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The Newsdesk 04.22.09 – Jolie Tackles Cornwell’s Scarpetta; Ratner’s The Milli Vanilli Story

Brett Ratner is in talks to direct the Milli Vanilli Story for Universal. Rarely has a director been so suited to his material.

Angelina Jolie will portray medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in an upcoming adaptation of crime novelist Patricia Cornwell’s work. Finally, the beautiful, slightly aloof Scarpetta Cornwell fans have been waiting for.

• Disney will premiere their 3D motion capture version of A Christmas Carol at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

• Summit Entertainment is considering Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night director David Slade for Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series. 30 Days of Night had vampires, right? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Tom Cruise is keeping script doctors busy with his various in development projects. Tom Cruise: Keeping the economy afloat, one bloated vanity project at a time.

• Sam Raimi confirmed that he’s meeting with Kirsten Dunst about Spider-Man 4. Isn’t it time for Bryce Dallas Howard’s Gwen Stacy to grab the spotlight?

• Rumor has it the theatrical cut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the exact same length as the recently leaked version. But this version comes with overpriced popcorn and noisy teenagers constantly texting their friends.

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