Welcome to The Morning Read.
It's raining in Los Angeles, I've already interviewed Jason Schwartzman today, and I've got "Grindhouse" on the Blu-ray player. Sounds like it's time to see what's going on out there today.
You guys haven't had a chance to see "Rabbit Hole" yet, and I still haven't gotten around to reviewing it, so we haven't really begun singing the hosannahs for David Lindsay-Abaire here on the site yet. We will. And it looks like Sam Raimi's also in Lindsay-Abaire's fan club. He had the writer working on "Spider-Man 4" for him before he dropped out of it, and now he's got him hard at work on "The Great And Powerful Oz," which Raimi is now officially set to direct for Disney in the spring. Raimi appears to be the winner of the great "Oz" scramble of 2010, in which everyone in town simultaneously realized that Frank L. Baum's books are public domain, and if he really does secure Robert Downey Jr. as the Wizard, something that's not set in stone yet, then Disney might as well go ahead and break out the champagne, 'cause they can't lose.
When I was in Austin for Fantastic Fest, I stayed with my friends Aaron and Kaela, and he's an avowed "Halo" addict who was firmly in the grips of "Halo: Reach" the entire time I was there. That series has a hold on its fanbase that is truly impressive, so I'm not shocked to read that Hollywood is still sniffing around the game, trying to figure it out how to turn it into a film franchise of the same size. I would, however, be shocked if all this talk of Spielberg adapting the spin-off novels actually amounted to anything more than a big fat game of "What if?".