Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter are ready to bite into Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows.' According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pfeiffer is in negotiations to join the vampire flick opposite Johnny Depp, who stars as Barnabas Collins, a self-loathing vampire living in a Maine manor searching for his lost love. Pfeiffer would play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family. And Deadline reports that, although talks have not yet started, Helena Bonham Carter is in line to play Dr. Julia Hoffman, a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders who wants to cure Barnabas of his thirst for blood. Pfeiffer worked with Burton when she co-starred as Catwoman in 1992's 'Batman Returns.' Bonham Carter is, of course, Burton's soul mate on and off the big screen. Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green and Bella Heathcote have already been cast in the film, which Warner Bros. has scheduled for an April start.
Now that the original Terminator is no longer the Governator (and has Tweeted he wants to act again -- at least in movies), interest is spiking on continuing the Terminator sci-fi franchise (despite the abysmal failure of the last entry, 'Terminator Salvation'). According to Deadline, Universal is interested in continuing the series, especially since they're looking for a new vehicle for 'The Fast and the Furious' franchise director Justin Lin. Deadline adds that William Wisher, James Cameron's collaborator on 'Terminator 2,' has already written a 24-page treatment for the next film and a four-page concept outline for a sixth one. His version adds more time travel to the post-apocalyptic battleground of 'Salvation.'
Paramount has given marching orders to its 'G.I. Joe' Sequel and two generals are in contention to lead the charge: F. Gary Gray, who's last outing was 'Law Abiding Citizen,' and Jon M. Chu, who directed 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,' which opened to $29.5 million last weekend. The studio wants production to begin in June for a 2012 release. [THR]
Now that Daniel Radcliffe has put down his wand, he's picking up a camera. Variety reports that the 'Harry Potter' star is attached to star in the 1970s-set indie comedy 'The Amateur Photographer,' about a young man who reluctantly becomes the photographer for a small New England mill town and finds his artistic calling behind the lens.
Ray Liotta has joined Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Javier Bardem, Sam Rockwell, Casey Affleck, Mark Ruffalo, Vincent Curatola and Richard Jenkins in writer-director Andrew Dominik's adaptation of the 1974 George V. Higgins novel 'Cogan's Trade,' about a professional enforcer (Pitt) who must investigate a heist that took place during a high-stakes poker game under protection of the mob. Liotta will play the hustler who runs the game in a motel room. Shooting begins this month in New Orleans. [THR]
Ice Cube is a busy man these days. In addition to producing and acting in TV's 'Are We There Yet?' the multi-hyphenate is negotiating to join Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in Sony's big-screen adaptation of '21 Jump Street' and is developing 'Chrome and Paint,' a starring and directing vehicle about the custom car culture in South Central Los Angeles. [Deadline]
Warner Bros. has christened the Guy Ritchie-Robert Downey Jr.-Jude Law-'Sherlock Holmes' sequel: It's to be called 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.' The film will deduce its way to theaters Dec. 16. [E Online]
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