The Martian Child: According to Variety, The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes and John Cusack are set for New Line's The Martian Child, set to shoot this fall.

Adapted from a short story by sci-fi author David Gerrold, Jonathan Tolins and Seth Bass' script mixes "ET" with "Parenthood" in the story of an unusual father-son relationship.

Cusack will play a sci-fi writer who, shattered by the death of his fiancee, adopts a 6-year-old because he wants to be a dad. His kid is a bit peculiar, convinced he is an alien from Mars.

Brian B.