Gatsby, The Office, Piven, P. Diddy and U2 [Newsmakers]


Luhrmann to remake Gatsby: After Australia was met with lukewarm reviews, director Baz Luhrmann is already thinking about his next project: remaking The Great Gatsby. He’s already purchased the rights, and work on

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a script will begin after Australia’s awards run, he says. This is an ambitious project, because can anyone’s Jay Gatsby live up to Robert Redford? Does anyone else remember when rumors circulated about a remake starring Lance Bass and Paris Hilton? [Variety]

Office stars trying other things: Rainn WIlson and Jenna Fischer have both signed on to work on other NBC projects, in addition to their main gigs as Dwight and Pam. Wilson will co-write and -exec produce the unfortunately named Hump Tulips, a love-and-lawyer comedy, and Fischer will exec produce a dramedy about a crime-solving lumber salesman. We hope they’re successful, but mainly we just want The Office to be funny again. [Variety]

Mamet replaces Piven: After Jeremy Piven’s swift mercury-fueled departure from Speed-the-Plow earlier this week, the play has already named replacements for his role. Tony Award winner Norbert Butz and Academy Award nominee William Macy will share the role of Bobby Gould in David Mamet’s revival. Gould is good, but we like Ari Gold. [Playbill]

Diddy to go from rap to Rock: P. Diddy’s expressed an interest in guest-starring on 30 Rock, claiming he wants to give Tina Fey a comedic run for her money. He says he and Tracy Morgan have been talking and they’ve “got a scheme up their sleeves” — and judging from how many times he made us laugh when he visited Ellen to hawk his new fragrance this past week, it’s probably a hilarious one. [Hollyscoop]

New U2 album on the Horizon: U2 confirmed they’ll release a new album in March — their first since How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb dropped four years ago (and then sold nine million copies). No Line on the Horizon will be the Irish supergroup’s 12th record, and judging from the already leaked tracks, should prove to be a goodie. [AFP]