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Writer-Director Update: Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman; Adam McKay Likes Crowe for The Boys

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 29, 2011 at 6:00AM

Eric Bana hopes his next film is Sheldon Turner's By Virtue Fall. Turner, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated Up in the Air with director Jason Reitman (from Walter Kirn's novel) plans to both write and direct this drama-thriller, which tracks the downfall of two ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives) agents.
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Eric Bana hopes his next film is Sheldon Turner's By Virtue Fall. Turner, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated Up in the Air with director Jason Reitman (from Walter Kirn's novel) plans to both write and direct this drama-thriller, which tracks the downfall of two ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives) agents.

Bana, who is currently shooting the thriller Blackbird with Olivia Wilde, stars in the upcoming thriller Hanna (April 8). Bana tells the LAT that his agent is "not a great guy." James Spader, Ryan Phillippe and Carla Gugino are reportedly attached. Turner has over a dozen projects listed as being in development -- from outer space drama Orbit to rom-com Kiss and Tell to Enron drama Conspiracy of Fools with Appian Way and Leonardo DiCaprio attached as producers.

George Clooney's memorable shark speech as Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air (pictured) is below.

Jason Reitman, meanwhile, has many of his own projects in production, including comedy-drama Young Adult with his Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, starring Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson, and Jeff Who Lives at Home (he's producing) from the Duplass brothers, with stars Jason Segal, Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon. In development, Reitman has an adaptation of Simon Rich's Elliot Allagash as well as comedies Bonzai Shadowlands, written by and set to star Rainn Wilson, and Whispers in Bedlam, from screenwriters Max Winkler (Ceremony) and Matt Spicer.

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Anchorman writer-director Adam McKay tells MTV that he is in the home stretch on his adaptation of comic-book series The Boys, which he is seriously considering shooting in 3-D. If you're tired of pretty-boy superhero movies, this may be the thing for you, he says: "It's like a $100-million, Rated-R, anti-superhero movie, so we have to see who bites on it."

For the crude and violent Boys, which follows CIA agents tasked with keeping the world's superheros and villains in check, he has already met with potential actors, including Russell Crowe for Billy Butcher, who leads the pack and recruits newbie Hughie Campbell after his ladylove is killed by a superhero. Simon Pegg apparently resembles that character: McKay says it's his if he wants it.

Ryan Bingham: How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you're carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life... you start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, your TV... the backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. You go bigger. Your couch, your car, your home... I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office... and then you move into the people you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your brothers, your sisters, your children, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. You get them into that backpack, feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises. The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living. Some animals were meant to carry each other to live symbiotically over a lifetime. Star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not swans. We are sharks.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.