Hollywood Ink: Steve Carell, Tina Fey May Rom-Com Again
· The Date Night duo of Steve Carell and Tina Fey are "loosely attached" to Mail-Order Groom, about a lonely career woman's acquisition of a husband from Eastern Europe. Screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have undertaken a rewrite of an original idea by Fey's real-life husband Jeff Richmond, whose little-known time growing up as a radish farmer's boy in Soviet-era Kyrgyzstan will no doubt inform this sweet odd-couple romance. [THR]
Another franchise mercy killing at Disney, Summit reteams with Nicolas Cage, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· Three cheers (literally) for Rich Ross, the new Disney despot whose latest bad-franchise execution is Wild Hogs. This, after the John Travolta/Robin Williams semi-spinoff/rehash Old Dogs got whacked earlier this week, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was summarily sunk last month. So now we know: Don't come to this guy with anything less than a dark, drug-friendly, grrl-power reboot of an in-house classic if you want your film made in the next, oh, ever. [Variety"]
· One good (or at least profitable) turn deserves another for Summit Entertainment and Nicolas Cage, who will follow their hit Knowing with the 3-D vigilante action-thriller Drive Angry. Summit picked up the developing project's distribution rights this week and has announced a Feb. 11, 2011, release date. [THR]
· Rene Russo has signed on to Thor, in which she will play the title character's mother Frigga, Queen of Asgard. Hmm. "Mother Frigga." Didn't Samuel L. Jackson already use that in the cleaned-up broadcast version of Snakes on a Plane? [Variety]
· DreamWorks has picked up rights to the epic World War I novel War Horse. Steven Spielberg will co-produce but currently has no plans to direct. Typical. [Variety]
· Lionsgate has hopped back into B-movie bed with Haunting in Connecticut director Peter Cornwell, grabbing the sci-fi spec script The Panopticon for the filmmaker's next project. It concerns a salesman who receives a pre-recorded message to himself that the world will soon end, and he is the only one who can save it. To which, of course, there is only one rational response: "No more pull-ups!" [Variety]