Hollywood Ink: Funniest Rumor Ever Has Ridley and Tony Scott Taking Over MGM
· I can't believe someone didn't think of this before, but doesn't it make all the sense in the world that Ridley and Tony Scott would run MGM once it sorts out its sale and debt issues? Could there be a bigger no-brainer than to bestow a deeply encumbered brand to two siblings with a combined age of 137, a tendency to make films with nine-figure budgets and whose forthcoming projects are all tied up at other studios? It's brilliant! Like that time Tom Cruise took over United Artists, or when we invaded Iraq. Make this happen, interim MGM CEO Steven Cooper! As for the rest us, stand back. Way back. And bring your safety goggles. [FT via Deadline]
The absurdity doesn't stop here, folks, as a Big Momma's House 3 update and Miramax news all await you after the jump.
· We're getting closer to that blissful moment when the lights go down, 15 minutes of trailers come up, and then, at long last, the title onscreen: Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, the third installment of the estimable Big Momma's House franchise. Which more than likely will be followed by the names of newly announced cast members Faizon Love, Emily Rios, Portia Doubleday and Michelle Ang. [THR]
· Another hilarious development in Mothballed Studios Looking For Buyers: David Bergstein, who still owes millions to creditors that filed an involuntary bankruptcy claim against him and who currently has a suit outstanding against his own lawyer, is the "advisor" to a front-running group of investors bidding on Miramax. And Disney is playing ball! That soft crying sound you hear is Harvey Weinstein. Or God. Same difference, etc. [Deadline]
· In related news, see the headline of the day: "Miramax bids low due to mixed-bag library?" Riiiight. Because if it's not Bergstein screwing Disney over, then it's Happy, Texas. [THR]
· Pixar veteran Brad Bird has now reportedly leaped to the front of the list of candidates to direct MIssion Impossible 4. [Vulture]