Screen Talk: Losers Club could be big winner

Warner Bros is bringing Stephen King's horror novel 'It' to the big screen in an adaptation being written by scares scripter Dave Kajganich. The story follows a group of children called the Losers Club that encounter a creature called It, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle. The novel is set in 1958 and 1985, though the feature version will be set in the present day. It has already been a small-screen miniseries but coulrophobia on the big screen will be magnified.

Mad Morgans

Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant have been joined by 'Mad Men' star Elisabeth Moss in upcoming romantic comedy 'Did You Hear About The Morgans?' from director Marc Lawrence. Columbia Pictures is bankrolling the lark which sees Parker and Grant star as an estranged high-powered New York couple who witness a murder and are placed in a witness-protection programme in Wyoming. Moss will play Parker's executive assistant with a controlling and almost obsessive-compulsive personality. The project is due to shoot in NYC in May this year.



Jungle fever



Anyone fancy a big-screen, live-action version of 'The Jungle Book'? Warner Bros does and with French-owned, London-based Pathe UK already in the early stages of planning, the project is now likely to be fast-tracked. With one minute of test footage shot, complete with a live panther, Pathe showed Warner Bros. the scale of its ambitions earlier this month and the studio promptly signed a long-term strategic alliance here in the UK to look for co-production opportunities.

Wilson in demand

Rita Wilson has joined the cast for an untitled Nancy Meyers project. Meyers, the writer-director behind hits including 'What Women Want' and 'Something's Gotta Give', has also secured the acting chops of Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Wilson has been cast in the Universal-backed project to portray one of Streep's best friends and confidantes.



Bride wars



Who wouldn't want to shoot a romantic comedy in Hawaii? Mena Suvari, Tia Carrere and Ken Davitian recently said aloha to one such invitation, offering to exchange vows on Rob Hedden's 'You May Not Kiss the Bride', which began shooting on the island last week. The trio join Dave Annable, Vinnie Jones and Katharine McPhee in the cast for Hedden, who directs from his own script. It tells the tale of a US pet photographer who gets mixed up with Croatian mobsters while on a honeymoon with one gangster's daughter.

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