We’ve got a few casting stories for you this afternoon. Briefly:
- Sam Elliott has joined Ivan Reitman‘s dramedy Draft Day starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, and Terry Crews.
- Michael Pena will co-star in David Ayer‘s WWII thriller Fury starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman.
- Speaking of LaBeouf, he’s set to lead Villain, a psychological thriller from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later).
Hit the jump for more on all these films.
Though 30 Days of Night director David Slade is still developing a reboot of Daredevil, it looks like he may be making a different project before he tackles the superhero pic. Slade will direct the psychological thriller Villain for Wayfare Entertainment. The story centers on “two brothers as they confront their dark past in an unforgiving wilderness.” Production is set to take place in Alaska and producers are currently casting the two leads. Hit the jump for more on the project and Slade’s upcoming directorial projects, as well as the full press release regarding Villain.
We’ve got some new release dates to share with you today. Here they are at a glance:
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A little over a week ago we let you know that Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) was in talks to helm MGM’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop. Tonight, we can bring you confirmation not only that Padilha is on board, but also that the studio has hired Josh Zetumer to script the remake. Per Deadline, the studio expects Zetumer and Padilha to work together closely in developing the film which will undoubtedly be under close scrutiny from the word “go” by people such as myself who believe the 1987 original to be a sci-fi classic.
While Zetumer currently lacks a completed name project on his resume, the scribe’s spy-thriller Infiltrator is a “Black List” alum and is currently set up at Warner Bros. with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Moreover, he also penned a draft of the currently defunct fourth installment in The Bourne Identity franchise. Perhaps most importantly, Zetumer has experience writing remakes as he scripted a draft of Dune back when Peter Berg was attached to direct the remake of David Lynch’s 1984 film at Paramount.
After Peter Berg jumped ship on the Dune remake back in October so he could make Battleship, Paramount has been looking for a new director to get the project back on track. EW’s Hollywood Insider says they have found their man in Taken director Pierre Morel. Morel, whose next film From Paris with Love is schedule to hit theaters on February 5th, plans to make a very faithful adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 classic sci-fi novel. Paramount is now in the process of hiring a new writer to blend Morel’s vision for the film with the original draft penned by Quantum of Solace screenwriter Josh Zetumer.
Matt Damon once joked on “The Daily Show” that if there were to be another Bourne flick after the third, that it would have to be titled “The Bourne Redundancy”. Well, something tells me that won’t be the title of Josh Zetumer’s script for the next installment in the Bourne series. Taking over for previous Bourne scribe, George Nolfi, who left the project to write and direct Philip K. Dick adaption “The Adjustment Bureau” which also stars Matt Damon, Zetumer has been brought onto by the film by Universal in the hopes of making the next Bourne a part of their 2011 line-up. Hit the jump to read more and remember who you are.