The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: A zombie movie is in trouble, Angelina Jolie might be into bondage, and a Stephen King classic gets another look.
Bad news coming out of the zombie world today: We already knew that Brad Pitt and crew were headed back to the set of World War Z for some reshoots later this year, but now it seems that they will be rather extensive, never a good sign for a film. The problems are apparently so bad that they've brought in Damon Lindelof to do a lot of rewrites, mostly on the third act of the story. Oh, and the release date has of course been pushed back from December of this year to next June. This is troubling! And disappointing! We really wanted this movie to be good, both because the book it's based on was so good and because it was rumored to be like a serious, prestige-movie zombie picture. No Milla Jovovich doing jujitsu parkour while computers whizzed past her, but like a real honest-to-goodness movie, about zombies. And now all lies in ruin! Potentially. Maybe they will fix it. Though bringing in Damon Lindelof to work on the end of your film, doesn't exactly sound like a good idea. [The Hollywood Reporter]
So there is a rumor going around that is probably not at all true that Angelina Jolie has been approached to direct the film version of the BDSM-lite, Twilight fan fiction-based sex novel Fifty Shades of Grey. It is probably not true at all, but it is still a hilarious and wonderful rumor that we hope persists. "Yes, after doing a movie about the horrors of the Bosnian genocide, the next logical step seemed to be this turgid mom erotica loosely based on a book about vampires. I'm sure you can all see the connections." We want to read that interview someday! Angelina Jolie for President of Fifty Shades of Grey! [Deadline]
Charlize Theron has sold a Hatfields & McCoys project to NBC, which she would produce, but of course not star in because it's NBC, for heaven's sake. Unlike the recent massively successful History Channel miniseries, this H&McCs story would be a modern update kind of a thing. So it's about the Real Housewives of New Jersey? I'm confused, isn't that already a show? Two families who speak backwoods English warring it out for vague reasons, over and over and over again until no one remembers why or really cares? Pretty sure that business has already been going down in old Franklin Lakes for some time now. Late to the game, Theron. You're late to the game. [The Wrap]
Hey, somebody go wake up the half-asleep people in that hospital waiting room who are Body of Proof's main viewership, because some changes are coming to their barely acknowledged series. There will be a second season, but three of the regulars are out — John Carroll Lynch (who already has another gig booked), Nicholas Bishop, and Sonja Sohn (Kima!!). So that is bad news, but maybe also freeing news? They can now, y'know, not be on Body of Proof anymore? Sure it's nice to get paid and all, but... it's Body of Proof. OK, let's let these people go back to dozing off now. They need to rest. [Deadline]
Ooohh. Cary Fukunaga, who directed last year's beautiful Jane Eyre adaptation (and who could fuku our naga all night long if he wanted to), will now be adapting Stephen King's killer clown book It, which he will turn into two movies. That is very exciting! Could be really cool and dark and creepy. I mean, if he can successfully do that with Jane Eyre, It can't be too hard. This also means that Harry Anderson, Annette O'Toole, Richard Thomas, and the rest of the gang might be sitting sadly by their phones, waiting in vain for a call that will never come. Creepy! [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here is a trailer for 360, the tony looking drama directed by Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener) from a script by The Queen's Peter Morgan. It stars Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins and others and it seems to be about interconnectedness and sex and stuff like that. There's classical music in the trailer, so you know it means business. It looks interesting, if a bit vague.
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