Darren Aronofsky is keeping his Wolverine movie simple — at least its title. The Black Swan director told HitFix.com that his X-men film is officially called The Wolverine, and that fans shouldn’t expect a traditional sequel, referring to it as a “one-off.”
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Iconic Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis died at age 91 in Beverly Hills, reports Bloomberg. After building a career in his native Italy (where he produced hits like Federico Fellini’s 1957 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner La Strada), De Laurentiis came to Hollywood and earned a reputation for packaging big-budget spectacles like Three Days of the Condor (1975), Conan the Barbarian (1982), and Dune (1984). Although he never took home a Best Picture Oscar, De Laurentiis did receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy in 2001. He is survived by relatives including his granddaughter, celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis.
Iron Man director Jon Favreau is negotiating with Walt Disney Studios to helm Magic Kingdom, a Night-at-the-Museum-esque movie about the rides at Disney’s iconic theme park coming to life. Favreau will reportedly shelve a script penned by Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica), and develop the project with a new, as-yet unnamed writer. [Variety]
Channing Tatum is circling Sony’s movie remake of 21 Jump Street, according to Deadline. Jonah Hill has already committed to star, based on a story he conceived with Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs the World), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who co-directed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) are set to direct.
Roland Emmerich’s low-budget sci-fi movie The Zone has been shut down for unspecified reasons. The $5 million alien invasion movie was going to revolve around found-footage — similar to Cloverfield — and be cast with relative unknowns. It was to start shooting next week and cast members were in the midst of rehearsals. The Hollywood Reporter speculates that one of the causes might be a recent Weinstein Co. screenplay, the similarly-themed found-footage Apollo 18, which is set to be released in March, right before The Zone was due to debut. [HR]
Robert De Niro, two-time Oscar winner and the man who portrayed such indelible big-screen characters as the young Don Corleone, Travis Bickle, and Jake La Motta, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at next year’s Golden Globes. The honor was announced today by Kevin Spacey. The award will be presented to De Niro at the 68th annual Golden Globes on Jan. 16. Previous winners include Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino, Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg, and last year’s recipient (and frequent De Niro collaborator) Martin Scorsese.
Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank and Ashton Kutcher are reportedly circling lead roles in the ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, Garry Marshall’s planned follow-up to Valentine’s Day. Like its predecessor, New Year’s Eve will feature a patchwork of intertwining stories about New Yorkers navigating their romantic lives before the clock strikes twelve. Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin have already come aboard the production that is looking to start shooting this December in New York.
Deadline reports Tangled screenwriter Dan Fogelman will pocket $3 million to helm Imagine, starring Steve Carell as the long-lost son of a 60-something musician who decides to change his life after reading an old letter from John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Fogelman also wrote the script for Imagine. This will be his second collaboration with Carell — the writer-director penned the script for Carell’s Crazy, Stupid, Love, which hits theaters in April 2011.
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