Ed Helms will follow his appearance in The Hangover with Cedar Rapids. Helms will play a sad-sack insurance agent who goes to an industry
convention to try to save the jobs of his colleagues. Script was
written by Phil Johnston, who developed it with Helms. Alexander Payne is producing with Miguel Arteta helming. Helms is currently writing with script partner Jake Fleisher an
untitled Civil War comedy for Warner Bros. Helms intends to star, and
his The Office co-star Steve Carell is producing through his Warner
Bros.-based Carousel banner.
John Goodman is slated to star in The Station, a Fox comedy pilot from Ben Stiller’s production company, Red Hour Films. Project revolves around a group of lackluster CIA operatives at a covert South
American outpost, where they’re charged with installing a new dictator.
Thesp will play Ted Gannon, a gruff CIA vet and head of its Altamara
Station. Stiller, Jeremy Kramer and Stuart Cornfeld
are the exec producers on “The Station,” which comes from scribe Kevin
Napier. Twentieth Century Fox TV is the studio.
Scott Speedman, Bruce Greenwood and Macha Grenon are set to co-star in Barney’s Version for Richard Lewis. Based on the Mordecai Richler novel, adapted for the screen by
Michael Konyves, Barney’s stars Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman,
Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike and Rachelle Lefevre in the tale of a
man (Giamatti) suffering from Alzheimer’s as he recounts his
Speedman will play Boogie, Barney’s best friend who mysteriously
disappears. Greenwood has been tapped to appear as Blair, Barney’s
rival in love. Grenon will play Solange, another close friend of
Actress Sarah Habel is slated to star in Unrequited. Pic is an indie
thriller written by Jeff Day and Tom Lockridge and directed by
Jason Epperson. Gil Holland, Mark Freiburger, Day and Lockridge are
producing. The psychological thriller follows a man who leaves a group home
for troubled teens when he turns 18 and discovers that his former
girlfriend (Habel) has moved on with another guy. He kidnaps her to
try to regain her affection. Habel has appeared in The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations, Patrick Swayze’s TV show, The Beast and will be appearing in Whip It! and American Virgin.
Alexander Sarsgard (True Blood), will be co-starring in the remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 Straw Dogs for director Rod Lurie. Pic centers on a Hollywood
screenwriter encounters bloody threats and conflict from locals in
a small Southern town after he and his wife move there.
James Marsden is the lead. Skarsgard will play Charlie, described
as a grizzled, athletic type. Skarsgard will also be appearing in the upcoming Metropia and Puss.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey