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Excess Hollywood: Warner Bros. nabs rights to Brad Thor series

  • Warner Bros. has acquired rights to Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath novels. The thrillers surround Harvath, a former Navy SEAL who investigates terrorism threats. Thor’s The Lions of Lucerne will likely be developed first by the studio, which hopes to make films akin to the Jason Bourne franchise. Hey, we hear a certain actor is available! [Variety]
  • Rob Thomas, Veronica Mars and Party Down creator, will pen Fox’s Little In Common, about three families who meet through their children’s sports leagues. Who’s already setting their DVRs? [Deadline]
  • Don’t shake your TV screens: Disney has ordered Ant Farm, a live-action series about a middle school musical prodigy who is accepted to the Accelerated Natural Talent (ANT) program. [THR]
  • Working Title is developing a film that will star a present-day Merlin. Please tell me that’s not David Blaine. [THR]
  • Cliff Chamberlain, a Chicago theater actor, has been cast alongside Ana Ortiz in Fox’s Outnumbered pilot, about a pair of exhausted parents. [Deadline]
  • Deadwood proved he can draw. But now he’s got Luck too: W. Earl Brown will play a trainer in several episodes of HBO’s horse racing series. [Variety]
  • Ralph and Joan Singleton have acquired rights to Kathy Charles’ book John Belushi is Dead, which centers on a “pink-haired” woman who delves into some of Hollywood’s most notorious deaths. [Variety]
  • Fox 2000 has picked up Julianna Baggott’s dystopian novel Pure, the first book in a trilogy about a cataclysmic event that separates the world into two different groups: those who have been “scarred,” and those who remain “Pure.” Is this the cataclysmic event? Because I’m still scarred. [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: Harvey Fierstein joins Broadway's 'La Cage Aux Folles'

  • Harvey Fierstein is joining the cast of Broadway’s La Cage Aux Folles, according to a press release from the production. The Tony Award-winner will star as Albin. Appropriate, since Fierstein wrote the book on La Cage Aux Folles. No, really, he did.
  • In other, sadder stage news, the producers of Next To Normal announced via press release that the Broadway show will play its final performance Jan. 16, 2011.
  • Bette Midler is set to star in a 70-minute New Year’s Eve special called Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On. Not when it comes to this one. [Variety]
  • Kevin Spacey confirmed with EW reporter Carrie Bell that he will both produce and act in the cult-centric The Crux, which is currently on HBO’s development slate. “I just don’t know when it’s going to start,” he said about the series, which, apparently, is not based on a specific cult. “It is … paying attention to what particular people are doing, either individuals or groups, that either call themselves a cult or are accused of being a cult.” Do Bieber fans count?
  • Cary Elwes, Adelaide Clemens, Samantha Mathis, and Gregg Sulkin will appear in the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s Camilla Dickinson, which follows a girl who watches her parents’ marriage crumble. But then she watches Saw and realizes it all could be much, much worse. [THR]
  • Army Wives‘ Catherine Bell will star in Close Quarters, a Lifetime thriller telefilm about a special-ops agent-turned-suburban mom. (So, essentially, her character is her series’ name squeezed together.) Anthony Michael Hall will play her husband, while Mekhi Phifer will co-star as another agent. [Deadline]
  • The Tony Awards are movin’ on up… to the West side: The ceremony will relocate from Radio City Music Hall to the Beacon Theatre in New York City. [AP]
  • CBS is going straight to the The Wild Wild West: The network will reboot the old series with former CSI executive director Naren Shankar and Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ron Moore at the helm. [Deadline]
  • Broadway’s Catch Me If You Can has grabbed hold of a cast: The producers of the musical stage adaptation announced its cast today: Norbert Leo Butz as Carl Hanratty, Aaron Tveit as Frank Abagnale, Jr., Tom Wopat as Frank Abagnale, Sr., and Kerry Butler as Brenda Strong. Be sure to catch it: Previews will begin March 7, 2011 on Broadway.
  • Screen Media announced via press release that it has acquired White Irish Drinkers, a coming-of-age film about me two 1970s-era teenagers’ relationship with their father (played by Stephen Lang).
  • Paladin has picked up A Love Affair of Sorts, David Guy Levy’s film shot entirely with a Flip camera. Does that mean the film is entirely made up of funny cat footage and Parkour? If so, then I’m IN. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Patrick Fugit joins 'We Bought a Zoo'

