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In the Works: Theron's Viking Drama at ABC, Fogelman's Directorial Debut with Pacino, Renner & Moore

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 24, 2012 at 4:22PM

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Tangled") is set to make his directorial debut with his script "Imagine." Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore are talks to star. The familliar plot follows a rocker who finds a letter written to him by John Lennon that inspires him to change his life and find his unknown biological son. I
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Charlize Theron

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Tangled") is set to make his directorial debut with his script "Imagine." Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore are talks to star. The familliar plot follows a rocker who finds a letter written to him by John Lennon that inspires him to change his life and find his unknown biological son.

In turnaround from Warner Bros., the film will be financed by Inimitable Pictures through a fund from 5 Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava. Production will kick off Spring 2013. Mister Smith Entertainment will be shopping international rights to the film at the American Film Market, while WME will handle the US.

- Charlize Theron and her Denver & Delilah banner have sold their series "The Clan," set in the Highlands of medieval Scotland, to ABC. That's Theron's third sale this season; she also has a "Hatfields & McCoys" modern-day spin-off and family drama "Holiday" at NBC. Theron will exec produce all three. She also has "Mind Hunter" in development at HBO with David Fincher.

"The Clan" centers on the great clans of Scotland battling each other and the invading Vikings. Terry George ("Hotel Rwanda") will write, direct and exec produce. Sounds like "Braveheart" meets "Game of Thrones." If only Theron would star in it. But she knows what she's doing: Career Watch.

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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.