– Amy Adams is building up quite a resume of juicy roles. She’s joining Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart in Walter Salles’ Jack Kerouc adaptation, On the Road; she plays the junkie-mother-of-two. Her other roles include: a bartender who dates Mark Wahlberg in David O. Russell’s The Fighter, a manic depressive in the upcoming adaptation of Jacki Lyden’s novel Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, and an attorney-turned-housemaid in the comedy The Undomestic Goddess (based on the Sophie Kinsella bestseller).
And to cap it all off, Adams’ portrayal of Janis Joplin is slated to hit theaters in 2012.
–Lost and Taken star Maggie Grace is set to star in yet another Luc Besson production, Lockout, to be directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, not Taken director Pierre Morel (who has plenty on his plate). Guy Pearce stars as a man baselessly convicted of espionage against the United States who can win his freedom if he rescues the president’s daughter (Grace) from criminals who have escaped with her into outer space.
– Tony Scott is inches away from taking the director’s seat on Paramount’s adaptation of John Grisham’s The Associate, reports the LAT. In the vein of Grisham’s The Firm, which Sydney Pollack directed, the thriller follows a young lawyer (Shia LaBeouf) who is coerced into a job at a firm where he must pass secrets to a questionable defense lawyer. Scott’s last five features, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Numb3rs, Deja Vu, Domino and Man on Fire have failed to come close to the box office success of such earlier films as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II and Enemy of The State. This time Scott is teaming with The Departed screenwriter William Monahan. November’s train wreck thriller Unstoppable starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine may do better at the box office.
– Road To Perdition graphic novel author Max Allan Collins tells MovieWeb that while he may not direct his own screenplay follow-up, Road To Purgatory, featuring Michael Sullivan, Jr. and set a decade after the last story, “things have gotten very, very serious” and a movie deal for the project is imminent. Most important to him, he says, “is that the material be faithfully rendered.” Director Sam Mendes’ was not completely faithful to the original Road To Perdition script, he admits, but “Mendes really got it and understood it and, I think that, in some ways, enhanced it.” It’s yet to be decided who will direct Purgatory. Assuming Road To Purgatory goes ahead, Collins would follow it up with Road To Paradise.