Chris Maybach has been enjoying excellent buzz for producing Sundance favorite Martha Marcy May Marlene, but don’t think he’s been resting on his laurels. Maybach has two more films in post-production — Sean Baker’s Starlet and Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George — and is in the process of casting yet another project, which he will direct himself.

The new drama, titledĀ The Low Road, follows a young drifter who returns to his hometown and gets wrapped up in a conflict involving two old men on the verge of losing their farm. Maybach told Screen Daily that he has put out offers to Nick Nolte and Tom Waits for the parts of the two older men, though as The Playlist points out, the $1 million budget means that getting both actors may be a bit of a stretch. (Waits has done a song called ‘Lowside of the Road,’ though, so that’s one more reason to think of him for the role.) The film is scheduled to begin shooting in late 2011 or early 2012.

After the jump, Peter Bogdanovich signs on for a supernatural thriller with Super 8 star Joel Courtney, and Colin Salmon looks forĀ Retributon.

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Joel Courtney was an unknown a few months ago; now he is on thousands of movie screens as Joe Lamb, the young man at the center of J.J. Abrams’ movie Super 8. We haven’t had much word on what he might do to follow up that film, but now there is a report that he is in talks for two roles. One of the two is among the most well-known roles a young actor could play: Mark Twain’s adventure archetype Tom Sawyer. Read More »