Agatha Christie must be turning over in her grave. The reason: Disney has acquired the movie rights to elderly detective Miss Marple, with Jennifer Garner starring in and producing the first film adaptation, which will not only have the age of amateur detective Marple brought down but will make the story contemporary. Miss Marple first appeared in books in 1927 and first appeared on screen in 1961 in 'Murder, She Said,' portrayed by Margaret Rutherford, who was 70. So now we'll get to see a young Miss Marple -- in a bikini? [The Hollywood Reporter / Variety]
There's turmoil over at Paramount surrounding the reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise. According to Deadline, the studio has scrapped a tentative plan for Chris Pine to star as the Tom Clancy hero before he reprises his James T. Kirk role in a 'Star Trek' sequel. This comes after Steven Zaillian, who was to rewrite the script, backed out, leaving the studio scrambling for new writers (Zaillian wrote the 1994 Ryan film 'Clear and Present Danger' and did uncredited rewrite work on 'Patriot Games'). TV director Jack Bender ('Lost,' 'Alias') is still scheduled to direct.
Oliver Stone's latest film, 'Savages,' based on Don Winslow's 2010 novel about a pair of Laguna Beach drug kingpins who are forced to work for a Mexican cartel after their free-spirited friend O is kidnapped, has been picked up by Universal for domestic distribution. With a June start date, Stone has been hard at work polishing up his cast; according to Variety offers are out to Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch to play the dealers as well as for Benicio Del Toro to play a cartel enforcer. The pivotal role of O is also up for grabs, and Teresa Palmer, Blake Lively and Olivia Wilde have shown an interest in reading for the character; Deadline adds Abbie Cornish to the list.
File this under "We really didn't think they were serious, but then anything can come true in Hollywood": Universal Pictures is actually going ahead with a big-screen version of kids board game 'Candy Land,' hiring 'Kung Fu Panda' writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger to write the script, with Kevin Lima ('Enchanted') in the director's chair. The film is part of Uni's deal with Hasbro; the studio is also making movies based on Hasbro's 'Battleship' and 'Ouija.' According to Uni, 'Candy Land' will be "an epic adventure based on the iconic game that spans generations." [TheWrap]