Guillermo del Toro has found the first occupant for his haunted house thriller “Crimson Peak” — Emma Stone is in early negotiations to star in the Legendary Pictures movie.
While the deal is not completed, Stone is expected to sign up for the chiller that del Toro will direct.
Plot details are being kept under wraps as del Toro and Lucinda Coxon rewrite the original script penned by del Toro and Matthew Robbins.
Legendary will produce and be a participating financing partner on the movie, with Universal Pictures retaining an option to finance at a later date. The film is set to begin shooting in February 2014.
Haunted house pics have seen a resurgence in recent years after FilmDistrict’s “Insidious” and Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity” franchise hit big at the box office.
Jessica Chastain is following up her Oscar-nominated role in “Zero Dark Thirty” with Universal’s horror pic “Mama,” which bows this weekend and is also exec produced by del Toro.
New Line has “The Conjuring,” which stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson with James Wan directing. The studio is so high on the project that they have dated it to bow in the thick of the summer box office season on July 19.
Stone was most recently seen in Warner Bros. “Gangster Squad,” which opened last weekend and lends her voice to the DreamWorks Animation pic “The Croods.” She is also expected to start shooting Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ sometime this year.
Emma Stone is in negotiations to star in He’s Fuckin’ Perfect, a comedy spec script that Fox 2000 bought two weeks ago. The studio and Stone’s reps are going through the deal making gyrations, but signs are positive.
The comedy focuses on a social media savvy girl who is pessimistic about love and vets her friends’ dates to find flaws. When that process leads her to uncover the perfect guy, she decides to use her internet research skills to turn herself into his perfect match. The film will be produced by Gary Sanchez’s McKay and Will Ferrell. The Gary Sanchez team helped her hone the script and gave her notes to help shape it.
Let’s hope so! Celebuzz is reporting that Ryan has asked Emma to join him at Gangster Squad which is currently in pre-production.
“From your lips to God’s ears! But I don’t think anything is official yet,” Gangster director Ruben Fleischer told us while promoting 30 Minutes or Less at Comic-Con. “We are in pre-production on Gangster Squad, which is a period 1949 Los Angeles kind of crime movie. It’s the story of Mickey Cohen who is this jewish gangster in LA that Sean Penn is going to be playing. Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling lead this team of cops that bring them down. Micheal Pena is in it and a bunch of other really terrific actors. So yeah, that’s what my focus will be the next year.”
No words from Emma’s rep, and she didn’t know about any other role while promoting Spider-Man on Comic-Con. Let’s hope it happens!
Deadline is reporting that Emma turned down the offer to make “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”. The film is based on the tongue-in-cheek book by Seth Grahame-Smith, a re-telling of Jane Austen‘s “Pride and Prejudice” which pits Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy against the brain-devouring monsters.
Some new names are popping up surrounding the casting of Spider-Man’s love interest in the reboot of the webbed superhero starring Andrew Garfield. Sony and director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) continue to test actresses, but, as it turns out, it’s not for one female lead but two. So attention all you comic book fans out there: It looks like this Spider-Man, which is set in high school, will feature both of Spidey’s most prominent love interests, the red-headed Mary Jane Watson, played in the last three movies by Kirsten Dunst, and blonde Gwen Stacy, which Bryce Dallas Howard played in Spider-Man 3, say sources close to the production.
As such, the studio is casting a rather wide net. It flew Mia Wasikowska, best known as Alice from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, in from New York to meet with Webb and Garfield. While, most recently, Easy A’s Emma Stone read with Garfield for the role.
The studio is being very mum as to who could possibly be the front runners for the two parts and declined to comment for this story. Other names are also said to be circling the high-profile project. Yet it’s easy to imagine that the two roles could go to both Stone and Wasikowska. The red-headed Stone has starred in four movies for the studio and is said to have a great relationship with Sony head Amy Pascal. Stone has come on strong ever since last year’s Zombieland and only solidified her place as a go-to young actress with the success of Easy A, which bowed last weekend to just under $18 million. Stone is currently filming The Help for DreamWorks, where she stars as the lead character Skeeter Phelan in the period piece based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel.
This rebooted Spider-Man is supposed to begin filming by the end of the year and is already scheduled for release in Summer 2012.