News Bits: The Tourist, Wanted Sequel, The Living

After lots of fits and starts, and a star or two falling by the wayside, Spyglass is getting some traction on their “The Tourist”, a remake of the French film “Anthony Zimmer”. Besides swapping Angelina Jolie for Charlize Theron (an upgrade, in my opinion), the studio now has a new name for the director’s chair: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Von Donnersmarck is an Academy Award winning director (his “The Lives of Others” won the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2006), and had to be first approved by Jolie before Spyglass would even approach him.

With a star and possible director onboard, the movie is now on schedule for a 2011 release. Unfortunately for all of you waiting for a “Wanted” sequel, that means Jolie will be a tad busy, as she’ll be making “Tourist” her next movie after wrapping the spy thriller “Salt”. “Wanted 2” will just have to wait.

Sam Worthington will co-star in “Tourist” as a clueless American tourist who gets used by Jolie’s Interpol agent to track down her ex-lover, now a wanted criminal type.

Meanwhile, in supernatural movie news…

Lakeshore Entertainment has tapped director Scott Derrickson (“The Day the Earth Stood Still” remake) to direct the supernatural thriller “The Living”, based on a pitch by Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman, who will produce the movie. Derrickson is no stranger to horror; he also directed the horror movie “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” in 2005 for Lakeshore; that film went on to gross $145 million worldwide.

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