CATEGORIES Movie NewsBarry Levinson is trying his hand at directing an eco-horror thriller that will be shot found-footage-style a la 'Paranormal Activity' and 'Cloverfield.' According to TheWrap, 'The Bay' chronicles a horrifying biological disaster that begins in the Chesapeake Bay -- an isopod parasite that carries an untreatable disease. The parasite jumps from fish to humans in a small town, and the victims capture the ensuing horror on home videos and the Web. Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film, which Levinson wrote with Michael Wallach, from Alliance Films.
You can't keep a good producer down. It was only a month ago that his 'Mars Needs Moms' flopped at the box office and already Robert Zemeckis and his Imagemovers banner are looking at a new animation project: an adaptation of the book 'How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.' According to The Hollywood Reporter, the book, by Chuck Sambuchino, is in the process of being optioned by Sony Pictures Animation. The book is a "comprehensive survival guide that will help you prevent, prepare for and ward off an imminent home invasion by the common garden gnome. Once thought of as harmless yard decorations, evidence is mounting that these smiling lawn statues are poised and ready to wreak havoc."
Relativity has picked up 'House at the End of the Street,' starring Jennifer Lawrence and Max Thieriot. The film, which finished shooting shot in Ottawa, Canada, last summer, centers on a teen girl (Lawrence) who moves with her mom to a new town and befriends the sole surviving son (Thieriot) of a double murder that took place in a house across the street. [Deadline]
Stop us if this sounds familiar: a film that tracks two people who fall in love and then proceed to work through a five-year engagement. That's Universal's rom-com 'Five Year Engagement,' which has just added former 'Daily Show' correspondent Lauren Weedman to its cast. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt are the two lovers, with Alison Brie, Chris Pratt and Rhys Ifans co-starring in the film directed by Nicholas Stoller. Weedman will play a hard-nosed head chef at the restaurant at which Segel works. The film is produced by Judd Apatow. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weedman has gained a following for her one-person shows such as 'No, You Shut Up!' and 'Bust.' She has also written several books, including the recent 'A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body.'
Eva Longoria has joined the cast of 'Baytown Disco,' an offbeat, violent indie drama about three redneck brothers who are hired to return a kidnapped, wheelchair-bound teen to his grandmother. Billy Bob Thornton is headlining the film; Longoria will play his character's ex-wife. [Deadline]