Your mom is lying on the living floor right now, overcome by some amazing lady news. Also today: We have our Bilbo Baggins! Steven Spielberg is directing a new movie about robots. Plus some more bad Mel Gibson news.
This is from yesterday, but in case you missed it. Martin Freeman, the original T/Jim on the original Office, has been tapped to play Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's next film, the Gollum revenge fantasy Kickin' the Hobbit. No, just kidding. It's just called The Hobbit. So that's a big deal for him! Lucy Davis, meanwhile, is intently watching Studio 60 DVDs, trying to figure out where they went wrong. [Deadline]
Indie auteur Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct a small feature called Robopocalypse. Yeah. Robopocalypse. Terrific. A movie title dreamed up by three stoner college boys between farts and video games, and it gets made by Steven Spielbergo. No one ever said there was justice in the world, but come on. OK. Hey, Steven Spielberg! I wrote a movie called Space Tits. Wanna direct it? Or there's this screenplay I've got called Laser Explosion. I've got a ton of these lying around. Come make them, Spielberg. [THR]
In the wake of his... well, last decade or so, Mel Gibson's cameo has been dropped from The Hangover 2. Liam Neeson will replace him. When asked "How does it feel to not have The Hangover anymore?" Gibson responded, "The hell I don't have it anymore! My head feels like it's full of vipers." [Variety]
WHOAZERS 5000. Are you ready to have an old gay panic attack? You are going to poop your culottes over this is gigundo news. Michael Patrick King, the fairy monster behind Sex and the City, has written and will direct a movie that will star Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, and freaking Oprah. Meryl, Sandra, and Oprah, all together, directed by Hollywood's most in-demand lady-wrangler. That is unreal. That is, to quote a movie, too gay to function. It's set at a Home Shopping kinda network. We all just fell over the railing at Niagara Falls. That's what just happened. We're all free-falling and will soon be dead. This movie is going to exist. Saints preserve us. [Deadline]
This isn't really a Trades item, but whatever. Kirk Honeycutt says that Tyler Perry's adaptation of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf is a "train wreck." Yiiiikes. [THR]