What They're Talking About: 'Dr. Strange', 'Say Anything 2', 'Spaceless', 'Friday Night Lights' Movie and More

What They're Talking About: 'Dr. Strange', 'Say Anything 2', 'Spaceless', 'Friday Night Lights' Movie and More

Aug 02, 2011

Catch up on today's hottest stories all in one spot ...

-- While they've played coy in the past, it seems Marvel is actually serious about making a Dr. Strange movie -- serious enough that a recent script has been turned in by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Cowboys & Aliens, Conan the Barbarian). Marvel liked it enough to draft up a shortlist of directors, and are now taking it to the next stage. Look for more word on this one in the coming weeks. To learn more about Dr. Strange and what his powers are, check out the superhero's wikipedia page.  [Twitch]

-- Looks like Cameron Crowe is entertaining the idea of mounting a sequel to Say Anything, with John Cusack returning to the role (maybe this time he'll hold up an iPad instead of a boom box). The writer-director had this to say regarding the sequel at the recent Television Critics Association press tour: "I do kind of think there might be another chapter to that. I’ve thought about it from time to time, and talked to John Cusack about it.  Lloyd Dobler might be back.  It’s the only thing I’ve written that I would consider doing that with.” [Thompson on Hollywood]

-- We recently told you about some buzz surrounding a new Friday Night Lights movie based on the TV show that came about following Peter Berg's original film. While at the same TCA press tour, Berg confirmed they're working on a script for a new movie, which would feature the show's stars, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. The goal is for production to begin next year. [Deadline]

-- One of the cooler-sounding sci-fi projects to get underway will come from director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), who will direct the film Spaceless, which comes with this fascinating description: "The story centers on an assassin who wakes up inside a spacesuit tumbling helplessly through space, with a computer designed to keep him company until his air runs out. He must try to solve the mystery of his death, which began when he broke into an orbiting space station to carry out a hit. The man, however, begins to question his reality, unsure if he is succumbing to madness or in an artificially created environment." [The Hollywood Reporter]

-- Bradley Cooper may reteam with Robert DeNiro on the adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook, after Mark Wahlberg dropped out of the David O. Russell-directed film due to scheduling conflicts. Cooper will play a former high school teacher sent to a mental institution to fight depression, and upon his release finds himself involved with an eccentric neighbor (Jennifer Lawrence). [Deadline]

-- Both Reese Witherspoon and Miley Cyrus have signed up for high-concept comedies involving wishes and promises. Witherspoon's film, titled Wish List, finds her playing a 35-year-old woman who suddenly finds all the wishes she made when she was 10 begin to come true. Meanwhile, Cyrus will star in a "God-themed comedy" that revolves around a promise made to God ... and some sort of high-concept madness that results from it. [Deadline, THR]


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