  • Almost Famous reunion alert! Patrick Fugit has been cast alongside Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo. Fugit’s role in the film is being kept under wraps. [THR]
  • More in reunion news: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip co-stars Steven Weber and D.L. Hughley are set to topline Allan Loeb’s TNT pilot about a widowed detective (played by Weber), and his newlywed partner (Hughley). [Deadline]
  • The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock is set to direct Electric Boy Genius, a film based on a GQ article about an electrical engineering prodigy. He’s electric! [Deadline]
  • What’s more terrifying than running with scissors? Walking With Dinosaurs 3D, BBC Earth’s $65 million prehistoric family movie that has been acquired by Twentieth Century Fox. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: 'The Comeback' acquired by Sundance Channel

  • Well, the Sundance Channel has got it: The network has acquired rights to the first — and only — season of HBO’s dearly departed comedy The Comeback. We do want to see that! [Deadline]
  • Bruce Willis is negotiating to star alongside Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in Step Up Set Up, an action film about friends who find themselves in the middle of a krump battle diamond heist. [Variety]
  • Looks like David Mamet’s Life in the Theater is, well, short-lived: The play, which stars Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight, will close on Broadway Nov. 25, five weeks before its planned end date. [Broadway.com]
  • Camilla Bell is in talks to star with Ryan Kwanten in Zebras, a based-on-a-true-story drama about a music producer who leads a soccer team made up of a group of impoverished South African players. [Variety]
  • FilmDistrict announced via press release that they have acquired rights to Lockout, a sci-fi film starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace about an ex-government agent who must save the President’s daughter from maximum security convicts rioting at a prison. Easy: Channel their rage through choreography.
  • Maya Entertainment will produce and distribute The Jesuit, according to a press release. The action film, starring Michelle Rodriguez, Willem Dafoe, Paz Vega, and Manolo Cardona, follows a ex-prisoner looking to avenge his wife’s death and son’s kidnapping.

Excess Hollywood: Aaron Eckhart is an 'Expatriate'

  • Aaron Eckhart has been tapped to topline The Expatriate, an action flick about an ex-CIA agent who tries to save himself, his power chin, and his 15-year-old daughter from danger. [Variety]
  • Joan Allen will join HBO’s Luck — starring Dustin Hoffman — for a multi-episode arc. In the series, centered on the world of horse racing, Allen will play the head of a program that allows prison inmates to help injured horses. Hopefully not the inmate who did this. [Deadline]
  • Bravo has ordered Rocco’s Dinner Party, a new reality series in which chef Rocco DiSpirito will crown one of four aspiring chefs the champion of each episode after sampling their dishes at a private dinner party. [THR]
  • Pick up your Booty Sweat and toast this Tropic Thunder reunion: HBO has picked up a 30-minute comedy — executive produced by Ben Stiller and Paul Simms — which will star Tropic Thunder co-writer Justin Theroux and Tropic Thunder star Steve Coogan. In the pilot, Theroux plays a documentary filmmaker who chronicles a not-so-talented filmmaker’s return to documentary work. [Deadline]
  • Maya Entertainment announced via press release that it has acquired rights to Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious, about a “newly paralyzed DJ who gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.”
  • Cue the hijinks: Fox has picked up a comedy from Meet the Parents writer John Hamburg about a newly single father and son who decide to become roommates. [Deadline]
  • Relativity Media announced today via press release that it has nabbed rights to Michael Drosnin’s Bible Code series, about a “3,000-year-old code in the Bible found by a top Israeli scientist and confirmed by a senior code breaker at the U.S. National Security Agency … [that] reveals momentous historical events, and predicts the future.” Apparently, the code has predicted President Obama’s election, among other events. So why didn’t it warn us of this?
  • The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to Santa’s Apprentice. Best scene: When Vixen calls Prancer a “whore pit viper” while they serve hot dogs for charity. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: USA orders three new pilots

