Also in Thursday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, Adam Sandler's next comedy heads to a rival studio. Matthew Vaughn is departing X-Men. And Jill Scott boards a Fox Searchlight project.
Eli Roth Casts The Green Inferno
The film will shoot beginning November 5th in Peru. It will star Lorenzo Izzo (Aftershock), Ariel Levy (Aftershock), Aaron Burns (John Carter) and Daryl Sabara (Machete) Roth will direct the thriller based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Aftershock co-writer Guillermo Amoedo. This will be Roth’s much anticipated directorial follow up to the enormously successful Hostel franchise, which collectively grossed over $300 million worldwide. Roth spoke further with Movieline about the pic, which will be filming in a remote Amazonian village - read more here.
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Twilight Finale Tracking Like a Monster Hit
Breaking Dawn Par - 2 is running 16% ahead of Part - 1's breakneck pace. It is outpacing Skyfall in terms of awareness. Summit is hoping to outpace the $138.1 million opening weekend grossed by Part 1, Deadline reports.
Adam Sandler's Comedic Western Moves from Sony to Paramount
The film, which was in development at Sony, is said to be an untitled comedic Western and likely will follow the Grown-Ups sequel that opens in July 2013. Sandler's last few movies haven't reached mega-grosser status — June's R-rated That's My Boy grossed just $57 million worldwide for Sony, THR reports.
Matthew Vaughn Not Taking On X-Men: First Class 2
Speculation is that Bryan Singer will direct the 20th Century Fox spinoff after Vaughn decided not to direct the sequel. Singer launched the X-Men franchise with the first two films, Deadline reports.
Jill Scott Boards Fox Searchlight's Baggage Claim
The Grammy-winning new should singer-songwriter will star in Baggage Claim along side Paula Patton and Derek Luke. The rom-com will be directed by David E. Talbert who also penned the script. Patton will play Montana Moore, a flight attendant who tries to find a man before her sister's upcoming wedding. Scott will play Gail Best, Moore's blunt best friend and coworker. The pic will open next year, Reuters reports.