July 31, 2009
Newsbites: The biblical spin-offs edition!
2. Universal Pictures, having scored a major international hit with the Abba-themed musical Mamma Mia! last year, is now developing a remake of Jesus Christ Superstar (1973). One director the studio has spoken to -- though they're not in active negotiations with anyone just yet -- is Marc Webb, whose credits include numerous music videos as well as the current indie hit (500) Days of Summer. -- Hollywood Reporter
4. Magdalena, the comics-based action flick about a modern-day superhero descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene, now has a writer and a director. The writer is Holly Brix, whose credits include The Butterly Effect 3: Revelations; and the director is RyÃ»hei Kitamura, whose last film was Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train (2008). Hmmm. Jenna Dewan and Luke Goss, the latter of whom played the title character in One Night with the King (2006), are still attached to star. -- Variety, Hollywood Reporter