Eye On Film
New Line is getting in the ring with Matthew McConaughey-twice-negotiating for him to star in the romantic comedy “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” and closing a deal for him to top-line the raucous comedy “The Grackle.”
While several tentpoles, such as the second “Chronicles of Narnia” film from Disney, are slated for 2008, “Iron Man” is the first to claim a firm date, taking the first weekend of May.
Gerard Butler and Steven Strait are set to take a bite out of Screen Gems’ post apocalyptic vampire Western “Priest.” The two are in negotiations to star, while Andrew Douglas has signed on to direct. Sony Pictures will distribute the film, which is scheduled to start production Oct. 1 in Mexico.
As they prepare “Eragon” for a Dec. 15 release, 20th Century Fox and producer John Davis have bought into another young-adult fantasy book series with “Uglies,” the Scott Westerfeld novel that hatches a trilogy.
Zac Efron has graduated from Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” to New Line’s “Hairspray.” New Line and director Adam Shankman have set Efron to play Link, the hunky heartthrob of “The Corny Collins Show,” in the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical spawned by the John Waters film.
Will Ferrell and writer-director-actor Adam McKay have signed a two-year, first-look producing deal with Paramount Vantage to make low-budget, high-concept comedies in the $10 million-$20 million range.
“The Devil Wears Prada” director David Frankel and writer Aline Brosh McKenna will dip into the chick lit pool once again. The two are reteaming to adapt