Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘The Wicker Man’ Musical; Gillian Jacobs' Magical One Night Stand with Steve Carell and More

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘The Wicker Man’ Musical; Gillian Jacobs' Magical One Night Stand with Steve Carell and More

Feb 16, 2012

An Appointment with the Wicker Man

Paganism Rules!: Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man stands the test of time as an enduring horror shocker. It’s inspired a remake, a sequel, and now, a musical stage version. The National Theater of Scotland is mounting “An Appointment with the Wicker Man” (pictured above), in which an amateur group of thespians recruits a professional actor to star in their stage version of the film; “every note of music” from the original will be included. The musical debuts on Friday. [The Guardian]

One Funny, Magical Night: With her excellent TV show Community still on indefinite hiatus, Gillian Jacobs is taking advantage of her time off to appear in magician comedy Burt Wonderstone; star Steve Carell gets to bed her as a one-night stand. [The Hollywood Reporter]

More Found-Footage Horror: With a resume that includes the lackluster animated films Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tale, as well as live-action yawn-fest Gulliver’s Travels, director Rob Letterman’s name may not inspire a great deal of confidence. Nonetheless, he’s sold a pitch for a found-footage horror film to be called Paranormalist, and will write and direct. [Showblitz]

Great Gene Pool: Once again, we’re hearing that the dream team of Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts (will star as a mother and daughter, respectively, in the film version of Tracy Letts’ award-winning stage play August: Osage Country. (They're pictured below, at about the same age: Streep in The Deer Hunter, Roberts in My Best Friend's Wedding.) The pairing was first reported months ago, but one thing or another has delayed the start of production, which is now scheduled for the fall. John Wells (The Company Men) is set to direct. [Thompson on Hollywood]

The Deer Hunter / My Best Friend's Wedding

 

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