These “bits” pieces always tend to be a mixed bag, but this particular bag seems particularly varied — and stuffed. Whether you’re into showtunes, comic books, social networking, or the law, we’ve got a little something for everyone in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Glee releases a promo for its third season
  • Showtime begins developing comic book adaptation The Damned
  • ABC buys scripts from Friends with Benefits and Changing Lanes writers

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Update: GI Joe 2 star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has tweeted a confirmation that Bruce Willis has officially signed on to the cast in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Original story follows.

Earlier this summer, we briefly mentioned a report that Bruce Willis was at the top of the wishlist for a certain role in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Now it seems someone’s wishes are one step closer to coming true. Willis has entered talks to board G.I. Joe 2 in the part of General Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe. In the ’80s comic book series, the character is the one who forms the G.I. Joe strike team.

Directed by Jon M. Chu and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, G.I. Joe 2 will be the second installment in the film franchise based on the iconic line of toys. Read more after the jump.

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The last time we heard about a possible Space Invaders film was March of 2010, when Warner Bros. was trying to land the option to make a film based on Taito’s classic first-wave video game in which relentless waves of aliens march upon a human settlement defended by one little tank.

Nothing really happened with the deal then, and now we’re back to the story of a producer optioning the property. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, one of the producers of the Transformers films, Red, Salt and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, has optioned Space Invaders with Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker. Read More »

David O. Russell may have left behind the video game adaptation Uncharted, but the director’s not exactly wanting for new projects to work on. The latest potential additions to his slate are a Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced action film titled The Mission, and Disney’s Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent. (In fact, the latter is likely the reason Russell was allegedly meeting with star Angelina Jolie last week — Russ called it when he expressed his skepticism that Jolie would be interested in the Silver Linings female lead.)

Oh yeah, and that’s in addition to The Silver Linings Playbook and a handful of other projects he’s been linked to previously. The man has been keeping himself very, very busy. More details after the jump.

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Call of Duty writer Will Staples is being courted by 20th Century Fox to write a film called Myth that already has Sam Worthington, James Cameron and Lorenzo di Bonaventura interested in producing. Nothing is known about the story of the film except, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “it’s big, it’s sci-fi, and it’s got lots of action.” Sold. Read more after the break. Read More »

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has hired Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn) and Andre Fabrizio to write the script for an action thriller called DMZ, which is set in the tense zone between North and South Korea. The film will be a sort of political action movie, but it also has another component, as a task force sent into the zone discovers something other than the influence of a crazed father-son dictator team waiting within. Read More »

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Tony Scott, according to their sources, is “just a step away from” directing the big screen adaption of John Grisham‘s bestselling legal thriller The Associate. You might recall that Shia LaBeouf is attached to star, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, GI Joe) is producing, and The Departed screenwriter William Monahan penned the script.

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Movie Trailer #2: Red

I know there’s resistance to Red based on the fact that the film looks quite a bit different from the Warren Ellis comics upon which it is based. I haven’t read the comic, so can only approach the film based on what I see — and I really enjoy the stuff we’ve been shown so far. There’s one trailer already, and a second premiered today in conjunction with the film’s appearance at the San Diego Comic Con. Read More »

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