  • USA is gambling on three projects: Eden, which follows a hotel concierge, Wild Card, centered on two Las Vegas lawyers, and Over/Under, about a former day trader with gambling troubles. [Deadline]
  • HBO is developing a comedy starring Molly Shannon as a Catholic nun who decides to confront life, and dating, outside the convent. This might prove to be traumatizing. [Deadline]
  • Parminder Nagra, Noel Fielding, and Prunella Scales have joined the cast of Horrid Henry: The Movie. Exciting news? Oh, I know! [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie voicing 'Arthur Christmas'

  • James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Ashley Jensen have all signed on to voice Arthur Christmas, a 3-D animated film about the son of Santa, who must save Christmas, hopefully from bad puns. [Variety]
  • The new Ugly Betty? ABC has picked up Los Roldan, a telenovela adaptation from Salma Hayek about a poor man who is hired to run an affluent woman’s company after he saves her life. [Variety]
  • IFC plans to re-release Holocaust documentary Shoah 25 years after it was first released. [The Wrap]
  • Christian Slater will star in Rites of Passage alongside Stephen Dorff, Wes Bentley, and Mate Maberly. The indie thriller follows “an anthropology bookworm who laments his place in a society that lacks a ceremony to mark his transition into manhood and leads his hard-partying, stressed-out classmates to his family’s abandoned ranch — where his brother lives in a psychotic world of drugs, guilt, and Chumash Indian rituals.” This sounds like the weirdest episode of My Super Sweet 16 ever. [Variety]
  • Grey’s Anatomy producer Mark Gordon is set to develop One Police Plaza — about New York City’s first female commissioner — for ABC. We’ve got her Mclove interest. [Deadline]
  • Speaking of Slater, the actor will reunite with True Romance co-star Christopher Walken in The Power of Few, about a woman who gets caught up in a global plot when she’s asked to transport a special package. (Click here.) [The Wrap]
  • Nahnatchka Kahn — the executive producer of American Dad — will co-write TV relationship series Dealbreaker, based on the book and blog by Dave Horwitz and Marisa Pinson. Apparently, the project is not at all related to 30 Rock‘s “Dealbreaker” plotline, which makes us cry from our mouths. [Deadline]

Snow White is slowly taking over Hollywood

snow-whiteImage Credit: Walt DisneyToday’s Wrap reports reveals that Relativity Media has made a deal with director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) to direct a 3-D adaptation of the Brother Grimm’s beloved fairy tale Snow White. Production on the film — described as “an edgy, modernized re-imagining” — is slated to begin in March. Sources say that Relativity is hot to cast do-no-wrong Natalie Portman, while Singh is curious about the power of casting an unknown, à la Tim Burton’s tapping of Mia Wasikowska for Alice in Wonderland. READ FULL STORY

Excess Hollywood: ABC picks up Taye Diggs adoption drama

  • A Match made in heaven? ABC has picked up Match, a drama produced by Taye Diggs about “the ethically complex world of adoption.” [THR]
  • Eugene Levy and Martin Starr will team up for a CBS project that will hopefully not be another Bionic Woman reboot. [THR]
  • CBS has nabbed a Rob Schneider-starring family comedy, which follows a man who marries into a large Mexican-American family. The plot is inspired by Schneider’s own life, much like The Animal. [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: Judd Apatow's next film expected in 2012

  • Expect the next Judd Apatow film in two summers, fellow freaks and geeks: Universal announced the director’s upcoming unknown comedic venture will hit theaters June 1, 2012. [Deadline]
  • Speaking of Apatow, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, and Allison Williams — a.k.a. Brian Williams’ daughter — have been cast in an HBO comedy pilot executive produced by the director. The pilot follows three 20-somethings in New York. I can’t wait to write about it in Brian’s Diaries. [Deadline]
  • Vh1 has greenlit a reality series set in West Hollywood’s Saddle Ranch Chop House, a restaurant known for its reality star clientele and a mechanical bull. The real protagonists of the series? Saddle Ranch’s janitors. [THR]

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