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Brad Pitt fights a tiger, 'Spartacus' gets a prequel (Excess Hollywood)

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  • Darren Aronofsky is developing The Tiger, which will likely star Brad Pitt as an animal activist who protects a Siberian town from a tiger. Just give it pepper, duh. [THR]
  • Starz is planning a prequel to its Spartacus: Blood and Sand series. Please let it be titled Spartacus: Jupiter’s C—! [Associated Press]
  • Wimpy Kid may soon be big enough to steal your lunch money: Fox 2000 has scheduled its Wimpy Kid sequel for release on March 25, 2011. [Variety]
  • Alan Ball and Oprah Winfrey are teaming up for a telefilm adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. [Variety]
  • Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard will star in David Cronenberg’s Don DeLillo adaptation Cosmopolis, about an asset manager who loses his fortune in the course of one day. Here’s hoping he stays away from phone booths. [Variety]
  • Hurt Locker reunion! Anthony Mackie and Evangeline Lilly have been tapped to co-star in Real Steel, a Dreamworks film about a boxer (Hugh Jackman) who trains a robot for a fight. Barney will certainly be there. [Variety]
  • Kurt Russell will star in Media 8 Entertainment’s Undying, a supernatural thriller. [THR]
  • Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch 3D will be released on IMAX on March 25, 2011. In that case, pack face padding. [THR]
  • Expect some British class on Showtime: Thespians Derek Jacobi and Richard Griffiths have been tapped for Showtime’s The Borgias and Episodes, respectively. [THR]