Simon Kinberg (screenwriter of Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Brett Matthews (a former writer for Joss Whedon's Firefly) have sold a pitch to Universal. Kinberg says: "It's more thriller than big, broad action; more
gritty than other sci-fi movies we've seen in the recent past. Almost
what Bourne Identity did for action movies, this will attempt to do
for sci-fi movies." Kinberg will produce, Matthews will write the script, and I imagine Doug Liman is waiting for a call.
Dan Fogler, who recently won a Tony for his work in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, will play the lead role in Balls of Fury, a comedy about a pro Ping Pong player who, fallen from grace, languishes in a Vegas act until the CIA recruits him for a job. Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, of Reno 911 and The State, wrote the script, and Lennon will co-star.
Ralph Fiennes compares his Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles to Hitchcock: "I thought Hitch's mindset was 'two plus two make
four, of course.' But then he'd allow his audience to supply the four.
He had faith his audience would know what he was doing. Fernando is the
same." Ryan Stewart quietly seethes.