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Kevin Bacon teams with Steve Carell, Chris Rock tackles Akira Kurosawa (Excess Hollywood)

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  • Kevin Bacon has joined Steve Carell in an untitled comedy about divorce. Bacon has been tapped to play “an alpha male” who sleeps with Carell’s wife. Since Bacon’s handled Graboids, he shouldn’t be too afraid of Carell’s character’s wrath. [THR]
  • After remaking the U.K. flick Death at a Funeral for U.S. audiences, Chris Rock will be writing High and Low, a U.S. adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 film, which will be directed by Mike Nichols. Now if only Rock would give Osmosis Jones another shot. [BV on Movies]
  • Eagle Eye co-writer Travis Adam Wright has been tapped to adapt Here, There Be Dragons and The Search for the Red Dragon by James A. Owen, the author of the popular young adult series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. The plot of the series involves a secret book “that contains the unpublished maps and journals of history’s most famous author-adventurers.” (Think J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.) No word from Gollum as to whether or not this project will be precious. [THR]
  • Ridley Scott will produce a two-hour special to air on the History Channel titled The Real Robin Hood, which will delve into the folk hero’s origins. The special will air May 11, three days before audiences can watch Russell Crowe steal from the rich and throw phones at the poor in Robin Hood. [Deadline]
  • Kristin Scott Thomas will be bringing the class to Cannes as mistress of ceremonies for the festival. [THR]
  • Gattaca helmer Andrew Niccol is putting on his sci-fi cap once again: Niccol will direct I’m Mortal, a futuristic film set in an era where people do not age. In other words, Joan Rivers’ dream come true. [THR]
  • Famous folks serving on this year’s Tribeca Film Festival jury: Aaron Eckhart, America Ferrera, Gary Ross, Alicia Keys, and Whoopi Goldberg. Or is this the cast of the Valentine’s Day sequel? You decide. [Variety]

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