Logan’s Run remake back on track
Directors including Bryan Singer, Robert Schwenke (Flightplan), and James McTeigue have at various points been associated with a redo of the 1976 sci-fi flick Logan’s Run — but now, Warner Bros. has revived the faltering project by selecting Joseph Kosinski, a commercial director, as its new helmer. Also on board: screenwriter Tim Sexton, who scored an Oscar nomination last year for his work adapting Children of Men. Joel Silver will produce the movie, about a future society that sentences its inhabitants of a certain age to death and what happens when the people rebel. The remake is expected to draw more from the 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson than on the ‘76 movie, which starred Michael York as a government operative who goes on the lam. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kosinski — who has directed ads for Apple, Nike, and Nintendo — impressed the folks at Warners with a highly visual presentation that previewed the look of the movie. (Hollywood Reporter)
Janeane Garofalo will costar on 24
The actress/comedian, well known for her liberal politics, has signed on to the new season of Fox’s right-leaning 24, playing a government agent investigating Jack Bauer’s new crisis. Previously on TV, Garofalo, a vocal critic of the Iraq War and a former cohost on Air America, appeared on the left-leaning The West Wing. (Hollywood Reporter)
Cruz, Bardem in talks for big-screen Nine
The Weinstein Company is negotiating with Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Marion Cotillard to star in a movie version of the musical Nine, to be directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago). Bardem would play director Guido Contini, who finds himself juggling the different women in his life, including his mistress (Cruz) and his wife (Cotillard). Also being courted for roles: Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Guido’s muse) and Sophia Loren (as the ghost of his mother). (Variety)
Jennifer Garner doing Broadway
Speaking of Nine…its Broadway director David Leveaux will work with actress Jennifer Garner in a revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Kevin Kline as the title character. Garner will play Roxane, who falls for a sexy but dumb guy (Rescue Me’s Daniel Sunjata) while long-nosed romantic Cyrano pines for her. The show begins previews at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Oct. 12; it will open Nov. 1 and is planned to run through Dec. 23. (Variety)
HD DVD gets a boost
On Monday, Paramount and DreamWorks Animation announced that going forward, all their high-definition DVD releases will be exclusively HD DVD (as opposed to Blu-ray). In a shift from previous statements, in which he called HD DVD and Blu-ray ”a niche business,” DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg said, ”We believe the combination of this year’s low-priced HD DVD players and the commitment to release a significant number of hit titles in the fall makes HD DVD the best way to view movies at home.” The decision is a blow to the Blu-ray format, which is supported by Sony, Fox, MGM, Disney, and Lionsgate and had been outselling HD DVD two-to-one. Paramount will make the switch to HD DVD with Blades of Glory, followed by Transformers later this year; DreamWorks will release Shrek the Third on HD DVD in the fourth quarter. (Variety)
Universal, Peter Berg snag Lone Survivor
Univeral has won the rights to the true-life story of Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL who led a team on a mission to kill a terrorist in Afghanistan but emerged the only survivor. Peter Berg is attached to direct. Several different producers were vying for the rights to Luttrell’s memoir; Variety reports that Luttrell chose Universal after bonding with fellow Texan Berg, who also worked with Navy SEALS in his upcoming movie The Kingdom. (Variety)
People.com: Britney Spears’ ex Kevin Federline will guest-star on a few episodes of One Tree Hill, playing a cocky rock star.
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