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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 31, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Remake roundup — and, who should play Grace Kelly?

All the news today about movies you’ve already seen . . .
— James Cameron says he is two-thirds of the way through the development process on “Fantastic Voyage,” a remake of the campy 1966 sci-fi film. Shawn Levy (“Real Steel”) will direct, as Cameron is busy with the two “Avatar” sequels. No word yet on who might play the Raquel Welch role.
— Director Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling, recently teamed for “Drive,” are pairing up again for a remake of “Logan’s Run,” based on the 1967 novel, made into a hit movie with Michael York in 1976. They are the latest names attached to a project that’s been in development for ten years. (!!) The Hollywood Reporter writes today that screenwriter Andrew Baldwin has been hired to rewrite the script, which has already been written and rewritten at least twice. Whether this will ever actually become a movie is anyone’s guess.
— Not a remake, but a re-visioning of sorts: Funding has been secured for the biopic “Grace of Monaco,” about the actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly. The blogosphere’s been buzzing about who might play the title role, and who has the right look. January Jones certainly has that, but she’s yet to demonstrate that she can play anyone other than Betty Draper. I nominate Rosamund Pike, who not only has the look but even has a voice not unlike Kelly’s low murmur. She’s been seen on screen recently in “Barney’s Version” (though brunette in that film), “Johnny English Reborn,” “The Big Year,” and maybe is best known as Carey Mulligan’s worldly older “friend” in “An Education.” She’s my pick; who’s yours?

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