The Green Lantern sequel, Treme's Lance E. Nichols, Flypaper casting, and Inception trailer on the jump.
- Dreamworks has a film adaptation of the strategy game Monsterpocalypse in the works, and writer John August confirms that he is in negotiations to write the script. Should it go through, and assuming Dreamworks successfully woos Tim Burton to direct, it will be the fourth pairing of August and Burton (their fifth would be their in-the-works adaptation of '60s TV show Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp): Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride. Scheduling with Depp and Burton may get tricky (Depp just finished shooting The Tourist with Angelina Jolie, and Pirates 4 films this summer), but both projects are likely to set sail regardless of their somewhat similar content (Dark Shadows features vampires, zombies, werewolves, and Monsterpocalypse obviously features some fantastical creatures as well). There's money to be made, THR points out: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride combined grossed $584 million worldwide.
- EXCLUSIVE: A familiar supporting player in film and television, Treme actor and New Orleans native Lance E. Nichols (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Welcome to the Rileys) is set to star in Thomas L. Phillips' indie Where I Begin. Of this small town character-study (which he co-wrote with Melanie Addington) Nichols says, "the reality is in the script and in the town itself, and the actors will take that reality and make it their own." Where I Begin shoots this summer in Kentucky.
- Rob Minkoff's Flypaper, from a script by The Hangover writers Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, has filled out its cast. Joining Ashley Judd and Patrick Dempsey are Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mekhi Phifer, John Ventimiglia, Matt Ryan, Greg Germann, Octavia Spencer and Jeffrey Tambor, reports Variety. The comedy is about two gangs of crooks trying to rob the same bank, only to be thrown off-course when one man (Dempsey) tries to save the bank teller he secretly loves (Judd).
- Can't wait for Christpher Nolan's Inception? Here is the just-released UK TV spot: