James Franco, Michael Shannon, and Benicio Del Toro have all joined The Iceman. The film — which is based on Anthony Bruno’s The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer and Jim Thebaut’s documentary, The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer — centers on a contract killer (Shannon) who would freeze his victims. Del Toro will play the killer’s boss, while Franco plays his mentor, named Mr. Softee. I think we have a soundtrack!
- High sci-fi(ve)! Sony has acquired Neill Blomkamp’s futuristic Elysium, which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and District 9 star Sharlto Copley. [Deadline]
- Rosie O’Donnell is set to host one-hour special with OWN following the May premiere of Becoming Chaz, a documentary centered on Chaz Bono.
- Toast Mia Wasikowska’s busy 2011! The actress is circling both the Prohibition-centric The Wettest County in the World — starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy — and Stoker, which follows a teen whose uncle suddenly and mysteriously appears following her father’s death. [Variety]
- Distributor-less, nevermore: Relativity Media has announced that it has acquired rights to The Raven, the thriller centered on Edgar Allen Poe starring John Cusack.
- HBO and Bryan Singer have optioned Bye, Bye Life: The Loves and Deaths of Bob Fosse, a biography of the legendary choreographer. This will be the second Fosse biography brought to life — Fosse chronicled his own story in 1979’s All That Jazz. Encore? [THR]
- Dawn Olivieri (Heroes) will star alongside Don Cheadle in Showtime’s House of Lies, about a less-than-honest management consultant. [Deadline]
- GK Films has picked up The Man’s Guide to Love, a comedy pitch inspired by themansguidetolove.com, which features love advice via man-on-the-street interviews. ‘Cuz if anyone knows anything about love, it’s the guy in the skeleton costume. In January. [Deadline]