The Martian Child: According to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmaker Menno Meyjes, who wrote and directed the John Cusack film Max about the young Adolf Hitler, is stepping up to take care of New Line Cinema's The Martian Child, in which Cusack is set to star.

Nick Cassavetes, who helmed The Notebook for the studio, was slated to direct but fell out because of creative differences. Meyjes will rewrite and direct "Martian," which is about a sci-fi writer (Cusack) who, wanting to be a dad, adopts a 7-year-old boy who may be an alien. It is based on a short story by David Gerrold.

Jonathan Tolins and Seth Bass wrote the original draft.

Brian B.