Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
If Lindsay Lohan seems like less than ideal casting for the role of Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime’s Liz and Dick, how does Megan Fox strike you? In a talk with E!, executive producer Larry Thompson named the Transformers actress as one of the other names up for the lead. “I’ve been talking to Lindsay Lohan directly, and with her reps, and have been in conversations with other actresses, including Megan Fox,” he said. “It’s a very serious selection…. It’s like casting for Hollywood royalty.”
It’s unclear how seriously Fox is considering the part. While she’s not the most respected actress around, she’s got a couple of interesting movie roles coming up this year — Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids and Judd Apatow’s This is Forty — and a Lifetime original movie seems like it’d be a step down for her. Whatever the decision, though, it’ll have to be made soon as Liz and Dick is scheduled to begin shooting in Canada this spring. [via The Playlist]
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It has taken a while, but a remake of the unusual 1947 Danny Kaye film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (itself a loose adaptation of a James Thurber story) may finally happen. The last time we heard about the project it looked like Ben Stiller would play the henpecked clerk who daydreams his troubles away, before meeting the woman of his dreams in real life.
In the past couple years we’ve seen Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) take over writing duties as names like Sacha Baron Cohen and Gore Verbinski were attached. Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Mike Meyers and Jim Carry have all been attached, too, to direct or star, over the years this one has been in development. Finally Ben Stiller was set, relatively firmly, to star. And now it looks like he’ll direct the film, as well. Read More »
Walter Mitty fancies himself a hero. At least in his dreams. The writer/perpetual daydreamer spends all of his time pretending that he’s an action hero until, one day, he actually finds himself in the middle of a real life scenario where he’ll be able to turn those dreams into reality. That’s the basic gist of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a 1947 film starring Danny Kaye that was based on a famous New Yorker article of the same name by James Thurber.
Talks of remaking that film have rumbling for some time, with Sacha Baron Cohen once attached to star and Gore Verbinski once attached to direct. And while those names have gone away, what remains is a brand new script by The Pursuit of Happyness scribe Steve Conrad. According to Deadline, Ben Stiller loves Conrad’s script and wants to make it his next starring vehicle. Read more after the break. Read More »
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