Hollywood Ink: Sony Once Again Tries Getting Jeannie Out of the Movie Bottle
· You might have thought it was a good thing -- or at least some cosmic sign -- that screen adaptations of the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie had stalled over the years. But Sony is determined to mine that brand for all its worth, bringing on scribe Sheila Callaghan to have a pass at the material. A regular, acclaimed contributor to The United States of Tara, Callaghan faces four decades of series obsolescence and the challenge of making a subservient-woman-locked-in-a-bottle work in the 21st century. Wish her the best. [LAT]
The French first lady does Woody after all, Brittany Snow gets hijacked, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· The "will-she-or-won't-she" chatter around Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's role in the next Woody Allen film has apparently been resolved: The ex-supermodel-turned-French first lady indeed has a part in the script and will appear in the untitled movie shooting this summer in Paris. THR]
· The indie thriller 96 Minutes will feature Brittany Snow as a straight-edge college student caught up in a gang-initiation hijacking. Don't these people know about her penchant for ball-busting? [Variety]
· Another investigative journalist is following Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal's path into screenwriting, with reporter Peter Landesman now developing a "next-generation spy script" with producers Brad Weston and Graham King. [THR]
· Director Gregory Hoblit (Fracture) will oversee a project for Castle Rock about, and I quote, "an au pair, a reformed Harlem drug dealer, three Princeton graduates and a ruthless Chilean drug lord [who] cross paths after a kilo of cocaine is stolen." Hmm. I don't see a potential role for Taylor Lautner in there? Get me rewrite! [THR]