Jason Priestley One Step Closer in Journey to Bigscreen Conquest


· Don't look now, but Jason Priestley is gaining on Hollywood. The original Beverly Hills 90210 heartthrob has optioned the rights to the Rolling Stone article Death of a Freerider, about a 22-year-old mountain biker whose love of adventure ultimately leads him to a deadly stint as a border-hopping drug trafficker. For now Priestley is only onboard to produce, but he has directed TV in the past and apparently has only Ian Ziering to beat in the race to parlay 90210 stardom into self-made moguldom. Team Priestley, obvs. [Variety]

Harvey Keitel joins the Fockers, a Mad Men writer takes on a vampire classic, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.

· Harvey Keitel is the latest actor recruited for Little Fockers, playing an unspecified role in only his second reunion with Robert De Niro since Taxi Driver. The first one? Falling in Love back in 1984. This one should probably be a little more memorable -- but only a little. [THR]

· Mad Men staff writer Marti Noxon will pen the long-gestating remake of Fright Night, the 1985 horror-comedy cult classic about a teenager who battles the suave vampire next door. Noxon established her bloodsucker chops writing dozens of episodes of Buffy, for what it's worth; if John Malkovich doesn't inherit Roddy McDowell's role as Peter Vincent! Vampire Killer!, then God will put this into turnaround Himself. [THR]

· Sony has locked up writer-director David Koepp's next project Premium Rush, about a bike messenger chased through New York City by a dirty cop who wants his package. OK, not "package" package, but... enh, forget it. The studio has it fast-tracked and is looking for a star, which can only mean I'll be writing about Shia LaBeouf in this space next week. [Variety]

· Paramount yesterday received a lovely Veteran's Day present: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra had the third biggest home-video debut of the year, selling 3.8 million copies in its first week of release. [THR]


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