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In the Trades: Remakes, Remakes, Remakes

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Russell Crowe will star as the not-as-bad-as-we’ve-been-led-to-believe Sheriff of Nottingham, based on a spec script from Ethan Reiff and Cyris Voris of Sleeper Cell. Imagine’s Brian Glazer will produce for Universal.

Jennifer Garner will star in a remake of the perfect-the-way-it-is-now, so-why-mess-it-up? 1945 film Christmas in Connecticut. Barbara Stanwyck was wonderful as the undomesticated magazine columnist forced to entertain a war hero at Christmas. No writer has been assigned and FBLA hopes this project dies a well-deserved death. Remakes suck.

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Speaking of remakes, Warner Bros. bought a Wonder Woman spec script, even though one they already have one from Joss Whedon. Joel Silver is producing the big-screen version, with Wheldon directing, and by buying the spec from new boys Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland, a future legal problem is side-stepped.

Jordana Brewster will play Mrs. Smith for ABC in the pilot based on the Jolie-Pitt movie, to be directed by Doug Linman. Brewster was also courted by NBC for the Bionic Woman series. Is Brewster the new Linda Carter or the more accessible Angelina Jolie? Aren’t they all lesbian fantasy objects?

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