Joe Carnahan (“Stretch,” “The Grey“) is revving up the long dormant “Motorcade” for DreamWorks. At one time eyed by Tom Cruise, and a few years ago slated to star Ryan Reynolds, with a script from Billy Ray (indeed, his is the most recent draft), the thriller has a bunch of terrorists attacking the President’s motorcade during a trip to Los Angeles. FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE DOWN! We’ll see if Carnahan will finally be the guy to get this movie off the ground. [Variety]
John Lasseter won’t be going it alone with “Toy Story 4.” Pixar veteran Josh Cooley, who has credits on “The Incredibles,” “Cars,” “Ratatouille,” and “Up,” has graduated to the co-director’s chair on the sequel. There’s no word yet on plot details, except that it will be a “romantic comedy” and not tied to the original trilogy. [via Empire]
“Mama” director Andy Muschietti will be behind the the big screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s 1981 short story, “The Jaunt.” The story “takes place in the 24th century, as a father explains the ground rules for ‘Jaunting,’ a form of teleportation the family will be using shortly to go to Mars. The key is that travelers must be under anesthesia for the short journey, or terrible things happen to the mind of those being jaunted around the solar system. Time stands still and one’s brain implodes with too much time to think in an absence of external stimulation. Bad things happen.” [Deadline]
Lastly, Barry Sonnenfeld will helm “An Honest Liar.” It tells the true story of an elaborate ruse orchestrated by James “The Amazing” Randi and two fake psychics, Steve Shaw (now known as Banachek) and Michael Edwards. Banachek and Edwards auditioned for and then participated in a paranormal research project led by researchers who believed that the pair had legitimate psychic powers and had no idea that they were being duped. The testing of the two “psychics” included spoon bending, blowing fuses, and moving objects in a sealed transparent container. Beginning in 1979, the project lasted over two years until the hoax was revealed publicly in a press conference held at Discover Magazine. But this one will have to wait for Sonnenfeld to finish “Nine Lives” with Kevin Spacey.