THE SOCIAL NETWORK Producer Scott Rudin Options “The Terrorist Search Engine” as Possible Starring Vehicle for Jesse Eisenberg
by Matt Goldberg Posted: May 12th, 2011 at 7:34 am
When it comes to prestige pictures, producer Scott Rudin is a heavy-hitter. His credits include No Country for Old Men, The Royal Tenenbaums, and last year’s Best Picture nominees The Social Network and True Grit. Now he’s optioned an intriguing New York Magazine article, “The Terrorist Search Engine” about Evan Kohlmann, who was once dubbed by an FBI agent “The Doogie Howser of Terrorism”. Kohlmann, who is a government expert witness in terrorism cases due to his extensive study of jihad particularly in terms of how it relates to the Internet, has become a controversial figure because testifying has become his primary source of income.
Vulture reports that Rudin has taken the project to Sony’s Columbia Pictures and that the film is being set up as a starring vehicle for Jesse Eisenberg. However, Eisenberg is waiting to see a script before making a commitment.
Jack Black to Star in Michael Winterbottom’s BAILOUT
by Matt Goldberg Posted: May 12th, 2011 at 7:51 am
Jack Black has signed on to star in the Michael Winterbottom comedy Bailout. The film is based on Jess Walter’s novel, The Financial Lives of The Poets. THR reports that the script (which Walter also wrote) “details the story of one man’s attempt to come back from the brink of financial ruin after meeting a couple of losers in a late night supermarket.” Black will play the man on the brink of financial ruin although it’s amusing to think that a little over a decade ago, he probably would have played one of the two losers.
Winterbottom, who swings wildly between light comedy (The Trip, Tristam Shandy) and intense drama (A Mighty Heart, The Killer Inside Me) said Walter’s script accomplishes the “rare feat of being funny and true at the same time.” Filming is set to begin in the
Cannes Casting Call: Zoe Saldana Joins THE WORDS; Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent in Talks for CLOUD ATLAS
by Matt Goldberg Posted: May 12th, 2011 at 8:23 am
Yesterday, we reported some casting news for The Words and The Wachowski Siblings/Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of Cloud Atlas. Turns out those films weren’t quite finished in the casting department. Producer Cassian Elwes has tweeted [via The Playlist] that Zoe Saldana will star alongside Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, and Dennis Quaid in The Words. The drama centers on a celebrated writer (Cooper) who must pay the price for stealing the work of another author (Irons). I imagine the price is somewhat higher than the lawyer’s fees for the litigation that would most likely occur in a less-interesting movie.
In other casting news, ScreenDaily reports that Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent are in talks to join Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, and
Tim Robbins Joins Mark Ruffalo in THANKS FOR SHARING
by Matt Goldberg Posted: May 12th, 2011 at 10:15 am
Tim Robbins will co-star with Mark Ruffalo in Thanks for Sharing, the directorial debut of The Kids Are All Right screenwriter Stuart Blumberg. Risky Business reports that Blumberg’s script “revolves around characters in a 12-step program for recovering sex addicts in
Robbins and Ruffalo will both next be seen in superhero films. Robbins plays Senator Hammond, father of villain Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) in Green Lantern. Ruffalo is currently filming on The Avengers where he plays Bruce Banner/Hulk.