'Hancock' sequel hires writers, Elizabeth Banks joins Russell Crowe for 'The Next Three Days,' Channing Tatum enlists in 'The Eagle of the Ninth,' and more of today's top movie headlines. 'Hancock 2' is gaining momentum. Sony has hired Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzarahe to write the sequel to last summer's action-comedy hit, which featured Will Smith as a foul-mouthed, booze-swilling superhero who gets an image makeover. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Elizabeth Banks is in final negotiations to star opposite Russell Crowe in 'The Next Three Days,' Paul Haggis' adaptation of the French thriller 'Pour elle.' Banks would play Laura, a woman who claims she's innocent of the murder for which she's imprisoned, while Crowe stars as the husband who tries desperately to clear her name. [Variety]


Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong are grabbing their swords and strapping on their sandals for 'The Eagle of the Ninth.' Set in second century Britain, the film centers on a young Roman soldier (Tatum) who travels to the Scottish Highlands to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion, which was under the command of his father. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Thanks to the success of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' there's already a Hugh Jackman-starring sequel and Ryan Reynolds-starring spinoff ('Deadpool') in the works. And, according to 'The Dark Knight' scribe David S. Goyer, an 'X-Men Origins' movie centering on Ian Mckellen's magnetically charged supervillain Magneto "will move forward in the next year or so." How about giving Halle Berry's Storm a little love? [MTV.com]


Justin Theroux (aka the man who wrote 'Tropic Thunder' and 'Iron Man 2') has been cast as the villain in director David Gordon Green's medieval comedy 'Your Highness.' The film centers on a lazy prince (Danny McBride) who joins his more valiant brother (James Franco) on a quest to save a kidnapped princess (Zooey Deschanel) from an evil wizard (Theroux) -- and ends up falling for a beautiful warrior princess (Natalie Portman) in the process. [The Hollywood Reporter]


James Cameron is using the upcoming release of his 3-D, motion-capture, sci-fi epic 'Avatar' to stump for Panasonic's upcoming line of 3-D HD TVs and Blu-Ray players. 'Avatar' has formed an exclusive partnership with Panasonic, and will highlight the new 3-D home theater technology with a truck tour showing a clip from the film on a 103-inch 3-D HDTV. Sounds glorious. [Variety]
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