This week’s biggest upcoming project was one so weird that we needed a few days to process it. It has been called Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (possibly even Lost in Translation for good measure), and if it seems like those two titles don’t add up in anyway whatsoever, you’re not far off.
The movie is Colossal, and THR reports is set to star Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a woman returning to her hometown from New York after losing her job. Upon returning home, she discovers that a giant lizard is attacking Tokyo, and she feels strangely connected to the incident via her mind.
Colossal isn’t even some tongue-in-cheek Spike Jonze project but coming from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and aiming to be sold at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. »
- Brian Welk
In an exclusive trailer for Digital Spy, the former EastEnders star plays disgraced special ops sniper Sam Blake who is forced to work for terrorists after they kidnap his daughter.
Danny Dyer's daughter Dani plays the role of Sam's daughter in the British action flick.
Spandau Ballet's Kemp said of his new film: "I am very excited to have had the opportunity to play this role and hope audiences enjoy it as much as I did."
“The greatest challenge that we face is to keep evolving,” he said in a recent interview as his company prepped for Cannes with 20 completed titles for the marketplace, including“The Secret in Their Eyes,” directed by Billy Ray and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts; “The Free State of Jones,” helmed by Gary Ross and toplining Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell; and “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese with Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
Indeed, Im Global is among the top tier of sales-financing-production outfits along with FilmNation, Sierra/Affinity and Mister Smith Entertainment. The movie business has undergone deep changes with Hollywood majors focusing more on tentpoles, opening up screen doors to the indie sector, which has seen a steady growth in such sales-financing-producing shingles. »
- Dave McNary
At a time when the six major studios continue to focus most of their attention on blockbusters, Im Global’s production and financing unit is gearing up to fill the gap for mid-budget films.
Stuart Ford’s 8-year-old banner is now producing and financing five to seven films annually, ranging from micro-budgeted, specialty genre to commercial features. The current slate includes the recently completed “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, and two projects in mid-production: “The Free State of Jones,” directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell, plus “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
“When I came on in the fall of 2013, Stuart and I talked »
- Dave McNary
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This one's being directed by Martin Zandvliet, and Neeson's taking on the role of a CIA agent, one who's trying to stop a terrorist who's planning an attack. Neeson's character puts everything on the line to stop said terrorist, and it sounds like he's got one or two secrets in his own past too.
Neeson is currently working on Martin Scorsese's upcoming movie, Silence, and once the deal is done, he'll likely move on to A Willing Patriot after that. The film is being sold to distributors at the Cannes Film Festival.
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The stars have aligned on several late-breaking projects in Cannes as Sierra/Affinity brings a Liam Neeson spy thriller and Lotus Entertainment boards a WWII thriller with Lily James and Christopher Plummer.
MadRiver fully finances and will produce while CAA, which packaged and arranged financing, expects to announce wide Us distribution during Cannes.
Lotus Entertainment will commence talks with international buyers on The Kaiser’s Last Kiss from Film House Germany-owned Egoli Tossell Film starring James and Plummer.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
It appears that neither Hollywood nor the movie-going public that it serves has yet to tire of films featuring the unstoppable allure of Liam Neeson as he violently dishes justice to the rambunctiously wicked. Cementing this idea, Neeson is apparently locking down a role in which he plays. get ready for this. a C.I.A. agent! However, rather than his repertory rescuing of kidnapees, it seems that Neeson.s character has been tasked with stopping a terrorist attack. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liam Neeson is in negotiations to star in an upcoming action thriller called, A Willing Patriot. In the film, Neeson's character, a C.I.A. agent with a dark past looking to risk it all for redemption of some kind, finds himself in a contentious cat-and-mouse game with a cunning terrorist who threatens an imminent attack. As far as Neeson.s cinematic wheelhouse as of late, »
Liam Neeson, as of late, is no stranger to hunting down people in movies, usually awkwardly running with a gun in his hand. I mean, good for Neeson for cashing checks and getting those last couple of years of physically being able to do action stuff. Well... almost physically being able to. Though he still finds time in his schedule to do dramas for Martin Scorsese like Silence, action is where he makes the doughnuts now. So, it should not come as a surprise Neeson is in final negotiations to star in A Willing Patriot. He would play a CIA agent trying to capture a terrorist in a cat-and-mouse style action thriller. Danish filmmaker Martin Zandvliet (Applause) will helm the film. I have never seen one of his pictures, so I don't really know what to make of that. Not much more is known about the film at this point. »
- Mike Shutt
He may have been indicating that he was looking to throttle back on the action fare around the time of Run All Night’s release, but it appears the siren song of running and gunning is too much for Liam Neeson to ignore. He’s in negotiations to star in A Willing Patriot.Martin Zandvliet is in line to direct this one, based on Jason Keller’s script. The plot would find Neeson in familiar territory, playing a law enforcement official (in this case a CIA agent) that must outsmart and capture a terrorist who aims to carry out a devastating attack.The project was originally bubbling away in development at Warner Bros. but has since switched to indie outlet MadRiver. “Liam Neeson is one of the defining actors of our generation and audiences will love him in this role. After seeing Martin’s new film Land Of Mine, we »
Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in yet another cat-and-mouse action-thriller, A Willing Patriot. The actor will play an FBI agent who is trying to outwit a terrorist and capture him before he can carry out a deadly attack. No other cast members have been confirmed at this time, but with Liam Neeson on board, the supporting cast should fill up quickly.
