Quick Cuts: Brad Bird's 1906, Segel and Stoller take on the Muppets, Fame

Things are rumbling beneath Incredibles and Ratatouille director Brad Bird’s current/next project, the live-action 1906, with The Hollywood Reporter adding the news that the film will now be a co-production between Warner Brothers and Disney/Pixar. Specifically, the two giants are co-financing the film, likely because of the huge budget needed to destroy San Francisco in the film’s recreation of the Great Earthquake of 1906. Brad is rewriting a script by John Logan (Sweeney Todd), based on a novel by James Dalessandro. The film is slated for release next year.

The co-writers of Forgetting Sarah Marshall have another project lined up, and it’s… a new Muppet movie? It seems that Jason Segel (Freaks & Geeks, Knocked Up) worked with some people from the Henson company, making puppets for his Sarah Marshall character’s day gig, as the writer of a puppet musical based on Dracula, and the experience "emboldened Segel to pitch his concept for a Muppets movie." Segel inked a deal and brought in Nick Stoller to co-write and direct. The two have Five-Year Engagement in the works with Sarah Marshall producer Judd Apatow, as well; no word which project is moving forward first.

While whoever sung the theme song for Fame may not live forever, the story will not die: the arts school movie-turned-TV-series is headed back to the big screen, with Kevin Tancharoen as director. The 23-year old dance choreographer has helmed the dance-related series TwentyFourSeven and DanceLife (luckily for us, Fame is just one word, so he can’t take out the space).

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Posted on March 13, 2008 at 10:25 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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