The Social Networks's Jesse Eisenberg will do magic for Summit Entertainment's Now You See Me, to be directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans). Jake Gyllenhaal is being eyed to play the second lead and Melanie Laurent has been offered a role. The fun goes like this: A group of the world's top illusionists perform a series of bank heists during their performances and share the riches with their audiences. Of course, when the FBI gets word, the movie turns into a thriller. Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt wrote the script. Variety reports that Summit considered Colin Firth, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Carrey and Hugh Grant before settling on these younger men. While an Eisenberg/Gyllenhaal duo is appealing, a Firth/Cohen pairing is even sexier.
- Doug Liman's Luna is nearing take-off at Paramount instead of DreamWorks. Limon wrote the initial script with John Hamburg and after several rewrites, it's gotten its latest reworking from writer-producer Simon Kinberg, who will produce with Liman and Allison Shearmur. Skydance Pictures and New Regency (Liman's Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper) are boarding as co-financiers.
The story tracks renegade scientists who use spare parts to build a spaceship, allowing them to steal their energy source from the moon. While the film is yet to be cast, Liman has met with actors Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans (a.k.a. Captain America) and Andrew Garfield (a.k.a Spider-Man). Cooper is man-of-the-moment, having successfully toplined Limitless and The Hangover Part II (the French title is more accurate: Very Bad Trip 2); he has The Place Beyond the Pines with director Derek Cianfrance (and his Blue Valentine star, Ryan Gosling) in the works, and a handful of other projects in development. Cooper's definitely got momentum. And he speaks French!
- Win Win win! Tom McCarthy is writing Home Movies for DreamWorks, from an idea born at the studio and originally written by Jared Stern. The actor-writer-director has yet to show his weak side, and after three indie successes, The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win (here's our interview), he's going more mainstream. Home Movies follows a man who can use his home movies to go back and revisit certain moments in his life in order to change things. It sounds similar to Adam Sandler's Click, but McCarthy's project should take a less Sandlerian tone. [Pictured: McCarthy on the set of Station Agent, courtesy of Miramax]
[Cooper image courtesy of GQ Australia]