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Rodriguez eyeing ''Jetsons'' adaptation

Plus: Ethan Hawke tapped for futuristic vampire movie, Dino and Martha De Laurentiis adapting ”The Swarm,” The CW moving toward taking ”Gossip Girl” to series, and more…

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Rodriguez eyeing adaptations of Jetsons and Land of the Lost
Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse) is in talks to direct a live-action movie adaptation of the popular 1960s animated series The Jetsons for Warner Bros. Pictures and producers Denise Di Novi and Donald De Line. The story centers around George Jetson, a working man from the future, and his family. Rodriguez also repoertedly met with WIll Ferrell and Universal executives about directing Land of the Lost, based on the 1970s TV series about a family trapped in an alien world inhabited by dinosaurs, humanoids, and other monsters. Ferrell is starring in the movie adaptation. Of the director’s two prospective projects, The Jetsons is said to have the edge because the script, written by Adam Goldberg (Fanboys), is further along. (Hollywood Reporter)

Ethan Hawke starring in Daybreakers
Ethan Hawke has been tapped to star in the high-concept vampire movie Daybreakers for Lionsgate and writer-directors Peter and Michael Spierig (Undead). The story is about a researcher (Hawke) in the year 2017, after a plague has transformed most of the world’s population into vampires. As the human race nears extinction, a covert group of vampires makes a discovery that has the power to save them. Hawke next stars in Sydney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. He most recently wrote and directed the indie The Hottest State, based on his novel, which premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival. (Hollywood Reporter)

De Laurentiises adapting The Swarm
Dino and Martha De Laurentiis are adapting the bestselling Frank Schatzing novel The Swarm into a big-budget disaster film. The movie will be a co-production between the De Laurentiis duo and German producers Michael Souvignier, Ica Souvignier, and Till Gronemeyer. Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs) will write the adaptation. The story is about an alien presence that exists quietly on the ocean floor but becomes compelled to destroy humanity after its ecosystem is disrupted by pollution. The De Laurentiises have a first-look deal with Universal. (Variety)

Kaplan, Elfont scripting potential Will Smith vehicle
Writing duo Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardly Wait) have been tapped to pen Sisters of Mercy for Columbia Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment. The movie is a potential starring vehicle for Will Smith. The story centers on a father who is rescued after his wife’s death by members of her book club who soon begin running his life with advice on parenting and dating. Smith and James Lassiter are producing for Overbrook alongside Alex Siskin. (Hollywood Reporter)

FX renews Riches, Dirt
FX has ordered 13-episode second seasons for its two freshman dramas, Dirt, starring Courteney Cox as the editor of a celebrity tabloid, and The Riches, which stars Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver as grifters who assume the identity of a wealthy family in a new housing division. The network also announced that it is renewing It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for a 15-episode third season, Nip/Tuck for a fifth season, and The Shield for a seventh and final season, which will air in 2008. (Variety)

CW expected to take Gossip Girl to series
The CW has approved staffing for drama pilot Gossip Girl, taking the network closer to picking it up as a series. Co-creator/executive producer Josh Schwartz’s (The O.C.) show is about rich teens in New York. His NBC pilot Chuck also had staffing approved ahead of next week’s official announcements about next season’s lineups. The CW is also expected to order a third season of drama series Veronica Mars. (Hollywood Reporter)

WGA report says most Hollywood writers are white males
The WGA-commissioned ”2007 Hollywood Writers Report — Whose Stories Are We Telling?” says that as in past years, women and minority writers have made little headway in obtaining an equitable share in the Hollywood marketplace. The report?s executive summary stated: ”More than 30 percent of the American population is nonwhite, yet writers of color continue to account for less than 10 percent of employed television writers. These numbers will likely get worse before they get better because of the recent merger of UPN and the WB into the new CW network, which resulted in the cancellation of several minority-themed situation comedies that employed a disproportionate share of minority television writers?. The situation is grimmer in film, where the minority share of employment has been stuck at 6 percent for years.” Among women writers, overall employment and TV employment remained unchanged in at 25 percent and 27 percent, respectively. (Hollywood Reporter)

RCA confirms July release for new Clarkson record
Following rumors that the release of Kelly Clarkson’s upcoming third studio album, My December, was being pushed back indefinitely, RCA confirmed that the record will come out as planned on July 24. The first single, ”Never Again,” debuted last week at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in the top 5 on the Hot Digital Songs and Hot Digital Tracks tallies. This summer, Clarkson will go on tour to support the record, starting with a July 11 show in Portland, OR, running through Sept. 26 in Los Angeles. She will also perform July 7 at the Live Earth benefit in East Rutherford, N.J. (Billboard)

Grateful Dead auction hauls in $1.1 million
An auction of Grateful Dead memorabilia took in $1.1 million on Tuesday (May 8). Among the sales were the late Jerry Garcia’s cream-colored 1975 Travis Bean electric guitar, which brought in $312,000, and one of Garcia?s leather guitar straps for over $20,000. The auction was hosted by Bonhams and Butterfields auction house in San Francisco on behalf of Rudson Shurtliff, son of Lawrence ”Ram Rod” Shurtliff, the late road manager and president of the Grateful Dead’s corporation. (Reuters)

Screen Gems picks up action spoof movie
Screen Gems has acquired the action spoof Armageddagain: The Day Before Tomorrow, to be directed by Robert Moniot from a screenplay he co-wrote with Travis Oates. Shooting is set to begin in August for an 2008 release. Monoit previously directed the short spoof Pearl Harbor II: Pearlmageddon in 2001. (Hollywood Reporter)

Couric?s CBS Evening News at historic lows
The CBS Evening News fell to historic lows in viewership last week, averaging 6 million viewers for the week ending April 30, the lowest point since 1987. ABC and NBC’s nightly newscasts didn?t fare much better, with both networks also flirting with historic lows for their casts. (Hollywood Reporter)

Nikki Sixx releasing solo album, autobiography
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx will release a solo album, The Heroin Diaries, on Aug. 21 ahead of an autobiography of the same name, which comes out Sept. 25. The record’s 12 tracks each correspond to a chapter in the book. (Billboard)

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