Fox Searchlight, seemingly resolved to ignore the plaintive cries of bidding war opponent Paramount Classics, has gone ahead and added Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smoking to its 2006 slate. Meanwhile, the Weinstein-less Miramax (who lost out to Fox on Bart Freundlich's Trust the Man), is said to be quietly pursuing several Toronto titles, including South African Oscar submission Tsotsi, and Sketches of Frank Gehry, a documentary by Sydney Pollack.
Constantine director Francis Lawrence will next take on I Am Legend. Based on the Richard Matheson novel, it's a massive sci-fi project that's been languishing in development for ten years; Will Smith and Ridley Scott are amongst the formerly attached talent.
Mike Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures will produceThe Brass Wall as a vehicle for Mark Ruffalo. He'll play an undercover cop who discovers mob ties in the force.
Finally, the news we've all been waiting for: Five of the Ernest movies are going back in to circulation on TV and DVD.