Movie News in 60 Seconds: Darren Aronofsky and George Washington; More Directors Enter ‘Catching Fire’ Sweepstakes; Vince Vaughn as Jim Rockford

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Darren Aronofsky and George Washington; More Directors Enter ‘Catching Fire’ Sweepstakes; Vince Vaughn as Jim Rockford

Apr 18, 2012

George Washington

George the Gunslinger: Director Darren Aronofsky is preparing to shoot his Biblically-themed Noah this summer, but he’s also lining up future projects. He’s attached to direct The General, which Paramount Pictures is negotiating to acquire. Revolving around George Washington, the film is supposedly more ‘like Unforgiven than a straight historical drama.’ Does that mean the retired President seeks revenge for a friend? We have no idea. [Showblitz]

Catching a Director: Two new names have been floated to direct Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games: Academy Award-winner Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Water for Elephants). As we noted yesterday, Miller is reportedly prepping real-life wrestling drama Foxcatcher for a fall start, with Mark Ruffalo negotiating for a starring role, while Lawrence is free to start right away. [The Playlist]

I’ll Get Back to You: A movie version of classic 70s TV show The Rockford Files is under development, with writers hired and Vince Vaughn attached to star. The original series starred James Garner as a smart, low-key private detective who relied on his friends, his wits, and his fists rather than his gun, which he kept in a cookie jar in his mobile home, parked on a beach. The show was well-written and wasn’t afraid to tackle serious legal issues, sometimes inspired by Rockford’s stint in prison. We hope a movie can somehow preserve that tone. [Deadline]

Poster Focus: While international posters for Piranha 3DD have been intriguing, a new poster moves the focus from sunglasses and deadly fish to something far less frightening -- unless you’re a young teenage boy wondering whether to sneak into the movie. [Real D via IMP Awards]

Piranha 3DD

 

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