News to inspire remake support: Keira Knightley could follow in Greta Garbo's footsteps and play the lead in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. The screenwriter is Tom Stoppard and the director is Joe Wright, who arguably gets the best from Knightley (see Pride and Prejudice and Atonement). It's Working Title's project; they expect the script by Christmas. They will then consider, according to London's Daily Mail: "several scripts destined for Wright, including one by Abi Morgan based on The Little Mermaid fairy tale, ‘and we’ll decide what looks like the most sensible thing to do.’" Let's see both!
In the meantime, there's good advance buzz on Wright's spy thriller Hanna, starring Saorise Ronan as a Femme Nikita-style assassin, due in April, and Knightley has a slew of enviable projects coming up and in the works (none of which have release dates).
There's Last Night (with Sam Worthington [in his first romantic outing since breakthrough Somersault], Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet); FilmDistrict's London Boulevard (from The Departed writer - and now director - William Monahan, co-starring Colin Farrell); David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method (with Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel); The Emperer's Children (from writer-director Noah Baumbach, co-starring Eric Bana, Michelle Williams and Richard Gere); and in development, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night, to which Matt Damon is also attached.
- Another (very) old story will be retold again...and again. Vulture reports that two Moses/Exodus films are in the works. First, Warner Bros. has producers Dan Lin (The Departed) and Matti Lesham working on an epic take on the Israelites' leaving Egypt with writers Stuart Hazeldine and Michael Green, simply titled Moses. Second, Twentieth Century Fox ex-chairman-turned-producer Peter Chernin is developing on an untitled project written by duo Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (New York Minute--starring the Olsen twins--as well as the upcoming Moby Dick). Who will direct and star in the two films? No word yet, but finding the right stars to play Moses won't be easy. Michelangelo's version, pictured, sets a high standard. So does Charleton Heston.