Ian McShane has been added to the growing cast of New Line and Legendary's 'Jack the Giant Killer,' a reimagining of the fairy tale in which the kidnapping of a princess threatens a long-standing truce between men and giants. Nicholas Hoult plays the male lead, a young farmer who heads a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her. Eleanor Tomlinson plays the princess; McShane will play her father, King Braunwell. Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy and John Kassir also have parts in the film, which is being directed by Bryan Singer. [Variety]
Universal has acquired 'Unreasonable Doubt,' a romantic comedy that will be helmed by 'National Treasure's' Jon Turteltaub. The script, about two jurors who fall in love during a court case, was written by 'Serendipity' scribe Marc Klein. Turteltaub has been on quite a winning streak lately, directing 'National Treasure, 'National Treasure: Book of Secrets' and 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' three films which have accumulated more than one billion dollars at the worldwide box office. [THR]
Deadline has debunked an Internet rumor that had circulated over the weekend that Barbra Streisand's movie adaptation of 'Gypsy' was gasping for breath. Not so, Deadline says: "The project is very much alive. In fact, a deal is close to being made at Universal Pictures, with Joel Silver producing. Streisand's still in as Rose and so are book writer Arthur Laurents and lyricist Stephen Sondheim."
DreamWorks has bought a high-concept science fiction film spec script from first-time screenwriter Nic Kelman, the author of 2003's sexually explicit best-selling novel 'girls: A Paean,' about three businessmen who fall for young girls. The studio is keeping the logline for the project, titled 'Genneris,' under wraps. [Variety]