Deals: Mel Gibson, Scarlett Johansson, Terrence Howard

10338__mel_l-Mel Gibson (yep, that’s him at left) will produce a miniseries based on a Dutch woman’s account of how she survived the Holocaust. ABC exec Quinn Taylor acknowledges that having the Passion director (whose father is an alleged Holocaust denier) aboard will generate controversy and publicity for the project, though Taylor tells the New York Times that Gibson won’t necessarily be promoting the miniseries himself. Or, in Taylor’s unfortunate turn of phrase, ”It doesn’t mean he’s going to be out there flogging it like he did Passion of the Christ.”

-Scarlett Johansson has taken her historical drama Napoleon and Betsy, in which she’ll play an English girl who falls for the exiled emperor, off the development shelf. No word on who’s playing Napoleon — Bill Murray? Colin Firth? Woody Allen?

-Terrence Howard will play Thurgood Marshall in The Crusaders, a drama about the landmark Brown school desegregation case, which future Justice Marshall successfully argued before the Supreme Court. To land the role, the Hustle & Flow star demonstrated his resemblance to Marshall by sending them a copy of a Time magazine cover depicting the legendary jurist, along with this EW cover from August featuring his own portrait. You’re welcome, Terrence.

-Indie production company Palm-Star options the movie rights to Bret Easton Ellis’ new autobiographical novel Lunar Park. Will the flimmakers cast Ellis as himself, or will they just let him design the website?

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  • Kimmie G

    I’m sorry, but put him in a suit and Mel looks exactly like Saddam Hussein.

  • Thad

    So over Mel. Move over, its time for Clooney-vision.

  • Angry Man

    I’m confused about Mel Gibson’s new movie. He did a pretty good job blaming the Jews for the death of Jesus in the Passion, but does he plan to blame the Jews for the Holocaust too?
    Er, not to imply that Mel is anti-semetic or anything…

  • kj

    not interesting in anything with mel’s name attached. he’s blown it forever. nice to try and mend fences with his token holocaust project…the damage is done.

  • brandonk

    Funniest quote ever…”flogging it!” Ha HA ha ha ha!

  • Leora Israel Zellman

    That’s excactly what I was thinking! It’s uncanny, he looks just like the fallen dick-tator Saddam.

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