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01 February 2007 @ 04:51 pm
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Universal Pictures has nabbed "Nottingham," a hotly-pursued spec script from the creators of "Sleeper Cell," in a deal that will reunite Russell Crowe with Imagine Entertainment.

Crowe will receive $20 million against 20% to star as the Sheriff of Nottingham in this revisionist version of the Robin Hood story; scribes Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris will receive seven figures for the script. William Morris, which reps Crowe and the writers, put together the package. There is no director yet attached.

Imagine's Brian Grazer will produce the pic, expected to start lensing at the end of the year or early 2008.

Deal reps the second big bidding battle U has won in past few days. Last week, the studio landed the rights to a pic about the Fugees, a refugee soccer club (Daily Variety, Jan. 25).

"Nottingham" is based on the premise that Robin Hood was less virtuous and the Sheriff more noble than previously depicted. Story also involves a love triangle between Robin Hood, Maid Marion and Nottingham's Sheriff.

"He's trying to do the right thing, but he's up against Robin Hood, who's becoming heroic while not necessarily acting in the nicest way," explained Reiff, a history buff.

He and Voris were halfway through the script when they started working on the first season of "Sleeper Cell"; ironically, they closed the deal days after learning Showtime would not be picking up their Emmy-nommed skein for a third season.

"It was a bitter pill but, this is a pretty good antidote," Voris told Daily Variety.

Bidding was very competitive, with New Line and Warner Bros. vying for the project and Sony, New Regency and DreamWorks also expressing interest. Helmers Bryan Singer, Sam Raimi and Jon Turteltaub were attached at other studios.

Crowe has worked with Imagine several times, most recently on "American Gangster," skedded for a Nov. 6 bow. He previously toplined "Cinderella Man" and "A Beautiful Mind" for Imagine. Crowe also stars in "3:10 to Yuma," an upcoming Lionsgate pic helmed by James Mangold.

Reiff and Voris hadn't written a spec script since 1995.

"We figured that this story was going to be hard to sell as a pitch," Voris said. "We also knew that this would be very castable since most of the leading men now are either English or Australian."

Beyond WMA, writers are repped by Field Entertainment and attorney David Feldman.
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19 January 2007 @ 12:48 pm
McGregor to play Kurt Cobain?

Scottish actor Ewan Mcgregor is reportedly being lined up to play late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

Cobain's widow Courtney Love has acquired the rights to Charles Cross' celebrated biography on her late husband and McGregor - who has already played a punk star in glam rock movie Velvet Goldmine - is believed to be Love's number one choice to play the troubled singer.

An insider on the planned movie tells the Daily Express, "A number of actors have been talked about the role but Ewan has emerged as the number one choice."

The project will be the first official film about the tragic rocker, who committed suicide in 1995, although moviemaker Gus Van Sant cast actor Michael Pitt as a Cobain lookalike in 2005 movie Last Days.


Denzel Washington says Russell Crowe is a big "softy".

There were fears the two strong-willed actors would clash on the set of the recently completed film, American Gangster, but Washington said Crowe did not live up to his infamous reputation.

"Russell Crowe is cool. He's a good guy," Washington told AAP in an interview in Los Angeles.

"He's intense, but he's a sweetheart. He's a softy."

American Gangster, a crime drama set in 1970s New York and directed by Ridley Scott, is scheduled for release in November and will likely have Washington and Crowe in line for Oscars.

Washington's latest film, the thriller Deja Vu, which opened in Australian cinemas on Thursday, was directed by Scott's younger brother, Tony, whose credits include Top Gun, Crimson Tide and Man on Fire.

"I don't know if anyone else has starred in two separate movies with two brothers directing in the one year," Washington said.

In Deja Vu, set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Washington plays a US government agent investigating a terrorist attack on a ferry packed with US Navy personnel.

The film was the first to be shot in the devastated city after the hurricane.

"After Katrina, we looked at filming in Seattle and Miami, but Tony was really keen for us to do it in New Orleans," Washington said.

"The people of New Orleans wanted us there.

"They were looking to get industry back to the city.

"So, we were the first film and spent tens of millions of dollars, hired locals and stayed in the hotels.

"So, it was good to be a part of helping the city get back on its feet."
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03 January 2007 @ 04:22 pm
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