George Clooney for The Birds remake?

 

According to original star Rod Taylor, Burn After Reading actor George Clooney is the main contender for the lead role in Platinum Dunes’ planned 2009 The Birds remake.

“I often cringe when I hear mention of remakes, but I’ll hold judgement, especially since I’ve been told Clooney’s the favourite.”

Based on a shot story by Daphne Du Maurier (Rebecca), the original movie is of course one of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous and tells of birds developing a hostile attitude towards humans. The film is to be helmed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and also stars Naomi Watts (Funny Games).

Fun Fact: The Hitchcock film received an apparently horrible sequel in 1994, The Birds II: Land’s End directed by Rick Rosenthal (Halloween II and Halloween: Resurrection) who chose to be credited as the infamous Alan Smithee and featuring original lead Tippi Hedren in a different role for some reason.

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Sex And The Animal Kingdom

Summit Entertainment has hired writing duo Julia Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky (several episodes of Sex And The City) to adapt the non-fiction book Kicked, Bitten And Scratched for the big screen.

The company has signed on for the romantic comedy “Kicked, Bitten and Scratched,” a story about love and the animal kingdom based on Amy Sutherland’s eponymous book about how she learned more about how to deal with a husband or boyfriend from an exotic-animal training course than she could from any therapist. Her research also gave rise to “What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage,” a New York Times op-ed article that became an online sensation in 2006.

An earlier version of the script was written by newcomers Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso and Naomi Watts (Funny Games) was attached to the film back in March.

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Various movie announcements: Book Of Shadows, Oranges and My Name Is Jody Williams

Rob Reiner (The Bucket List) will direct the action/adventure Book Of Shadows, written by newcomer Zoe Green

The story follows a young man who must embark on the perilous journey of first love and face many trials of maturity while on the dangerous quest to close a mythical tome called “Book of Shadows” in order to restore balance to the world.

Reiner was in a general meeting with Green and told her of an idea on which he had been working. Green picked up on that and ran with it, fleshing it out.

Newcomers Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer are writing a comedic drama titled Oranges.

The project, which a number of directors are circling, focuses on a man who has a romantic relationship with the daughter of a family friend, turning the lives of the man and the family upside down. [Anthony] Bregman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) will produce via his A Likely Story banner.

One person familiar with the project called it ” ‘American Beauty’ if ‘American Beauty’ had more comedy.”

Naomi Watts (Funny Games) is in final talks for the lead in My Name Is Jody Williams, from writer/director Audrey Wells (Under The Tuscan Sun).

The screenplay by Wells tells the true story of Jody Williams, a strong-willed teacher working for a temporary employment agency who left her life in Washington to pursue an unlikely career in global activism. Almost a decade and a half later, Williams was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for leading an international campaign to eradicate land mines.

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New Trailer: The International

The International is a forthcoming thriller helmed by German director Tom Tykwer (Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer) and written by newcomer Eric Singer. It stars Clive Owen (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Naomi Watts (Funny Games) and Ulrich Thomsen (Hitman).

The movie has a righteous Interpol agent going against a big banking corporation involved in arms dealing. It will premiere in Germany and the US early February 2009.

While I wasn’t blown away by it, and despite the fact it inexplicably uses footage from Ghost Rider, this is a pretty decent trailer. Also, Tom Tykwer is a very interesting director and frankly, Clive Owen is reason enough to watch. Finally, is it just me or are parts of this trailer extremely similar to Quantum Of Solace‘s?