Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott Thrilled to Reteam for Brave New World
· Body of Lies tandem Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott will reunite for an adaptation of Brave New World, author Aldous Huxley's 1931 dystopia classic. DiCaprio will produce and star, Scott will produce and direct, and frustrated high-school English teachers around the country will begin bracing themselves for the onslaught of essays by lazy students, all vaguely touching on Huxley's themes as adapted by the guy who wrote Apocalypto. [THR]
Joe Eszterhas takes up with a Virgin, Liam Neeson is Unknown and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· This should be good: Continuing his slightly born-again phase, legendary Basic Instinct and Showgirls screenwriter Joe Eszterhas plans to write a film about the Virgin of Guadalupe. He's calling the project a "labor of love," which I presume means more hand-holding and a minimum of crotch shots. Protests are probably already starting somewhere in Mexico. [Variety]
· Liam Neeson is going back to the thriller well, this time signing up for Unknown White Male. He will star as a doctor who awakens from a coma to find he's been replaced in every aspect of his life by a surrogate; the script was adapted from Neeson's own recurring dream about being magically swapped out of those embarrassing Star Wars prequels. [THR]
· Director Niki Caro will follow The Vintner's Luck with Buttercup, a dramedy about a man struggling to get his life together after his wife's death. [THR]
· Save the date: You won't be able to watch Family Guy's infamous "abortion episode" any time soon on Fox, but Seth MacFarlane and the series' voice talent will table-read it just for fun (and Emmy goodwill) next Wednesday in Los Angeles. [Variety]