It’s been months since Black Swan co-writer Mark Heyman began shopping his upscale thriller XOXO, but the project has finally found a home at Lionsgate. After months of negotiation, the studio has just finalized a deal to acquire Heyman’s spec script, described as “Fatal Attraction for the digital age.” As previously reported, Darren Aronofsky and Michael London (Sideways) are set to produce, along with Kelly Mullen. More details after the jump.

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David Heyman is the man who brought Harry Potter to the big screen. It was he who took a chance on a young author named J.K. Rowling and her story about a young boy wizard and introduced it to Hollywood. That seemed to work out as he’s coming off the eighth and final film of the multi-billion dollar franchise and is now looking for his next major property. That property might be another one about young people and magic: The Night Circus, based on an upcoming book by Erin Morgenstern. The film is set up at Summit and Heyman is nearing a deal to produce. Read more about the book and deal after the jump. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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So I have a bit of bad news for you guys: It looks as if the Wanted sequel will not be happening after all. Angelina Jolie pulled out of the project to pursue another film.

That is where the good news comes in: Jolie left Wanted 2 to star in Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller titled Gravity. Okay, let me give you guys a minute to catch your breath and calm down, I know this is all coming a bit fast — yes, Cuarón, the master filmmaker behind Children of Men, the best movie in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as the classic  Y tu mamá también, will be directing a space thriller, written by his 28-year-old son, Jonás (The Shock Doctrine).What’s it about?

According to Vulture, Jolie will play the sole surviving human member of a space mission, desperately trying to return home to Earth. She will be the only actor on screen for most of the movie. Oh, and did I mention that Jolie isn’t alone on the ship? Jolie will also be playing her daughter.

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Excuse me if this story reads like little more than a really long list of future films but there are so many new movies on the BBC’s slate, and so many of them sound so good, that I want to give them all a quick shout out. There’s going to be something for everyone (well, nearly everyone) in this selection.

We’ll get the previously announced ones out of the way first. Peter Morgan is making his directorial debut with The Special Relationship, a sequel to The Deal and The Queen, both of which he scripted. This one will focus on Blair’s relationship with Bill Clinton. Michael Sheen will reprise his Blair turn, and Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore have been cast as the Clintons. May I suggest that if they are looking for a Monica Lewinski, Martine McCutcheon would be just perfect. Hilariously so.

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London location filming is afoot on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Above you’ll see a snap from the set, showing Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in action – legging it from a (white-on-white, do highlight) Wedding when the Death Eaters threaten to show up and turn it all The Graduate. The picture comes from MATRIX photography via The Telegraph.

The boy wizard and his producer friend David Heyman have hinted to Empire where the split between the two Deathly Hallows films is going to come. After the break, their spoilery hints.

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Harry PotterHarry Potter fans rejoice! Warner Bros is expected to officially announce plans to release the adaptation of the last and final Harry Potter book, split into two separate films. This makes more than perfect sense considering the 36 chapter plus epilogue book is a whopping 759 pages long. Fans have complained that the last two movies which suffered from plot compression. That’s probably because to hardcover releases of Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix ranged from 734 to 896 pages in length.

Warner Bros will release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I in November 2010, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II six months later in May 2011. Both of the movies will be filmed concurrently. Screenwriter Steve Kloves, who wrote five of the fix films, is hard at work on both screenplays. Director David Yates, who directed both Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince (which began production in September) has already signed on for both sequels. Producer David Heyman explained to the LA Times:

“I swear to you it was born out of purely creative reasons. Unlike every other book, you cannot remove elements of this book. You can remove scenes of Ron playing quidditch from the fifth book, and you can remove Hermione and S.P.E.W. [Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare] and those subplots . . . but with the seventh, that can’t be done.” “The question will be, where do you break it? And how do you make them one but two separate and distinct stories? Do you break it with a moment of suspense or one of resolution? These are the interesting challenges. But each book has presented its challenges.”

The official book synopsis: “It all comes down to this – a final faceoff between good and evil. You plan to pull out all the stops, but every time you solve one mystery, three more evolve. Do you stay the course you started, despite your lack of progress? Do you detour and follow a new lead that may not help? Do you listen to your instincts, or your friends? Lord Voldemort is preparing for battle and so must Harry. With Ron and Hermione at his side, he’s trying to hunt down Voldemort’s Horcruxes, escape danger at every turn, and find a way to defeat evil once and for all. How does it all end?”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters on November 21st 2008.

Jim CarreyHarry Potter producer David Heyman is developing a comedy film called Yes Man with Jim Carrey attached to star.

“It’s about a man who finds himself very depressed, and is always saying no. When friends ask him out, he always says no,” Heyman revealed to MTV. “[The film will explore] what happens when he decides to say yes to every thing that comes his way.”

“It’s really funny,” he grinned. “It’s one of the funniest scripts I’ve read.”

Glad to see that Carrey is making another return to high-concept comedy, but does anyone other than Heyman think this film will get off the ground? Carrey has recently been plagued with projects that inevitably get sucked into development hell. Heyman hopes to film this Fall.

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