest to adopt a baby. Tiffany Tavernier and Dominique Sampiere wrote the script
* John Brownlow will rewrite THE SAILMAKER, the epic adventure tale to be directed by Simon West for Arama Entertainment, E3 and producer Jib Polhemus. It's a 19th century tale of a sea voyage in which a sailmaker must come to the rescue after a Spanish sea captain sinks into despair and alcoholism after his wife dies. Shooting begins next summer in Australia, Malta and other locations.
* Peter Ackerman (ICE AGE) will write FAMILY JEWELS, a remake of the 1965 Jerry Lewis comedy, for Paramount/Nickelodeon. Story focuses on an orphaned rich girl who must choose between relatives who are fighting for custody of her while discovering that her chauffeur is also her best friend.
* Aditya Bhattacharya will direct Kabir Bedi in the Hindi-Italian-lingo pic SANDOKAN IN SICILY for Instituto Luce.
* Terence Davies (THE HOUSE OF MIRTH) is directing SUNSET SONG for UGC Films and producers Bob Last and Ginnie. Based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's 1932 novel, it's the story of a young woman in a remote Scottish rural community, torn between her love of the land and the harshness of the farming life. Production begins in late summer.
* Mark DiStefano sold his untitled modern Sherlock Holmes script to New Line with Benderspink attached to produce. The story centers on a rookie NY cop who discovers he is the descendant of the legendary sleuth. While Holmes' great-great-grandson doesn't share his last name, he does share his unique ability and soon rises up the ranks to detective. But when his heritage becomes tabloid fodder, a copycat criminal emerges and re-enacts many of the crimes Holmes once solved, putting the cop to the test.
* Redbus has optioned the script STREET RACER, an action film set in the world of motorcycle racing, with Andy Morahan (HIGHLANDER III: THE SORCERER) set to direct. Shooting begins in the fall in London.
* MGM grabbed the spec STREET from writer Matt O'Neil about an NBA coach who is forced to rebuild his franchise with playground and street basketball players after his players become too greedy to accept the pay raises he's offering.
* David Giler (ALIEN) is attached to write THE BORGIAS, based on Mario Puzo's bestseller THE FAMILY, for Impala, Anola and Producciones Aguamarga. The novel turns on the scandals, murders, incest, betrayal and power plays of the Italian clan that controlled Italo and Vatican politics from the 14th to 16th century.
MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTION TIDBITS
* Spice Factory has six films on its slate that are either under way or set to roll in the next six months including: EVILENKO, a thriller starring Malcolm McDowell and Marton Csokas, written and helmed by David Grieco; M, based on a popular Gallic comic, starring Gong Li for director James Huth; NOUVELLE FRANCE, a romance starring Gerard Depardieu, Irene Jacob and Samuel Le Bihan; FORGOTTEN GAMES, writer/director David Ondaatje's recounting of the British ice hockey team that won a gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; EARTHQUAKE BIRD, saga of a love triangle involving two English girls and a Japanese guy; and MOLES, a sci-fier penned and co-directed by David Munoz and Antonio Trashorras.
* Japanese major Shochiku is ramping up film production with projects including OUT OF THIS WORLD, a 1947-set saga of a bunch of jazz musicians who dream of making the big time by entertaining Gis, directed by Junji Sakamoto and starring Peter Mullan, Joe Odagiri and Masato Hagiwara; Taiwan's Hou Hsiao Hsien is set to write/direct an untitled project intended as an homage to filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu about a romance between a guy who owns a secondhand bookstore in Tokyo and a beautiful woman who appears to be a journalist researching a story; CASSHERN, sci-fi pic from director Kazuaki Kiriya; QUILL, tale of a seeing-eye dog and his master, to be helmed by Yoichi Sai; and samurai flicks BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL and HAKKEN DEN.
* Paramount Pictures grabbed the English-language remake rights to the Italian comedy TRE MOGLIE (THREE WIVES) for Tollin/Robbins to produce. It's about three wives trying to track down their spouses after the husbands pull a bank heist.
* New Line Cinema picked up Vertigo's comic Y: THE LAST MAN, co-created by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra, about what happens after a mysterious plague kills almost all the world's male mammals overnight. A magician named Yorick is curiously the only survivor among this group. With his male pet monkey, he sets out to find what may have wiped out the world's male chromosomes. Chris Bender, JC Spink, Mason Novick and David Goyer will produce.
* Davis Films and Gaga Prods. are developing a live-action adventure fantasy picture, ONIMUSHA, adapted from the best-selling video game.
* NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, a live-action pic based on the hit Japanese animated TV series, is in development as part of a collaboration between ADV Films, Gainax and Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop.
* Twentieth Century Fox has moved the start of production date for HOMEY THE CLOWN, starring Damon Wayans, from June 2 to spring 2004 to accommodate the television production schedule of Wayans, who stars in ABC's "My Wife and Kids." Keenen Ivory Wayans directs.
* Paramount snapped up THE LEGENDARY McCLOUDS, a family adventure script by Joe Ballarini, for Nickelodeon and Tollin/Robbins to produce. Set in 1904, the plot centers on a family of adventurers as they travel across the globe in search of their lost father and a treasure.
* Paramount picked up the feature rights to NIGHT WITCHES: THE AMAZING STORY OF RUSSIAN WOMEN PILOTS IN WORLD WAR II by Bruce Myles for Jerry Rigged Prods. and P.J. Soles to develop. It's about the bombing of German forces at night by women pilots in antiquated, open-cockpit planes.
* Sparx is developing the sci-fi feature ROBOTA with art director Doug Chiang. The feature will combine live-action and digital animation (not unlike that of LORD OF THE RINGS' Gollum character) and tells the story set in a world that has fallen under the control of the machines.
* Zinc Entertainment, Marching Band Prods. and Sweetpea Entertainment will produce DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: THE SEQUEL for an early 2004 release.
* Due to the wave of suicide attacks that killed 41 civilians last week in Casablanca, Dino De Laurentiis plans to move the production of Baz Luhrmann's ALEXANDER THE GREAT to Australia. Luhrmann expects to start shooting digital footage in November and begin rehearsals with Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars, in January.
* Spice Factory and Forgan-Smith Entertainment are developing THE LITTLE WHITE HORSE, based on the eponymous 1946 novel by Elizabeth Goudge. The story is set in the 1840s and centers on a 13-year-old orphan who is called on to save the inhabitants of a mysterious manor from a curse that would consign them to watery graves.
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* Danish actors, especially from the dogme movies are potentials for THE PRINCE AND THE FRESHMAN about a Danish prince (as opposed to the previously reported English) and a small-town American girl falling in love. Peter Gantzler, Trine Dyrholm, SÃ¸ren Pilmark, Jesper Asholt and Sofie GrÃ¥bÃ¸l are in discussions to join Julia Stiles and Luke Mably in the project for director Martha Coolidge. It's rumored that Susan Sarandon may play the queen.