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Uber Round Up

scott-pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim has his very own movie website.

Michael Sheen has joined up with the cast of New Moon, the upcoming sequel to Twilight.

William Hurt is now in the cast of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood adaptation/reimagining thing.

Un trailer for Gerard Butler in The Ugly Truth.

Watchmen scribe Alex Tse is to write an adaptation of the upcoming Paul Pope graphic novel Battling Boy.

Zac Efron will play Johnny Quest. No nothing about Johnny Quest although, I imagine, fanboys will be furious!

Angelina Jolie is in talks once more for a part in Sin City 2.

Ray Winstone, David Thewlis and the lovely Anna Friel have signed up for William Monahan’s London Boulevard.

The trailer has shown up for Johnnie To’s Vengeance.

Some early, positive buzz has been flowing in for Pixar’s Up.

Adam Shankman could be making Hairspray 2 in 3D, according to reports in First Showing.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey may well re-team, despite the lukewarm weakness of Baby Mama in my books.

Could the sequel to Tron rack up $300m in budget, or is this another Avatar-Time typo?

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Beaufoy for Truckers, Monahan for The Essex

Simon Beaufoy

In further writer news for the day, two Oscar-winning scribes have signed up for new projects.

Slumdog Millionaire’s Simon Beaufoy, wrongly rumoured in the past week to be attached to the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, has signed up to write the DreamWorks Animation picture Truckers.

SlashFilm has gained details on the story, apparently based on The Bromeliad Trilogy by Terry Pratchett. It goes on to describe it:

Truckers is the title of the first of the three books. The trilogy tells the story of the Nomes, a race of tiny people from another world who now struggle to survive in the world hidden among humans. They find an artifact known as “The Thing” which teaches them about their secret history and make plans to return home.

Sounds like it could be very interesting and will probably chime with the sensibilities of Beaufoy as a British writer. It could also provide DreamWorks with a chance to show off some real technological mastery.

Separately, Departed-writer William Monahan, who also penned Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies and the upcoming Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson, has signed up to write and direct The Essex, described on First Showing as ‘a historical drama about Capt. David S Porter and his daring sea battles against the British during the War of 1812’.

Monahan has a chunk of projects going at the moment, including his debut directorial effort London Boulevard, with Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell, and The Art of the Heist, an adaptation of the memoirs of criminal Myles Connor.