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Michael Fassbender Eyeing Lit World Drama 'Genius' With Sean Penn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2011 9:46 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Back last summer, it was revealed that Sean Penn was in talks to star in "Genius," an adaptation of the National Book Award-winning non-fiction work "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" by A. Scott Berg. Written by John Logan ("Gladiator") (the script made the Black List back in 2007), the film would find Penn playing the legendary Perkins, a Scribner's editor who worked with giants like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. And it appears one of the hottest rising young actors is now taking a look at the gestating film.

Paul Greengrass To Direct 3D 'Cleopatra' With Angelina Jolie?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2011 4:11 AM
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Producer Scott Rudin Always Figured Fox Would Lock In James Cameron For 'Avatar' SequelsEarly last fall, talk began heating up around a potential, mega-blockbuster "Cleopatra" with preliminary word putting James Cameron in the director's chair and Angelina Jolie in the titular role (she has long been eyed for it). Of course, as we all know, while Cameron thought the idea of directing Jolie would be "hot," he's since signed on for "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3." But to hear it from producer Scott Rudin, he always sort of figured that might happen. Speaking to Deadline about "Cleopatra" he says, "I’ve been a good friend of Jim Cameron’s since I was the executive on 'Aliens.' I got promoted because of my relationship with Jim Cameron and the guy’s been a seminal figure in my career. I never for one second thought we were being leveraged. I fully expected Fox to make the play they did, to make sure he didn’t do Cleopatra. I wasn’t surprised when they did." But it looks like another very exciting name is circling the project.

James Franco Talks Potential Adaptations Of 'As I Lay Dying' And 'Blood Meridian'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 4, 2011 12:30 AM
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Actor Went To Scott Rudin With Test Sequence Of 'Meridian' Starring Mark Pellegrino, Scott Glenn, Luke Perry & Brother DaveAnother turn in the tale of James Franco's very ambitious directorial hopes. After a story broke yesterday revealing the actor's plans to adapt two classic novels -- William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" for Fox Searchlight and Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian"-- word from producer Scott Rudin (reported to be teaming with Franco on the latter) put a dent in the story by alluding, in an email, to the story being inaccurate.

Emma Thomas Says 'Superman' Is Now In Zack Snyder's Hands As Nolan Will Be Too Busy With 'TDK Rises'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 1, 2010 6:33 AM
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CGI-Enhanced Superman Rumors Surface, The Joker As CGI Debunked For 'Batman 3,' And Ben Affleck Sorta Talks Not Directing 'Man Of Steel'Those kicking back, relaxing and insisting that "Superman: The Man Of Steel" will be in good hands because filmmaker Zack Snyder will be directing the film under the watchful aegis of "The Dark Knight" helmer Christopher Nolan may want to hold the phone slightly.

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