The Casting Couch: April 17, 2006

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ELTON JOHN’S GNOMEO & JULIET
I think this story was circulating around a while back but since I didn’t report it I am now as Walt Disney Studios’ Miramax Films has struck a deal with Elton John’s Rocket Pictures to develop and produce Gnomeo & Juliet.

The film is a computer-animated musical based on William Shakespeare’s tragic romance. It was originally set up at Disney’s animation wing, but in lieu of the Pixar deal production was halted.

“I am very excited about working with Miramax,” John told THR, ” ‘Gnomeo’ is an edgy concept, and Miramax is the perfect home to push the envelope in animation.”

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

MTV AND PARAMOUNT ARE GETTING UP
Sean O’Keefe and Will Staples are set to adapt the video game Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure for MTV Films and Paramount Pictures.

The story centers on a young graffiti artist who goes on the run after discovering a dirty secret about government officials in his city.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

MACY IS ONE OF THE WILD HOGS

William H. Macy is set to star in Wild Hogs along with John Travolta, Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence for Touchstone Pictures and director Walt Becker.

The film revolves around a group of frustrated middle-age suburban biker wannabes who hit the open road in search of adventure only to encounter a real Hells Angels group.

Brad Copeland wrote the script with filming set to begin next month in New Mexico.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

UNIVERSAL IS IN THE HUNT
Lucas Sussman made a pitch for The Hunt and Universal jumped on it. The studio paid mid- against high-six figures for the horror thriller for Darren Aronofsky and Eric Watson to produce.

The story centers on the world’s greatest hunter, who sets out to capture the ultimate beast: the devil himself.

Sounds good to me.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

GUILLORY BACK FOR RESIDENT EVIL 3

I can now rest easily as Variety tells us the real beauty of the Resident Evil franchise is back for the third film in the series as Sienna Guillory will reprise her role as Jill Valentine in Resident Evil: Extinction.

The film will be directed by Russell Mulcahy from a screenplay by Paul W.S. Anderson.

Extinction will be set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with mutant zombies. The story is said to take place in the Nevada desert with the Aussie outback standing in for the American wasteland. In the final reel, the action will shift to Japan, setting up the fourth edition.

SOURCE: Variety

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