Jack Nicholson To Star In ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake, His First Major Role In A Decade

Paramount Pictures has acquired the remake rights to the acclaimed German film with Nicholson attached to play the title character. (VAR)

Pandora – The World Of Avatar Opening In May, Star Wars Lands In 2019

CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger confirmed that Pandora – The World of Avatar will officially open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27. He also confirmed that Star Wars Lands at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are on target for a 2019 opening. (CS)

Black Bear Lands ‘The Impossible War’; Jonas Salk & Albert Sabin Race To Cure Polio

Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear won an auction and will pay mid-six figures to team with Pacific View Management & Production to produce and fully finance The Impossible War, a spec script by Robert Specland. (DH)

Jennifer Connelly Joins James Cameron’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Jennifer Connelly has joined the cast of Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s ambitious adaptation of the popular manga graphic novels. (THR)

Spy Drama Based On Charlaine Harris Short Stories Gets Pilot Order At NBC

Bestselling author Charlaine Harris, whose books inspired True Blood, has gotten a pilot order at NBC for the spy drama Redliners. (TVL)

Johnny Galecki’s ‘Living Biblically’ Ordered To Pilot At CBS

CBS has ordered to pilot Living Biblically, a new comedy project co-executive produced by Johnny Galecki. Patrick Walsh is writing and executive producing the potential new series. (WRAP)

David Fincher Wants To Direct ‘World War Z 2’; Ball Is In Paramount’s Court

David Fincher wants to direct World War Z 2, but Paramount is dragging its heels. (COLL)

What’s And Who’s Next At Sony Pictures?

Sony Corp president and CEO Kazou Hirai is looking for a replacement for outgoing Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton and is looking for a manager who has strong experience in both film and television and also with international markets. (DH)

Luvvie Ajayi’s Book ‘I’m Judging You’ Is Being Developed As Shondaland’s First Comedy

The series, which will be part of Shondaland’s overall deal with ABC, will be the production company’s first foray into comedy. (VUL)

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