Hollywood Ink: Hugh Jackman Plays Futuristic Don King in Real Steel
· Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider's first autonomous DreamWorks project since securing $825 million in movie-rupees will be ... a Shawn Levy film. Real Steel, described as a "Rocky-esque robot tale," was one of the projects Spielberg snatched on his way off the Paramount lot. It will star the always in-demand Hugh Jackman, who'll play a fight promoter in a future where the sport is played by robots. He finds a discarded droid who keeps winning against all odds, until a climactic prize fight when the pummeled boxer wheels over to the ropes, and shouts out to his robo-girlfriend, "A-3N! A-3NNNNNNN!" (I wish I could say, "Thanks, folks -- I'll be here all week," but luckily for you it's Thanksgiving.) [Variety]
Next up in Ink: Judd's hot for Aziz's pitch; BMW wants back in; Tommy Lee Jones has creative differences with himself.
· Those pesky creative differences are being blamed for Tommy Lee Jones' departure from The Lincoln Lawyer; the only problem is that he was set to both star and direct, suggesting the No Country For Old Men star is a deeply divided man. (Alternately -- that co-star Matthew McConaughey was a little too shirtless and chill for his creative liking.) [Variety]
· BMW is looking to return to the movies, as they couldn't help but notice only the bad guys drive their cars since they've stopped paying for product integration. [Variety]
· Judd Apatow and Universal have "picked up a trio of pitches" from Aziz Ansari and Jason Woliner. The former Human Giant co-stars will write at least one of the projects, which Apatow's shingle will produce. Ready? Here's the pitches. (Deep breath.) Let's Do This is a "road movie about two guys who work for a motivational speaking company." Untitled is about a "disgraced cosmonaut (Ansari) who is forced to return to outer space to clear his name." Untitled #2 would be a feature based on his Funny People character, Raaaaaaaandy. "'We didn't expect all three to work,' said Ansari. 'We had a breakfast meeting with Judd and pitched them. We were like, 'Which one do you like?' He wanted all three.'" [Variety]
· Screenwriting team Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer are adapting the video game Uncharted: Drake Fortune into a feature film for Columbia. Mutated Nazis and El Dorado are involved, which is par for the course, is it not? [THR]