James Franco Wants to Direct ‘American Tabloid’

By: Phil Pirrello / January 23, 2013

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James Franco refuses to let one news cycle go by without letting us know he’s out there. The busy actor/writer/director/soap opera villain is interested in directing and starring in adaptation of James Ellroy’s American Tabloid. “It’s not all put together yet,” Franco told MTV on Tuesday. “It’s still early. You’re getting the scoop.” Tabloid follows a five-year span in the lives of three law enforcement officers, from 1958 to 1963, culminating in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. If Franco can do for this story what Ben Affleck did for Argo, we’re in. [MTV]

Classic Hollywood: The filmmakers behind Journey 2: The Mysterious Island are turning a popular internet meme into a movie.

Journey 2’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will produce and potentially star in the film Teddy Bear, which is based on an illustration depicting a sword-wielding teddy bear defending a young girl from a monster. The story is being kept top-secret, but it’s expected to be a franchise-starter. We just hope this leads to an eventual crossover team-up with Ted. [The Hollywood Reporter]

HBO’s Bored to Death is the latest TV series to pull a Lazarus act. After months of rumors, HBO Films has officially announced development on a Bored feature film. Series stars Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis are expected to reprise their roles in the film, which, like the series, will center on Schwartzman’s amateur sleuth character. [Deadline]

The Dilemma put Ron Howard in Movie Jail, and now he’s looking to author Neil Gaiman to break him out. The Apollo 13 director is in talks to helm a live-action adaptation of Gaiman’s novel, The Graveyard Book, for Disney. The story centers on a young boy who, when his parents are killed, is raised by ghosts in a cemetery. As a teenager, the boy finds himself on the run from his parents’ killer. Howard is expected to tackle Graveyard once he completes post on Rush, his Formula-One racing drama due September 20. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s David Fincher is looking at another bestselling novel to adapt. Fincher is reportedly in talks to helm a big-screen version of Gone Girl, based on the book by Gillian FlynnGirl is a twisted thriller revolving around the disappearance of a woman on her fifth wedding anniversary. The only thing that could make us more excited for this movie is if producer Reese Witherspoon signs on to play the missing wife. [Variety]

Marvel Studios is looking at two unlikely actors for possible roles for the sci-fi heavy Guardians of the Galaxy: Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler. Wait, what? According to a Tuesday post on the website Latino Review, which has quite the track record when it comes to Marvel scoops, the studio is checking the stars’ availability to board the James Gunn-directed movie. Guardians centers on a unique band of space-set heroes, including a talking tree. Word ‘round the campfire is that Carrey and Sandler are most likely in the running to voice the team’s most popular character, the gun-toting Rocket Raccoon. We’ll see how this all pans out when Guardians lands in theaters August 1, 2014. [Latino Review]

Which movie do you want to see the most: The Rock’s Teddy Bear project, Fincher’s Gone Girl or the one where Jim Carrey voices an intergalactic raccoon? Watch the trailer for The Rock’s latest, GI Joe: Retaliation, then chime in below. 

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