Screen Talk: Seventh heaven

 

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Martin McDonagh is gathering an eye-watering cast for his latest project, entitled Seven Psychopaths. The follow-up to the comedy thriller In Bruges will reunite the writer-director with Colin Farrell and will also feature ex-Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, Woody Harrelson and Tom Waits.

Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken have previously signed up to the film, the story of a struggling screenwriter who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Edwards' giant leap from lo-fi to high-profile

Legendary Pictures is looking to unleash Godzilla on to the silver screen again. The giant city-destroying lizard, last seen on screens in 1998 in Roland Emmerich's movie, is being prepared for a return, 21st-century style. Legendary have hired the writer Max Borenstein to polish work already done by David Goyer (The Dark Knight). Gareth Edwards, the indie sci-fi maestro behind the low-budget hit Monsters is still attached to direct. Borenstein, who just turned in his script for Art of the Steal for Warner Bros and producers Kevin McCormick and Zac Efron, is well acquainted with Legendary. He worked on the company's in-development Jimi Hendrix biopic and rewrote the supernatural fantasy The Seventh Son, due to go into production soon with Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore (above centre) and Ben Barnes set to star.

New rules of engagement

Perrey Reeves, the actress who starred as agent Ari Gold's long-suffering wife in Entourage, has found herself fresh representation – in real life. The actress, whose movie resume includes turns in Old School and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, sent Hollywood a-twitter when she signed with Paradigm. Reeves's other television credits include Private Practice, Castle, Rules of Engagement and Grey's Anatomy. Audiences should expect to see more of her following the end of Entourage. A new agent is just the job for an actress in demand.

It should be a blast

Plans are afoot to make a movie about Miles Davis. Director George Tillman Jr., the man behind the biopic of hip-hop artist Notorious B.I.G., Notorious in 2009, has been hired to develop and direct a project about the legendary jazz musician. The late trumpeter's eldest son, Gregory Davis, will consult on the film, loosely based on his book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis.

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