In Ruben Fleischer’s 2011 comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Jesse Eisenberg played a pizza delivery boy forced to rob a bank when two men strapped a bomb to him. The idea came from a real-life event that took place in Erie, PA in 2003, as detailed in Wired Magazine. Unlike that film, though, the actual situation was much more complicated, dire and interesting. New producers have now decided it’s time for a true-life, dramatic retelling.

Mythology Entertainment and Anyway Entertainment have just purchased the rights to both the aforementioned Wired article by Rich Schapiro as well as the upcoming book Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery, by formers FBI agent Gerald Clark and journalist Ed Palattella. They plan on using the two texts to make dramatic version of this incredible, real life event, currently titled Collar Bomb Heist. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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At this point there’s nothing that anyone can do to The Shining on screen that Stephen King hasn’t already done himself. (See the TV series adaptation of his novel, scripted by King, which leaves out few of the novel’s details, and misses most of Stanley Kubrick’s chilling effect.)

So the idea of a prequel is just one of those shrugs, an idea that seems terrible at first, but which experience suggests will very likely be forgotten a few minutes after it is released. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. has been talking to a producing trio about coming up with a story to explain some of what happened before Kubrick’s movie. Read More »

Briefly: Shakespeare in Love and The Debt director John Madden had a pretty good spring thanks to the $100m global take of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but now he’s going into a new mode with a new mystery. A Murder Mystery, to be exact, as Madden will make shoot a film with that title from a script by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac).

Co-producing and in talks to star is Charlize Theron, who has her own run this summer thanks to Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus. The film is called an “affectionate deconstruction” of a story in the vein of Agatha Christie tales, and features “comedy, action, and mystery” as an American couple travels abroad.

I like the idea of the guy who wrote Zodiac putting together a comic take on the classic whodunnit, and I like the idea of Theron taking a moment to do a solid comic turn in the same sort of project. We’ll watch for more details on the script, and hope that Madden doesn’t keep things too fluffy. [Deadline]

Jamie Foxx will next be seen playing a freed slave turned bounty hunter for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, but his  role after that will have him climbing all the way to the tippy-top of American society.

The star has just entered talks to play the President of the United States in the thriller White House Down, one of two competing projects being described as “Die Hard in the White House.” This version of the premise comes from director Roland Emmerich and writer James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), has Channing Tatum attached to star, and all in all seems to be farther along. More details after the jump.

UPDATE: Shortly after we posted this story, news broke that Maggie Gyllenhaal had also boarded the cast, in the female lead role of a “patriotic” Secret Service agent.

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Even as Mitt Romney and Barack Obama race to win the White House, Roland Emmerich and Antoine Fuqua are competing to take it down. Both filmmakers are signed on to direct projects described as “Die Hard on Pennsylvania Avenue” — Columbia’s White House Down for Emmerich, and Millennium’s Olympus Has Fallen for Fuqua. While Fuqua’s film has had Gerard Butler attached for a couple of months now, Emmerich has just cast Channing Tatum, who’s just coming off of three films and has two more due out this year. More details after the jump.

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They’ve tackled Transformers, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and now another franchise can be added to the impressive resumes of producers/screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci: Spider-Man. They’ve just been hired to Sony to rewrite the script of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel to Marc Webb’s reboot which hits theaters on July 3. Read more after the jump. Read More »

James Vanderbilt hit the screenwriter big time when he wrote Zodiac for David Fincher, and he was eventually tapped to work on the Spider-Man series for Sony. Now he’s one of a few people credited on The Amazing Spider-Man. He has developed a working relationship with the studio, doing work on the Total Recall remake as well.

Now has sold an original script to Sony: White House Down is an action film Vanderbilt wrote on spec that the studio just paid three million bucks to acquire. Details on that follow, as well as a bit of news on Vanderbilt’s contribution to the new RoboCop. Read More »

It’s an action/thriller casting break this evening, featuring the return of some classic actors to familiar old stomping grounds. So after the break you’ll find:

  • Peter Stormare is a bad guy in Arniold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand,
  • Anthony Hopkins will hunt a serial killer in Solace,
  • and Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and John Travolta may be confirmed for The Expendables 2.

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