Todd Phillips Addresses ‘Hangover 2′ Monkey Rumors And More In Today’s Dailies

Don’t worry, people: Todd Phillips does not endorse cigarette smoking for simians.

The Internet was abuzz yesterday with word that Phillips had apparently gotten Crystal the monkey addicted to smoking on the set of “The Hangover: Part II,” but today he clarified to MovieLine that that is not, in fact, the case. “That was a joke. I make comedies,” he said in a statement. “If you read the story, it doesn’t even make sense. ’On the set of her new film, she won’t stop smoking cigarettes’. Umm. Really? Maybe just take them away from her. Or at least take her money away so she can’t buy them any longer.” At least he’s taking it in good stride, saying that the headline “PETA pissed after Todd Phillips gets ’Hangover 2′ monkey addicted to cigarettes” is “one for the office wall.”

After the jump, find out which director has picked up “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” what Matt Reeves’ next project will be and whether or not Sylvester Stallone is directing “The Expendables 2.”

Craig Gillespie Gets Zombified
At long last, a director for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” has been found (again). Deadline has the news that “Fright Night” director Craig Gillespie has solidified his deal with Lionsgate to adapt Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. Now for casting to finally begin.

Matt Reeves Finds “The Passage”
Following on the heels of “Let Me In,” Deadline has learned that director Matt Reeves is going to be adapting the Justin Cronin novel “The Passage.” Like “Let Me In,” the flick is about vampires, though this is more along the lines of “28 Days Later” and “The Stand.”

Sylvester Stallone Is Not Directing “Expendables 2″
After much hemming and hawing, Sylvester Stallone has confirmed via Deadline that he is in fact not directing “The Expendables 2.” Apparently Lionsgate is already putting together a list of directors who could follow up on the commitment. It is expected that the core cast, including Stallone, will return again, plus some other major action stars.

“Mortal Kombat: Legacy” Is A Huge Hit
The “Mortal Kombat” web series that has been taking the Internet by storm in recent days has done so well that now Variety reports that Warner Bros. hopes to launch a new feature film franchise after the 10 episode run has aired. Nothing is official yet, but you can keep your fingers crossed for a big-screen fatality.

James Franco Adds Another Project To His Long List
Deadline has learned that James Franco and Winona Ryder are teaming up for a twisted drama called “The Stare.” The flick follows Ryder as a playwright who finds her mind beginning to warp as she plans her latest production. Sounds a bit like “Black Swan” to us! Franco will play one of the performers in her play.

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