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In the Works: 'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton in Talks to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Glass Castle'

Destin Cretton, director of this past summer's glowingly reviewed "Short Term 12," is in talks for his next project. He is in early negotiations to direct Jennifer Lawrence in "The Glass Castle," adapted from Jeanette Walls' 2005 bestselling memoir.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2013 11:57 AM
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In the Works: Alexander Payne Finds Next Project in 'The Judge's Will'

After heading to the black-and-white prairies of "Nebraska," Alexander Payne is next eyeing India. The director and Fox Searchlight are in talks to team on "The Judge's Will."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2013 11:57 AM
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In the Works: David Fincher, Kim Jee-woon and David Yates Set to Direct Long-Awaited Graphic Novel Adaptations

Big news this week for comics lovers. Three graphic novel adaptations have found their top international directors. David Fincher is attached to "Black Hole," Kim Jee-woon will direct "Coward" and David Yates is on board to helm "Who Is Jake Ellis?"
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • October 4, 2013 12:56 PM
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In the Works: Cate Blanchett to Helm 'The Dinner' as Feature Directorial Debut

Cate Blanchett is preparing to make her feature-film directorial debut with "The Dinner," an adaptation of the psychological thriller novel by Herman Koch. Oren Moverman ("The Messenger") will pen.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 12:41 PM
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In the Works: Derek Cianfrance On Board to Direct 'ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun' for Focus

Derek Cianfrance ("The Place Beyond the Pines") is attached to direct "ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun." The book by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales follows the rise of the eponymous cable network, via interviews with past and present ESPN personalities and producers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2013 1:54 PM
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In the Works: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Follow Up 'This Is the End' Hit with Animated 'Sausage Party'

Sony and Megan Ellison's Annapurna are partnering on a presumably R-rated comedy from co-writers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (who together wrote and directed this summer's sleeper apocalyptic raunchfest "This Is the End"), Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. This decidedly not-for-kids animated film will be titled "Sausage Party," and has Conrad Vernon ("Shrek 2") on board to direct.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2013 12:24 PM
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In the Works: Isabel Coixet Unveils Next Project, 'Nobody Wants the Night,' Starring Binoche, Dafoe and Kikuchi

Spanish-born filmmaker Isabel Coixet has announced her next project, "Nobody Wants the Night," for which she plans an early 2014 shoot in Norway. Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Rinko Kikuchi are set to star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 24, 2013 12:08 PM
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Joe Dante's Long-Gestating Roger Corman Biopic Heads Toward Production--without Tarantino (UPDATE)

Joe Dante's long-gestating biopic on B-movie legend Roger Corman, "The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes," may finally be headed toward production. Per the Dissolve, Corman himself is set to make a cameo in the film.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:27 PM
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IN THE WORKS: 'Mother of George' Director Dosunmu to Helm 'Fela Kuti' Musical Biopic for Focus

Focus Features is developing a drama about famed Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti, who was also front and center in the hit Broadway musical "Fela!" "Mother of George" filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu will direct "Fela Kuti," which Focus is describing as a "drama with music," as opposed to a fullblown musical.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2013 4:14 PM
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In the Works: Weinstein Company Adopts 'Paddington'; Colin Firth to Voice Paddington Bear, Nicole Kidman Joins Cast

The Weinstein Company has scooped up rights to "Paddington," the first live-action feature based on the classic children's book character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond in 1958. The marmalade sandwich-loving bear, to be rendered in CGI, will be voiced by Colin Firth. Nicole Kidman has also joined the cast.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 13, 2013 2:25 PM
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