Hollywood Ink: Cheaters Sort of Prosper with Winona Ryder
· The Ron Howard infidelity comedy Cheaters acquired another name recently, with Winona Ryder joining the Vince Vaughn/Kevin James film as James's wife. "Only in the movies is that within the realm of possibility..." writes Nikki Finke. I know! James could do so much better. Er, wait. Anyway, high-five, Winona -- it's sincerely good to have you back. Stick around for a while? [Deadline]
Robert Zemeckis mends fences with Disney, Olivia Thirlby against aliens, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· Less than a month after Disney confirmed it had pulled the plug on director/would-be visionary Robert Zemeckis's mo-cap institution ImageMovers Digital, Zemeckis and the studio are reportedly over it: They're in talks to reteam for an adaptation of the young-adult novel Dark Life, with Zemeckis attached to direct and his surviving, plain-old ImageMovers shingle producing. The film features an ocean-dwelling boy with supernatural powers joining forces with some surface-dwelling girl to fight a government conspiracy. It may yet go mo-cap; the way that live-action budget sounds, don't be surprised if it does. [Variety]
· Speaking of young people teaming up in "dark" movies, Olivia Thirlby is locked into the sci-fi flick The Darkest Hour, in which she'll play a "trust-fund kid" visiting Moscow who bands together with other traveling Americans to repel an alien invasion. Yes: Americans battle aliens in Moscow. I don't know if producer Timur Bekbambetov is just cheap, if the Cold War never really ended, or if maybe some combination of both is occurring. [THR]
· A judge on Monday dismissed decade-old litigation brought against Stan Lee and Marvel by Lee's old company, which claimed it had been irreparably damaged when the famed comics artist transferred characters including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and the X-Men to the publisher in the late '90s. Well, yeah. But: How about not waiting years to take the parties to actual court? Anyway, they're bankrupt, and it's over. [Reuters]
· Novelist/screenwriter/director Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Pieces of April) is back to book-adapting, readying his Brooklyn class-war novel The Heights for Focus Features. [Variety]