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It’s been a while since we got an update on Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of the iconic rap group N.W.A. But not only is the project still alive, it’s taking a significant step forward.

Jonathan Herman has just been hired to write the project, which still has F. Gary Gray attached to helm. Additionally, the movie has a new studio — Universal is taking over now that New Line’s pulled out. Get the latest dirt on the movie after the jump.

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Briefly: One video game adaptation that keeps restarting from save points is Kane & Lynch, which has had directors and potential cast members come and go over since shortly after the first game’s debut in 2007. The game series features the two title characters, two escaped death row inmates who find that they were broken out of prison only to be coerced into tracking down a giant cache of loot for a big criminal organization. Turns out that recruiting pychopathic, schizophrenic men to do such work isn’t the best idea, and much violence ensues.

Now Gerard Butler is in talks to play Kane, and F. Gary Gray, once set to direct a while back, on board once more to make the movie. To round out the lead duo, producers are hoping to land Vin DieselTHR has the news, saying that an offer is out to Diesel, but even Butler isn’t signed just yet. Butler and Gray have worked together before, on the Gray’s most recent feature Law Abiding Citizen, and the director worked with Diesel on A Man Apart.

 

Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Deadline has learned that F. Gary Gray has withdrawn from consideration and is now in negotiations to instead direct the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton for New Line Cinema. Last week Disney announced a April 4th, 2014 release date for the a sequel.

 

There’s something that really appeals to me about the idea of the Welcome to Collinwood directors taking on the Captain America sequel for Marvel Studios.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. We know that Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely have been writing a sequel to the 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger. But no director has been hired; we didn’t know if Joe Johnston would return, or if Marvel would turn to someone new, and possibly cheaper.

Now there’s a report that the shortlist to direct the new Cap film is down to four people, but two of those four are a package deal: George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job), and Anthony and Joseph Russo, who made Welcome to Collinwood, and are perhaps better known for working as producer/directors on Community. Read More »

How things change in a year. The last time we got an update on The Last Days of American Crime, it was that Law Abiding Citizen director F. Gary Gray had signed on to direct Sam Worthington. Now it seems Gray and Worthington are both out, while commercial and music video director Anthony Mandler has entered talks to make his feature debut on the comic book adaptation. Meanwhile, on the other side of the camera, Noomi Rapace may or may not still be attached to star. More details after the jump.

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In late 2009 we reported that Sam Worthington would produce and star in an adaptation of the graphic novel The Last Days of American Crime, but we’ve heard basically zip about the project since then. Now, just as the market action is about to begin at Cannes, there is some news: F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen, The Italian Job, Friday) has been tapped to direct. Read More »

Yes, you read that headline correctly. The most recent director for Kane & Lynch, Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) has walked.

This is only the latest directorial change for the video game adaptation that is to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx. Previous possible directors included Wayne Kramer and F. Gary Gray, and those men are both being sought as possible replacements for Alessandrin, along with Antoine Fuqua. Read More »

F. Gary Gray to Direct ‘Hair of the Dog’

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F. Gary Gray last directed Law Abiding Citizen, a film that ambitiously tried to push how far an audience could get behind a violent, justifiably angry anti-hero. As with several of Gray’s films, the idea was better than the execution, which ended up being silly more often than it was satisfying.

Gray has also been part of the revolving door directorial staff of the Bruce Willis/Jamie Foxx videogame adaptation Kane & Lynch, but there are reports that he has left that project. (Leaving Patrick Alessandrin to direct, though Gray’s name remains on IMDB.)

Now Gray has a new project lined up: the mystery thriller Hair of the Dog. Read More »

F. Gary Gray in Talks To Direct Kane & Lynch

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F. Gary Gray is in talks to direct the big screen adaptation of the Eidos video game Kane and Lynch. The film was originally set to be directed by stunt coordinator Simon Crane, and more recently rumored to be helmed by Running Scared director Wayne Kramer.

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