Jack Black Will Take a Bailout, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

jackblack_225.jpgAlso in this Thursday edition of The Broadsheet: Seven Psychopaths adds four scenery chewing actors... Alexander Skarsgard and Julianne Moore may know What Maisie Knew... Gotti is getting a major overhaul... and more ahead.

· From the company that financed The King's Speech comes... the next Jack Black comedy! Before you groan, however, consider the bona fides of Bailout, which Ealing Metro International and Speech backer Prescience will sell the rights to at Cannes: Michael Winterbottom will direct the film, from a script by Jess Walter, who also wrote the source novel, The Financial Lives of The Poets. Black would star as a downtrodden man on the cusp of losing his house and wife who finds himself offered a "strange business opportunity." Gulliver's Travels 2, this is not. [Deadline]

· Hopefully there's enough scenery to go around. Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Mickey Rourke are set to star in Seven Psychopaths, the new film from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh. Farrell will play a struggling screenwriter who gets into the dognapping business with his two ka-razy friends (Rockwell and Walken), but runs into trouble when the pooch of a mean gangster (Rourke) goes missing. Awesome. HanWay will sell the rights for this surefire must-see at Cannes. [Variety]

· More Cannes sellers! Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Battleship) has been added to the cast of What Maisie Knew, an updated version of the Henry James novel co-starring Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan. [THR]

· Dennis Quaid and Zoe Saldana have joined the cast of The Words opposite Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons. Words will follow a successful writer "who discovers he has to pay a price for stealing another man's work." [Coming Soon]

· It appears Gotti: Three Generations can no longer be considered a joke. Roger Friedman writes that Barry Levinson and screenwriter James Toback are planning to do a "severe overhaul" to the script, and that parts for people like Lindsay Lohan and Kelly Preston are not assured. What is assured, though, is that Al Pacino and John Travolta will still co-star, and that the film is striving for some level of Bugsy-like creative success. [Showbiz411]

· After all the teeth-gnashing about that terrible costume, it appears that NBC won't even pick-up the David E. Kelley reboot of Wonder Woman. Which just means that the Adrianne PalickiinJustice League campaign can start very soon. [Deadline]



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