'Commando' Gets A Remake, Paramount Consults The 'Magic 8 Ball' In Today's Dailies -- 4/29/10

Commando-- Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Commando" will be remade under the directorial eye of David Ayer of "Training Day" fame. The movie will reinterpret Schwarzenegger's protagonist as "less brawny" and "more skilled in covert tactics." [Deadline]

-- Richard Gere and Topher Grace will co-star in "The Double," an upcoming spy thriller from writer-turned-director Michael Brandt. The film focuses on the partnership between a retired CIA operative and a young FBI agent as they attempt to hunt down an assassin. [The Hollywood Reporter]

-- After consulting Mattel's "Magic 8 Ball," Paramount has apparently decided that it would be wise to make a movie based on the popular toy. Jon Gunn and John Mann will write the film's script. [Deadline]

-- Juan Jose Campanella has been hired to direct "Heck," based on Dale E. Basye and Bob Dob's children novel series of the same name. The story focuses on a young boy and his shoplifting sister who die in a freak accident and wind up in an afterworld reform school called Heck. [Heat Vision]

-- "Brokeback Mountain" director Ang Lee could restore life to "The Life of Pi," a long gestating adaptation of Yann Martel's critically acclaimed novel. In "Pi," a young boy is set adrift in a lifeboat in the Pacific accompanied by a Bengal tiger. [IndieWire]

-- Screenwriter Frank Pierson and director Eric Brevig are enlisting in the Korean War with a new drama called "17 Days of Winter," about the 17 day battle where 12,000 U.S. soldiers battled a daunting force of 120,000 Chinese troopers. [Collider]

-- "The Bourne Identity" director Doug Liman is reportedly considering directing "Gambit," a remake of the 1966 caper comedy starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the remake's screenplay. Liman is also reportedly circling "The Three Musketeers" and an untitled moon mission project with Jake Gyllenhaal for Paramount. [Deadline]