Hollywood Ink: Meet the Extremely Loud Stephen Daldry


· Well, you can forget about Stephen Daldry crying himself to sleep every night after another grueling day of directing Breaking Dawn. The thrice Oscar-nominated director has agreed to take on a different adaptation: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the 2005 novel by Jonathan Safran Foer about an eccentric 9-year-old boy (named Oskar! Good one, Stephen) picking up the pieces after the death of his father on 9/11. Eric Roth adapted the screenplay, and Scott Rudin will produce for partners Warners and Paramount. And thus you have seen the future of the 2012 awards season. [THR]

An American Pie reboot is something that will actually happen, another Gotti wants his turn in the spotlight, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.

· Harold and Kumar franchise creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have jumped ship to Universal, where they are locked in to direct the studio's reboot of American Pie -- a/k/a American Pie 4, a/k/a the glass-encased lever you pull in case of a studio emergency. Todd Strauss Schulson, meanwhile, has stepped in to direct A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas. [THR]

· Now that the feds have opted not to try John Gotti Jr. yet again on racketeering and murder charges, the Mafia heir is said to be positioning himself as the next big story to tell. And will he ever tell it, with a dramatic feature, a documentary and a book all among his future plans. I love this. Hollywood will eat him alive. [Deadline]

· Congrats to James Ransone and Jake Cherry, who'll share special prizes for being the millionth and millionth-and-first actors to officially join the ensemble of Channing Tatum's cop drama Son of No One. [THR]

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