Michael Bacall (21 Jump Street) writing a treatment a sequel to Project X for Warner Bros., a movie he co-wrote.
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) talks Hunger Games and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
Max Borenstein (“The Seventh Son”) hired by to write sci-fi space adventure Paladin for Disney.
Novelist and screenwriter Michael Chabon talks about how he ended up co-writing John Carter.
Shawn Christensen (“Abduction”) hired to write The Man From Nowhere reboot for Dimension Films.
Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) named to make his directing debut on “Boy Scouts vs. Zombies” based on a Black List script.
“Lost” showrunner Carlton Cuse taking the reins of A&E series “Bates Motel”, a prequel to the movie Psycho.
Bret Easton Ellis (Bright Lights Big City) and director Paul Schrader casting The Canyons based on Ellis’ screenplay.
Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5 is another writer to jump to directing with Hours which has cast Paul Walker and Genesis Rodriguez.
Peter Landesman (The Mission) tapped to adapt “The Galton Case”, a Lew Archer mystery for Warner Bros.
Max Landis (Chronicle) back for Chronicle 2 for Fox.
Mike Markowitz (Horrible Bosses) tapped to write an untitled animation project for Tradition Studios.
Cormac McCarthy’s first screenplay “The Counselor” is becoming quite a project with Ridley Scott attached to direct and in talks with Jeremy Renner, Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman to star.
Black List screenwriter and playwright Michael Mitnick (“The Current War”) writes the book for Animal House as it moves to Broadway.
Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil, who wrote the original, have been hired to write the sequel Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnome for Rocket Pictures.
Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) brought in for polish and punch-up duties on Pain & Gain for Paramount and Platinum Dunes.
Vanity Fair with a big article on Aaron Sorkin’s influence on politics hearkening back to the TV series “West Wing”.
More Sorkin: He is to deliver the commencement address this year at his alma mater.