Paramount Pictures has stuck its nose up Honey Pot, as they have bought the rights to Liz Meriwether’s upcoming action-comedy film.
While no storyline details were given, it was revealed that the film would follow two female leads in the world of international espionage.
Meriwether also has other projects in the pipeline, including adapting Rudolph Delson’s novel Maynard and Jennica.
Hoping to make her way to the big-screen, Dancing With the Stars professional dancer Julianne Hough has screen tested for the lead role in Paramount Pictures’ Footloose remake.
Film producer Neil Meron notes that Hough’s success as a country singer means that she has a good chance to get the role which is expanded from the original.
Kenny Ortega is directing the film, with Chace Crawford in the male lead role.
Having tasted success with Watchmen, writer Alex Tse is set to adapt the graphic novel Battling Boy for Plan B and Paramount Pictures.
The film is based on an upcoming graphic novel written and illustrated by Paul Pope. It follows the son of a god who comes down from the top of a mountain at his father’s urging to rid the giant, continent-sized city of Monstropolis of a plague of beasts.
The book is due out this spring.
Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has picked up the comedy pitch We’ll Be Out by Christmas.
Written by Kristen Buckley and Brian Regan (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days), the story chronicles when times get tough and you have no choice but to take your whole family and move back in with your parents.
The story was developed by former 20th Century Fox executive Tom Sherak; it is said to be autobiographical. William Sherak, Madeleine Sherak and Jason Shuman are producing.
Sarah Mylnowski’s upcoming young-adult novel Gimme a Call has already been picked up by Paramount Pictures.
The story follows a high-school senior who is dissatisfied with her life and mistakenly drops her phone in a fountain. When she fishes it out, she discovers that she can only call herself at age 14 when anything seemed possible.
It is being developed as a directing vehicle for Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain) who will also produce with Betsy Sullenger.
Paramount Pictures has attained big screen rights to John Le Carre’s espionage thriller “The Night Manager.”
Brad Pitt’s Plan B is producing.
The espionage story follows the night manager of a European hotel who is recruited by intelligence agents to infiltrate the network of a dangerous international arms dealer.
Robert Edwards, who wrote and directed the 2006 political satire Land of the Blind, is signed on to adapt. He is a former Nicholls fellow and a former intelligence officer during the Gulf War.
Hollywood Reporter just sent me an announcement that Paramount Pictures has purchased film rights to the Wired magazine article “The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist,” by Joshua Davis. Writer-producer-director J.J. Abrams, through his Bad Robot shingle, will take on the project as a producer and hopefully, as a director.
The article, which is a rather unbelievable story about an actual diamond heist, will be published in the April issue of Wired. The article describes the true story of an unprecedented diamond heist in Antwerp, Belgium, and the crew that pulled it off. In early 2003, a small group of Italian thieves miraculously circumvented 10 layers of security to access a vault beneath the Antwerp Diamond Center and make off with a purported $100 million in diamonds, gold and jewelry (the actual value is still a mystery).
Isla Fisher has joined the cast of Gore Verbinski’s cartoon adventure Rango as the female voice lead announced in Variety.
Fisher is set to play alongside Johnny Depp and Abigail Breslin, who have already boarded the Paramount Pictures production. Other voices include Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Harry Dean Stanton and Ned Beatty.
Story follows on a household pet (Depp) who goes on an adventure to discover his true self.
Paramount Pictures is set to spank Shakespeare, as they have tapped Daniel Lagana to adapt the young-adult book Spanking Shakespeare.
It will be based on the debut novel by New York-based eight-grade teacher Jake Wizner, centering on Shakespeare Shapiro, who chronicles his quest to get into college and find a girlfriend. The book was published in paperback in October.
The film is being produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein via Gotham Group alongside Mark Canton. The pair had previously teamed up for The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Screenwriter Hossein Amini has a job to attempt a new Jack Ryan movie for Paramount Pictures. Ryans character was last seen on the screen in 2002 -The Sum of All Fears.
Amini holds the accolades for his literary adaptations of Henry James, Thomas Hardy and Elmore Leonard. The Ryan project will originate from the Tom Clancy novels; but more or less an original story of a new and younger version of Ryan.