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Briefly: Two and a half years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger was looking at the action thriller Captive, back when he was mulling a whole bunch of post-Governor gigs. He never made the movie, but it’s still kicking around, and now his one-time fellow expendable Bruce Willis is in talks to star in the film. The movie is an indie with a kidnapping plot that has Simon Brand set to direct, and a March start date penciled in. Brand previously made the 2006 film Unknown, which also had a kidnapping plot.

Presumably the script is still the one by Benjamin van der Veen and Kario Salem, based on a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Seems like that’s the case, as the plot details reported by Variety are the same as they were in 2011. In short, Willis would be “an American real estate magnate living in Brazil who is kidnapped and held for ransom.  As he frantically searches for a way out of his armored-truck prison cell hidden in a Sao Paolo landfill, a detective specializing in kidnap and ransom cases works to find him.” We don’t know who will play the detective at this point.

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Oliver Stone is going back to his favorite subject matter: influential American personalities, particularly those of the past middle century. He’s already chronicled JFK and Nixon (and George W. Bush) and now Stone is in early talks to make a film about Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is one of a few different MLK films that have been in development recently, but the DreamWorks and Warner Bros. co-production have the all-important approval of the King family in addition to the influence of producer Steven Spielberg. The script is by  Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) who is reworking a draft by Ronald Harwood (The PianistAustralia).

If things work out, Stone will make the film, and he’ll have his Any Given Sunday actor Jamie Foxx in the starring role.

Update: This week, Stone confirmed that he and Foxx are moving forward with the MLK film. He told the Wall St. Journal “we’re looking for a way to relate to this extraordinary man.”

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Joel Schumacher has confirmed in an interview that Halle Berry is in talks to take the lead in the tentatively titled The Hive, about “a female emergency line operator who, in trying to help a young girl, comes up against a killer from her own past.” While nothing is official at this point, the director said, he and Berry are both interested in working together and the producers of The Hive seem to be on board with hiring her.

The thriller is expected to begin shooting in February, though Schumacher has said that he may shoot another, smaller film before that. Berry will next appear in Garry Marshall’s limp-looking ensemble romcom New Year’s Eve, and is currently shooting Cloud Atlas with directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski. [Coming Soon]

After the jump, surfing biopic Mavericks gets a new title and two new stars, and 50 Cent lines up yet another acting gig.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s comeback is really back on track. Seriously. His first stab at a post-politics return to acting was hamstrung by an embarassing and irresponsible paternity situation. But a few months have passed, public ire has shifted to other targets, and Arnie is making appearances on casting sheets once again.

He’s got The Last Stand booked already, in which he’ll be directed by I Saw the Devil‘s Kim Jee-woon, with Peter Stormare likely co-starring. There is also the possibility of a fifth Terminator film. Now he’s in talks to star in an indie action thriller called Captive. Read More »

When Universal recently dropped Paul Greengrass’s Martin Luther King Jr. film Memphis due to a rumored lack of cooperation from King’s estate, it became obvious getting a film done about the civil rights leader was going to take a huge effort. Hopefully the combined resources of two studios might do the trick. The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that DreamWorks, which has the official life and intellectual property rights to King, as well as the cooperation of his family, is teaming up with Warner Bros., which has a well-researched script by Kario Salem (The Score, Mavericks), to make one mega film about the great civil rights leader. Read more after the break. Read More »

Gerard Butler Joins Surfing Picture ‘Mavericks’

Almost a year ago we heard that Curtis Hanson (The River Wild, L.A. Confidential) would make a film about the late surfer Jay Moriarty, who rode massive Northern California wave breaks called ‘mavericks,’ but died at 22 in a diving accident.

When we first reported on the film Sean Penn was rumored; the role he was very vaguely linked to is Rick ‘Frosty’ Hesson, the young surfer’s friend and mentor. Now Gerard Butler will play that role instead. Read More »

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