Liam Neeson Attached to ‘The Escapist’ Remake

Escapist remake

The most recent film from director Rupert Wyatt was a remake of The Gambler, and now his own first feature is getting the remake treatment. The Escapist is Wyatt’s UK debut, in which Brian Cox played a prison inmate who assembles a group of fellow inmates in order to stage an ambitious break from the big house. Now Liam Neeson will star in a US version of The Escapist, backed by Studio Canal. Read More »

Vin Diesel

Briefly: These days, you can’t open a web page without seeing the name Vin Diesel. He’s opening massive franchises. He’s rumored for a Marvel movie. He’s reprising iconic roles and he’s always aiming to get films made. Knowing all that, the title for his next movie is incredibly fitting.

Diesel has just signed on to star in World’s Most Wanted, based on a pitch by video game writers Will Staples and Sean O’Keefe, and rewritten by Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans). Fast and Furious producer Neal Moritz is also attached to the Universal project.

There are no details about the plot, nor a director attached, but the title obviously brings to mind all kinds of globe-trotting action possibilities. Well have more when it’s available. [Deadline]

Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012’s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.

The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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