Late late year, the rights to one of Broadway’s biggest hits went up on the auction block. Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons was coveted by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox. They all lost out. GK Films paid over seven figures for the musical and after a year without any movement, they’ve finally hired a screenwriter.

John Logan will adapt the real life rags to riches story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a legendary musical group who went from the street corners of New Jersey to massive musical success with songs such as Oh What A Night, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, Sherry, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You. Recently, Logan wrote Hugo for Martin Scorsese but he also wrote Gladiator for Ridley Scott, Any Given Sunday for Oliver Stone, Sweeney Todd for Tim Burton and Rango for Gore Verbinski. Two of his latest scripts, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Sam Mendes’ James Bond film Skyfall, are currently in production. Wow. What a resume.

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Paramount and New Regency jointly announced today that they will distribute Darren Aronofsky‘s long gestating biblical epic Noah — a big screen adaptation of Noah’s Ark that Darren has been developing since he was 13-years-old. The deal between Paramount and New Regency was previously reported on the site when the deal was in talks, but it has now been confirmed. 20th Century Fox was also bidding on the project, which has a reported $150 million budget. John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) is currently working on rewrites of the script; Christian Bale has been rumored as a top choice to play the lead.

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Confirmed details on Sam MendesBond 23 are still scarce, but it seems screenwriter John Logan may have let slip a very useful detail about the villain. At a talk earlier this week, Logan hinted that iconic Bond baddie Ernst Stavro Blofeld just might be making an appearance in the upcoming film. Logan didn’t go so far as to actually announce anything, but hey, until we have a better idea of the plot, we’re gonna sit here and read into every dubious crumb of information that gets out. Read more after the jump.

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Here’s a bit of wild speculation about Bond 23 — or possibly not so wild, depending upon how much faith you place in various online translations and reports. Hint: in this case, be cautious. But let’s lay out the steps that have lead some to suspect that the twenty-third James Bond film may be based in part on the most recent Bond novel, and share with it the rather awkward title Carte Blanche. (Which is, I have to say, not anywhere near as awkward as Quantum of Solace. And, not being as awkward, it probably won’t inspire a very funny song by Attack the Block director Joe Cornish.) Read on for the steps that lead to the speculative conclusion… Read More »

Darren Aronofsky‘s wish to make his Bible-based fantasy epic Noah an “event” film is about to take one step closer to coming true. The project has been seeking a studio to pay half of its $150 budget — New Regency, which has been with Noah since early on, will cover the other half — and it looks like Paramount will be stepping up to fork over the cash. Though the deal is not yet official, the studio is said to be “close” to signing a deal. Read more details after the jump.

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The precise choice for Darren Aronofsky‘s follow-up to the award-winning audience favorite Black Swan has been a bit question mark over the past six months, and especially since the director walked away from Fox’s The Wolverine. (Which is now looking to James Mangold to direct.)

We know that he’ll helm the pilot episode of HBO’s very intriguing-sounding show Hobgoblin, which Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are writing and producing. But he’s also been shopping Noah, the $150m take on the biblical tale of Noah and the Ark that has been percolating in his mind for many years. New Regengy is on board to pay for half of the project, but a studio is needed for the balance. No one has stepped up yet, but that hasn’t stopped people from asking Darren Aronofsky about the project. His latest statements, which reveal that he wants to play down the religious aspect of the story and heighten the tentpole potential inherent in it, are below. Read More »

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In November of 2006, when I interviewed Darren Aronofsky for the US release of The Fountain, he dropped a little bomb. Asked about his next project, he said he was working on “a biblical epic.” That turned out to be a new take on the tale of Noah and the flood, and it has been a project in various stages of development ever since.

Now there is a report that Darren Aronofsky has put together a package for Noah that has John Logan rewriting Aronofsky’s own script, New Regency thinking of co-financing, and several studios looking at proving the rest of the cash. With Black Swan recently crossing the $300m line worldwide, there may be no better time than now to get an ambitious project like Noah off the ground, and it looks like he’s seizing the chance. Read More »

Will Naomie Harris Be in ‘Bond 23’?

Briefly: We still don’t know very much at all about the twenty-third James Bond movie, other than that it will shoot this fall with Daniel Craig and Judi Dench reprising their roles as James Bond and M, respectively, under the direction of Sam Mendes. Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan are writing, and there may be parts for Javier Bardem and/or Ralph Fiennes, but those are not confirmed.

The latest report is that Naomi Harris, famous for 28 Days Later and the Pirates of the Caribbean films, is in talks for Bond 23. The first report came from the UK tabloid News of the World, but was later confirmed by EW and other outlets. We know nothing about what character she might play — ‘Bond girl’ being the only tag right now — but it’s a start. The still untitled twenty-third James Bond film will be released on October 26, 2012 in the UK and Ireland, and November 9 in the rest of the world.

Briefly: Daniel Craig is all over the place this week thanks to the new posters and trailers for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but he is still the star of another massive franchise with a global fanbase. Today there is a tiny bit of James Bond news, as Sony, EON Productions and MGM have announced a pair of release dates for the twenty-third Bond film. The as-yet untitled movie, just Bond 23 for now, will hit the UK and Ireland on October 26, 2012, and then open in the rest of the world on November 9, 2012. The worldwide date is about when we expected to see the film; the earlier date is just a bonus for those in Britain.

We know very little about the film at this point. Daniel Craig will return as James Bond, under the direction of Sam Mendes. The screenplay is by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. Javier Bardem could end up in the film, and Judi Dench will very likely return. Beyond that, it’s almost all up in the air.