Nick Cassavetes to Helm THE OTHER WOMAN; Walter Salles in Talks to Replace Scott Cooper on ROCKEFELLER SUIT

     January 31, 2013

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We’ve got a couple of director-related news stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Variety reports that Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, Alpha Dog) has settled on 20th Century Fox’s The Other Woman as his next project.  The director intended to next helm the gritty actioner Cali, but star Kristen Stewart abruptly dropped out following Huntsman-gate her personal drama late last summer.  The Other Woman centers on a woman (surprise!) who, “after realizing she is not her boyfriend’s primary lover, teams up with the man’s wife to plot a mutual revenge.”

Cameron Diaz was previously rumored to star with Kristen Wiig in the mix for the other lead role, but those rumors were apparently premature as neither actress is attached at this time.  The studio wants to move quickly on this one, and they hope to have the leads locked up within the next week.  Melissa Stack is writing the screenplay.  Hit the jump for news concerning a director change on The Man in the Rockefeller Suit.

Additionally, a director swap is in store for the adaptation of Mark Seal’s novel The Man in the Rockefeller Suit.  We previously reported that Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper was looking to direct and possibly write the script for the adaptation, but Variety now reports that Walter Salles (On the Road, The Motorcycle Diaries) is in talks to take over directing duties.  The true life story centers on a German-born conman named Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter who passed himself off as a member of the Rockefeller clan and got away with it for decades.

Cooper attached himself to a number of projects in the wake of Crazy Heart’s success, but finally settled on the Christian Bale drama Out of the Furnace as his follow-up.  That film is currently in post-production, and Fox Searchlight is now looking for a writer to put on The Man in the Rockefeller Suit.

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