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IN THE WORKS: Stone's Cocaine Corvette, Portman's Next Planet & Polley Goes Atwood

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 5, 2012 at 12:37PM

Emma Stone is set to follow up "The Help" and "Crazy Stupid Love" (and the upcoming "The Amazing Spider Man" and "Gangster Squad") with "Little White Corvette," a GK Films project from the writer of "30 Minutes or Less," Michael Diliberti.
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Portman | Stone | Polley
Portman | Stone | Polley

- Emma Stone is set to follow up "The Help" and "Crazy Stupid Love" (and the upcoming "The Amazing Spider Man" and "Gangster Squad")  with "Little White Corvette," a GK Films project from the writer of "30 Minutes or Less," Michael Diliberti. A brother and sister's (Stone) late father leaves them a corvette with a million dollars worth of cocaine from the 1970s. The pair -- a wild girl and a nerd -- travel to Miami to sell the car. The idea of watching Stone do drug deals is certainly worth a chuckle or two. Who should play her brother? Shooting will kick off in late summer.

- While not confirmed, there's speculation that Natalie Portman may be ending her post-baby/post-Oscar hiatus by reuniting with "V for Vendetta" filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski for "Jupiter Ascending." The Warner Bros. sci-fi may shoot this fall after the directors have completed "Cloud Atlas," but few details are known on the project.  Portman's slate includes a tentative "Thor 2" (which will have "Game of Thrones" helmer Alan Taylor--not Patty Jenkins--at the helm) and a documentary about veganism.

- Sarah Polley's unpredictable choice in projects is nothing if not admirable. The writer-director will follow up "Away from Her" (2006) and "Take This Waltz" (2011) with an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1996 novel "Alias Grace," based on the true story of a 16-year old servant who was convicted of murdering her boss and his housekeeper in 1843. Polley has wanted to make the film since she was 18: the story inspired her to become a filmmaker. Once rights are acquired, Polley will begin the adaptation (more details).

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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.