Trade Breaks: Ghosts, Taj, Mechanics

“Michael Douglas will play the Marley-esque character in the New Line romantic comedy “The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” with Matthew McConaughey. Douglas is Uncle Wayne, a ’70s playboy with Bob Evans shades who guides out lead (McConaughey) around the ghost world..” (full details)

“Michael Radford (“Il Postino,” “Merchant of Venice”) is set to direct “Taj,” a $25 million love story between 17th century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the queen for whom he built the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum. Krishna Shah wrote the script, and the project will shoot in India from September…” (full details)

“EuropaCorp has acquired bigscreen adaptation rights to “La Mecanique du coeur” (The Mechanics of the Heart) and will turn Mathias Malzieu’s novel into a 3-D animated movie which the author will write and co-direct. Set in 1874, story turns on a young man whose heart was replaced at birth with a clock. He should avoid strong emotions, above all love, but can’t keep his heart under control. Stephane Berla will co-direct and Joann Sfar will collaborate in the novel-to-screen rendering…” (full details)