The Wilderness of Monkeys: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Playtone, which produced Nia Vardalos' My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has acquired the new novel "The Wilderness of Monkeys" by Laura Zigman, as a starring vehicle for Vardalos, who will also write the screenplay.

Separately, Vardalos is joining Alan Cumming, Marilyn Manson, Daryl Hannah and Jonathan Pryce are joining the cast of the indie feature Living in Neon Dreams, the first feature by writer-director Jeremy Tarr. The film is described as a modern-day retelling of "Alice in Wonderland" in which a girl enters a fantasy land after a car accident puts her into a coma. The actors will play multiple roles, appearing in both the real world and the fantasy world.