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Guy Ritchie Prefers British Detective to Blue Alien

No Lobo: Guy Ritchie has pulled out of his planned adaptation of Lobo, a DC Comic about a blue-skinned alien, in order to work on the Sherlock Holmes sequel, according to producer Joel Silver. The first Holmes, which came out on Christmas, has already made $389 million worldwide. But we’re not so sure about Ritchie’s decision. It just doesn’t seem like the time to drop out of movies about blue-skinned aliens. [Hero Complex/LA Times]

Daddy Issues: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in negotiations to direct Steve Carell’s untitled Warner Bros. project. Written by Dan Fogelman, the brains behind Fred Claus, the film revolves around a father who is going through a marital crises while managing the relationships with his children. And Steve Carell continues to make bizarrely boring film choices. [THR]

Crime Time: ABC has picked up an untitled crime drama (another one!) from writer Richard Hatem and director Gary Felder. The show will center on a hottie detective and her ex-cop partner, both of whom operate in the underground. Their mission is to uncover the conspiracy that forced him underground. Dick Cheney is, in all likelihood, somehow involved. [THR]

Space Man: Italian director Gabriele Muccino is in talks to helm Passengers, a Keanu Reeves-starring sci-fi romance. The film is set in the future aboard a space craft that’s in the middle of a centuries-long trip to another planet. A computer glitch causes one passenger (Reeves) to awake from his cryogenic freeze 90 years before anyone else. Rather than grow old and die alone, he awakens a pretty lady, who has no choice but to hook with him since he’s the last man alive. [Variety]

Nationalism: The National announced that their next album, the follow-up to 2007’s Boxer, will be out in May. They are currently in the studio mixing the tracks on the untitled album and working on their baseball card collection. [NME]

Guy Ritchie Prefers British Detective to Blue Alien