Hollywood Ink: Jennifer Garner and Jeremy Renner Have Chemistry

jennifer_garner_225.jpgAlso in this morning's Hollywood Ink: Kevin James climbs into the Octagon... Olivia Wilde makes a Change with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman... from Machete to Tarantula for Danny Trejo... and more ahead.

· If it's Thursday, then it must be time for Jeremy Renner to attach himself to another project. The ubiquitous trade presence is set to star opposite Jennifer Garner in Better Living Through Chemistry. Renner will play an unhappily married pharmacist who strikes up an affair with a trophy wife (Garner), starts doing prescription drugs with her and hatches a plan to kill her husband. Shall we toss this in Renner's "Might Happen" pile? [THR]

· Since we live in a world where Kevin James is a huge box office star, this comes as no surprise. Sony has locked down James for an untitled mixed-martial arts comedy about a physics teacher who joins the UFC to pay the bills. If you close your eyes, you can probably already imagine the trailer. This will make bank, FYI. [Deadline]

· House star Olivia Wilde has been cast opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in The Change Up, yet another entry into Hollywood's storied tradition of body swapping comedies. Wilde will handle the difficult task of being the hot girl that forces a married lawyer (Bateman) to switch bodies with his stoner pal (Reynolds). David Dobkin directs from a script by The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. [Deadline]

· Machete don't care about box office. Fresh off somewhat disappointing returns for his first lead role, Danny Trejo is going back to his D-list roots: He'll star as a bike gang leader in Tarantula. Expect sneers and leather jackets. [THR/Heat Vision]

· Is David Fincher the next M. Night Shyamalan? Maybe. The acclaimed director has reportedly signed a deal with MRC to produce a series of films under his own name, much like Shyamalan has done with The Night Chronicles. Fincher is expected to produce crime thrillers in the vein of Se7en. [THR]

· It's Night at the Museum with samurai swords! Shawn Levy will produce and possible direct an adaptation of the Spike TV show Deadliest Warrior, a series that imagines what it would be like if the greatest warriors in the history of time got together and fought. My money's on whichever warrior brings a gun. [Deadline]

· Just start shaking your head now. Director Alex Proyas has signed on to helm an adaptation of John Milton's Paradise Lost and it might be filmed in 3D. [Variety]

· Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia) will write an adaptation of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps. [THR/Risky Business]



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