Phillip Noyce is no stranger to action-adventure-thrillers, having directed a pair of Jack Ryan spy thrillers ('Clear and Present Danger' and 'Patriot Games') as well as 'The Quiet American' and 'Salt.' Now he's continuing his skein with the international action-thriller 'Hunter Killer' for Relativity Media. According to a report at The Hollywood Reporter, the film is based on the upcoming book 'Firing Point' by Cdr. USN Ret. George Wallace and Don Keith and tells the story of an untested American submarine captain who teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general. The film will begin shooting later this year.

Blake Lively has just signed on to take a lead role in the coming-of-age drama/comedy 'Hick' for independent film director Derick Martini (one half of the Martini brothers). The story, an adaptation of a novel by Andrea Portes, concerns a 13-year-old girl from Nebraska, played by Chloe Moretz, who runs away to Las Vegas and finds more than she bargained for in Sin City. Lively will play a grifter who Moretz meets on the road. Also in the cast is Juliette Lewis and British actor Eddie Redmayne (who stars in the upcoming 'My Week With Marilyn'). [The Wrap]

Paramount has set a release date of March 2, 2012, for the Tommy Wirkola-directed 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,' another Grimm Bros. fairy tale re-envisioned by Hollywood to be darker than even the original fairy tale (and those 19th century fairy tales were pretty dark, not at all like the water-downed stories we grew up with). Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the title characters who, 15 years after their narrow escape from the gingerbread house, become specialized bounty-hunters looking to take down the witches that almost killed them. Famke Janssen will play the leader of the witches. [Deadline]

'50/50,' a bittersweet comedy-drama about a young man's struggle with cancer, has been set for a September 30 release by Summit Entertainment. The movie, originally titled 'I'm With Cancer' and 'Live With It', stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston and Philip Baker Hall. [The Wrap]