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According to E! Green Lantern, about the ring-bearing Justice League of America member of DC Comics fame, is in the script stages. No cast or director has yet been announced.

Brothers & Sisters star Dave Annable will join American Idol alum Katharine McPhee in Wedlocked. Per the Hollywood Reporter, the romantic comedy will center on a pet photographer who is forced into honeymooning with a mobster’s daughter, who herself is seeking to gain American citizenship. Filming begins in Hawaii next month.

Matt Damon has attached himself to The Adjustment Bureau, a sci-fi flick based on a Philip K. Dick short story, which is currently being pitched to studios around Hollywood, with shooting to begin before the end of the summer.

Several studios were bidding Tuesday on B Team, an Adam McKay directed action comedy that casts Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as cops, with Chris Henchy writing the script.

Ellen Barkin, Famke Janssen and the Cesar-nominated Marc Andre Grondin are joining forces on The Chameleon. Per the Hollywood Reporter, the psychological thriller chronicles the reunion of a previously missing young man and his family, who grow suspicious over whether the man is actually who they think he is. The real-life drama is based on Frederic Bourdin, who assumed 39 identities over his lifetime, three of them missing teens.

Keri Russell is set to star alongside leading men Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford in The Untitled Crowley Project. The film, based on a true story, centers on Aileen Crowley, a wife and mother who seeks to provide a normal home for her children, who both suffer from rare genetic disorders, while her husband and an unconventional scientist race to find a cure. Filming begins April 6.

Dreamworks Animation’s net income fell 45% to $52 million and revenue dropped 31% to about $200 million last quarter. But box office was booming and DWA’s homevideo sales were robust, execs said, making 2008 “the most successful non-Shrek year in our history,” according to chief financial officer Lew Coleman.

Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd are set to star with Reese Witherspoon in an untitled romantic comedy from As Good As It Gets helmer James L. Brooks. The plot reportedly centers on a love triangle between a baseball pitcher (Wilson) and a businessman (Rudd) trying to win the love of Witherspoon’s character. Filming begins this summer.

Per Variety Columbia has set Michel Gondry to direct The Green Hornet, and the studio has set a June 25, 2010, release date for the film. Seth Rogen plays the title character, and Stephen Chow will play his sidekick, Kato. Rogen wrote the script with Evan Goldberg. Neal Moritz is producing through is Original Film banner. Gondry, best known for far-out fare like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep and Human Nature, brings an unusual sensibility to what will be the most overtly commercial film of his career.

The DVD for Iron Man helped more than double Marvel Entertainment’s fourth-quarter profits, pumping nearly $136 million into its coffers. Marvel’s film arm alone generated $255 million in revenue in 2008 for the comicbook company thanks to last summer’s Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, its first self-financed and -produced pics. It didn’t record any earnings for its film division in previous years because most of the grosses of pics like the Spider-Man and X-Men franchises were collected by studios as part of licensing deals.

Universal has attached Gore Verbinski to develop Clue, a live-action murder mystery based on the Hasbro board game that he would direct. Verbinski will produce through his U-based Blind Wink banner, along with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir, who also have an overall deal at the studio.

Melissa Leo has joined the cast of indie drama Betty Ann Waters alongside Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell.

Warner Bros. has acquired screen rights to The Lonely Dog, a limited-edition book of paintings done by Queenstown artist Ivan Clarke. The studio will turn the dog tale into a CG animated film. Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster will produce through Goldsman’s WB-based Weed Road banner.

Sources:
E!
IMDB
THR
Variety

25. February 2009 by Edward
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