Post-Oscars Paramount is going announcement crazy today. Guess it’s that studio’s way of over-compensating for Babel‘s Best Picture loss. (Chin up, guys: at least you got the An Inconvenient Truth documentary win.):
Newly crowned Oscar winner Marty Scorsese will join with Mick Jagger and direct The Long Play, a film set in the world of the music business spanning three decades. Project will re-team Scorsese with The Departed screenwriter Bill Monahan, also fresh from an Academy Award victory. Scorsese, Jagger and Victoria Pearman will produce. Film is based on Jagger’s original idea which he and Pearman’s Jagged Films took to Scorsese several years ago. Together they developed the project and brought it to Paramount. Scorsese recently entered into a 4-year, first-look deal with Paramount to direct and produce entertainment across all platforms. Jagger and Scorsese recently collaborated on a Rolling Stones feature length concert documentary shot at The Beacon theater in New York to be released in the Fall.
and… Star Trek will return to the big screen under J.J. Abrams. The team behind the film will include Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Mission Impossible III) who wrote the screenplay and will executive produce with Bryan Burk. Abrams and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof will produce. The film begins shooting this fall for a Xmas Day 2008 release.