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In the Works: Eisenberg's Magician Heist Pic, Liman Meets Cooper for Luna, McCarthy's Home Movies

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 8, 2011 at 8:26AM

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.
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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.

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- 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!

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- 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]

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Studios, Daily Read, Jake Gyllenhaal, Colin Firth, DreamWorks


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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.