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Spielberg to film Lincoln, and Kylie in "Grease 3"

January 23rd, 2003

Some interesting news has appeared at Dark Horizons. First up is the new project Steven Spielberg is posed to do: A film about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Spielberg told columnist Cindy Perlman that his feelings for history and Lincoln are strong and the production should hopefully be underway within two years. Writer John Logan as already been penned to write the screenplay.

Recent Golden Globe winner Renee Zellweger stated she'll gladly put on weight, again, to play Bridget Jones in a Dairy sequel. Zellweger was nominated for a best actress Oscar last year for her performance in Bridget Jones's Diary, and the film, based on the beloved novel by Helen Fielding, was an enormous hit with American and foreign audiences alike.

Australian song goddess Kylie Minogue looks to be set to star in Grease 3, despite rumors that she denied having anything to do with the sequel. According to several sources, Minogue will play the daughter of the Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta characters. Travolta, Newton-John, and Stockard Channing are all supposedly on board to reprise their roles from the 1978 musical blockbuster. Just pretend Grease 2, with Michelle Pfeiffer, never happened.

On the DVD news side, Martin Scorsese said that his Gangs of New York will not receive a director's cut on disc. The 168-minute theatrical version now playing in theaters will be the only version to hit DVD and VHS. Test screenings of the $90 million film have ranged in length from 156 to 220 minutes. Scorsese did add that deleted scenes will appear on DVD. Last up is The Ring spooking its way onto disc March 4. The $128 million-plus grossing remake of the Japanese phenomenon will include a 15-minute experimental short by director Gore Verbinski, based on the legend surrounding the Ring story.

Matthew Dalton

Source: Dark Horizons

Filed under: The Ring, Gangs of New York