Meanwhile, Reitman's dad, Ivan, and the Montecito Picture Co., have purchased a spec script from writer Chris Baldi called 'Rockabye Baby.' The comedy -- which is billed as being akin to John Hughes' 1989 'Uncle Buck,' is about an ill-equipped man thrust into taking care of children. Baldi wrote 'What Would Kenny Do?' which stars Aston Kutcher and Justin Bieber in the story of a teenager who encounters the holographic adult version himself; the hologram then leads the teen through high school. [THR]
Warner Bros. has announced a March 15, 2013 release date for its recently acquired spec script 'Arthur & Lancelot,' a cont emporary re-imagining of the classic tale that will be directed by David Dobkin ('Shanghai Knights,' 'Wedding Crashers' and Aug. 5's 'The Change-Up'). According to Deadline, the deal ended two other similar films Warners was working on, including Bryan Singer's remake of the 1981 John Boorman 'Excalibur' and a version that Guy Ritchie was developing.
It's been almost a year since 33 mine workers were trapped underground for 69 days in Chile, and the miners have finally accepted an offer to bring their story to the big screen -- courtesy of producer Mike Medavoy (who actually lived in Chile for 10 years). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will recount the events surrounding the mine's collapse half a mile beneath the surface and the rescue efforts in which all 33 who had been trapped were extricated. Screenwriter Jose Rivera ('Motorcycle Diaries') will adapt the movie, which is scheduled to go into production next year.
And, lastly, say what you will about funny toys being made into pictures, but Paramount's 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' became the top grossing film in the series, with a worldwide total of $882.4 million through last Sunday. And the film hasn't even opened in Japan (it does this weekend). The original 'Transformers' grossed $709.7 million globally, while the sequel, 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' took in $836.3 million. [THR]