Movie File: Michael Stipe, Patrick Fugit, Jake Gyllenhaal, Spike Lee & More

R.E.M. singer in talks to turn 'Saved!' into a television series.

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe and his Single Cell Pictures partner Sandy Stern are in talks to turn their latest hit, “Saved!,” into a TV series and Broadway musical. The duo are also working with “Saved!” writer/director Brian Dannelly on his follow-up, “Runner-Up,” about a beauty queen who organizes a pageant at a woman’s prison to fulfill a community service sentence. … Meanwhile, “Saved!” star Patrick Fugit has been cast as the title character in “Bickford Schmeckler’s Cool Ideas,” a coming-of-age comedy about a reclusive college freshman whose journal of cool ideas is stolen. Fugit, best known for “Almost Famous,” just wrapped the indie flick “The Moguls” opposite Jeff Bridges. …

Ralph Fiennes has signed on to play wicked wizard Voldemort in the next Harry Potter flick, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” according to The Associated Press. Though the character was a disembodied evil spirit in the first three films — the result of a magical spell that backfired — Voldemort attains a physical incarnation in the fourth installment, which is scheduled for a November 2005 release. …

Jake Gyllenhaal, who co-starred with sister Maggie in “Donnie Darko,” hopes to eventually work with her again. “There is nothing in the works right now that we really want to do specifically, but one of these days [we will],” he said. “She’s one of the most amazing actresses of our generation, and so whether she was my sister or not I’d want to work with her.” … Playing doctor is familiar to Julian McMahon. A plastic surgeon on FX’s “Nip/Tuck,” the actor has joined the cast of the newest Marvel Comics movie, “Fantastic Four,” as the metal-masked villain Dr. Doom. Getting up in his disfigured face are the titular foursome, Jessica Alba (the Invisible Girl), Michael Chiklis (the Thing), Ioan Gruffud (Mr. Fantastic) and Chris Evans (the Human Torch). Filming begins this month; the movie is due in July. …

Maria Bello, who earned rave reviews in last year’s “The Cooler,” will play Viggo Mortensen’s wife in “A History of Violence,” about a family that receives unwanted national attention after the father’s seemingly vigilante-style self-defense killing at his diner. William Hurt and Ed Harris are also in negotiations for roles. Bello recently completed John Sayles’ “Silver City” with Thora Birch, “Assault on Precinct 13″ with Ethan Hawke and “The Sisters” with Erika Christensen. … Christensen, meanwhile, has joined the cast of “Flight Plan,” a thriller starring Jodie Foster as a woman whose daughter mysteriously disappears while aboard a commercial airplane. Peter Sarsgaard is also on board, and “Troy’s” Sean Bean is in negotiations. …

Shelby Lynne is the latest singer to join the cast of “Walk the Line,” the Johnny Cash biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Man in Black and Reese Witherspoon as his wife, June Carter Cash. Lynne will play Cash’s mother in the movie, due in theaters next spring. … Spike Lee, whose “She Hate Me” opened last week, is eyeing “The Night Watchman” as his follow-up. The corrupt cop thriller, based on an original screenplay by noir novelist James Ellroy, is described as being similar to “L.A. Confidential” (also an Ellroy story). …

Jordana Brewster of “The Fast and the Furious” has been cast opposite “Spider-Man” actor James Franco in “Annapolis,” a drama about an underprivileged teen whose dream of attending the U.S. Naval Academy is realized. Justin Lin (“Better Luck Tomorrow”) is directing the movie, which finds Brewster’s upperclassman character falling for Franco, a violation of academic policy. … Frances McDormand, who is currently shooting “Aeon Flux” with Charlize Theron, will join the actress again on “Class Action,” a fictionalized account of the first successful sexual harassment prosecution in the United States. “Whale Rider” helmer Niki Caro is directing. …

Matthew Broderick, who won huge acclaim for playing Leo Bloom in “The Producers,” is returning to the stage. The actor will play the title character in an off-Broadway revival of “The Foreigner,” a comedy about a timid Brit who, while vacationing in rural Georgia, pretends to not speak English. … Jenny McCarthy’s husband, John Asher, will direct a romantic comedy called “Dirty Love” that his wife wrote and will star in. As part of a multi-picture deal with Beverly Hills Film Studios, McCarthy has also agreed to the teenage comedy “Rollin.” …