Selected news this week...

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is teaming up once again with Antonio Banderas on a project a decade in the making. Based on Thierry Jonquet's novel Mygale, The Skin I Live In at one time had Penelope Cruz attached. Banderas starred in five Almodóvar films from the mid-1980s to 1990.

Quentin Tarantino has been named to lead the competition jury at this year's Venice Film Festival in September. The event's organiser, Marco Müller, hailed the American director as "one of the most startling directors in cinema today". Meanwhile, SlashFilm.com speculates as to whether Terrence Malick's The Tree will debut at the festival.

Film4 has received a 20% increase in its yearly budget. Thanks to the Digital Economy Act passed recently, the UK production company's budget will now be £10m.

Finally, David Fincher is progressing steadily with his English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, DarkHorizons.com reports. The novel, the first installment of a trilogy, has already been adapted by Niels Arden Oplev, which was released earlier this year. Fincher's film begins filming in October.

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