X-Men courtesy 20th Century Fox
Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) has been tapped to direct Wolverine, the X-Men prequel chronicling the origins of Hugh Jackman's character. David Benioff penned the screenplay.... Also per the Hollywood Reporter, Knocked Up's Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg are in final talks to cowrite and coproduce a big-screen take on The Green Hornet, with Rogen playing the lead. Yeah, you read that last part right.... Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Alan Rickman and Chris Pine are in for some Bottle Shock, an indie drama about the birth of the Napa Valley wine biz.
Columbia Pictures, which has Spider-Man 3 swinging into theaters on May 4, has its eye on a new "bug": the Green Hornet, which was created by the Lone Ranger's Fran Striker and George Trendle and finds millionaire Brit Reid moonlighting as a masked crime fighter.The Green Hornet originated as a '30s radio serial and was once a TV series starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee (as sidekick Kato). The property, says Variety, had previously been eyed by Universal and Miramax, with Kevin Smith developing it for 'Max a few years ago, but Sony-based Neal H. Moritz (an executive producer on Prison Break) has emerged as the guy to actually shepherd the feature franchise. Kato and the Green Hornet, Moritz tells Variety, "are my favorite crime-fighting duo." (No offense, Linc and Michael.)