When Remakes Go Right: Jeff Bridges, Coen Brothers in Talks for True Grit
· Among the seemingly dozens of remake and reboot ideas that march tiredly through Movieline HQ every week, one or two sort of stride the corridors with resilience and authority, daring everyone they come into contact with to suggest they don't belong in Hollywood. A new version of True Grit brought to us by the Big Lebowski braintrust of Joel and Ethan Coen and Jeff Bridges would be one of those ideas. The brothers have reportedly locked down a script for Paramount that's closer to Charles Portis's source novel than the original 1969 adaptation, which earned John Wayne an Oscar for his portrayal of the aging U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. The Coens' version would stay closer to Portis's original Western, told through the point of view of a 14-year-old girl; surely the brothers won't receive any requests to elaborate on any of this while they promote A Serious Man this week in Toronto. [Variety]
Ellen Page, Rainn Wilson and Liv Tyler get heroic, Josh Hartnett gets apocalyptic, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· Ellen Page will get a chance to exchange much less-embarrassing dialogue with her Juno scenemate Rainn Wilson in Super, writer-director James Gunn's forthcoming indie about a man (Wilson) who turns to superheroism after his wife (played by Liv Tyler) falls under the sway of a local drug dealer. Having no special powers, however, he enlists a local teen's (Page) assistance and packs a wrench for his requisite crimefighting interludes. And really, when you've got a toolbelt, flying does seem so much more superfluous. [BFDealMemo]
· Josh Hartnett is attached to star in the post-apocalyptic thriller Gunslinger, about a man who joins his brother to find the gang that killed his parents. It's directed by Chris Nahon, who, if his work on recent Bad Movie We Love Blood: The Last Vampire is any indication, will no doubt knock this material out of the cheeseball genre park. [Variety]
· Abigail Breslin will star with Alessandro Nivola and Elisabeth Shue in Janie Jones, about a drug-addict groupie mom who abandons her daughter at a rock show. Cuteness and culture clash ensue as the girl surprises the show's headliner with news she's his daughter. The Clash should be suing for their song title back in just about 3... 2... 1... [THR]
· No rush, AMPAS! The Academy has announced it will finally recognize Gordon Willis -- the greatest living Oscar-less cinematographer -- along with fellow legends Lauren Bacall and Roger Corman at this fall's Governor's Ball. [THR]