Rob Cohen, the genius who brought you both XXX and Stealth, has signed on to direct a biopic on that late, legendary purveyor of softcore, Russ Meyer. The film will be based on a book by Jimmy McDonough, calledBig Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film. Cohen is uniquely qualified for the job; as a 23-year-old studio flunky, he was in charge of recutting Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (directed by Meyer and scripted by none other than Roger Ebert) for syndication.
Fox 2000 has picked up the rights to John Nance's as-yet-unpublished novel, Orbit. The story tracks "a civilian who wins the chance to
join a space shuttle flight, only to find himself alone and adrift in
space when the rest of the crew dies." Shelden Turner will write the script, and Jennifer Klein will produce.