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Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) has been tapped to reimagine The Crow, the 1994 flick based on the cult-classic comic book.

Harrison Ford has signed on to star in J.J. Abrams’ latest project, Morning Glory, a comedy about an ailing morning news show in chaos. Rachel McAdams is in talks to sign on as an aspiring producer who tries to temper the storm of feuding anchors and set the show straight. Ford will play one of the newsmen in question. Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill) will direct the film, while Abrams and fellow Lost and Fringe chief Bryan Burk are producing.

House regular Olivia Wilde has been tapped for the female lead in Disney’s Tron sequel, dubbed TR2N, which will also see Jeff Bridges back in the role he originated in the 1982 original. In theaters in 2011.

Director Seth Gordon has signed on to direct Mr. Romance for New Regency. The film will be a male-driven romantic comedy about the real-life Mr. Romance event, which aims to find guys to grace the covers of bodice-ripping romance novels. Mr. Romance, the film, will follow an ordinary guy who enters the contest in order to win back the love of his life. Jeff Roda will write the script based on upon a GQ article written by Joshuah Bearman. Bearman was a co-producer on Gordon’s breakthrough documentary, King Of Kong, with which he got involved after writing an article on the movie for Harper’s.

Big Vision Entertainment has acquired the rights to comedy duo Cheech and Chong’s library and plans to make Cheech & Chong’s Smokin’ Animated Movie, a feature-length ‘toon comprising some of their more memorable routines.

Reported by Variety, Witherspoon has been cast as one of three main characters in James L Brooks’ upcoming film How Do You Know?, which will begin shooting in March for Columbia Pictures. Brooks’ past films include 2004’s Spanglish, 1997’s As Good as it Gets and Terms of Endearment, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1983. Additionally, Witherspoon will be lending her voice to the main character of Dreamworks Animation’s upcoming Monsters Vs Aliens. Due out in early Spring, Witherspoon will play Susan Murphy, a young girl who turns into a super-monster named Ginormica and is tasked with saving the world after being struck by a meteorite. Witherspoon has also signed on to star in an as-yet untitled romantic comedy alongside Ben Stiller for Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire director Cameron Crowe. Filming is expected to begin in July.

Brittany Robertson (From Within) is set to star in Light Years, a family dramedy helmed by Gary Fleder about an adopted 15-year-old girl (Robertson) who tracks down and reconnects with her birth parents, a morning radio-show host for a mother and an immature bar owner father.

According to WENN Filmmakers are planning a movie adaptation of Nancy Horan’s novel about Frank Lloyd Wright titled Loving Frank, and have hired Reservation Road writer John Burnham Schwartz to pen a screenplay. The story will centre around Wright’s relationship with Chicago society queen Mamah Borthwick Cheney, leading up to her murder, when a servant set fire to the couple’s Wisconsin home in 1914.

Dimension Films has signed rocker turned director Rob Zombie for a sequel to his 2007 remake/prequel/reboot Halloween. The second installment in the new series, simply called H2, will not be a redo of Halloween II. Nor will it have any relation to Halloween H20, the seventh in the original franchise. Variety says Zombie hopes to rush the movie into production in March for a possible October 2009 release.

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