Gus Van Sant Gets Restless with Columbia, Brian Grazer
· Gus Van Sant will follow Milk with Restless, a $15 million drama for Columbia. Its log line -- beyond a "contemporary and distinctive take on young love" -- is not being disclosed, though its producing team of Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard should imply that few, if any, excruciatingly long sequences of lovers lost in the desert are likely. And thus Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is pushed back another couple of years. Thanks for nothing, first-time screenwriter Jason Lew. [THR]
Zach Galifianakis joins Schmucks, Stephen Moyer goes mortal for Priest, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· Jay Roach's long-gestating comedy Dinner For Schmucks added Zach Galifianakis to its cast that already featured Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. The comic will play a mattress-store manager dating Carell's ex-wife; the film will shoot this fall, open next summer, and as per Galifianakis's usual these days, promptly gross a minimum of $200 million. [THR]
· True Blood star Stephen Moyer will switch sides in Screen Gems' horror-junk Priest, playing the brother of the title character who revolts against his church in an effort to save his niece from evil vampires. 90210 co-star Lily Collins has signed on as the niece; Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet also star. [Variety]
· Congratulations, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo! Universal's troubled, mega-budget adaptation of Bioshock is your problem now. [Variety]
· Diego Luna has the go-ahead to make his own narrative directing debut with the family drama Abel -- which is good, since reportedly he's already shooting it in Mexico. Luna previously directed a documentary on boxing legend Julio César Chávez in 2007; partner Gael Garcia Bernal and John Malkovich are among the co-producers backing him here. [Variety]