Rebel Wilson in Pitch Perfect

After putting in her time with the Barden Bellas, Rebel Wilson will be reporting for duty to the the U.S. military. The Aussie actress is attached to star in Private Benjamin, New Line’s remake of the 1980 comedy starring Goldie Hawn. Hit the jump for more details on the new version.

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Murder on the Orient Express

As Paramount loads another Naked Gun, Fox is going for another ride on the Orient Express. The studio has picked up the rights to Agatha Christie‘s 1934 murder mystery Murder on the Orient Express, which was turned into an Oscar-nominated drama by Sidney Lumet in 1974. Ridley Scott is in talks to produce, along with Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg. More details after the jump.

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Chronices of Narnia

A few years back, it seemed like audiences might get a new Chronicles of Narnia movie ever few years. 2005 brought The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which grossed almost $300 million domestic, but when Prince Caspian was released in 2008, that box-office take was cut nearly in half. It got to a point where, if you polled 100 people on the street, I doubt 10 of them would even know The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was released in 2010. It only grossed $100 million domestic.

Yet all three films have been much bigger successes overseas. So, after a few years of uncertainty, it seems audiences will be heading back to Narnia once again. The C.S. Lewis and Mark Gordon Companies have announced they are set to develop and produce The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, based on the fourth book in Lewis’ series. Read More »

Captain Planet

Well-known, environmentally conscious cartoon series Captain Planet and the Planeteers might finally be making a leap to the big screen. The story of five kids from different continents who are given powers to fight pollution, and combine to make the titular superhero, ran for over 100 episodes in the mid-’90s. Since then, producers have tried to bring it to big and small screens alike, with Funny or Die getting the closest by actually casting Don Cheadle to parody the character.

However, it seems Sony Pictures is now close to acquiring the rights to finally make a big-budget, live-action Captain Planet movie. Read More »

HughJackmanPrestige

Briefly: Hugh Jackman is coming off a wave of good press for Les Miserables, has The Wolverine releasing this year, and is shooting Prisoners now before going on to work with Bryan Singer for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

And now he’s got another starring project lined up, as Paramount has picked up the rights to bestselling author Harlan Coben‘s novel Six Years. The book is not yet published, but Paramount just grabbed the rights, and former Fox head Tom Rothman may produce with Mark Gordon.

Jackman would play Jake Fisher, “who watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man. Six years have passed when Jake comes across the other man’s obituary. He resolves to attend the funeral, hoping to catch a glimpse of Natalie. But the mourning widow is not Natalie, throwing all of his past memories with the woman into question.”

No writer or director is set for the project at this point. The book hits shelves on March 19. [THR]

 

Sony Buying Film Rights to Steve Jobs Biography

How would you characterize a deal to create a feature film based on a collection of interviews with the late Steve Jobs, as it is announced mere days after his death? Crass commercialism? Fitting tribute? Perhaps simply good business sense, something that Jobs himself would understand, if not exactly admire?

Regardless, Sony is acquiring the book Steve Jobs, an upcoming tome by Walter Isaacson which is based on interviews with Jobs conducted over the past two years. The studio will quickly begin developing a film based on the book, with Mark Gordon producing. Read More »

Marc Guggenheim, who co-wrote this summer’s Green Lantern, has signed on to write and produce a new original project for Disney titled Time Zones. The sci-fi fantasy adventure unfolds in a universe in which a spontaneous event has created fractures in the space-time continuum. As a result, the world has developed “time zones,” so that, for example, “it might be 1750 in France, 300 B.C. in China and 2065 in New York.” More details after the jump.

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Don't Tell Mom, The Babysitter's Dead

At the multiplex this weekend, The Karate Kid and The A-Team topped the box office. You might almost think we are reliving the 1980′s. The success of The Karate Kid probably has Hollywood on a search for more 1980′s/early 1990′s titles to remake, and Pajiba is reporting that a remake of Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead is in development with producer Mark Gordon.

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