Wednesday's odds and ends:
- Simon Baker, aka the world's prettiest dead rentboy, has signed on to star in Sex and Death 101, the new screenplay from Heathers (and Hudson Hawk!) writer Daniel Waters. In the movie, Baker's character receives "a mysterious e-mail containing the names of every woman he has had sex with and, eerily, every woman he will have sex with in the future." (And I hope you all appreciate the professional self-control I'm exerting to leave it at that.) Shooting is due to being in April.
- Dragonfly, oddly, seems not to have destroyed the credibility of screenwriting partners Brandon Camp and Mike Thompson. Instead they've got a couple of unproduced projects that are getting buzz, and a pitch of theirs called Minutemenwas just picked up by Sony for "high six figures." The pitch is about a small town whose residents are forced "to thwart...invading armies' plan to destroy the nation's command center" when the US is attacked from without for its "perceived imperialism." Emphasis there on "perceived." I'm just going to start chanting "U-S-A!" right now, so I'm good and ready for the film's release.
- Ed Solomon's great track record as a writer - how do Charlie's Angels, Men in Black, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and It's Garry Shandling's Show strike you? - just earned
him a cool $1 million for a pitch. The film, which Solomon will write for Paramount with his Bill &
Ted's partner Chris Matheson, is called Me &
Olivia, and tells the story of "a man who finds the solution to his on-the-job problems via the imaginary
world of his 6-year-old daughter." Confusingly, it's described as being in the vein of Bruce
Almighty - is God mentioned in that summary somewhere and I just missed it?