Fire Up the Brad Pitt Rumors: Sherlock Holmes 2 On the Way

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· Warner Bros. might have finally given up trying to hide Brad Pitt as Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes -- or it finally succumbed to the bright idea of harnessing his appeal as the franchise moves forward. Either way, the actor is linked to discussions for Sherlock Holmes 2, which Joel Silver is now developing and to which Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Guy Ritchie are all likely to return. Movieline faves Kieran and Michele Mulroney are hammering out the screenplay, in which Pitt would emerge from the first film's shadows to more conspicuously torment his nemesis Holmes. Sorry, England -- America promises its leading men will do their best with your cultural icons. Michael Sheen was probably booked or something anyway. [THR]

Darren Aronofsky plans a heist, John Malkovich and Co. get to know Secretariat, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.

· Darren Aronofsky is attached to produce and direct an as-yet-untitled thriller about the brazen $85 million heist at a British bank in 2006. It will be co-produced by Time Inc. Studios, a shingle set up to develop its publications' stories as films and TV shows; this one, from Sports Illustrated, deals with the alleged involvement of Ultimate Fighting Championship star "Lightning" Lee Murray. All of which is to say Aronofsky's RoboCop remake is still in limbo. Sorry. [Variety]

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· Randall Wallace's equine biopic Secretariat continues to shape up in advance of shooting this week, with Dylan Walsh, John Malkovich and Scott Glenn gluing on the sideburns for the tale of the 1973 Triple Crown-winning horse and his human, polyester-rocking racetrack enablers. [THR]

· Glee indeed: After strong showings for the first two episodes of Ryan Murphy's musical comedy, Fox picked up a full season. [THR]

· The gang at Sony stayed busy Monday, acquiring the rights to Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis' Grindhouse-trailer adaptation Machete while the folks over at Columbia nabbed Lucy Prebble's play Enron -- a rollicking "story of greed and fraudulent accounting practices" -- for an upcoming feature adaptation. [Variety, Variety]



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