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April 6, 2009

Newsbites: The reimagined characters edition!

1. Two -- not one, but two -- movies about the Easter Bunny are now in the works. Universal is developing I Hop, a live-action film about "an out-of-work slacker who, while driving home late one night, runs over the Easter Bunny. When the bunny can’t hop because his leg is broken, the slacker must train to take over the job and save Easter." Meanwhile, Sony Animation has picked up Hip Hop, in which "the Easter Bunny decides to retire and hides out as a pet with a suburban family, turning their lives upside down." -- Variety, Hollywood Reporter

2. Emma Stone is in talks to star in Easy A, a modernized high-school version of The Scarlet Letter. The film "centers on a student who sees her life paralleling Hawthorne's heroine Hester Prynne after she pretends to be the school slut in hopes that she'll benefit from the notion she's promiscuous." -- Variety

3. NBC is developing Dorothy Gale, a modernized version of The Wizard of Oz. The show will follow "the story of Dorothy, a girl from Kansas who tries to tackle modern-day Manhattan (her version of the Emerald City). Dorothy finds a job in the art world -- and must deal with a wicked boss." -- Variety

4. Emily Blunt, who is playing the Princess of Lilliputia opposite Jack Black's Lemuel Gulliver in the upcoming Gulliver's Travels, says the film will show how Gulliver "contemporizes the whole palace setup" when he comes to Lilliput. -- MTV Movies Blog

5. Photos of Nicolas Cage in his modernized Sorcerer's Apprentice garb surfaced on the internet recently, prompting some people to compare his get-up to Hugh Jackman's outfit in Van Helsing (2004). -- Cartoon Brew, Just Jared

6. Vanessa Redgrave has joined the cast of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, mother of Kings Richard and John; the character was famously played by Katherine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter (1968). John himself is being played by Oscar Isaac, who played Joseph in The Nativity Story (2006). Meanwhile, Russell Crowe recently revealed that he has cut off the hair that he had been growing for the title role. -- Hollywood Reporter, WENN

7. The lobbying by Nightmare of Elm Street fans has paid off: Jackie Earle Haley, most recently seen as Rorschach in Watchmen, will play Freddy Krueger in the remake of Wes Craven's 1984 horror film. -- Variety, Hollywood Reporter

8. Ellen DeGeneres will play Mother Nature in an original comedy being developed by Walden Media, in which the character "will return to Earth for the first time since the planet's creation." -- Hollywood Reporter

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