Whenever an existing property gets optioned for a new show or series, fans are left to hold their breaths and hope that the adaptation does the source material justice. If rumors of Noah Baumbach signing on for a TV adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s award-winning The Corrections is true, I’m guessing Franzen’s fans have nothing to worry about. After all, who could be better suited to bring Franzen’s disenchanted suburban family to life than the guy who directed The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, and Greenberg?

To add icing on the cake, rumors also suggest that Donald Sutherland and Anthony Hopkins are among the actors eyeing a role in the project. Scott Rudin, who optioned the film rights to the novel a decade ago, is reportedly attached to executive produce. Read more after the jump.

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Like so many film geeks, I’m an ardent admirer of the Coen Brothers (obviously), so I’m thrilled to reveal that a couple of interesting new tidbits have dropped about their next feature. Earlier this summer, the Coens revealed that their next movie would be based on the ’60s folk scene in New York’s Greenwich Village, and apparently that project is starting to come together. A recent announcement that StudioCanal would be co-financing and handling international sales for the film revealed the title, as well as slightly more detail about the plot. Read more after the jump.

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Way back when, we reported on a film called Margaret by You Can Count on Me director Kenneth Lonergan. At that point — 2009 — the film had already been delayed for years, and our post was an explanation of the various reasons why. Now, three years after that, the film is finally set to get a release.

Starring Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon, Margaret revolves around a young woman dealing with guilt and grief in the wake of a tragic bus accident. The film marks a reunion for Ruffalo and Lonergan, who previously worked together on the excellent You Can Count on Me. Read more after the jump.

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Slumdog Millionaire and Skins star Dev Patel is the latest actor to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO pilot More As This Story Develops. The story revolves around a cable news anchor named Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Alison Pill, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski and Josh Pence are also signed on to star. Few details have been given on Patel’s character, but it is said that he will be “a series regular who works at the channel.”

Scott Rudin and Alan Poul are executive producing the project, along with Sorkin. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) will direct the pilot. [Variety]

After the jump, Vince Vaughn buddies up with Ben Stiller again, Allison Janney joins Chris Colfer’s big screen debut, and Jason London talks UFOs with Brandon Fehr.

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Last month Universal agreed to finance and distribute Memphis, a film about Martin Luther King with Paul Greengrass writing and directing and Scott Rudin producing. The film was ideally going to hit right in time for the MLK holiday in 2012.

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In January it was announced that The Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti would reteam to produce an  adaptation of author Ben Mezrich‘s (who wrote  The Accidental Billionaires, upon which The Social Network was based) new book proposal Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History. A director has been hired to bring the book to the big screen.

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The last time we checked in on the Sony take on Cleopatra, which Scott Rudin is producing as a possible Angelina Jolie star vehicle based on Stacy Schiff‘s biography Cleopatra: A Life, James Cameron wasn’t going to make the film because of his commitment to Avatar 2, and Paul Greengrass was looking like a possible director. But he went on to sign a deal to make Memphis, a film about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Now the latest name to be floated for the director’s chair is David Fincher, with whom Scott Rudin has recently worked on The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Read More »

We just talked about Martin Scorsese‘s slate of potential future projects, specifically with respect to The Irishman, which could reunite him with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

Another film he has been considering for some time is Sinatra, which would chronicle the life of signature crooner Frank Sinatra. That film has languished in development a bit, but it just got a big shot in the arm. Mega-producer Scott Rudin has just come on board, which would suggest that Sinatra now has a much better chance of going before cameras than it did before. Scott Rudin is a guy whose projects get made. Read More »

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