Trade Breaks: Happen, Ira, Pompeii

“The Mayhem Project will produce dance pic “Make It Happen” with Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Grindhouse”) toplining and Darren Grant (“Diary of a Mad Black Woman”) directing. Script by Duane Adler (“Save the Last Dance,” “Step Up”) it revolves around a young woman from a small town who moves to Chicago with dreams of becoming a professional dancer and falls into performing at a burlesque club. A July start date is planned in Winnipeg and Chicago…” (full details)

“Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to romantic comedy “Ira & Abby.” Robert Cary directed, whilst Jennifer Westfeldt (“Kissing Jessica Stein”) wrote, produced and stars in the story about a overly cautious New Yorker (Chris Messina) who falls in love with a free spirit (Westfeldt). Frances Conroy, Judith Light, Robert Klein, Jason Alexander, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell and Darrell Hammond all star…” (full details)

“Production on Polanski’s “Pompeii” has been postponed until April 2008, as a result both Orlando Bloom and Scarlett Johansson can no longer participate due to scheduling conflicts. A late 2009 release is planned…” (full details)