It seems like every film based on a popular YA novel with even a hint of romance (see also: The Hunger Games) is being touted as a possible successor to Summit’s The Twilight Saga, but David Heyman‘s adaptation of Erin Morgenstern‘s The Night Circus seems like it stands a better chance than most of actually living up to that promise.

Heyman was the producer who optioned J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books for the big screen and spun it into a multi-billion-dollar franchise, after all, so Morgenstern’s dueling-magician fantasy should be right up his alley. And to bring that story to life, he’s now hired a writer who’s had a bit of experience depicting painful longing: Jane Eyre scribe Moira Buffini. More details after the jump.

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I’d like to make this the ‘leading lady’ edition of Casting Bits, but I don’t think Caleb Landry Jones would like that very much. (Jason Segel would probably be OK with it.) Still, after the break you’ll find that two films have chosen their lead actresses, while Jones joins Jordan. Ahem. To wit:

  • Alexandra Maria Lara (above) takes the (female) lead in Ron Howard’s racing movie Rush,
  • Cody Horn will be the leading lady in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Caleb Landry Jones, aka the First Class version of Banshee, joins Neil Jordan’s Byzantium,
  • and, as a final note, Jason Segel appears to be confirmed for Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.

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Is Saoirse Ronan the latest young talent to be cloned so that she can be attached to many projects at once? That appears to be the case. She’s already scheduled for  The Host,  may be in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and Emma Thompson’s Effie, and the latest is a film called Byzantium, a ‘mother-daughter’ vampire tale co-starring Gemma Arterton that Neil Jordan will direct. Read More »

Sin Nombre Director Cary Fukunaga to Adapt Jane Eyre


This is a bit unexpected; there have been a lot of possible next projects in the works for Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga. None of them were a new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë‘s novel Jane Eyre. But the deal to put Fukunaga in the director’s chair for a new film version of the oft-adapted novel is reportedly close to finished. And thinking about the idea further, I’ve realized that it actually may be quite a good fit for the promising new filmmaker. Read More »


What the world needs now is another vampire movie like I need two holes in my neck. Of course, it’s going to get one, and a whole lot more than one. Perhaps the most interesting one on the cards, however, is a big screen adaptation of Moira Buffini‘s play A Vampire Story to be called Byzantium. The play was commissioned as part of the NT Connections program in London last year and I’m not even the tiniest bit surprised the movie adaptation is coming. The official synopsis follows after the break.

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