This week:

Melissa McCarthy makes the jump to directing; Patrick Wilson and Alec Baldwin get Caught Stealing; Jane Levy signs on for another horror film; the Oscars plan an Avengers reunion; Tom Hardy lines up a new project; and Alfred Molina talks Doctor Octopus.

It’s a good thing Melissa McCarthy’s new film Identity Thief opened huge at the box office this weekend, because the comedienne has already lined up future projects.

Besides her forthcoming 2013 film, The Heat – a buddy cop comedy from director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) – McCarthy has also outlined plans to step behind the camera for her next film, Tammy. McCarthy won’t be making the transition to feature film directing alone, though, but will be joined by her husband, Ben Falcone.

The two plan to not only helm Tammy, which features McCarthy as a woman having a really bad day, but have their sights set on producing future projects as well. The two recently launched their production company, On The Day, and have announced two films, Michelle Darnell and Cousin Irv from Mars, which they will finance.

The Heat hits theaters on June 28th, 2013.

Source: Empire

Patrick Wilson and Alec Baldwin have signed on to star in the big screen adaptation of Charlie Huston’s novel Caught Stealing.

Penned by X-Men scribe (and the voice of Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid) David Hayter and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, the film follows a once-promising baseball prospect that gets caught up in the wrong crowd. Wilson will play Hank Thompson, the former high school player who catches the attention of a corrupt cop (Baldwin), Russian mobsters, a hit man, and psychotic brothers when he finds a mysterious cat at his doorstep.

Huston’s gritty novel is the first in a trilogy – commonly referred to as the Hank Thompson trilogy – so if the film fares well, there’s likely to be a sequel.

Source: Coming Soon

Evil Dead (the remake) and Suburgatory star Jane Levy is returning to the horror genre for the film In a Dark Place.

While Evil Dead, at least based on the trailers, looks to be a smart take on the horror genre – and its predecessor flipped the genre completely on its head – In a Dark Place sounds a little more generic. Levy will star as a governess hired to take care of a family’s porcelain doll, which just so happens to be treated like a living child.

Of course, when the parents go on vacation, creepy things start happening. Again, it could be a generic Child’s Play rip-off, but Levy’s star is on the rise so this might be one to keep an eye on.

Source: IndieWire

Before Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo reunite for The Avengers 2, they’ll be staging a mini-reunion at this year’s Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences did not reveal for which category the group will present, but any excuse to capitalize on the highest grossing movie of 2013 is good enough for the Academy. Several members of the cast have actually been nominated for an Oscar – most recently Jeremy Renner for The Town – although none have won.

The Avengers is one of the frontrunners in the Visual Effects category at this year’s Oscars. The ceremony airs live February 24th on ABC with host Seth MacFarlane.

Tom Hardy has signed on to star in the film Locke, a new film from writer/director Steven Knight.

In the film, Hardy will play a man living an idyllic life before a phone call puts it all on the line (no pun intended). What transpires is a “tension-fuelled 90-minute race against time.”

Although most moviegoers wouldn’t recognize Knight by name, he has written several prominent films including Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things. He is also rumored to be writing Clash of the Titans 3, but that has yet to be confirmed. His directorial debut, Hummingbird, is slated for release later this year.

Source: Coming Soon

Alfred Molina is ready for someone to take up the mantle of Doctor Octopus in a future Amazing Spider-Man film.

Speaking with Crave Online, the actor briefly touched upon the nature of franchise reboots, and recasting roles featured in the original Sam Raimi trilogy.

“Well, I think parts are like rental cars. They don’t really belong to you. If they do, when a new franchise gets booted up, they’re bound to, if they revisit similar villains. I think for instance a different actor is going to play the James Franco role and if they revisit Dr. Octopus and they get another actor, that’s as it should be. It would be a bit like somebody getting up and saying, ‘Oh, you can’t play Hamlet. That’s my part.’ It doesn’t really make any sense.”

While Doctor Octopus is likely pretty high on fans’ dream list of Spider-Man villains, there are still plenty more for director Marc Webb to cycle through before doubling back on someone like Doc Ock. However, if the time does come to find a new Doctor Octopus, Molina understands it is part of process.

Obviously some characters, like Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn, are already part of Sony’s current plan, but each has undergone significant tweaking for this particular universe. Up next for Amazing Spider-Man 2 are Electro (Jamie Foxx), Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and possibly Venom.

Source: Crave Online