For all the stuff his name’s been attached to, Brett Ratner hasn’t actually made a feature since Rush Hour 3. I like to think the discrepancy is the result of financiers actually seeing one of his movies. Nonetheless, he’s still attached to direct Tower Heist (formerly Trump Heist), which was originally conceived as a black Ocean’s 11, but was last rumored to be wooing Ben Stiller for the lead. Even strangelier, Noah Baumbach is said to be writing the script.
The story has also changed somewhat, from being a pure heist movie to the story of a bunch of blue collar guys on a mercy mission. It turns out the main tenant of this Trump Tower-like building has bilked the employees’ pension fund in a huge Ponzi scheme. [Roger Friedman via /Film]
Baumbach last wrote the highly-underrated Fantastic Mr. Fox and has Greenberg, which he wrote and directed, opening April 1. Meanwhile, Brett Ratner just heard about the pizza cone and literally pooped his pants.