• David Fincher has signed a deal with Paramount and Warner Brothers to direct not one, but two major films: Zodiac, starring Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. He's in pre-production on Zodiac now; he'll launch into the latter project as soon as the former is finished.
  • It's such a relief to be able to report box-office good news: War of the Worlds is kicking ass worldwide. It brought in $102 million outside the US this weekend.
  • The Writers Guild reports that their members' earnings failed to increase at the same rate as the consumer price index. Small wonder - the screenwriting industry only managed to create 35 new jobs year-to-year.
  • Renaissance Films, a major British sales house, is closing its doors and filing for bankruptcy. That'll bounce the rights to a few notable projects - including Michael Showalter's The Baxter, and Gregg Araki's Creeeeps! - back their producers.
  • A "dance-musical" version of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands will hit the London stage on November 22, before touring the US.
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