Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
Over the past couple of years, Scott Cooper‘s name has popped up in association with a number of projects, including The Hatfields and the McCoys, Lie Down in Darkness, Gangster Squad, Unbroken, and most recently, The Emperor’s Children. But in fact, he hasn’t helmed another movie since his acclaimed 2009 directorial debut Crazy Heart. Now the latest picture to come his way is The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, an adaptation of Mark Seal‘s nonfiction book about a con man who spent decades passing himself off as part of the Rockefeller family. More details after the jump.
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Warner Bros Pictures has acquired the big screen adaptation of James Collins‘ novel Beginner’s Greek. I Love You Man, Observe and Report and Green Lantern producer Donald De Line has hired 500 Days of Summer screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber to pen the adaptation. If I had a list of new screenwriters to watch, Neustadter and Weber would definitely be on the top of the list. If you’ve seen 500 Days of Summer, than you know why these guys are getting so much buzz around Hollywood.
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Our friends at FirstShowing caught up with producer Donald De Line, who revealed that a new draft of The Green Lantern has been turned in, and while nothing is “confirmed” they’re “gearing up to start shooting early spring.”
I have to admit that while I’ve read comics over the years, Lantern isn’t one of them. I’ve never found the character to be that interesting, but have a lot of friends who disagree. Our friends at Latino Review got their hands on the script a couple weeks ago, and El Mayimbe called it “one of the most solid first draft superhero screenplays EVER”. Talk about high praise. One thing is for sure, DC needs to bring their A game to compete with the onslaught of Marvel projects coming up.
Discuss: Are You Excited About The Green Lantern Movie?
With his 2008 slate nicely stocked with cheeba and T&A (The Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) gruffy, young superstar Seth Rogen looks to keep the debauchery rollin’ into ’09. He’s set to star in the mall cop comedy Observe and Report, to be written and directed by Jody Hill, the latest to join Judd Apatow’s smoked out dugout and hot off the indie-com The Fist Foot Way. Apparently Apatow isn’t producing the film however.
Rogen will play Ronnie Barnhardt, an ego-maniacal head of mall security who tangos with with the local cops (you know, the real po-po). If you’re suddenly taking more of an interest in the oft-ignored, chubby rent-a-cops at your local superplex, that’s because actor Kevin James also has an ’09 flick on deck called Mall Cop. Variety reports that Observe and Report will basically be awesomer because it will not deviate from Rogen’s grandma-scaring brand of hard comedy. Producer Donald De Line adds that the film will, “Definitely go to the edge.”
The pitch might as well be sprinkled with nuts like a cheeseball, sure, but the talent involved is quite ace. Malls haven’t been properly terrorized in a comedy in ages, so there’s definitely potential in watching Rogen wallop some Hot Topic punks with clever expletives and a wimpy baton.
Discuss: Anyone have a good mall cop story? Are you diggin’ this project? If Rogen had starred in Semi-Pro in place of Will Ferrell, would it have still bricked?