§ J. Michael Straczynski’s screenwriting career would seem to have taken a positive turn as Clint Eastwood may direct his CHANGELING script, and Angelina Jolie may star.
Jolie would play a woman whose son is abducted but retrieved; she suspects, however, that the returned child is not her kid. The woman must then confront corruption in the LAPD. Story is based on true events in 1920s Los Angeles.
§ Good news! Maggie Gyllenhaal is up for the role once played by Katie Holmes in the next Batman movie, Variety reports..
Maggie Gyllenhaal is in final talks to star opposite Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” the next installment in the revitalized Batman franchise. She’ll play the role of Rachel Dawes, played by Katie Holmes in “Batman Begins.” Holmes dropped out of the project earlier in the year.
Nolan is set to begin lensing in the late spring or early summer. Pic is eying a summer 2008 release.
§ Meanwhile, The SHAZAM movie is back in the news:
John August has been hired to pen “Shazam!” New Line Cinema’s adaptation of a DC Comics series featuring Captain Marvel. Peter Segal is attached to direct and also is producing with Michael Ewing.
Some fun quotes from the piece:
It’s a unique opportunity to do a comic book movie where the character in it actually read comic books,” said August, who has started writing the script. “What’s terrific about the character is that he looks like this superstudly superhero but is really a 13-year-old boy. And to approach everything that is great about a superhero movie from a 13-year-old boy’s perspective was a unique way in.”
August sat down with noted DC Comics writer Geoff Johns for “idiot checking,” making sure the filmmakers’ approach to the character was consistent with what fans love about him. “I think we’re going to be able to be really faithful to the mythology and yet make it completely transparent for people who have no idea who the character is,” August said.