Straight from an inside source at a Hollywood studio's independent studio, word is that Roman Polanski, the Academy Award-winning Polish-French film director, writer, actor, and producer, may be temporarily allowed back in the United States soon after 30 years away. Polanski has been considered by US authorities to be a fugitive from justice since 1978 after pleading guilty to the rape of a 13 year old girl. He's been looking for a project that would put him back on the good side of the American government, and allow him to be considered again for American citizenship but the US will likely not allow him to stay beyond the three months needed to complete a new project.
That project, according to this source, is a film about the first American Couple, George and Martha Washington, focusing when they first meet. It was attached to none other than young pop phenom Miley Cyrus, but is now purportedly to star Juno's Ellen Page, as well as Ryan Philippe and Polanski's French compatriot Gerard Depardieu. A second source at Sony's Screen Gems confirmed this is in the works but declined to specify further. A spokesperson for the State Department said they'll have more about this directly by the end of the day.
Animators from Blue Sky are hot at work on another animated Dr. Seuss adaptation, scheduled for release in 2010. This one is based on Seuss' environmentally themed classic The Lorax and will reportedly be voiced by Judd Apatow faves Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus, Ian Holm and possibly (unconfirmed), in his first stint as a cartoon voice, Javier Bardem. It is unconfirmed who will voice the "mossy, bossy" man-like, titular creature but it will likely either be Rogen or Holm.
BONANZA on the silver screen?
It's now scheduled for a 2009 release, with Hollywood returning to Ponderosa Pine and the Cartwright Family, with Anthony Hopkins as thrice widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright, Ryan Gosling as "Little Joe," (Hopkins and Gosling on the same side this time), and Walking Tall's Neal McDonough as gentle giant Hoss Cartwright. The script is being revised as we speak but will be shot this summer in Lake Tahoe and South Africa, with Zak Helm at the helm.
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