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Stalked: Maleficent; Umbra; Campbell; Haggis; Damon; Krasinski; Van Sant; Clooney; The Monuments Men; Oldboy; Owen; Arquette; Jeff Buckley; Edgerton; Bigelow; Bin Laden; Cheadle; Miles Davis; Frears; The Hit

Robert Stromberg to direct Maleficent...

Martin Campbell and Paul Haggis are taking up Umbra...

Matt Damon finds new director for own film...

George Clooney to direct true story of Nazi stolen art...

Clive Owen out of Oldboy...

Jeff Buckley biographical film moving forward...

Joel Edgerton joins Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden film...

Don Cheadle's Miles Davis film will be untrue...

Stephen Frears remakes his own film...


Robert Stromberg to direct Maleficent...
Robert Stromberg has been announced as the director of Maleficent, another fairy tale story re-imagined for modern film audiences and one which is to have Angelina Jolie as the villainess. The news comes from Deadline. It looks like the adapted fairy tale is going to be the latest thing in Hollywood this year.

Martin Campbell and Paul Haggis are taking up Umbra...
Martin Campbell and Paul Haggis have been given the task of directing and writing the thriller Umbra which had Joe Carnahan attached to direct according to Deadline. The film is about a business man who gets caught up in a government conspiracy when he receives a mysterious package in the post. Sounds like a strong thriller and with Haggis writing and Campbell directing it could turn out even better.

Matt Damon finds new director for own film...
Matt Damon co-wrote a film with John Krasinski and was set to direct, however he couldn't commit the time to it so according to Deadline he went to the director of Good Will Hunting, Gus Van Sant who is now heading the project which has Damon and Krasinski playing rival corporate executives and Damon's character having his whole life turned upside down.

George Clooney to direct true story of Nazi stolen art...
George Clooney is set to adapt and direct Robert M. Edsel's book The Monuments Men, a true story of a group of art experts that America put together to hunt down art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. He is also set to star according to The Wrap through First Showing. Man that guy never stops and his talent just seems to be growing.

Clive Owen out of Oldboy...
Clive Owen is the latest name that was associated with, and has now left, the Hollywood remake of Oldboy according to Twitch. Variety through Twitter also reveals that the production date has been moved out, apparently to accommodate Josh Brolin's need to publicise Men in Black III. So who can they get to play the bad guy in the film now?

Jeff Buckley biographical film moving forward...
Patricia Arquette is set to play Jeff Buckley's mother in a biographical film of the musician from Jake Scott, Ridley's son, film according to Variety. Reeve Carney is set to play Buckley. In another film about the musician, Penn Badgley is set to play Buckley in a story that will concentrate on the famous tribute concert for his father.

Joel Edgerton joins Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden film...
While Variety has the news that Joel Edgerton has officially joined the Kathryn Bigelow directed and Mark Boal written film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, there's a little more concerning news in that the U.S. Deptartment of Defense and the CIA are investigating if classified information about the operation has been given to the production. Everyone denies it, but the politicians are all excited and see a way to fling more mud at each other instead of perhaps, oh I don't know, hunting down terrorists or some silly thing.

Don Cheadle's Miles Davis film will be cubist...
According to the Wall Street Journal through The Playlist and The Guardian, Don Cheadle's long talked about biographical film about Miles Davis will be less than biographical and a little, well, made up.

"Without throwing history away, we're trying to shuffle it and make it more cubist"

I have no idea, but it seems he's going to be taking liberties with historical fact for the film whereas the George Tillman Jr. directed film will be more about Davis' career and life.

Stephen Frears remakes his own film...
Stephen Frears directed the Peter Prince written 1984 film The Hit, and word from Variety is that they are both set to take up the same roles and remake the film uprooting it from the UK to Mexico and the U.S.. The original film has John Hurt and Tim Roth as hitmen hired to kidnap an informer and kill him, unfortunately the hitmen aren't on the ball and they cock it up. Here's what the producer has to say about the new film:

"The idea is to make it as an American movie about an American gangster, to tell the story against the backdrop of the land of cinema."

"The land of cinema"? America? I see.




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