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News Bits: New Wanted 2 Writer; Searchlight Picks Up Nice

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April 17, 2009

Pooh's Heffalump Movie / Nice by Jen Sacks

There are a few good nuggets of news worth reporting today, but they're a bit small, so I thought I'd throw them together in one article. First up, Universal has hired a new writer for Wanted 2, the sequel to Timur Bekmambetov's summer hit from last year. Unfortunately, it's not anyone you might know. Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" and its spinoff, has been hired to write a script based on a story by Chris Morgan. In other news, Fox Searchlight has acquired the screen rights to Nice, a book by Jen Sacks, which will be developed and produced by Reese Witherspoon for her to eventually star in.

Nice is about a magazine writer who accidentally kills her boyfriend. She finds a way to get rid of the body and discovers that killing boyfriends is easier than breaking up with them. The project was originally setup at Warner Brothers with Helen Hunt set to star, but that deal fell through since they tried too hard to "lighten the tone" and it never got approved. Ben Queen ("Drive") will adapt the darkly humorous novel, and "will try to maintain the dark, edgy tone of the book" this time around. As for Spiliotopoulos and Wanted 2, don't get too upset, because I'm sure his early Disney jobs were just his way of breaking into the industry.

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  • Not worrying over the WANTED news but NICE sounds hilarious!
  • moviekidmike
    WTF!!!!! A POOH writer for a hard R Action sequel. That movie is doomed
  • Moviegimp
    So instead of calling it Wanted 2 it will be called Wanted Pooh? LOOOOOOOOOOL !!!!!!!! They should get that guy who made the Apocalypse Pooh movie, that was awesome.
  • Spider94
    so there making wanted 2 a cartoon with pooh bear and his friends, sounds better than the first movie! lol?
  • Curtis
    this is the dumbest piece of news ive heard for a while, Wanted 2 being written by this guy, checking out his past project it looks like this sequel is doomed, i mean come on what were they thinking!!
  • Fisherr
    Nice idea for Nice.

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