5 Rumors: Fake ‘Batman v. Superman’ Script, Alec Baldwin as Rob Ford

Here’s a wrap-up of all the rumors that have been abuzz in the entertainment world over the past week.

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Scarlett Johansson in New Coen Brothers Film

More cast members are getting lined up for the new Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!, and just when you thought it couldn’t get more all-star, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Jonah Hill and Scarlett Johansson are in early negotiations to be in the comedy, which is already set to star George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, and Tilda Swinton. The period piece will be set in Hollywood in the 1950s and will be about a studio fixer named Eddie Mannix, who is hired by a film studio to protect its movie stars from potential scandals. Hill and Tatum have worked together on the 21 Jump Street films and Fiennes and Swinton recently appeared together in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Alec Baldwin as Rob Ford

Deadline reports that Alec Baldwin is considering a return to TV with an NBC series in which he would play a New York City politician in the vein of debauched Toronto mayor Rob Ford. The show promises to be pretty edgy, given that Ford is most famous for smoking crack and the series is being written by the fiction writer Wells Tower, who is most known for the short story collection, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. The title story of that collection is about vikings brutally murdering each other.

Baldwin himself isn’t exactly unfamiliar with making a controversial fool of himself in public with his frequent paparazzi clashes and bizarre rants, which will probably only make his portrayal of a Ford-type character even better.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Black and White Film

Guillermo del Toro has a bit of time to fill until Pacific Rim 2, which is planned for a 2017 release, and according to Collider, he’s going to fill that time by making what sounds like the antithesis of Pacific Rim – a small-budget black and white movie. Collider spoke to del Toro, who told them that he plans to shoot the smaller movie before Pacific Rim 2, even though he starts pre-production on the latter film next month. He called the film a “very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre.” He refused to give many more details about the film, though he said he has a title, some of the cast, and even a creature in mind for the project.

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Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Fake Batman v. Superman Script

Indie cult favorite director Kevin Smith addressed rumors this week that he’d penned a fake screenplay for the upcoming Zach Snyder film Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice. Reports claimed that he was paid to write a pretend script for the film to throw off journalists and fans rabid for more information about the movie. Some strange details about the film had been reported, including that there were going to be a ton of villains thrown in, and those rumors were attributed to an alleged fake script from Smith.

Smith addressed that rumor in a post on his blog, saying that, “C’mon kids …  no major studio would let a guy like me near their franchises — even if it was for a dummy script meant solely to fool the news sites.”

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Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images

Gus Van Zandt Death Note Adaptation

Gus Van Zandt is rumored to be directing the American live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note, according to The Tracking Board. The book is about a high schooler who discovers a notebook that kills off whoever’s name is written in it. The protagonist decides to become a vigilante and use the power to terminate people he believes to be evil, meanwhile Interpol tries to track down who’s been killing criminals.

The Warner Bros project has been in development for some time, with Shane Black attached to direct last year. Van Zandt is best known for the films Good Will Hunting and Milk, and seems like an odd choice for the project given its supernatural leanings. Tracking Board pointed out that Van Zandt’s Paranoia Park was a teen-focused supernatural thriller that received critical attention for its cinematography in 2007, so he may have the chops for such a project after all.

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