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Possibilities: Witherspoon's Wedding Rom-Com, Aronofsky's Noah Epic, Poltergeist Eyes Lindsay-Abaire

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 8, 2011 at 10:04AM

- Reese Witherspoon may have redeemed herself at the MTV Movie Awards for How Do You Know by calling out Hollywood starlets and their poor self-marketing skills, but now she's producing a possible starring vehicle that is yet another wedding-themed rom-com, Who Invited Her?, at DreamWorks. Seriously, women will still buy movie tickets even if no one gets married at the end. Promise.
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- Reese Witherspoon may have redeemed herself at the MTV Movie Awards for How Do You Know by calling out Hollywood starlets and their poor self-marketing skills, but now she's producing a possible starring vehicle that is yet another wedding-themed rom-com, Who Invited Her?, at DreamWorks. Seriously, women will still buy movie tickets even if no one gets married at the end. Promise.

The film pitch comes from Sascha Rothschild (author of the 2010 novel How To Get Divorced By 30) and Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff are in the production chair alongside Witherspoon, who would presumably play one of the women who crashes a bachelor party getaway.

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- In more inspiring news, Darren Aronofsky is playing the tease with Noah, a package he wrote and wants to direct. The Aviator's John Logan is rewriting; New Regency is looking to co-finance, and Paramount, Fox and Summit are eyeing the other half of Aronofsky's $130-million asking budget. Noah wants to retell the classic Ark story on an epic fantasy scale. Aronofsky, who was planning to direct Fox's Wolverine before custody issues intervened, is sick and tired of indie budgets. If he can make $315.8 million worldwide with the $13 million Black Swan, imagine what he could do with $130 million. But didn't we recently do the Noah thing with the dud sequel Evan Almighty? [Pictured: Flemish painter Hans III Jordaens's Noah's Ark]

- MGM wants to reboot a handful of franchises, among them Poltergeist (pictured; from producer-writer Steven Spielberg). Promisingly, MGM has offered David Lindsay-Abaire to write the remake. Lindsay-Abaire won a Pulitzer Prize for his play, Rabbit Hole, and was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the film adaptation of the play. Here's our interview with him. Vulture reports: "Insiders tell us MGM has no creative parameters for a Poltergeist remake — it would be Lindsay-Abaire’s to shape in whatever fashion he chooses, should he want the job." MGM is also planning a Carrie remake. With a clean cupboard, remaking horror classics may be the best hand MGM has to play. Low budgets with potential for big reward…if they do it right.

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This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Stuck In Love, Daily Read, Steven Spielberg, Darren Aronofsky, Remake, Horror , Drama, comedy, MGM/UA, Screenwriters


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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.