Briefly: Paramount has been working on a revamp of Tom Clancy‘s Jack Ryan character. Chris Pine is starring, making him the fourth actor in the role after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, and Lost‘s Jack Bender is directing.

Hossein Amini wrote a draft, then the studio picked up Adam Cozad‘s spec script Dubai, which the scribe reworked into a Jack Ryan film called Moscow. He and Anthony Peckham have both done additional work after that Moscow draft came together. Now it looks like Steve Zaillian will do a pass on the draft, and hopefully leave it in shooting shape. Read More »

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Three years ago the Spanish sci-fi time-travel film TimeCrimes became a hit at Sundance, but by that point the film already had a following. In fact, it was almost exactly three years ago to the day that we heard United Artists would back a remake of the film with Steve Zaillian producing. Sadly, the revived United Artists, tied to MGM, didn’t fare so well.

But the TimeCrimes remake didn’t die, and it hasn’t left Mr. Zaillian’s hands. Now the film has migrated to DreamWorks, for which the writer/producer will rewrite the script before the project movies forward. Read More »

Here’s good news and bad news. The good news is that, yes, confirming recent reports, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are still planning to be part of Martin Scorsese‘s film The Irishman, which is planned to star Robert De Niro as Mafia hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran. The bad news is that in talking about the future of the film, Robert De Niro cast doubt on the idea that it will be paired with a much more ambitious second film that has been described in terms related to Fellini’s 8 1/2.

More details and some quotes from the actor, after the break. Read More »

Martin Scorsese is still in production on Hugo Cabret — which is reportedly moving slowly because of the director’s learning curve with shooting in 3D — but he says that The Irishman could shoot next year.

That’s the script formerly called I Heard You Paint Houses, which concerns famed Mafia hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, and has Robert De Niro attached to star. Al Pacino and Joe Pesci have been rumored participants as well. More details after the break. Read More »

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No one seems to be able to get a movie based on a Jonathan Lethem novel off the ground. The latest attempt may come from David Cronenberg, however, and he’s got a pretty damn good track record when it comes to getting difficult material from the page to screen. (Think Dead Ringers, Crash, and Naked Lunch.) Cronenberg is reportedly attached to direct an adaptation of Lethem’s third novel, 1997’s As She Climbed Across the Table. But he’s got a few other titles on his plate, too, so will this actually get made? Read More »

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In the past couple weeks, the most widely-reported word on David Fincher‘s remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was that Brad Pitt was waiting on Steve Zaillian‘s first script draft, which was turned in on June 1. The belief was that Pitt was going to make a decision about starring in the film after reading the script.

But now Daniel Craig is in early talks to star as journalist Mikael Blomkvist in this film and two more, the latter possibly shot back to back, adapting the full span of Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium series.

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How many runs through a script can a studio take? Moneyball is supposed to shoot in a little over a month, after a year of wrangling and being on life support. Now Steve Zaillian, who wrote the draft that got the scrapped Steven Soderbergh version moving in the first place, is back on the picture. For the time being. Read More »

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It doesn’t look like he’s getting to it any time soon, but after Martin Scorsese finishes The Invention of Hugo Cabret and the planned follow-up Silence (his ‘Jesuit priest drama’) there has been talk of finally making The Irishman, which would reunite the director with Robert De Niro.

The Irishman is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses, which is about Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob assassin who is believed to have carried out more than 25 mob murders, and claimed to have killed Jimmy Hoffa. Over a year ago De Niro said that he and Scorsese had the idea of incorporating a ‘film within a film’ angle to this project. Now a comment by Robert De Niro suggests that the project will have a very Fellini-esque twist, should it come to fruition as currently conceived. Read More »

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Another international phenomenon is about to get a US remake, probably before you’ve even had a chance to catch the original. Doesn’t mean the Stateside do-over isn’t sounding tasty, though…

The biggest crowd pleaser at this year’s Frightfest was the English speaking world’s premiere of a smart, pointed thriller in the Silence of the Lambs vein, though with added politics. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is an adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larsson‘s worldwide smash novel trilogy Millennium, known as Män som hatar kvinnor in its native Sweden – a title that would translate literally as Men Who Hate Women. It’s a rather apt title.

The deal for US adaptations of the book series is closing now, with Sony reported to be tying up the last loose ends of some rather complex negotiations. Things have apparently been slower than with normal rights negotiations, largely due to the sudden death of Larsson shortly before the publication of the first novel, and the ensuing entanglements when it became clear that he had neither married his common law wife or left a will; and partly due to the existence of the Swedish film versions.

Linked to the project are screenwriter Steve Zaillian and producer Scott Rudin. That’s a real power player duo and they give the project a genuine whiff of Oscar even before a single word has been scripted.

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