Hollywood Ink: Mel Gibson, Shane Black to Reunite in the Cold?
· After taking seven years off to direct and lob drunken anti-Semitic bombs at Malibu cops, Mel Gibson appears to be taking acting seriously again. Beyond this week's Edge of Darkness and the forthcoming The Beaver and How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Gibson is reportedly in talks to reunite with his Lethal Weapon screenwriter Shane Black for the dramatic thriller Cold Warrior, about a middle-aged former spy who helps a younger peer track a terrorist. Of course we've all heard this story before, but after the conspicuous woes of John Travolta's bazooka-wielding karate bear in From Paris With Love, a new Gibson/Black film is exactly the corrective the genre needs. [Deadline]
Zac Efron gets his own spy thriller, the baby book Eat, Sleep, Poop will actually be a movie, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· Just to prove how commonplace those espionage flicks are, check out Zac Efron's new deal to co-produce and star in the graphic-novel adaptation Fire, about a young man who joins the CIA only to get dropped in its department for expendable agents. It was no doubt pitched as a sort of Gamer meets The Good Shepherd meets "working for the Disney Channel," which was good enough for Universal to bite. [Deadline]
· As if it wasn't enough last week that the baby-prep tome What to Expect When You're Expecting landed a movie deal, DreamWorks has optioned the bestseller Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year for the screen. The inevitability of this film someday following Eat, Love, Pray in Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide is the only thing keeping my skin from crawling. [THR]
· Everyone saw this coming, but apparently it's official: The Weinsteins want to buy back the Miramax name, which presently slumps in repose at Disney. [Deadline]