Director's Chair: Nolan, Schwentke, Robbins

By Garth Franklin Monday August 22nd 2005 11:00PM

"At Worldcon in Glasgow, novelist Christopher Priest mentioned that Christopher Nolan was interested in making a film of one of his earlier novels "The Prestige". Priest has read Jonathon Nolan's script and says the film is set to go into production in November. What this means for "The Exec", Nolan's announced next movie is unsure. The Prestige follows two 19th century magicians who start a petty feud that comes to dominate the rest of their lives as they try to outdo each others tricks and success..." (full details)

"German helmer Robert Schwentke, director of Disney's upcoming Jodie Foster starrer "Flightplan," has just inked a deal to direct "Runaway Train" at 20th Century Fox. Studio is putting the action-thriller into active pre-production with the expectation of lensing it early next year. Story follows a rail company's frantic efforts to stop an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying enough combustible liquids and poisonous gas to wipe out a nearby city..." (full details)

"Brian Robbins is in negotiations to direct the Eddie Murphy comedy "Norbit" at DreamWorks. Helmer replaces Rawson Marshall Thurber, who dropped out over a scheduling conflict. Shooting is skedded to start in March. In the pic, Murphy stars as Norbit, a meek guy pressed into marrying a monstrous woman (also played by Murphy). When he subsequently meets the woman of his dreams, he has to figure out a way to be with her..." (full details)

Thanks to 'KC'.