Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell and Jonah Hill play superheroes in 'Oobermind,' 'White Chicks' gets a sequel, Sony hires a scribe for 'Spider-Man 5' AND 'Spider-Man 6,' and more of today's top movie headlines. Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell and Jonah Hill are set to play superheroes in DreamWorks' animated comedy 'Oobermind.' Ferrell replaces Robert Downey Jr. as the titular supervillain, who defeats his good-guy rival Metro Man (Pitt) only to find his life boring without a nemesis. To alleviate the ennui, he creates a new adversary named Titan (Hill), who also wants to be a bad guy -- forcing Oobermind to swap sides. Tina Fey is already on board as a reporter trying to keep track of her city's super-confusing superhero situation. [Variety]
The Wayans Brothers sure do love their 'White Chicks.' The comedic bros are set to cross-dress their way to the big screen in a sequel to 2004's surprise comedy hit, which starred Marlon and Shawn Wayans as sibling FBI agents who go undercover as, well, white chicks. Their brother Keenen Ivory will direct, and all three Wayanses are co-writing the script. [The Hollywood Reporter]
'Spider-Man 4' hasn't even begun filming, and Sony has already tapped James Vanderbilt to write 'Spider-Man 5' AND 'Spider-Man 6.' Vanderbilt wrote the first draft of 'Spider-Man 4,' but director Sam Raimi brought in playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and Gary Ross to rewrite it. Vanderbilt's idea will now be used for the fifth and sixth installments, which will feature an interconnected plot and could film back-to-back. [Variety]
'District 9' blasted off at the box office this weekend with a $37 million debut -- impressive for an R-rated sc-fi movie with a rookie director and no big stars. The film wrestled the No. 1 spot away from last week's victor 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,' which finished second with $22.5 million. 'The Time Traveler's Wife' was No. 3 with $19.2 million. [PopEater]
'The Graduate' director Mike Nichols has signed on to helm 'Deep Water,' an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1957 novel. The book centers on a couple stuck in a loveless marriage who make an arrangement whereby the wife can take lovers -- but things begin to get a wee bit tense when those lovers begin dropping dead. Coincidence? We think not. [Variety]
James Woods, Dominic Purcell and Willa Holland have joined the cast of Rod Lurie's 'Straw Dogs' remake. The film revolves around a Hollywood screenwriter (James Marsden) who travels with his wife (Kate Bosworth) to her Mississippi hometown, where things get dicey (and violent) when her ex-boyfriend (Alxander Skarsgard) tries to win her back. [Variety]
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Warner Bros. has hired Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan to write a new movie based on George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel 'Brewster's Millions.' The book tells the story of a man who inherits $1M from his grandfather. But when his rich uncle who hated the grandfather also passes away, the will leaves the man $7 million -- if he spends ever penny of the grandfather's inheritance in one year and ends up with zero assets to show for it. This marks the eighth time an incarnation of the book has headed for the big screen, the most recent a 1985 comedy starring Richard Pryor and John Candy. [The Hollywood Reporter]