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]