Movie File: Colin Farrell, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brad Pitt, Seann William Scott & More

Brosnan's pick for Bond successor wraps 'The New World,' considers 'Miami Vice.'

Pierce Brosnan might think Colin Farrell should be his successor in the James Bond series (“It seemed like a good idea in Dublin the other night with a pint of Guinness in my hand,” he told MTV News), but fellow Irishman Farrell has yet to be contacted by producers. “Pierce is telling everyone that I’m going to be saying, ‘Shaken, not stirred,’ ” he said. “I never heard a thing about it.” … Farrell, who stars as the title character in Oliver Stone‘s “Alexander,” opening November 24, just finished shooting writer/director Terrence Malick‘s (“The Thin Red Line”) “The New World,” a drama about explorer John Smith and the conflicts between Native Americans and the British in the 17th century. He’s now in discussions to play Sonny Crocket opposite Jamie Foxx‘s Ricardo Tubbs in a movie version of “Miami Vice” directed by Michael Mann (“Collateral”). “I’m not sure if it’s definitely gonna happen, but I’d love to do it,” Farrell said. “I remember watching it as a kid.” …

Brosnan, meanwhile, might have left the Bond franchise, but he’s not abandoning MGM. The actor has agreed to star in and produce a sequel to his “The Thomas Crown Affair” remake for the studio. Titled “The Topkapi Affair” and written by Harley Peyton (“Bandits”), the movie will take elements of 1964′s “Topkapi” and the Eric Ambler novel “The Light of the Day” that inspired it, but will not follow the storyline exactly. Brosnan will play Crown, the master thief he played in a 1999 remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen original. Brosnan, whose “After the Sunset” opens Friday, just wrapped “The Matador” with Hope Davis and Philip Baker Hall. …

As for the next “Bond” movie, MGM is in negotiations with Martin Campbell, who helped to revive the series with the 1995 hit “GoldenEye,” to direct what will be the 21st installment. The movie is scheduled for a 2006 release. … And in other Bond news, the moon buggy from 1971′s “Diamonds Are Forever” is among a collection of movie and entertainment items being auctioned at Christie’s on December 14. A storm-trooper helmet from “The Empire Strikes Back” is also part of the auction. …

Thanks to a two-week $75 million take at the box office, producers behind “The Grudge” have already greenlit a sequel. Stephen Susco, who wrote the first, has been hired for the second, although director Takashi Shimizu (who also directed the 2003 Japanese movie on which “The Grudge” is based) and star Sarah Michelle Gellar have yet to sign on. … Gellar, however, has agreed to star in “Revolver,” a supernatural thriller about a tough saleswoman whose vivid nightmares drive her to investigate the mysterious death of a woman 25 years earlier. No start date has been set. …

Gellar’s husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., is moving into television. After enjoying recent guest turns on “Boston Legal” and “Friends,” and hoping to spend more time at home, Prinze has signed a deal with Warner Bros. and ABC to create and star in a sitcom based on his own life, about a Puerto Rican raised in a household of women. Prinze is currently filming the coming-of-age drama “Nailed Right In” with Mena Suvari and Alec Baldwin in New York. …

Seann William Scott is developing an as-yet-untitled comedy about a slacker who signs up to be a counselor at a summer camp in hopes to relive his glory days of youth, only to later learn the camp is for nerdy geniuses. Scott and producing partner Graham Larson came up with the concept, which David Gordon Green (“George Washington”) will script with Danny McBride, who starred in Green’s own “All the Real Girls.” … Redman, who hits theaters this weekend in “Seed of Chucky,” has further film aspirations. “I’m trying to direct, y’all,” he said. “So movie companies, come holler at your boy! I got a lot of ideas.” …

Colin Firth will follow-up “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” with “Where the Truth Lies,” a drama from Atom Egoyan (“Ararat”) about a journalist (Alison Lohman) known for her celebrity profiles who becomes consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident involving a showbiz team (Firth and Kevin Bacon). “I’m part of a comic double act who get in over their heads in how they exploit their fame,” Firth said. “It’s fictional in the ’50s, but in a world that’s loosely related to the Rat Pack.” Firth is also due soon in “Trauma,” a drama with Mena Suvari, which he insists breaks his string of nice guy roles. “I put a live tarantula in Mena’s mouth and choke her to death,” he said. …

Firth’s “Bridget Jones” co-star, Hugh Grant, meanwhile, is no longer developing a movie about his grandfather’s real-life escape from a prisoner-of-war camp during WWII. “I did quite want to make that film, but my father put the kibosh on it,” Grant said. “He thought it would be a vulgarization of him and the whole Scottish community. The regiments, it was a massive shaming and devastating event. I kept saying, ‘I’m not Hollywood,’ but he knew better.” …

Brad Pitt recently spent four days in Ethiopia learning more about AIDS in Africa as part of a fundraising campaign to combat the disease on the world’s poorest continent. DATA, a Washington-based lobby group for Third World trade, debt and HIV co-founded by Bono, organized the trip. …

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