McG to Enhance Spring Awakening with Explosions, Sky-Surfing
In today's Hollywood Ink ... McG comes of age ... HBO dramatizes the election ... Wahlberg and Franco feed off each other ...
· Terminator: Salvation director McG is in talks to adapt Spring Awakening, the Broadway musical with songs by Duncan Sheik about horny high school students in 19th-century Germany, into a feature film. (McG fun fact: he produced Sugar Ray's first album and co-wrote songs on the second!) It's all fun and games until some DP wanders into a shot, and the director stands by helplessly as the film's volatile star Zac Efron barks, "WHAT DON'T YOU F**KING UNDERSTAND ABOUT NOT RUINING MY BIG MASTURBATION-SONG NUMBER?" [THR]
· Sticking with what works, Bravo greenlights Celebrity Sew Off-- sort of like Iron Chef but where the secret ingredient is tulle instead of Japanese eggplant -- and a spinoff for hyper-libidoed personal trainer, Jackie Warner. And in a bold rebranding bid akin to Sci Fi Channel's reconfiguration as SyFy, the network will now be referring to itself simply as FeyGay. [THR]
· Tom Cruise's United Artists is developing teen girl novel The Heartbreakers as a project called Rules of Dating for Teenage Girls. It espouses a sort of preparatory, pre-emptive response to He's Just Not That Into You that will assure no young woman shall ever go unwanted by the man of her choosing again. [Variety]
· HBO has already optioned the rights to still-being-written election book Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, assigning Blood Diamond writer Charles Leavitt to adapt it. Says Leavitt: "It's funny to call Obama and Hillary characters, but that's how I have to look at them...I think it will present itself almost like a stage play, like 'Frost/Nixon' or 'The Queen.'" [Variety]
· Mark Wahlberg and James Franco join Steve Carell and Tina Fey in Date Night, from a script by Josh Klausner about a longtime couple's scheduled date night from hell. Wahlberg plays a "buff securities expert" who flirts with Tina's character, and Franco a "not-too-bright conman." We're in. [Variety]