Will Smith In Talks To Play Genie In Live-Action ‘Aladdin’

The Oscar-nominated actor is being touted for a comic role in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the 1992 animated Disney adventure. (GUAR)

Aaron Hernandez Documentary TV Series In The Works

Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who was found dead today after hanging himself in prison, is the subject of a documentary TV series produced by Geno McDermott’s Blackfin. (DH)

HBO Is Adapting ‘Fahrenheit 451′ Into A Film Starring Michael B. Jordan And Michael Shannon

HBO Films is planning to adapt Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451. Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are set to star in it, while director Ramin Bahrani is attached to co-write and direct the film. (VER)

Village Roadshow Sells Controlling Stake

Vine Alternative Investments and Falcon Investment Advisor have acquired a controlling stake in Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, the maker of the Sherlock Holmes and Matrix films. (VAR)

Amy Pascal Acquiring ‘Princesses’ Spec To Produce At Sony

Producer Amy Pascal is nearing a deal to acquire Nir Paniry’s hot spec script Princesses and plans to set it up at Sony. Lawrence Grey will also produce under his Grey Matter banner. (TB)

Danish Director Niels Arden Oplev To Helm ‘The Deep Mad Dark’ Pilot For TNT

Turner’s TNT has tapped Niels Arden Oplev to direct and executive-produce the pilot for The Deep Mad Dark, an atmospheric mystery-thriller about the complexities of friendship. (BW)

J.C. Spink, Producer And Master Of The Script Sale, Dies At 45

He founded Benderspink with college buddy Chris Bender, and they were behind such films as The Hangover, We’re the Millers and A History of Violence. (THR)

Trailer Buzz: ‘The Beguiled’

Sofia Coppola‘s The Beguiled is a remake of Don Siegel‘s 1971 film, or re-adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan‘s A Painted Devil. (SF)

‘The Dark Tower’ And More Among This Summer’s Riskiest Movies

Here are five movies this summer that have especially large question marks beside them, one of them, in fact, coming from Disney, a company that has been all but infallible over the last 16 months. (TB)

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