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IN THE WORKS: Theron’s Career Comeback Includes Horror Remake; The Departed Prequel; Night Train

IN THE WORKS: Theron's Career Comeback Includes Horror Remake; The Departed Prequel; Night Train

Don’t be surprised if Charlize Theron decides not to interrupt what looks like a promising career revival– via Young Adult/Prometheus/Snow White and the Huntsman–with an ugly step-sister. It’s a remake of Zwart Water, a Dutch horror film about a little girl whose new friend is the ghost of her mother’s dead twin, in which Theron (her production company Denver & Delilah bought the rights; they also produced Young Adult) is set to play the mother. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) will direct. This sounds like the kind of project Hilary Swank would do (see: The Reaping). We’re betting that Theron won’t end up in the film.

– Screenwriter William Monahan shares his thoughts with Collider on the Sin City sequel, The Gambler remake with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, and–most exciting–the possibility of a prequel to The Departed, for which he won an Oscar in 2007. Because all the main characters die in the film, a sequel would be a stretch. “My idea actually is to set the film before, during and after the action of the first film, which I think would be extraordinary,” Monahan tells Collider. “Essentially, in the middle section of the thing I’ve intended, you’d see actions that take place during the original Departed, but aren’t on screen in the original Departed. There would be off-screen things that occur at that point in the story. But it would work seamlessly as a movie of its own.” He doesn’t know if it will ever happen, but says the way he’s configured it, everybody could come back. Here’s more.

Night Train to Lisbon, Pascal Mercier’s best selling novel, is being adapted for the screen with Bille August in the directors chair and Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave, Mélanie Laurent, Bruno Ganz, Christopher Lee and Lena Olin slated to star. The thriller follows a Swiss professor who, after by chance saving a Portuguese woman from jumping to her death, discovers the works of a Portuguese poet and doctor and begins to lose himself in a search for answers to the late poet’s mysterious fate within Salazar’s regime and the Portuguese resistance. The film is set to shoot March 2012 and is a co-production between the U.S., Switzerland and Germany. Here’s more.

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