Movie News in 60 Seconds: Brett Ratner to Direct ‘Midnight Run 2’; ‘Sex Tape’ Seeks Director; David Russell’s ‘Bulls***’; Reinventing Huck Finn and ‘1984’

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Brett Ratner to Direct ‘Midnight Run 2’; ‘Sex Tape’ Seeks Director; David Russell’s ‘Bulls***’; Reinventing Huck Finn and ‘1984’

Mar 22, 2012

Midnight Run

Run, Sequel, Run!: A sequel to the 1988 action comedy Midnight Run is moving forward, with Robert De Niro still set to return -- his production company remains involved -- and Brett Ratner now in negotiations to direct. The original was a near-perfect combination of casting (especially De Niro’s terrific chemistry with Charles Grodin), script (George Gallo), and direction (Martin Brest); the new writers for Midnight Run 2 previously wrote G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. [Deadline]

Fast Forward: With Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) out of the director’s chair due to “scheduling issues,” Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) is next up to negotiate for a deal to direct Sex Tape, starring Jason Segel. The comedy will focus on a married couple’s search for a sex tape that goes missing. [Showblitz]

We Call Bulls***: Director David O. Russell is considering a project currently known as American Bullshit, the story of “a con artist who works with the FBI in a far-reaching corruption case.” As to the profane title, bear in mind that F*** Buddies was the original title for the Natalie Portman romantic comedy No Strings Attached, so we don’t expect to see this original title survive very much longer. [Showblitz / Deadline]

Reinventions, Part 1: Huckleberry Finn: Is Samuel Clements, better known as Mark Twain, rolling over in his grave? Two of his beloved characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, will come back to life in Huck, based on a screenplay by Andy Burg. It’s described as a “re-imagining in the vein of Snow White and the Huntsman, focusing on Sawyer and Finn as adults” with “supernatural elements.” Paramount Pictures is developing the project. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Reinventions, Part 2: Winston Smith: If Huck Finn is ripe for reinvention, why not Winston Smith, the protagonist of George Orwell’s 1984? A new version of the classic cautionary tale may be heading to the big screen, in part via the production company run by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The producers are looking for writers “to find a take on the material,” so we can only hope "supernatural elements" will be involved!. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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