Martin Zandvliet is directing from a screenplay by Jason Keller (Escape Plan, Machine Gun Preacher), which was originally developed at Warner Bros. before it was moved to MadRiver Entertainment, which is fully financing the movie. The project is being shopped to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, with a domestic distribution deal expected to be announced at the festival. Here's what producer Marc Butan had to say about Liam Neeson's casting in a statement.
"Liam Neeson is one of the defining actors of our generation »
In light of Liam Neeson currently filming Martin Scorsese's "Silence," you might think that the actor would want to take a break from action films. You couldn't blame the guy after the dreadful "Taken 3," and the goofy but somewhat tolerable "Run All Night." But you would be mistaken. Deadline reports that the actor will lead "A Willing Patriot" (I can already see the stars-and-stripes inspired poster right now). Jason Keller, whose credits include failed Oscar bait "Machine Gun Preacher," fairy tale flick "Mirror Mirror" and Arnie/Sly vehicle "Escape Plan," penned a none too taxing story which will find Neeson dusting off his special set of skills as a CIA agent who has to find a terrorist. Yep, sounds like another Mad Libs movie from Neeson. Martin Zandvliet will direct the movie, which is expected to pick up domestic distribution at Cannes, then to clutter up a couple thousand cinema. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in “A Willing Patriot,” which will be produced and fully financed by MadRiver Pictures, the company’s Marc Butan announced Monday. Neeson will portray a CIA agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist planning an imminent attack. He’ll risk everything, including his own life, to stop his foe and avenge his own mysterious past. Martin Zandvliet will direct from a script by Jason Keller, who will produce with Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman, and Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari. Shannon Gaulding will oversee the project for. »
- Jeff Sneider
Dwayne Johnson is part of one of the highest earning movies of the year, he’s got Ballers coming to HBO in June, he’s voicing a character in Disney’s Moana and he’s playing Black Adam in Shazam, but apparently he can handle more than that. According to THR, DreamWorks just won a bidding war for a project called Alpha Squad Seven with Johnson attached to star. The pitch comes from Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer. We don’t have any specific plot details yet, but the film’s being described as a “four-quadrant action-comedy adventure set in space.” Apparently things really got going when Friedman and Palmer took their one-line idea to Beau Flynn and Wendy Jacobson of FlynnPictureCo. less than two weeks ago. After that, the group approached Johnson, he signed on and then his own banner, 7 Bucks Productions, fast-tracked development. A bunch of studios bid on the idea, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Oscar nominee Liam Neeson has found an unlikely second career wind in action fare like Taken and March’s Run All Night, and though the actor claims he only has a couple of years of action movies left in him, he’s now in final negotiations for another one: terrorism-themed thriller A Willing Patriot.
Neeson will play a veteran CIA agent who is plunged in a deadly battle of wits with a sinister terrorist who is on the cusp of executing a devastating attack against the United States. Desperate to stop his opponent from carrying out the plot, the agent is willing to sacrifice anything, even his own life, for this final chance at absolution for his past sins.
- Isaac Feldberg
Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in another action cat-and-mouse film called A Willing Patriot which will be directed by Martin Zandvliet (Applause). Neeson will portray a CIA agent who tries to outsmart and capture a terrorist who is planning an attack. MadRiver Pictures will fully finance and produce the film. Jason Keller, who penned the script will also produce along with Film 360's Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman and Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari… »
Neeson will portray a C.I.A. agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist planning an imminent attack. He'll risk everything, including his own life, to stop his foe and avenge his mysterious past. [Source: THR]
The story centers on a recent college graduate (Vikander) who lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man (Tom Hanks). [Source: THR]
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- Garth Franklin
Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in the terrorist-themed thriller A Willing Patriot. Martin Zandvliet, who directed the upcoming film Land of Mine, is on board to helm for Marc Butan's MadRiver Pictures, which is fully financing and producing the project. Neeson will portray a CIA agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist who's planning an imminent attack. He'll risk everything, including his own life, to stop his foe and avenge his mysterious past. Butan is producing alongside Jason Keller, who wrote the original script, Film 360's Guymon Casady and
- Pamela McClintock, Tatiana Siegel
Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale at the Oscars Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Eventual Best Supporting Actor winner Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale are seen above on the Red Carpet of the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Welsh-born Bale took home the Oscar statuette for his performance as a boxer turned coach and junkie in David O. Russell's boxing drama and sleeper hit The Fighter. His co-stars were Mark Wahlberg (who also co-produced the film), Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo, and Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams. Christian Bale movies The Fighter was Christian Bale's first Academy Award nomination. Among his other movie credits are: The Dark Knight (2008). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Christian Bale. Heath Ledger. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Aaron Eckhart. The Prestige (2006). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Hugh Jackman. »
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