The Twilight actor will star in Tatua based on an original script. Also in Tuesday's round-up of film news, John August is eyeing an adaptation of Wonder. Ang Lee is set for a Sound Editors fete and more.
Twilight's Kellan Lutz to Star in Tatua
The Twilight Saga's buffets vampire has signed on to star in indie genre film Tatua, based on an original concept. The story revolves around a man with a rare blood type that can handle being tattooed with a powerful ink that allows him to pull weapons straight off his skin allowing him to be an effective covert assassin, Deadline reports.
John August Eyes Wonder Adaptation
Lionsgate is in final negotiations to pick up rights to R.J. Palacio's debut novel Wonder and is in talks with Frankenweenie writer John August to adapt the pre-teen story about a 10 year-old boy whose facial deformity prevents him from attending a mainstream school. The story explores the theme of bullying and told from multiple points of view, Variety reports.
Ang Lee to be Honored by Sound Editors
The Life of Pi filmmaker will receive the 2013 Filmmaker Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors at the group's 60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards on February 17th in Los Angeles. Lee won an Oscar for Best Director in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain, THR reports.
Larry Hagman Remembered Privately
Two private services will take place in Dallas and L.A. for the actor best known for playing J.R. Ewing in Dallas. He played the scheming oil tycoon on the popular television series beginning in 1978 through the '80s. He took up the character in a Dallas reboot 20 years later. His film roles include Fail-Safe, Nixon and Primary Colors, BBC reports.
R.I.P. Marty Richards
The producer and philanthropist died at 80. His Broadway credits include Chicago, Sweeney Todd, La Cage aux Folles, and Crimes of the Heart. His film credits include Chicago, The Boys From Brazil, Fort Apache, The Bronx, and the Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Deadline reports.