Trade Breaks: Wonga, Irony, Sound, Man

“Scribe Peter Buchman (“Eragon,” “Jurassic Park III”) is in final negotiations to adapt “The Wonga Coup” for Miramax and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods. Project, based on a book by Economist writer Adam Roberts, centers on a failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea that’s driven by the desire to control oil…” (full details)

“The producers of Russia’s biggest-ever boxoffice success, “Day Watch,” which took in $35 million here last year, are planning a sequel to one of the nation’s most popular Soviet-era films, “Irony of Fate.” The film — to be shot by “Watch” director Timur Bekmambetov and featuring “Watch” star Konstantin Khabensky — will update a film that has become a cult classic since its Dec. 31, 1975 release and which holds a place in Russian affection equal to that in the U.S. for “It’s a Wonderful Life”…” (full details)

“Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to music-biz satire “Great World of Sound”. Directed by debut helmer Craig Zobel, it looks at naive musicians exploited by a record-company scheme. Patrick Healy and Kene Holliday star in the film, which is scheduled for an early fall release…” (full details)

“Louis C.K., who co-wrote “I Think I Love My Wife” with Chris Rock, has been cast alongside Martin Lawrence in “The Better Man.” Lawrence plays a successful talkshow host who moves home to the South in the Universal comedy. C.K. will play Marty, his fast-talking producer. Malcolm Lee is directing…” (full details)