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From the department of bestest ideas: Vulture reports that General Motors is in talks to financially back an update of 'The Cannonball Run' with eyes on Guy Ritchie to direct. GM apparently wants to take "an actual hard-dollar, equity stake in a 'Cannonball' production," which could then basically double as a two-hour commercial for their coming line of automobiles. (Never mind that the government controls 27 percent of GM; there's a movie to be made!) Al Ruddy ('The Godfather') is producing the film, which Vulture reports could land at Warner Bros. -- especially if Ritchie gets his way and hires Brad Pitt and some of his 'Ocean's' co-stars. The original film -- with stars ranging from Burt Reynolds and Farrah Fawcett to Jackie Chan and Dean Martin -- was a smash in 1981, though, as 'Footloose' proved last weekend, two-decade old success doesn't necessarily guarantee anything in the present day. This version of 'Cannonball Run' could take place on the Autobahn, which would prevent the caravan of GM cars from being shown in an illegal light. 'Cars 3,' y'all! [Vulture]



Fun with ledes: Because Mickey Rourke may become a 'Psychopath,' he's no longer 'Expendable.' Deadline reports that Rourke will drop out of 'The Expendables 2' to potentially star in 'Seven Psychopaths' with Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. 'Psychopaths' follows an L.A. screenwriter (Farrell) who helps his friends (Rockwell and Walken) kidnap the dog of a psychopathic gangster. Deadline doesn't say whether Rourke will play said gangster, but: come on. [Deadline]

Channing Tatum may join Steve Carell in the Bennett Miller-directed drama 'Foxcatcher.' The film revolves around the true-life story of millionaire John du Pont (Carell), who killed his friend, world champion wrestler Dave Schultz (the role that Tatum would play), in 1996 at the wrestling facility Foxcatcher. [LAT/24 Frames]

Selena Gomez is in talks to star in 'Hot Mess,' a Black List script about four teen girls trying to avoid becoming hot messes. Who says, Selena? [Deadline]

Get ready to feel old: MPI Media Group has acquired the North American distribution rights for 'My Sucky Teen Romance,' a SXSW festival hit from... 18-year-old director Emily Hagins. (18!) This is Hagins's third feature, though the first to get distribution; she has been championed by Ain't It Cool News founder Harry Knowles in the past. 'My Sucky Teen Romance' follows a group of teens who find out some friends they met at a sci-fi convention are really vampires. Look for this in limited release in 2012. [Variety]

Magnolia has picked up distribution rights for 'Roadie,' a Tribeca Film Festival premiere about a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult (Ron Eldard) returning to his hometown of Queens after losing his job. Look for it via VOD on Dec. 2 before its theatrical release on Jan. 6, 2012. [Deadline]

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