- Austin Powers fans, the wait is over. The fourth installment of the stagadelic franchise is happening, complete with star Mike Myers. This is career-reviving news for Myers, whose only notable live-action work since 2002's Goldmember was a too-brief role as General Ed Fenech in Inglorious Basterds. Voicing the Shrek franchise has no doubt kept the dollars coming, but Austin Powers 4 will reunite a face (and a British accent) back to his voice. Austin Powers is not everyone's cup of tea, but the first three films totaled $676 million worldwide, so it's a pipeline worth tapping again. No word on whether Jay Roach, who directed the first three films, will be returning.
- Patti Smith's memoir, Just Kids, which follows the rocker and two decades of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorbe across the NYC music and art scene, is being adapted for the big screen. Smith will work with playwright John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd, Rango). Just Kids has been on the NYTimes' bestseller list for thirty-seven weeks.
- One Shot, Tom Cruise's crime vehicle, was on the hunt for its leading lady this weekend, after Brit Marling turned the role down. Hayley Atwell (Captain America), Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans) and Rosamund Pike (An Education) are vying for Cruise's (and Paramount's) eye to play the tough lawyer and daughter of the district attorney. Christopher McQuarrie adapted One Shot from Lee Child’s novel and will direct.
Controversially smaller than the role as written, Cruise will play Jack Reacher, an ex-army cop who gets embroiled in the mystery of a sniper who’s charged with randomly shooting and killing five people. McQuarrie (who wrote The Usual Suspects) also co-wrote Cruise’s Valkyrie as well as The Tourist, which Depp took after Cruise was at one time attached. One Shot is aiming to shoot in Pittsburg this fall.