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• Doctor Who alum Matt Smith will star opposite Natalie Dormer in Patient Zero. Stefan Ruzowitzky is directing the action thriller from a script by Mike Le. The story follows the spread of a super strain of rabies, which leads to the evolution of a new, violent species. An immune survivor must race to find Patient Zero, and a cure, to save his infected wife and the human race at large. [Deadline] • Brenton Thwaites is in final negotiations for the role of a British soldier, Henry, in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installment. The actor is known for this year's Maleficent and The Giver. »
- C. Molly Smith
When the first trailer for Jurassic World arrives next week, we'll likely get to see Bryce Dallas Howard in some capacity along with a peek at the new dinosaurs on the scene. But now that Howard has dealt with prehistoric specimens, she's ready to move on to mythical creatures. THR reports the Spider-Man 3 and The Help star is in talks to take a role in Disney's remake of the 1977 classic Pete's Dragon. The film already counts the legendary Robert Redford as part of the cast, along with child actors Oakes Fegley as the title boy and Broadway star Oona Laurence as his friend. So who will Howard play in the updated version of the tale? Well, the actress will be paying a forest ranger who finds the boy in the woods and doesn't believe his stories about a dragon who has raised him after his parents died in a car crash. »
- Ethan Anderton
Disney is moving full steam ahead with a remake of its 1977 live-action/animation hybrid Pete’s Dragon, and today brings news that the studio is in talks with Jurassic World actress Bryce Dallas Howard in hopes that she’ll take on a major role in the pic.
Final casting has been taking place as the remake ramps up to shoot in New Zealand next January through April. Robert Redford, Oona Laurence,and Oakes Fegley are all already set for lead roles, and David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) is currently attached to direct, working from a script he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks.
This won’t be the same Pete’s Dragon we all grew up with, however. The musical numbers have been cut out entirely, and the pic is set against the backdrop of loggers cutting down a forest. Pete (Fegley), orphaned after his parents died in a car crash, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Barnett’s move comes after Sundance parent AMC Networks struck a deal with BBC Worldwide that gave the company control of the Beeb’s domestic cable channel. Barnett will oversee both BBC America and Sundance until a successor is tapped at Sundance. BBC America’s current g.m., Perry Simon, who helped birth BBC America’s first home-grown hit in “Orphan Black,” will segue to a production pact with BBC Worldwide North America.
“Sarah has had a remarkable tenure guiding SundanceTV through a dramatic evolution, taking the network ad-supported and establishing it as a formidable player in the scripted drama space,” said AMC Networks chief operating officer Ed Carroll. “Sarah’s appetite for creative risk-taking and her strong leadership skills are well suited to this new role and we »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Help actress is eyeing the lead role in the Disney film, reports Variety.
The 1977 movie centred around Pete and his best friend and dragon Elliot.
Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard is about to log some time with a different kind of big, scaly beast. She’s just entered talks for Pete’s Dragon, David Lowery‘s remake of the 1977 Disney original. Robert Redford, Oona Laurence, and Oakes Fegley also star. Hit the jump for more details on the Bryce Dallas Howard Petes Dragon […]
The post Bryce Dallas Howard in Talks for ‘Pete’s Dragon’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
The new film will be a an update of Disney's classic live action/animated film. This time around, instead of a fishing village, the action is moved to a forest being cut down by loggers. Pete, who's parents died in a car accident, lives in the forest with his guardian Elliot, who just happens to be a fire breathing dragon. If cast, Howard will play a park ranger who finds Pete and is a bit skeptical when he tells her about his parental circumstances.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- Philip Sticco
I know you're all clamoring for some updates on the Pete's Dragon remake that's shooting in New Zealand soon, so here's the skinny: A month ago we reported that Robert Redford was in talks to join the picture, taking the role of the "crazy old man" who tells tales of a dragon in the forest. If you recall, this remake would be set against the backdrop of loggers cutting down a forest where Elliot the dragon lives, and has been raising the »
- Sean Wist
Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to play the female lead alongside the already linked Robert Redford in the "Pete's Dragon" reboot at Disney Pictures. David Lowery is set to direct from a script he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks.
A reinvention of the 1977 film, the story revolves around Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be dragon only he can see. The original boasted musical numbers and an animated dragon, the reboot will be a straight narrative and use a CG dragon.
Disney has also confirmed that filming will take place in New Zealand from January to April next year with the production based out of Peter Jackson’s Stone Street Studios in Wellington - the first production to use the facility since the wrapping of "The Hobbit" trilogy.
