Five years after Into the Wild, Sean Penn is finally getting ready to get back into the director’s chair. As of last fall, he was set to direct The Comedian with stars Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig, but it looks now like his next project could instead be another inspired-by-true-events survival drama.

Penn has entered talks to help Crazy for the Storm, based on Norman Ollestad‘s memoir about his complicated relationship with his daredevil father. When Ollestad was 11, he was involved in a plane crash that killed the elder Ollestad and left the younger Ollestad stranded alone on a mountain during a blizzard. Ollestad credits his father’s teachings for helping him survive the incident.

Penn is only looking to direct the picture, not star in it. Nor will he pen the screenplay, as he has for some of his previous projects; Will Fetters, who last scripted the Zac Efron weepie The Lucky One, is already on board to adapt the story. Variety reports that Penn was always Warner Bros.’ first choice for the pic, though the studio considered a handful of other filmmakers including Alfonso Cuarón.

After the jump, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink eyes the remake of About Last Night…

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Given that Brian De Palma’s 1976 Carrie is revered as a classic of horror cinema, it’s tough to avoid thinking of Kimberly Peirce‘s new version of Carrie as a remake. But strictly speaking, it’s not a rehash of De Palma’s version but rather a fresh interpretation of Stephen King‘s original 1974 novel. And Peirce and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa seem to be working hard to make the story their own.

The new Carrie will be set in the modern day rather than in the ’70s, and star Chloë Moretz has previously described it as “a more Black Swan version” of the story. So how will that translate onscreen, exactly? Check out the first pic of Moretz in costume and the new official synopsis after the jump.

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With Carrie‘s June 1 start date just around the corner, director Kimberly Peirce is adding the final touches to her cast. Leads Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore have been locked in since this spring, but it’s only in the past couple of weeks that the production has been staffing up on supporting players.

Chronicle star Alex Russell and theater actor Ansel Elgort signed on earlier this month, and now we’re hearing that Judy Greer, Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth), and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) are circling three key supporting roles. More details after the jump.

Update: Sources say this casting info isn’t yet set, so we’ll report further as official word is released.

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Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba have boarded No Good Deed, a thriller written by Aimee Lagos (96 Minutes) and directed by Sam Miller (Luther). The Screen Gems project centers around a district attorney who gives up her career to stay at home with her two young children. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger shows up claiming to have car trouble, she invites him into her home, only for him to kidnap and terrorize her and her family.

Though neither Variety nor THR confirm which character each will be playing, we can probably assume that Henson will be the mom and Elba the charming but dangerous stranger. The film marks Elba’s third time working with Screen Gems, having previously made Takers and Obsessed for the studio. Not such an auspicious track record, but for the sake of these talented actors let’s hope for the best.

After the jump, Nicole Kidman subs in for Rachel Weisz, and Emmy Rossum is a beautiful creature.

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WonderCon, usually a staple of Northern California, has migrated south for one year only. The 2012 edition takes place March 16-18 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. While not the pop culture powerhouse of its San Diego counterpart, WonderCon’s Saturday schedule does include some very cool movie related panels. Plus, unlike Comic-Con, tickets are still available just over two weeks before the event. Read about the panels and more after the jump. Read More »

The Boys are in the orphanage. Columbia has been developing an adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic series for the past few years, but things have changed. The project has been put into turnaround, so another studio has a chance to step in and pick it up. This doesn’t have to be a death knell for the film — in fact, going into turnaround can sometimes be the best way for a project to get new life, as a company that is  a lot more invested in the material might step up to move it forward. Read More »

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