Johnny Depp, Jennifer Love Hewitt Bring New Twists to Classic Films & More Casting News

The actors go behind-the-scenes to produce films with new surprises

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Johnny Depp and Jennifer Love Hewitt are re-imagining stories, both classic and bizarre, in upcoming movies.

Depp will help give life to Miguel de Cervantes’s famed character Don Quixote in a modern-day film for Disney, reports. The actor is set to produce the movie about the hero of La Mancha, but no word yet on whether he’ll be acting in the project.

Hewitt will executive produce a Lifetime movie based on a post from Heather Gattuccio’s blog Derfwad Manor, reports. In the blog post, the happily married mother dreams of polygamy with A-list stars. The movie tells a new version of the story of a bored homemaker’s fictional blog about her own polygamy but when she starts getting noticed for her online presence, she must keep up the charade.

Also coming soon:

True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld will join Kevin Costner for a currently untitled thriller, according to First Showing. Costner will play a dying assassin, who while out on one last job, hopes to reunite with his estranged daughter.

• From dark wizards to suburban scandal! J.K. Rowling will be a collaborator in bringing her latest novel, The Casual Vacancy, to the small screen, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Rowling says she is excited to bring her latest novel to the BBC. “I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television, and I think the BBC is the perfect home,” she said.

Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane is walking in the footsteps of the classic Blazing Saddles by directing his own Western comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Nicolas Cage will all lend their voices to the animated prehistoric comedy The Croods, First Showing reports.

iCarly has wrapped, but Carly’s spunky sidekick Sam Puckett is on to new adventures, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Sam & Cat stars Jennette McCurdy (who plays Sam Puckett on iCarly) and Ariana Grande (Victorious star Cat Valentine) who are reprising their roles from the respective shows. The actresses will play roommates who start a babysitting business. Production is set to begin in January in Los Angeles, and the show will premiere in 2013.

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