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The Newsdesk 01.25.10 – Fox Picks Up Rodriguez’s Machete; Watts Joins Craig in Dream House

Naomi Watts has joined Daniel Craig in the cast of Dream House, a new thriller from director Jim Sheridan (Brothers). Watts will play Craig’s neighbor, no word yet if she’s meant to be a wacky one.

James Marsden and Russell Brand will be starring in a live-action/CG comedy I Hop, from the director of Alvin and the Chipmunks. Brand will provide the voice for the Easter Bunny.

Machete, Robert Rodriguez’s fake trailer from Grindhouse, is now set up at Fox.

• The Planet of the Apes reboot (yes another; this one is an origin story about how the monkeys got smart) is now back on.

• According to his wife Emanuelle Seigner, Roman Polanski is working on adapting the play God of Carnage while he’s under house arrest.

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