Steven Spielberg's next directorial effort will be a remake of 'Harvey,' Will Ferrell has left 'Neighborhood Watch,' Rob Marshall may direct 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4,' and more of today's top movie headlines. img hspace="8" border="0" align="left" vspace="8" alt="" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/blog.moviefone.com/media/2009/08/steven-spielberg-186.jpg" />Steven Spielberg has finally settled on a follow-up to last year's 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls': He has signed on to direct 'Harvey,' a contemporary update of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the unlikely friendship between an eccentric man and a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit. The play was first adapted for the big screen in 1950, with James Stewart in the lead role. [The Hollywood Reporter] | [Variety]
Will Ferrell and director David Dobkin have bowed out of 'Neighborhood Watch,' a comedy to which they'd been attached since spring. The film follows a man who joins his suburban community's neighborhood watch and subsequently uncovers a conspiracy. Naked streaking likely would have ensued. [Variety]
Rob Marshall is in negotiations to take over for Gore Verbinski at the helm of 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4,' to which Johnny Depp is attached to star. Does this mean Captain Jack will be belting out showtunes this time around? Not likely, but it wouldn't be that out of character. [Cinematical]
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Lori Culwell's debut novel, 'Hollywood Car Wash,' is headed for the big screen. The book, which won the 2007 Project Publish award, charts the rise and fall of an actress who goes from small-town Michigan coed to Hollywood "It Girl" overnight. [Variety]
'Funny People' laughed its way to the bank this weekend, raking in $23.4 million to climb to the top of the domestic box office. 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' snagged $17.7M to edge out the badass guinea pigs of 'G-Force' ($17.1M) for second place. [Cinematical]