Galifianakis joins A Confederacy of Dunces, Wilson, Wilde and Larson go Nuts for Bogdanovich; Segal boards a Diesel powered Machine, and Bradley Cooper takes aim at American Sniper.
1. The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis may be the one to finally bring John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces to the screen.
The long-gestating adaptation has been on and off for over thirty years with the likes of John Belushi, John Candy Chris Farley and (most recently) Will Ferrell attached to the role of Ignatius J. Reilly.
The Muppets director James Bobin looks set to direct the film which will be scripted by Phil Johnston and produced by Scott Rudin.
It might be a little early to start cracking open the champagne, but the signs are looking Reilly good.
2. Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde and Brie Larson will star in Peter Bogdanovich's Squirrels to the Nuts.
According to Variety:
“[The film] follows a hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp (Larson) and the recurring intersection of those two facets of her life.
Wilson will play a Broadway director who pays for the young protag's services despite being married to the star of the play. He later gives Larson's character money to quit escorting and follow her dreams.
Wilde will play a therapist whose own mother is in rehab for alcoholism.”
Quirk-meisters Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach will produce the film which should go into production in the fall (autumn), an apt time considering the film’s title.
3. Get Smart director Peter Segal looks set to wield a megaphone on the set of the remake of Terminator 2: Judgement Day...wait- maybe it’s Vin Diesel’s The Machine.
According to Variety:
“Diesel stars as a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world's first true ultimate weapon. Two decades after the government halted the project for unknown reasons, a child finds and befriends ‘The Machine’.”
Segal has a batch of other projects on the way, so this one might have to wait a while.
Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant
copied James Cameron’s script wrote the original screenplay.
4. Bradley Cooper is lining-up starring and producing duties on American Sniper.
The star's production company 22nd & Indiana has picked up the rights to Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s snappily (and modestly) titled memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.
According to THR:
“[The book] reveals how Texas native Kyle came to record the highest number of sniper kills for an American. The book has been praised for its frankness in telling a first-person account of a warrior who shoots from far and close distances.
Giving the book its emotional core are passages from Kyle’s wife, who slowly watches as her husband’s affection turns from her to the SEALs and war.”
Sounds like a cross between Mark Wahlberg’s Shooter and the Mel Gibson starrer We Were Soldiers.
Jason Dean Hall will adapt the book - which spent eighteen weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and thirteen weeks at number one. Talk about popular.
That’s it for now. See you at the movies.