• 11.jpgOlivier Martinez (Unfaithful) and Agnes Bruckner (Blue Car, Stateside) have signed on to star in Blood and Chocolate for MGM/Lakeshore, based on Annette Curtis Klause's novel about a teenage werewolf who has spent her life in hiding. She must choose between her love for a human and her family. Ehren Kruger (The Ring series, Scream 3) did the screenplay adaption, Katja von Garnier (Iron Jawed Angels) is set to direct.
  • The temporarily-titled Iraqi Convoy Project has been greenlit by Warner Independent with Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace) set to direct his own screenplay. The story involves American truckers who have "made a one-year commitment to drive goods for US contractors through the Iraqi war zone because of financial hardships back home."
  • Nickelodeon and Paramount have picked up the comedy Camp Couture, starring Emma Roberts (tv's Unfabulous), and written by Ian Southwood based on an idea by Roberts' mother. It's a fish-out-of-water story following a spoiled, trendy teen who is forced by her parents to go to a regular camp instead of the "famed elite fashion camp known as Camp Couture."
  • Xzibit (XXX: State of the Union, 8 mile) is in final negotiations to join Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Gridiron Gang. Inspired by a 1993 documentary, Gang follows a probation officer (Johnson) who forms a football team of juvenile inmates. Jeff Maguire (Timeline) wrote the screenplay and Phil Joanou (Entropy) is directing.
  • The California Attorney General's Office has renewed its investigation into the booking practices of the Bay Area-based theater chain, Century Theatres. Cinema Palme d'Or is charging that Century is using its circuit size to force distributors to keep films out of the Palme d'Or in favor of the nearby Century Theatres at the River.
  • Warner Independent has acquired Spring Break in Bosnia, a dark comedy thriller following two journalists on vacation in Bosnia, who accidentally almost capture the world's most-wanted war criminal and "discover why the U.S. government doesn't really want to catch the bad guys after all." Richard Shepard (The Matador) is going to write and direct.
  • Critterpix Studios has found $2.1 million in private financing to produce the best-selling children's book Ollie the Otter.
  • Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth is set to star in Barry Sonnenfeld's RV alongside Robin Williams. The comedy follows a man and his dysfunctional family who rent an RV and head for the Rockies.
  • Revolution Studios, whose current agreement with Sony Pictures expires at the end of next year, has started new negotiations with the mega-conglomerate; they are expected to extend the pact.
  • Lions Gate plans to ditch its Canadian distribution arm to reduce its overhead.
  • Fandango.com extended its contract with Loews Theaters through 2011.
  • It's All Gone Pete Tong and Victoria Para Chino picked up jury and audience awards at the Gen Art film festival.
 
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