Now that 'The Hangover Part II' is a bona fide success (no one could have doubted that it would keep theater turnstiles spinning like crazy, despite bad reviews), Warner Bros. is gearing up for a second sequel and has tapped Craig Mazin to write it. Mazin and Scot Armstrong wrote 'Part II,' which was directed by Todd Phillips, who directed the original in 2009. And the film's box office? Bangkok high. For the four-day Memorial Day weekend, it took in $135 million domestically and $70.1 million overseas, for a total of $205.1 million -- making it the best comedy premiere ever. [TheWrap]

'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,' the film based on the best-selling book by Seth Grahame-Smith, which in turn is a riff on the Jane Austen novel, has its writer. Marti Noxon, who penned TV's 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' as well as 'I Am Number Four' and the upcoming 'Fright Night,' has written a draft for the Lionsgate production. Craig Gillespie ('Lars and the Real Girl') is on board to direct the buzzworthy project that follows the novel's Elizabeth Bennet as she battles a zombie menace in 19th century England. Casting has not yet begun. [TheWrap]

Noah Baumbach is beefing up the cast for his next production, 'While We're Young': Jesse Eisenberg, whom the director introduced in 'The Squid and the Whale,' and Naomi Watts, are in talks to join the film, which is about a childless fortysomething married couple who feel alienated from their friends and enter an unlikely friendship with a younger couple. Ben Stiller, who starred in Baumbach's 'Greenberg,' has been cast as the older male; Watts would play his wife. Eisenberg would play the young male lead; the young female lead hasn't been set. [LA Times]
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