Veteran star Drew Barrymore, meanwhile, is set to return to the directing chair for “The End” (after her underappreciated 2009 debut, “Whip It”). In March 2011 Barrymore was slated to direct an adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s cliched novel “How to Be Single,” which has gone nowhere fast at New Line. With “The End” in sight, Barrymore will tackle the end of the world drama for Warner Bros, with a script by Aron Eli Coleite (TV’s “Heroes,” “The River”). The story posits itself as a 180-degree approach to the usual apocalyptic scenarios, focusing on life instead of death, “meant to be uplifting and humanistic rather than a downer.” Isn’t that what “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” tried and failed to do? More on the synopsis from THR below. Barrymore is also set to direct young-adult thriller “Heist Society” for the studio.
Among the storylines is a sixtysomething radio personality in London intent on broadcasting until the end, a father trying to make it through the chaos in Tokyo to reach his wife and baby and a teenage couple in the American Midwest being pulled in different directions by their families.
-The latest addition to the cast of “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” is veteran stage, TV and film actress Lynn Cohen for the role of Mags, the eighty-year old victor from District 4. Cohen is among the other newcomers–Jena Malone (Johanna), Amanda Plummer (Wiress) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee)–joining the usual suspects for the sequel, being directed by Francis Lawrence this fall for a November 22, 2013 release.
Cohen’s resume of films includes “Munich,” “Synechdoche, NY,” “Across the Universe,” “The Station Agent” and many more. She will be recognized by many as Magda, Miranda’s motherly and often disapproving maid, from the “Sex and the City” series and films.