While the Angelina Jolie vehicle Salt wasn’t a runaway hit in the U.S., it ultimately earned almost $300 million in worldwide box office — definitely enough to inspire some sequel chatter. But the actual process of making another film hasn’t been so smooth. Director Phillip Noyce pulled out of the potential follow-up in late 2010, and earlier this year the project received a severe blow when Jolie rejected Kurt Wimmer‘s draft of the screenplay.

Columbia Pictures hasn’t lost all hope, however. The studio is dusting itself off and starting over with Becky Johnston (Seven Years in Tibet, The Prince of Tides), who’s now tasked with penning a new script that’ll pass muster with Jolie. More details after the jump.

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Briefly: I’m very happy to see that winning an Oscar hasn’t turned Colin Firth into an over-cautious deliberator when it comes to picking new roles. He’s shooting Gambit now, though granted, that hardly seems like a crapshoot, given that well-regarded director Michael Hoffman is working from a Coen Brothers screenplay.

And now he’s part of the parade of new projects looking for funding and/or distribution deals at Cannes, as he and Emily Blunt are set to be part of an as-yet untitled comedy in which both play characters who try to “reinvent themselves using other people’s identities.” Read More »