In Development: Stiller with Baumbach, Sonnenfeld’s “Files,” and “Losers” in a “World Without Us.”

Posted on 02 April 2009 by Quaid

Hi all.  Quaid here with four fun little (and big) projects worth a quick mention.

stillerFirst up, production has just begun on an untitled Noah Baumbach feature starring Ben Stiller.  Baumback is best known for the  2005 feature The Squid and the Whale which he wrote and directed.  The screenplay for that one was nominated for an Oscar.  The story for this untitled project revolves around Stiller’s character housesitting for his brother and being drawn into an unlikely romance.

Barry Sonnenfeld (of Men in Black fame) is attached to direct The Spellman Files.  It will be based on the book about a private eye balancing work with his personal life and dating (this according to Variety).  This will be Sonnenfeld’s first turn behind the camera for a feature film since 2006′s disappointment, RV.

Warner Brothers is looking to adapt the little known comic book “The Losers” into a feature film.  So far, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen’s Comedian), Idris Elba and Zoe Saldana are in talks to star.  The movie is an “action film, which follows a Special Forces team betrayed by its handler and left for dead. The “losers” regroup in the interest of revenge, the opportunity to remove their names from a secret CIA death list and to conduct covert operations against the CIA and its interests.”

worldwithoutusFinally, the directing/producing team behind I am Legend have rounded up their next project…and wouldn’t you know, it’s about the end of the world!  The film will be based on the Alan Weisman book entitled “The World Without Us.”  Here’s what the Hollywood Reporter had to say:

“The book, a best-seller and a critical favorite, took on the idea of life on Earth if humans were suddenly to disappear. The book explored how edifices and houses would deteriorate, how long and which man-made objects would linger and last, the environmental impact nuclear waste and other pollutants would have left unchecked and how nature would spread over built environments.

Fox is not aiming to make a documentary but rather a fictional feature buttressed by the book’s science. It would, for example, show an event that would lead to man’s disappearance.”

Hmmm….sounds like it isn’t really based on the book at all, then.  More like someone just wanted to use the title…

That’s all I got for now.  Thanks for the memories.                           

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