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Mel Gibson to Fit Leonardo DiCaprio for a Viking Helmet

DiCaprio the Horrible: Mel Gibson and Leonardo DiCaprio have signed on to William Monahan’s untitled drama set in a world of Vikings. Gibson is set to direct and DiCaprio will star as a Viking. Little else is known about the project. “This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry’s finest cinematic talent and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill,” producer Graham King said in a statement. We’re hoping this is a Hagar the Horrible adaptation. [BF Deal Memo]

On the Road: Thomas Haden Church will star in Zombie Roadkill, a horror comedy on the on-demand network FearNet. Haden Church will play a park ranger who teams up with a teenager to escape a devilish highway where roadkill comes back to life as flesh-eating zombies. The show will be produced as six five-minute episodes and ensure that raccoons haunt your dreams for the rest of your life. [Variety]

Molly O! Oh Molly: Kathleen Turner will star in a one-woman show about Molly Ivins, the commentator and columnist who gave George W. Bush the nickname “Shrub.” Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, which debuts at the Philadelphia Theater Company in the spring, will be based on Ivins’s writings. That’s where the “kick-ass wit” part comes in. [Variety]

Here Comes Camelot: The History Channel has given the greenlight to The Kennedys, an eight-hour miniseries about America’s most storied political family. The project was crated by 24 co-creator and executive producer Joel Surnow. Stephen Kronish, a former co-executive producer of 24, has written all eight scripts. The mini-series will open in 1960 with the presidential election of John F. Kennedy and end in 1968 with the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. It will also include flashbacks to their lives as younger men and focus more the on the brothers relationships with each other and their father than the big political stories of the time. As we understand it, there were a few of those. [HR]

Teens, Wolves: Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed, and Dylan O’Brien will star in MTV’s remake of Teen Wolf, the best movie ever made about a basketball playing werewolf. In MTV’s version a high-school nerd suddenly gets new powers that allow him to attract ladies and turn into a wolf. It’s also a “dramatic thriller with a buddy-comedy element at the center and a romantic plot line.” There’s also a touch of period drama, some court procedural, and just a little sci-fi. [HR]

Mel Gibson to Fit Leonardo DiCaprio for a Viking Helmet