Zemeckis to go underwater again, Gilbert Grape author adapting another book, and Freakonomics gets a theatrical release

Hollywood, eager as always to make a film adaptation out of any coherent string of words, has three news projects in the works. Apparently, working on Yellow Submarine gave Robert Zemeckis a thirst for underwater hijinks. According to Variety, Zemeckis is set to direct the film adaptation of the yet-to-be-released…

New TV-series pickups include Spielberg’s alien-invasion drama, plus still more cops and lawyers

TNT and ABC both added a handful of new shows to their lineups today. ABC starts with Matadors, a drama about two prominent feuding families in Chicago— one heavily involved in the district attorney’s office, the other running a prestigious law firm. Variety doesn’t have any word on casting, but Matadors comes from…

Redford set to direct Lincoln assassination film; Spielberg also still in a LIncoln state of mind

Robert Redford is set to direct The Conspirator, a drama based on the trial of Mary Surratt, an accused conspirator in the Lincoln assassination. According to The Guardian, the film will star Robin Wright Penn as Surratt and Atonement's James McAvoy as her attorney, Frederick Aiken. Redford's plans coincide with…