Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey's The Butler Heads To The Weinsteins; Jake Gyllenhaal Eyes Prisoners: Biz Break

Also in Monday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, Len Wiseman is being tapped to direct a classic thriller reboot. Innocence of Muslims actress is heading to federal court. And Benicio Del Toro eyes his latest project.

Lee Daniels' The Butler Heads to The Weinstein Company
TWC picked up U.S. rights to the film by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels. Forest Whitaker stars in the true-life inspired story about an African-American man who served as a butler in the White House under eight U.S. Presidents. The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, James Marsden and Vanessa Redgrave. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. "Lee tells stories in a way no one else does," said TWC head Harvey Weinstein. "What struck me most about this story is the perspective it comes from, which in this case is the butler- a man who was a fly on the wall for decades in the world’s most powerful home." The Butler is currently in production in New Orleans.

Around the 'net…

Jake Gyllenhaal Eyes Prisoners
Gyllenhaal is in talks to star opposite Hugh Jackman the the gritty thriller, being directed by Incendies director Denis Velleneuve. The story centers around a small town carpenter (Jackman) whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. He in turn kidnaps the man he believes is responsible for the crime, THR reports.

Len Wiseman to Direct The Mummy
Universal Pictures has tapped Wiseman to direct the reboot of the franchise that took in $1.25 billion over three films. Jon Spaihts is writing the script for the studio which is looking at a possible Summer 2014 release, Deadline reports.

Innocence of Muslims Actress to Sue in Federal Court
Cindy Lee Garcia named YouTube, Google and the film's supposed producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in a law suit alleging fraud and emotional distress. Claiming a copyright issue, her lawyer Cris Armenta said on the Today show that they will dismiss the state court lawsuit and head to federal court, Deadline reports.

Benicio Del Toro Set for How the Light Gets In
Del Toro and producer Laura Bickford who partnered on Traffic and Che are partnering on How the Light Gets In, described as a "contemporary love story set in New York, London, Paris and Berlin." In the film, Del Toro will play a Chilean novelist living in Paris who falls in love. Variety reports.



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