Hey kids. Hans here with some info on various projects in development that I’m kind of excited about right now.
Risky Biz Blog reports that Steve Conrad, of The Weather Man and The Pursuit of Happyness fame, has been contracted to write The Karate Kid remake. I’ve been low on this one from the second that I heard about it, but knowing that Conrad is on board gives me cause for some hope. The Weather Man is outstanding and the guy’s style seems perfectly suited to Karate Kid.
Stuart Beattie has always been one of my favorite screenwriters, with 30 Days of Night, Collateral and the first Pirates of the Caribbean to his credit. With this year’s G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra and last year’s Australia now to his credit, it looks like he’s moving up in the world as he has been contracted to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of the young adult novel Tomorrow, When the War Began says the Hollywood Reporter. Based on the first book in John Marsden’s late 90s series, the movie will follow the insurgency efforts of a band of teenagers fighting off invasion and occupation of their homeland. Feels like something Clint Eastwood would probably like, but I think Beattie’s got the stuff. He hasn’t let me down before (I’m forgiving about Derailed, shit happens).
And Paramount Pictures has apparently acquired an untitled film pitch about the world of Costa Rican online casinos for Leonardo DiCaprio to both produce and star in say the trades. Brian Koppleman and David Levien, the minds behind Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen and pretty much all other things gambling, came up with the idea. This could be very interesting. These guys know gambling like no one else, and DiCaprio in anything is going to be compelling, I don’t care if it is Revolutionary Road (which I watched again last night and am happy to report still sucks).
Anyway, check back later for some more news.