MOVIES Wes Anderson update! The Royal Tenenbaums ringmaster is assembling a cast for The Life Aquatic, about a crew of deep-sea explorers. Tenenbaumers Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Anjelica Huston are back, while Jeff Goldblum, Peter Stormare (Fargo), and Bud Cort (Harold and Maude) are new additions…. Jack Black, formerly Shallow Hal, is thinking about playing Rad Brad, Modern Warrior, the world’s best videogamer, who must save mankind from an evil robot…. J. Lo (Anaconda) is in negotiations to star in Monster-in-Law, a comedy about a girl crazy about a guy, but not about his heinous mom…. Jim Carrey is in talks to play an average Joe — turned — bank robber in a remake of Fun With Dick and Jane, the 1977 Jane Fonda comedy. Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) is in talks to produce; Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) will direct…. Dylan Kidd will follow up Roger Dodger by directing Jon Bon Jovi in One Wild Night, about four couples who give love a bad name by spouse-swapping…. Cedric the Entertainer has pitched and scored at MGM with Flash, his proposed comedy about a coach and his street-smart athletes…. Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert have a deal to adapt their cult Comedy Central series, Strangers With Candy, into a feature film.
COMIC BOOKS Ready for a movie — turned — comic book — turned — movie? Hoping to release a third film by 2006, the team behind Escape From New York and Escape From L.A. have launched John Carpenter’s Snake Plissken Chronicles, a comic book following Kurt Russell’s Escape character. Says producer Debra Hill: ”We’re reinventing Snake because you need to have a comic-book hero these days to really launch a movie.” Yes, friends, we’re living in a golden age of cinema!