• Renee Zellweger has signed on to play the lead role in a biopic on Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit. Miss Potter, to be directed by Chris Noonan of Babe fame, will be mostly live-action with some animation woven in. Ewan McGregor, who starred opposite the Z-bomb in the abysmal Down with Love, is in talks to once again play her love interest.
  • Adam Shankman has been hired to helm the Hollywood remake of Hairspray. The verdict comes at the end of an extensive search for a director, after the departure of original directors Jerry Mitchell and Jack O'Brien. Shankman is a Julliard-trained dancer-turned director of broad Steve Martin films like Cheaper by the Dozen and Bringing Down the House; producer Craig Zadan predicts Shankman will "be a talent magnet for cast." The film will be based on the Broadway show which was in turn based on the John Waters film of the same name; John Travolta is expected to play the roke of Edna Turnblad, immortalized in the original by Divine.
  • Tommy O'Haver, the man responsible for the brutally under-appreciated teen comedy Get Over It, has signed on to directBreakfast With Tiffany. Not a remake of the similarly-titled Blake Edwards/Audrey Hepburn classic, Tiffany will be based on a memoir by Edwin John Wintle, and will follow a middle-aged gay New Yorker's relationship with his 13-year-old niece.
  • Wild Brain, an animation studio based in San Francisco, has hired Charles Rivkin as its new CEO. Rivkin, who once ran the Jim Henson Co, will be based on Los Angeles.
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