There Are No Words: Fox Developing Big Momma's House 3
· It had to happen eventually: Fox plans to revive its $300 million-generating franchise masterpiece Big Momma's House, recruiting writer Randi Mayem Singer to work out a screenplay for the series' third installment. The best part of the story: "Log line is under wraps." I'd like to see Singer go meta, dramatizing a behind-the-scenes duel between the Sony suits who greenlit White Chicks 2 and the Fox suits who reacted with this, both jockeying for market share in Hollywood's ultra-competitive Pandering Minstrelsy bracket. Anyone got a better idea? [Variety]
Nick Cassavetes sics his lawyers on New Line, Boondock Saints II finds an outlet, and much more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· It's difficult to deduce whether Nick Cassavetes is simply pissed about losing a directing gig or if he just really likes elephants, but in either case, he filed a lawsuit against New Line Cinema citing fraud and breach of contract in its dealings with him on the pachyderm-orphanage drama Peaceable Kingdom. In short, he alleges the studio offered him a rewriting-directing gig on the film (thus driving down his writer's fee), then ditched him after delivery of of his draft. Well! Let's just check the contract and... Oh. There isn't one. Will Hollywood never learn? Don't answer that. [THR, Esq.]
· The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the sequel to Troy Duffy's 2000 cult hit (and the fodder for the cringe-inducing, rags-to-riches-to-rags documentary Overnight) will find a theatrical release on Oct. 30 via Bob Berney and the upstarts at Apparition. Original stars Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery reprise their roles as the vigilante MacManus twins, who take on organized crime in their hometown of Boston; Duffy wrote and directed. [THR
· Duffy's nemesis Harvey Weinstein, meanwhile, picked up rights to The King's Speech, director Tom Hooper's upcoming drama about the relationship between England's stammering King George VI (Colin Firth) and his speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush). The film begins production this fall and is slated for release and/or indefinite shelving in 2010. [Variety]
· Monte Hellman -- the Monte Hellman -- added Dominique Swain (as an "investigative blogger"!) and Shannyn Sossamon to Road to Nowhere, the romantic thriller that marks the Two-Lane Blacktop legend's first film in almost 20 years. [Variety]
· Lede of the day, regarding Mark Gill's struggling Film Dept.: "As L.A. remains surrounded by wildfires and shrouded in a yellow-white haze, several indies are making moves to manage or put out their own blazes." Get. Me. Rewrite. [Variety]