Friday, November 24, 2006

Odds & Ends

Akiva Goldsman has been offered a record-breaking $4 million to adapt Dan Brown's Angels & Demons into a sequel to last summer's nauseatingly bad Da Vinci Code, which despite its epic horrible-ness grossed a quarter of a billion dollars at the global box office.


Baz Luhrman's long-gestating "outback epic," inching closer to a March start date for principal photography, now has a name: Austrailia.

Shooting on a budget of a reported $100 million-plus, "Australia" is deep into pre-production, with all variety of script, costume and riding tests scheduled in December in advance of the five-month filming, which will begin in March.

Nicole Kidman will play a British aristocrat in Australia to sell a massive cattle property. She has to enlist an uncouth cattle-driver (Hugh Jackman, stepping in for Russell Crowe) to get the cows across the country. The couple ends up experiencing the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces.


Talented writer Rick Cleveland (West Wing, Six Feet Under) will write and executive produce the pilot for a series version of Thank You For Smoking. Katie Holmes sold separately.


Blogger dirk.mancuso said...

Akiva Goldsman.

$4 million.

Someone in Hollywood has too much money to throw around. And has obviously never seen anything scribbled by this guy.

When I see the name Akiva Goldsman on a project, I stay away. No exceptions.

11/29/06, 11:48 AM  
Blogger Scott said...


I *did* make an exception for DaVinci Code, but I regretted it immensely.

11/29/06, 6:58 PM  

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