At one time, Marc Webb was the guy who directed some music videos and the charming rom-com “(500) Days Of Summer.” And the next thing he knew, he was caught in the web of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” directing two films of the franchise so far, and recently confirmed for the third. But it looks like he’s getting an exit strategy together.
Fox has snapped up the rights to the upcoming book “Cold Comfort (aka How To Catch A Russian Spy)” co-written by journalist Ellis Henican, with the material being developed for Webb to direct. The comedy, which is said to have a lead role perfect for a Jonah Hill type, tells the story of a self-taught spy who works with the FBI to track down a Russian agent in the United States. Sounds cool bro, but with Webb tied up through 2016 with Spidey, this is a long way off. [Deadline]
Polish filmmaking legend Andrzej Wajda (“Ashes And Diamonds,” “The Promised Land“) is 87 years young, and isn’t stopping just yet. He’s already at work prepping his next feature, an untitled drama about Władysław Strzeminski, avant-garde painter, writer and teacher, and pioneer of constructivism, who was active throughout the ’20s and ’30s, but soon ran afoul of the country’s government. The script is still being worked on funding is coming together,with production to take place in Lodz. [Film New Europe]
Lastly, Jon Turteltaub (“Last Vegas,” “National Treasure“) will get behind the camera for “The Lady In The Locker Room.” Based on the book by Susan Fornoff, it tells the true story of her fight “to secure equal rights for female sports journalists, insisting they deserved the same access to athletes as their male colleagues” in the 1980s. The project is being called both “hilarious and harrowing.” Joel Silverman will pen the script with CBS Films behind the project. [THR]