Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch have been in talks to play the two male leads, with Benicio del Toro negotiating to be one of the cartel enforcers. If Lively is in fact offered the part, she may have to give up the role of Glinda the Good Witch of the East, which she was considering, in Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' for Disney. 'Savages,' which Stone will write and direct for Universal, is being eyed for a June start date.
'Wolverine' may be coming off hold soon. According to TheWrap, Fox has shown an interest in having Duncan Jones direct the film and Jones, in turn, is interested. As you'll recall, Darren Aronofsky was originally going to direct, but he pulled out in March because of scheduling issues. And since the film was to shoot in Japan -- the story line has Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, traveling to Japan to learn from a Samurai master -- the production was further delayed by the earthquake and tsunami that shattered that country. Jones, the son of David and Angela Bowie -- directed the recent 'Source Code' and cult film 'Moon.'
Matt Reeves, who made a splash as writer/director of the chilling 'Let Me In,' has been tapped by Universal to write and direct a feature based on John Carpenter's 'They Live.' The 1988 film -- which starred pro wrestler Roddy Piper -- centered on a takeover of the Earth by aliens who cloaked themselves in human form. Piper finds a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see the aliens, and he helps foment a revolution against the invaders. Reeves also directed 'Cloverfield' and was a creator, writer, director and executive producer of the WB series 'Felicity.' [The Hollywood Reporter]
Alec Baldwin will be starring in Woody Allen's next film which, as is the New York director's modus operandi, has no title yet. According to Deadline, Allen has just begun putting the comedy together and may be tapping Jesse Eisenberg ('The Social Network') for a lead. The film will be shot in Rome.
Relativity Media has hired 'Crazy Heart' writer/director Scott Cooper to direct 'Out of the Furnace,' a spec script bought in 2008 about a man who, after being released from prison, just wants to lead a normal life and marry his girlfriend ... but finds himself avenging his brother's murder. [TheWrap]
Tom Wilkinson will join Samuel L. Jackson in the indie thriller 'The Samaritan,' about a former grifter (Jackson) who wants to go straight after a 20-year prison stay but gets involved in a con with the son of his former partner. Wilkinson will play a crime boss also taking part in the grift. The film is filming in Toronto and Rio de Janeiro for an early 2012 release. [Variety]