by Matt Goldberg Posted: February 22nd, 2011The screen adaptation of Garth Ennis’ Preacher has been stuck in development hell for years. The latest incarnation has I Am Number Four helmer D.J. Caruso stepping up to the plate to direct the flick. /Film first mentioned his name in connection to the film last week, and now Caruso has announced the deal on his Twitter page. We have independently confirmed that the deal is in the final stages.
Preacher has had a rough road to the screen. Back in 2008, HBO decided to nix an adaptation directed by Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil). Then Sam Mendes got into the director’s chair with John August set to write the script. Mendes eventually moved on to do the 23rd James Bond film and it’s unknown whether or not Caruso will use August’s script. Hit the jump for my thoughts on Caruso getting the gig.
by Matt Goldberg Posted: February 22nd, 2011Steve Carell has signed on to star in the drama Dogs of Babel. Screenwriter Jamie Linden (Dear John) adapted the script from the novel by Carolyn Parkhurst. Here’s the plot synopsis per the press release:
The story follows Paul Iverson, a linguistics professor, who returns home one day to find his wife dead in their backyard. Police rule her death an accident, but Paul is not quite sure. The only witness to her death is their dog Lorelei. In Paul’s grief-stricken search for answers, he endeavors to teach Lorelei to talk in the hopes that he can uncover what happened the day his wife died.While Carell has done films with dramatic elements (Little Miss Sunshine and Dan in Real Life), this sounds like a big departure for him. However, he also has tons of comedies on his plate, and it’s unknown when Dogs of Babel will go in front of cameras. The project is currently searching for a director. Hit the jump for press release.
by Adam Chitwood Posted: February 22nd, 2011
New images from Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger have just been released courtesy of Marvel.com. Though this isn’t the first time we’ve seen most of these images, this does mark their highest-quality debut. Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. The Kenneth Branagh-directed flick hits theaters on May 6th. Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Sebastian Stan. The Cap’ is slated for a July 22nd release. Both films are set to be released in 3D. Hit the jump to check out the images.
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: February 22nd, 2011Mark Wahlberg has since 2008 been attached to Cocaine Cowboys, based on the Billy Corben documentary of the same name about late 70s/early 80s Miami drug trafficker Jon Roberts. Wahlberg reaffirmed his involvement this summer, informing us that writers were working on the script. Seven months later: Cocaine Cowboys is in the market for a director. On the heels of the success of The Fighter, Wahlberg understandably turns to frequent collaborator David O. Russell.
The Playlist caught up with Russell at the ACE Eddie Awards, where he revealed that Cocaine Cowboys is among the many projects he is considering as his follow-up to The Fighter. Hit the jump for a recap of Russell’s options and more on Cocaine Cowboys.