The Fifth Beatle

The name Brian Epstein may not immediately ring a bell, but if you’ve ever hummed along to “Hey Jude” or nodded your head to “Yellow Submarine,” you’re definitely familiar with his work. Epstein is the visionary manager who discovered the Beatles when they were just a local band in Liverpool, and guided the Fab Four to unprecedented fame.

While Epstein doesn’t get a fraction of the attention that John, Paul, George, and Ringo do, his life is pretty fascinating in its own right. Now a new movie aims to shed some light on the guy behind the guys. Peyton Reed has just signed on to direct the Epstein biopic The Fifth Beatle, based on the graphic novel written by Vivek Tiwary and illustrated by Andrew Robinson. Hit the jump for more details.

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Marvel is in talks with Slither/Super James Gunn to direct their superhero intergalactic space opera Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel is confident that Gunn will sign on for the project, but if he doesn’t, they have also been talking with Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) and the directing duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson).

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We probably could have guess that this would happen: not long after taking the gig directing Price and Prejudice and Zombies for LionsGate, Craig Gillespie has brought Marti Noxon on to rewrite the David O. Russell script. In addition to having a resume that includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marti Noxon wrote the Fright Night remake that Mr. Gillespie directed last year. Footage of that one is getting out in the wild now, and the response is pretty good. So now they’ll work together once more.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s revision of Jane Austen‘s classic novel, has made news for its shifting directorial roster over the past year. But it still has no cast, and until this new script draft is done, it is possible that there will be no one signed. Don’t expect to see Natalie Portman, who was once attached. But we’ll give you the names when deals come together. [The Wrap]

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She & Him is the musical collaboration of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, previously responsible for the Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? tune that we featured last year. That one had a bank job video directed by 500 Days of Summer‘s Marc Webb while for this new song, In the Sun, the man with the megaphone is Down With Love and The Break-Up‘s Peyton Reed. He’s comfortably one of my favourite comedy directors of recent years and previously directed Deschanel in Yes Man.

You can see the clip after the break.

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Jay Roach Won’t Meet The Little Fockers

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Little Fockers, the third film in the Meet The Parents trilogy is finally entering the casting stages — Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro and Owen Wilson are in talks with Universal to return.

Meet the Parents and Meet The Fockers director Jay Roach will not helm the third film as he’s too busy prepping Dinner For Schmucks, but is expected to produce. According to THR, the new directing candidates include Paul Weitz (In Good Company, About a Boy) David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models); and Peyton Reed (Bring it On, Yes Man). Reed seems like the best choice out of the bunch for this type of material.

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First Look: Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel in Yes Man

Warner Bros has released the first two photos from the upcoming Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man. The story follows Carl Allen (Carrey), “a man who signs up for a self-help program based on one simple principle: say yes to everything… and anything. At first, unleashing the power of “yes” transforms Carl’s life in amazing and unexpected ways, but he soon discovers that opening up his life to endless possibilities can have its drawbacks.” Directed by Peyton Reed, and co-starring Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson, and Terence Stamp.

Reed started his career directing behind the scenes EPKs and was heavily involved in the Back to the Future trilogy, spin-off cartoon, and Universal Studios ride. He made his feature debut with the Kirsten Dunst cheerleading comedy Bring It On, which is heavily underrated (as far as teen comedies go). Carrey’s last good full-on comedy was probably either Me, Myself & Irene or Liar Liar (or does Man on the Moon count as a comedy?). I tend to enjoy Carrey more in more dramatic films like the previously mentioned Man on the Moon, Eternal Sunshine, and even The Majestic. So who knows if this will be any good. The concept seems somewhat promising.

First Look: Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel in Yes Man

Click on the images to enlarge. Yes Man hits theaters on December 19th 2008.

Peyton Reed to Direct Jim Carrey in Yes Man

Jim CarreyYesterday we reported that Jim Carrey had signed on to star in Yes Man. Some people were excited since it will be Carrey’s return to high concept comedy. We weren’t too interested, but that has changed – Peyton Reed has signed on to direct the film according to The Hollywood Reporter. Peyton created one of our favorite modern “guilty pleasures”, Bring It On. You know, that cheerleader film that starred Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku and Gabrielle Union? Yeah, we dug it for probably all the wrong reasons. Reed was also involved in a lot of the behind the scenes documentaries to my favorite movie of all time, Back to the Future. Okay, sure, he also made The Break-up. We’ll forgive him.

Yes Man is an adaptation of Danny Wallace’s memoir. Wallace was very depressed, because he was always saying no. One day he decided to suddenly change and to instead say Yes to every opportunity that comes his way. In the book, Wallace wins $45,000, meets a hypnotic dog, obtains a nursing degree, travels the globe and finds romance. I’m sure the film will be even more far fetched (hey, it’s Hollywood). Producers hope to start shooting this Fall. But since Carrey is attached, there is still a good chance this could fall into development hell.

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