1.) Albert Brooks is returning to voice Nemo's father, Marlin, in Finding Nemo 2. Ellen DeGeneres is also expected to return as the forgetful Dory with Andrew Stanton set to direct. At this point there are no plot details, though a 2016 release date is expected. [Deadline]
2.) Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is attached to direct an adaptation of John Grisham's "The Racketeer" for Fox and New Regency. The book sees a federal judge murdered at a lakeside cabin and the contents of his safe emptied. The only man who knows the whos and whys is a former attorney serving time in federal prison who hopes to parlay that into getting revenge on the people who put him there. [THR]
3.) More Twilight fan fiction is targeting a big screen adaptation while Universal tries to figure out what they're going to do with Fifty Shades of Grey. Constantin Film has acquired movie rights to Christina Lauren's Beautiful Bastard, an erotic novel about the relationship between an intern and her media-mogul boss. Jeremy Bolt, best known for producing the Resident Evil franchise, is attached to produce the adaptation. The story began as "The Office" in 2009 when it was downloaded more than 2 million times before the original author, then referred to as Christina Hobbs, took it offline. You can buy the book now on Amazon. [THR]
4.) Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" is the latest classic set for a modern touch as Sony plans to give it a treatment similar to what Warner Bros. and director Guy Ritchie did with Sherlock Holmes. To be written by Cole Haddon, the updated Twist takes pickpocketing rivals Oliver Twist and Artful Dodger and re-imagines them 20 years down the road. The two are on opposite sides of the law and get embroiled in an affair to steal the Crown Jewels. [THR]
5.) Over at Criterion (via The Playlist), Joshua Warren has put together a list of Stanley Kubrick's favorite films included in the Criterion Collection by compiling information from interviews with Kubrick's family, friends and colleagues and an interview he did in 1963.
In addition to the titles listed below that are in the collection, Warren also notes several that are not in the collection were named, including: Eraserhead, Citizen Kane, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Dog Day Afternoon, City Lights, La Notte, Roxie Hart, Hell's Angels, An American Werewolf in London, Metropolis, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Abigail's Party, Roger & Me, White Men Can't Jump, Modern Romance and The Jerk.
Check out the list below, but click here to see it along with comments on many of them.
- Henry V (dir. Laurence Olivier)
- I vitelloni (dir. Federico Fellini)
- Wild Strawberries (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
- Beauty and the Beast (dir. Jean Cocteau)
- Le plaisir (dir. Max Ophuls)
- La ronde (dir. Max Ophuls)
- The Spirit of the Beehive (dir. Víctor Erice)
- If... (dir. Lindsay Anderson)
- Closely Watched Trains (dir. Jiří Menzel)
- Solaris (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)
- The Silence of the Lambs (dir. Jonathan Demme)
- The Phantom Carriage (dir. Victor Sjöström)
- The Firemen’s Ball (dir. Milos Forman)
- Rosemary’s Baby (dir. Roman Polanski)
- The Bank Dick (dir. Edward Cline)
- Blood Wedding (dir. Carlos Saura)