Hollywood Ink: Has The Hunger Games Found Its Director?
· If you had Gary Ross in your "Who will direct The Hunger Games?" pool, you might be thisclose to winning. The Seabiscuit director has moved ahead of Sam Mendes, Francis Lawrence, David Slade and a cadre of others on the list of potential directors for the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' young adult best-seller. Negotiations are currently ongoing. Stay tuned, etc. [Deadline]
· William H. Macy will star as an eccentric millionaire in Freaky Deaky, an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's crime novel about "'60s radicals who use their skills for blowing stuff up for entrepreneurial purposes in the '70s." Charlie Matthau -- son of Walter -- will direct. [Deadline]
· With gangsters so hot right now, Warner Bros. is headed into their vault for ideas. They've come up with Cicero, a story about the rise of Al Capone that's being positioned as a throwback to the Edward G. Robinson gangster films of the '40s. [Variety]
· Sam Riley has joined A Dead Man in Deptford, a Shakespearean conspiracy thriller that will find the Control star playing Christopher Marlowe. [Variety]
· J.C. Chandor (the upcoming financial crisis drama Margin Call) has signed a two-picture writing deal with Warner Bros. The first film on his docket? Portofino, an international thriller for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way that could be a potential vehicle for the star. No pressure. [Deadline]
· Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver and Robin Wright have been added to the cast of Oren Moverman's Rampart. They join Woody Harrelson, Ice Cube and Ben Foster in the film, which is based on the late '90s LAPD scandal in the Rampart Division. Newly formed Amalgam Features will provide financial backing. Expect to read about more character actors signing on to this project soon. [Variety]