Shooting will take place around Wellington, Canterbury and the Bay of Plenty.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Disney.s reboot of Pete.s Dragon seems to have lined up its female lead. Bryce Dallas Howard is currently in early talks to play female lead in the miovie as the studio try to get everything in order before they steam ahead with production. Variety was the first to report that Bryce Dallas Howard, who has previously starred in The Help and The Village, and is also the daughter of director Ron Howard, has entered negotiations to star in Pete's Dragon. The trade also went on to confirm that acting icon Robert Redford could be in line to continue his recent on-screen renaissance with the film as well. It.s believed that the Sundance to Paul Newman.s Butch in William Goldman.s seminal 1969 masterpiece will star alongside Oakes Fegley, who will play the titular character. That.s to say he will portray Pete - not the dragon. That »
A few pieces of casting to report: Martin Freeman is in talks to join Tina Fey and Margot Robbie in The Taliban Shuffle, a black comedy set in Kabul. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love) will direct the adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir. Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to join the cast of Pete's Dragon. Oakes Fegley, Oona Lawrence, and Robert Redford also star in the picture directed by David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints). Matt Smith will star opposite Natalie Dormer in pandemic thriller Patient Zero, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall). More on each project after the jump. According to THR, Freeman will play a Scottish photojournalist, a love interest for Fey's protagonist. Here's the synopsis for Barker's book: When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do »
- Brendan Bettinger
The Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that live-action and CGI film Pete’s Dragon will be filmed in New Zealand from January to April 2015. Production will be based at Peter Jackson’s Stone Street Studios in the nation’s capital of Wellington. Pete’s Dragon, to star Robert Redford, Boardwalk Empire actor Oakes Fegley and Matilda’s Oona Laurence, is the first studio feature to use Stone Street since production wrapped on The Hobbit films. Filming will also take place in several locations around New Zealand including the Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Canterbury regions. Its unclear if Weta Digital, another of Jackson’s
- Pip Bulbeck
Thanks to the likes of Smaug and Toothless, dragons are still – pun entirely intended and unapologetically delivered – hot. So Disney’s decision to throw Pete’s Dragon into the maw of the remake beast is perhaps not as surprising as it might be. Director David Lowery has been busy gathering a cast and has Bryce Dallas Howard in early talks for the female lead.So far, Lowery has landed Oakes Fegley as the titular Pete, an orphan who arrives in a small town with his magic dragon, attempting to escape his abusive adoptive parents. Oona Laurence, meanwhile, plays a newly created character, Natalie, who also befriends our hero. The film - which will shoot in New Zealand - is set against the backdrop of illegal logging. Elliott the dragon, who raises Pete after he's orphaned by a car crash, lives in a threatened forest. Robert Redford is in talks to »
Bryce Dallas Howard is in early talks to play the female lead in Disney's Pete's Dragon. If a deal is finalized, she will join Oakes Fegley as the title character Pete, with Robert Redford also in talks to join the cast.
No details were given for Bryce Dallas Howard's character, but it's possible that she could be playing a character similar to Nora (Helen Reddy) in the original Pete's Dragon, the daughter of drunken lighthouse operator Lampie (Mickey Rooney).
In the original, Nora's fiancee Paul disappeared a year prior to the story, after his ship went missing at sea, a story she tells to young Pete. We reported last month that Robert Redford is playing a local resident who tells tales of dragons that no one in town believes, which is quite similar to Lampie. However, while the original was set in a fishing village, the reboot will take »
Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to join the cast of Pete's Dragon, Disney’s remake of its 1977 classic children's movie. The cast so far includes relative newcomers Boardwalk Empire actor Oakes Fegley as Pete, Oona Laurence, who won a Tony for Broadway’s Matilda, as well as screen icon Robert Redford. David Lowery is directing the feature, which will shoot in New Zealand. Jim Whitaker is producing. While the original was set in a fishing village at the turn of the 20th century, the new story is set against the backdrop of loggers cutting down a forest. Pete is a boy
- Borys Kit
The story is a reinvention of the 1977 film that revolves around Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be dragon. The first pic was a musical, but sources say this will be a straight narrative. The movie will be live-action with CGI used to bring the dragon to life.
Jim Whitaker is producing.
- Justin Kroll
Two years ago, on the eve of his eagerly awaited Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, I sat down with Mike Nichols to look back on his remarkable career. During those two-plus hours together at the Mark Hotel in Manhattan, the legendary director, then 80, reminisced about a life of highs and lows that began as a bright-eyed young boy who fled Nazi Germany for America. "I remember everything about getting on the boat in Germany in 1939," Nichols said. "I was 7, my brother was 3, and my father was already in New York setting up his practice as a doctor. German Jews couldn't leave the country, »
- Chris Nashawaty
Topher Grace’s backstage musical comedy One Shot is getting a Broadway vet in Taye Diggs. The singer-actor has joined the cast of the indie film, about a failed star turned stage manager (Grace) who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production to save the show’s opening night. Isaac Rentz is directing from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi; Grace, who’s currently in theaters in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, is also producing.
Diggs will play Malcolm, a flamboyant member of the production. Diggs of course got his start originating the character of Benny in 1996′s Tony-winning Rent, a role he reprised in 2005 when the musical was adapted into a film by Sony and Chris Columbus. By then he was well into a film and TV career with How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Wood, The Best Man, and a run »
- Jen Yamato
Legendary film and theater director, writer and producer Mike Nichols has passed away. An Oscar winner for 1967′s seminal The Graduate, he also was nominated for such films as Working Girl, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? For his stage work, he amassed 10 Tony Awards including as director for such plays as Barefoot In The Park, The Odd Couple, The Prisoner Of Second Avenue and Death Of A Salesman; and as producer of Annie and The Real Thing.
“William Goldman said there were two great American film directors—Elia Kazan and Mike Nichols,” said Broadway producer Emanuel Azenberg, who co-produced Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing with Nichols, who also staged ythe play’s Tony-winning Broadway edition with Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. “I think that’s true. He was a giant who could convince people to be better than they were.”
Nichols died suddenly late Wednesday night »
- The Deadline Team
Mike Nichols, the award-winning director of Broadway and movies, died Wednesday in Manhattan at the age of 83. Nichols was the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. A spokesman for ABC said the cause was cardiac arrest.
Photos: Mike Nichols’ Life and Career in Photos
Nichols is one of few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — achieving so-called Egot status. His first two feature helming efforts — the caustic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966 and 1967’s satirical “The Graduate” — launched a prodigious movie career. But before ever stepping behind the camera, he was already part of a successful comedy duo with Elaine May and had helmed a string of hit stage shows.
Nichols’ background in improvisational, satirical comedy informed many of his films, which often started out as comedies and ended up as acerbic ruminations on American relationships. Directing material by playwrights, screenwriters »
- Terry Flores
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