Which New Role Will See Sarah Jessica Parker Sing Again?

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Sarah Jessica Parker is belting her way back onto the big screen this year. The former “Sex and the City” actor has been spending her days acting and executive producing on HBO’s “Divorce,” but greener pastures are luring the songstress to a new film currently being called the “Untitled Laura Eason Project.” The role won’t be a musical first for Parker; the Emmy winner occasionally lent her voice to characters, the most notable being Sarah the witch, singing the haunting “Come Little Children” in the Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus.” Her new film, penned by playwright Laura Eason, may be sans the Sanderson sisters, but the story will overflow with drama as it follows a fly-by-night singer wrestling with the implications of a serious medical diagnosis. The project will shoot in New York this November with Mackey/Sandrich on board for casting.

Spike Lee isn’t worried about cleaning off the three decades worth of dust resting on “She’s Gotta Have It.” The prolific writer-director may be borrowing from his own archive, but this time he’s taking the 1986 film and adapting it into a series for Netflix. Originally, the film followed a woman with three lovers, all vying for her attention. The 10-episode order will still feature a love-torn lead, but also promises to touch on race, gender, and sexuality, among other hot button subjects including gentrification in Brooklyn. The project had been continually shelved at previous networks, but Netflix seems to be going full steam. Lee is slated to write and direct the series filming out of New York. Casting on the project is taking place bicoastally with Kim Coleman.

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“Sicario” is about to get a part deux in the alternately titled “Soldado.” No word on whether that title is going to stick, but what is known is that the second installment will star Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. This time around, the film will center on Del Toro’s hitman persona, Alejandro. The U.S. government will kidnap the drug leader’s daughter in an effort to push off a war between Mexico and the cartels. Stefano Sollima is slated to direct the Betty Mae–cast project. Production will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, starting in mid-November. Additional casting is underway and announcements are expected leading up to the production’s start.

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James Cameron has found his new, post-Avatar project entitled “Alita: Battle Angel.” The “Titanic” director, who is passing off the directorial reigns on this one to Robert Rodriguez, will stay on board as a producer and writer. The film, which includes Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Ed Skrein, and Jackie Earle Haley, will take place in Hollywood’s new favorite era: dystopian Earth. The story follows a cyber human out to save the war-ravaged world while simultaneously concealing the fact that she’s also an angel. Filming on the Betty Mae–cast project will begin in mid-October in Austin.

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