Today in film and television news: Beyonce's pregnancy might be pushing back the start of Clint Eastwood's A Star is Born remake, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are remaking The Gambler, and the campaign to save Men of a Certain Age is over.
- Beyonce's pregnancy is good news for celebrity baby enthusiasts, but it's going to complicate director Clint Eastwood's plans to remake A Star Is Born with the singer. Nikki Finke reports Warner Bros. had wanted to start production on the film "as early as February 2012" but now the studio "could push" the start date back. That might not be the worst thing for the project, which still doesn't have a male lead. Finke reported back in June that Eastwood was trying to convince Leonardo DiCaprio, who is starring in the director's upcoming J. Edgar Hoover biopic, to appear opposite Beyonce, but now she says DiCaprio "isn't doing" the movie. Will Smith and Christian Bale are mentioned as possible fallbacks. [Deadline]
- Speaking of DiCaprio: he's attached to star in director Martin Scorsese's remake of director Karel Reisz's 1974 drama The Gambler, which starred James Caan as a college professor with a sports betting compulsion. News of the remake isn't sitting well with the original film's screenwriter James Toback, who in a lengthy letter posted yesterday to Deadline lambasted studio Paramount for showing "rudeness" and "disrespect" by revisiting his "blatantly autobiographical original screenplay." Although if anyone should be upset, it's Fyoder Dostoyevsky, who wrote the novella The Gambler in 1867, and won't be around to collect royalties from the 1974 version or the Scorsese remake. [The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline]
- William Monahan, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for The Departed, has been brought in to work on the script for Sin City 2. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he'll be "supplementing" a draft for the film recently completed by Frank Miller, who created the original Sin City graphic novels and co-directed the 2005 film adaptation with Robert Rodriguez. At Comic-Con in July, Rodriguez said shooting on the sequel could begin before the end of the year, if the script was set. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- The creator and star of Men of a Certain Age have scrapped efforts to find a new home for the recently cancelled TNT dramedy. In a post to the Facebook page "Save Men of a Certain Age" show co-creator Mike Royce and star Ray Romano, said that "couldn't persuade" any other networks to pick the show up. "And at a certain point," they say, "you gotta move on." TNT pulled the plug on the show last month after 22 episodes. [Facebook via TVLine]