Amber Heard ("The Rum Diary") and Leighton Meester ("Date Night") have boarded director Jess Manafort's "The Uncatchable Cowgirl Bandits From Nottingham, Texas."
Brit helmer Mike Newell is attached to write and direct an untitled feature about the mysterious death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko.
Emilio Estevez is hoping to plug into America's heartland with "The Way."
Paramount has acquired Mike Judge's "Extract," starring Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck and Mila Kunis, for the U.K.
French distributor Haut en Court has acquired British director Paul Andrew Williams' "Cherry Tree Lane" for France and French-speaking Europe from sales company Salt.
The last time Iraqi helmer Mohammed al-Daradji made a film -- his feature debut "Ahlaam" in 2006 -- he was kidnapped and left for dead by insurgents as well as shot at and detained by American forces.
Universal Pictures co-chairs Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley have upped Christian Grass to prexy of international productions and acquisitions for Universal Pictures Intl.
Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen have boarded Michael Winterbottom's "The Promised Land."
Alexandre Dumas' classic 17th century adventure "The Three Musketeers" is set to get the "Sherlock Holmes" treatment.
Gallic sales and distribution company Le Pacte has acquired street artist Banksy's documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" for France and is also backing Israeli helmer Ari Folman's upcoming "The…