Briefly: Juan Antonio Bayona, a disciple of Guillermo Del Toro, first directed The Orphanage. He followed that with The Impossible, which garnered Naomi Watts an Oscar nomination. Next up, the former music video director will follow his famous friend to Warner Bros. where he’ll direct an untitled sci-fi film written by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Munich, The Insider) and produced by Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad).

There’s no word on what it’s about but Roth is a hugely talented screenwriter and him teaming with Bayona is something to keep an eye on. [Variety]

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Every year during awards season, The Hollywood Reporter somehow organizes the schedules of basically every single actor, actress, writer and director of the year’s best films to sit down and discuss them. This, in itself, is pretty spectacular. What’s even better is they release the videos of the full conversations so we can watch. For the 2011 Writers’ Roundtable, they’ve brought together Moneyball‘s Steve Zaillan and Aaron Sorkin, The Skin I Live In‘s Pedro Almodovar, J. Edgar‘s Dustin Lance Black, Rampart‘s Oren Moverman and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close‘s Eric Roth to discuss their own, and each others’, scripts, all of which have a good shot at multiple award nominations. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

Eventually, audiences will see a new film about Cleopatra, it’s just a question of when. Angelina Jolie has been attached to play the famous Pharaoh and filmmakers like James Cameron and Paul Greengrass have been attached to make a film based on Stacy Schiff‘s biography Cleopatra: A Life. The latest name attached is David Fincher and Variety now reports one of Fincher’s ace collaborators, writer Eric Roth, has been called in to rewrite a first draft by Brian Helgeland. Read More »

Warner Bros. evidently has high hopes for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, as the studio recently set the film for a December 25 debut. Indeed, the novel, which is a quirky but heartfelt account of a young boy’s attempt to uncover some family history in the wake of 9/11, could easily be the basis for a moving holiday film.

I’m anxious to see a trailer, in part because the key role in the film — the boy Oskar — went to a non-actor: young Jeopardy! winner Thomas Horn. The potential that this film will reveal a new young talent seems high, much as True Grit did last year with Hailee Steinfeld. While we wait for that trailer, check out the first official image from the film, which shows Horn with Tom Hanks, as Oskar’s father. Read More »

A few years ago it looked like Tim Burton would direct Ripley’s Believe It Or Not with Jim Carrey set to star as newspaperman Robert Ripley, who created an enduring brand as he collected stories of the exotic and unusual for his entertaining column. The movie didn’t happen, but it turns out the script wasn’t dead, only dormant.

Now Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is set to do “a complete rewrite overhaul,” according to Deadline. Jim Carrey is still set to appear. No idea who might direct, but Eric Roth scripts tend to attract top-flight talent, so it could well be a notable name. Read More »

Here’s good news and bad news. The good news is that, yes, confirming recent reports, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are still planning to be part of Martin Scorsese‘s film The Irishman, which is planned to star Robert De Niro as Mafia hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran. The bad news is that in talking about the future of the film, Robert De Niro cast doubt on the idea that it will be paired with a much more ambitious second film that has been described in terms related to Fellini’s 8 1/2.

More details and some quotes from the actor, after the break. Read More »

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Last time we checked in on Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Daldry had just officially signed on, though he’d been working on the project with producer Scott Rudin for some time.

Now Warner Bros. and Paramount are close to a deal to co-produce the film, and Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks are attached to star in the project. Read More »

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I don’t know how Brad Pitt really has time to schedule anything of late, but evidently he’s trying to get The Hatfields and the McCoys made at Warner Bros. The film would cover the legendary American family feud, and now has Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper attached to direct. Read More »

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