By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 16, 2011 at 4:05AM
Kevin Costner was forced to back out of Quentin Taratino's Django Unchained due to scheduling conflicts and will no longer play Ace Woody, a "sadistic asshole who trains slaves to fight" in Tarantino's coming film. Meanwhile, as expected, Samuel L. Jackson has been confirmed to join the cast as a head house slave. The movie will star Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave who escapes from his vicious owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and joins forces with a German bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz. The film will begin production this November and has a planned release date of December 25, 2012.
-Source Code, the 2011 thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will be adapted to the small screen by ABC and the feature film's producer Mark Gordon. ABC and Gordon sold the TV show to CBS, which is ABC's first off-network sale of this development season. The upcoming show will follow a similar plot as the eponymous movie, profiling three former federal agents who are in a top-secret program that uses technology to tap into the memories of people who were involved in traumatic events.
Denzel Washington has been offered the lead role in Billy Ray's remake of The Secret in Their Eyes, an Argentinian thriller that won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Secret in Their Eyes is a multi-generation mystery story about a legal counselor who continues to investigate a case he had as a young man, which continues to affect him years later. Critics admired Juan José Campanella's original film for its careful cinematography and complex plot line.