Hollywood Ink: Inevitable Spy Hunter Adaptation in the Works


· Duh-nuh-NUH-nuh-NUH-nuh-NUH-NUH, duh-nuh-NUH-nuh-NUH-nuh-NUH-NUH... To the digitized loop of "Peter Gunn" comes word that the classic '80s video game Spy Hunter is set to be developed as a feature at Warner Bros. This comes after years of development stops and starts at Universal (where else?). Presumably Hunter will go 3D like all the studio's tentpoles, thus reinventing the deadly smoke-screen weapon for a new generation and, in all likelihood, getting the high-revving thriller banned in Malaysia. [Variety]

Emma Stone doubles down with the studios, John Steinbeck makes his Movieline debut, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.

· Unless you're Barack Obama, Emma Stone has probably had a better week than you: She picked up the female lead in Steve Carell's untitled wrecked-marriage comedy (also at Warners) before leading the contenders for the same in DreamWorks' The Help, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller about black servants and the white employers in pre-civil-rights-era Mississippi. [Deadline]

· John Steinbeck's posthumously published The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights has been acquired as possible franchise fodder by Troika Pictures. One of the producers teased the first film -- about young Gawain, Ewain and Marhalt's exploits on their way to join Arthur's round table -- as a "compelling romantic comedy adventure for the youth audience." Don't laugh! Steinbeck loved romantic comedy adventures. Face it, Grapes of Wrath is misunderstood to this day. [Variety]

· Juno "Daughter of Julien" Temple, most recently seen as the troublemaking Aussie minx of Greenberg, has picked up not one, not two, but three new roles in indies this year -- including Jack & Diane, the teenage-lesbian-werewolf romance once marked for Ellen Page before (coincidentally) Juno came along. The other projects include the runaway dramas Dirty Girl and Sundance Labs alum Elgin James's Goodnight Moon. [THR]

· In another massive awards-season upset, Hotel For Dogs defeated that paragon of animal kindness, Avatar, at this year's American Humane Society Genesis Awards. Dogs shared the Best Narrative Feature award with Up, while The Cove (of course) won the night's Best Documentary Prize. Congrats. [Variety]