Goree Girls Sentences Jennifer Aniston to Hard Time
· Jennifer Aniston is attached to star in and co-produce Goree Girls, the true story of an all-female country-and-western group rocking a Texas prison in the 1940s. Grey Gardens adapter Michael Sucsy will polish the script and direct. Aniston's role is unknown at this time; here's hoping the washtub-bass skills that made her the life of Friends's renowned after-party jug-band jams finally get the big-screen spotlight they deserve. [Variety]
Jason Segal signs up for adventure, Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl will turn viewers' estrogen up to a rolling boil, and much more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· Jason Segel has joined the cast of The Adventurer's Handbook, which also features Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill (who co-wrote) in the story of four childhood friends who trade their boring lives for global expeditions like those of the great explorers featured in the titular book. This is the one Universal paid a reported seven figures for and whose script the studio guarded like Colonel Sanders's original recipe, so get ready for some really, really superb dick jokes. [THR]
· Josh Duhamel will co-star with Katherine Heigl in Life as We Know It, about two unattached singles whose mutual friends die suddenly and leave them custody of their kids. Think of it kind of like a spiritual sequel to Knocked Up, perhaps even with the luxury of a Duhamel-centric marketing campaign asking, "What if this guy inherited strange children with you?" Well? What if? [Variety]
· Hats off to Larry Fessenden, the indefatigable actor and indie-horror impresario whom New Line has tapped to direct its English-language remake of The Orphanage. If such recycling must be done in Hollywood, it's always encouraging to see it assigned to someone who'll import a few ideas from the outside. [THR]
· Sony picked up and will distribute The Experiment, the planned Euro-thriller remake starring Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker. [THR]
· Columbia acquired Mike White's spec script Babe in the Woods, an action-comedy about "a female freshman from the Midwest who arrives at Yale and becomes a target of the New Jersey mob." Which sounds great, but Yale sounds awfully far for them. Wouldn't a Princeton freshman be more convenient? [Variety]