Ridley Scott is set to direct an 'Alien' prequel, Jerry Bruckheimer will produce an adaptation of the graphic novel 'World War Robot,' Judd Apatow signs a three-movie deal with Universal, and more of today's top movie headlines. Ridley Scott is set to return to the helm of the classic sci-fi franchise 'Alien' for the first time since directing the groundbreaking original 20 years ago. The Oscar-nominated director is attached to take the reins of an 'Alien' prequel that will predate the 1979 flick, in which the crew of a commercial towing spaceship responded to a distress signal and learned too late that it was meant to warn them of the murderous extraterrestrial on board. [Variety]
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has snagged the big-screen rights to the graphic novel 'World War Robot,' about a small band of humans and robots duking it out for survival on Earth, the moon and Mars. This one's got "Michael Bay" written all over it. [Variety]
'Funny' person Judd Apatow has inked a deal with Universal to write and direct three flicks for the studio, while maintaining the right to produce films for other studios. The deal comes just as Apatow's latest Universal flick, the Adam Sandler comedy 'Funny People,' laughs its way into theaters. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After scoring a hit with 'Juno' at the Toronto Film Festival two years ago, Jason Reitman is headed back to the festival with the premiere of his directorial follow-up 'Up in the Air.' Based on Walter Kirn's novel, the comedy stars George Clooney as a corporate downsizer obsessed with racking up 1 million frequent flier miles. [Variety]
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'Watchmen' star Billy Crudup has joined Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem in the romantic drama 'Eat, Pray, Love,' an adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir. Crudup will play Roberts' husband, with their crumbling relationship prompting her to set out on an international journey of self-discovery. [Variety]
'Dexter' star Michael C. Hall has signed on to headline the indie 'East Fifth Bliss,' about a 35-year-old whose life begins to unravel -- to hilarious effect -- when he embarks upon a relationship with the 18-year-old daughter of a former high-school classmate. [Variety]