Screen Talk: No fairytale ending in sight

Fans of Melissa Marr's novels Wicked Lovely will have to wait a while longer to see them on the big screen.

Universal has put the project into turnaround, which means that it won't be making it anytime soon. Mary Harron was attached to direct the project based on the series of novels about a teenage girl who can see a hidden fairy world. Caroline Thompson, whose credits include the Tim Burton movies Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride, wrote the script. Backers are now looking for another studio to cast the production spell.

Spirit of enterprise

Success begets success, so it is not surprising that when The Last Exorcism scared up a healthy $62.5 million globally, having been made for just $1.6 million, producers quickly found backers for a sequel. Writer Damien Chazelle has been hired to write the follow-up to the summer 2010 hit, which was directed by Daniel Stamm (left). Studio Canal is financing the follow-up and production is slated to begin in the autumn.

A quantum of solace

Hollywood is abuzz with producer Beau Flynn's move back to New Line. Flynn (below) and partner Tripp Vinson, had been based at New Line with the duo's production label Contrafilm from 2003 until earlier this year. While there, Contrafilm brought New Line and audiences Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Rite. Then Flynn split with Vinson to form Flynn Picture Company. Now, he's brought his new entity back to New Line and plans to steer Solace, which he will be co-produce with Vinson, despite the recent split. Peter Morgan just wrote a draft and the project will be out to directors in the coming weeks.

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