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The narrative for football has become not just injuries, but injuries so grave they are life-threatening. As football players become bigger and more aggressive, with steroids and overly engineered gym routines creating super soldiers on the field, more and more football players are getting brutally hurt. Concussions have become routine and head injuries are so bad the effect is felt on players long after they have left the field. Here's an interesting anecdote that applies to the film world: lifelong football fan and director Peter Berg told Bill Simmons on an Espn podcast a year and change ago that he was unwilling to let his athletic teenage son play football because of the concussion epidemic. Written and directed by Peter Landesman (“Parkland”), the NFL drama “Concussion” is based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laska and follows Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith), the forensic neuropathologist »
- Edward Davis
When a book or author is hot, Hollywood moves fast (for example, Gillian Flynn who has already seen two of her three novels—"Gone Girl" and "Dark Places"—hit the big screen). Next on the industry's hot list is Paula Hawkins' "The Girl On The Train." The massive best seller is rolling toward cinemas and already has Emily Blunt attached to star. And now a rising actress is joining her in a key role. Deadline reports that "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" standout Rebecca Ferguson has snagged the role of Anne in the movie. The Tate Taylor ("The Help," "Get On Up") directed flick will follow a commuter who discovers something potentially deadly while looking out the window of her daily journey. Here's the book synopsis: Read More: Directors: Peter Berg In, J.C. Chandor Out For 'Deepwater Horizon,' James Franco To Helm 'In Dubious Battle' & More Rachel »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fox has lined up a second drama from Peter Berg’s Film 44. An untitled hourlong project written by The Bridge co-developer/executive producer Elwood Reid has received a script commitment with significant penalty. Described as a “high-octane character drama,” the project follows the woman with the most lethal mind in America, a brilliant and ruthless military professor who is recruited by a former student to help a covert branch of the CIA deal with high-priority targets.… »
Mark Wahlberg will star as a Los Angeles Police Department detective in New Line’s action-comedy “Partners.”
Leverage Entertainment’s Stephen Levinson will produce. The script, written by Evan Turner, centers on a detective becoming romantically involved with a woman after a one-night stand, then discovering that she’s an FBI agent in charge of a high-profile case to which he’s been assigned.
Wahlberg starred as a detective with Will Ferrell in Warner’s 2010 comedy “The Other Guys.” He was last seen in “Ted 2” and will appear with Ferrell in Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home,” which opens on Christmas. He’s been shooting Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” with Peter Berg directing.
Wahlberg is repped by Wme, Leverage Management and Sloane Offer. Turner is repped by Wme and Underground. »
- Dave McNary
Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a one-hour comedy from Burn Notice and Complications creator Matt Nix and Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Ballers). The untitled action comedy centers on a military vet-turned-truck driver who gets caught in the world of truck hijackings, the FBI and unsavory characters. Nix is penning the pilot and executive producing; Berg also is executive producing. The studio is 20th Century Fox TV, where Nix is under an overall… »
Nix penned the script and will serve as exec producer along with Berg, who has been busy in TV recently as an exec producer and director of the pilot for HBO’s “Ballers” and “The Leftovers,” among other projects.
The untitled Fox pilot is a big action comedy set in the world of truck driving, which centers around a military vet-turned-truck driver. The project was brought to Fox through Berg’s Film 44 banner, which has a first-look deal there. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.
“I’ve always admired Pete’s facility with comedy, drama, and action, so I thought it would make sense to do a comedy/drama/action show with him,” Nix told Variety.
Nix was the showrunner behind USA Network »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Reality meets fiction in two exclusive clips from Wednesday’s episode of A&E reality series “Wahlburgers,” which just received its second Emmy nomination. The original Johnny Drama — Johnny Alves — joins his cousin Mark Wahlberg on the red carpet at the premiere of the “Entourage” movie and makes a point of meeting his onscreen counterpart Kevin Dillon, who tells Alves that they’ve got to get him an appearance in the second “Entourage” movie. “You stole my shit!” Alves says straight-faced to Dillon before both break out laughing. Also Read: Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg to Drive 'Mile 22 »
- Joe Otterson
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – mainly the Fantastic Four dramas, rumours of a new Batman trilogy, picking sides for Captain America: Civil War and which huge cast member might not be returning for Max Max: The Wasteland?
“They said they’ll CGI the background in post.”
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There’s been a rumour going round this week that Warner Bros. want Ben Affleck to be part of a new trilogy of Batman movies. In the last half-decade, Hollywood has come to realise how complex comic book characters can be; that they encompass archetypes so deep, so open to interpretation and era, »
- Oli Davis
The Important News Casting Net: Channing Tatum finally signed his deal for Gambit. Will Smith will star in Collateral Beauty. Colin Farrell will star in the Harry Potter spinoff. Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly are heading to Kong: Skull Island. Franchise Fever: Felicity Jones might be playing a character from Star Wars Rebels in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Two more Bad Boys movies are on the way. Pez and Dungeons and Dragons are the franchises of the future. Jurassic World 2 will not be about dinosaurs chasing people on an island. Remake Report: Sony is remaking Jumanji. New Line is rebooting A Nightmare on Elm Street again. New Directors/New Films: Peter Berg...
- Christopher Campbell
There are no less than three movies in development about the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. When movies with similar stories come out close to each other, the first one to the theater usually wins the box office battle, and now the Mark Wahlberg-produced Patriots. Day has taken a big step forward, hiring a director well-suited to the material. Variety reports that CBS Films has hired Battleship director Peter Berg to helm their Boston Marathon Bombing picture. Patriots. Day is said to focus more on the manhunt for the bombers and is described as a thriller, something Berg is well suited to. This won.t be the first time that he has worked from a real life story, either, as Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights, and the upcoming Deepwater Horizon are all based on true events. Patriots. Day is based on the »
Variety is reporting that director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) is in final talks to helm CBS Films’ film about the Boston Marathon bombing entitled Patriots Day, with Mark Wahlberg (Ted 2) rumoured to be joining him.
The film, one of three separate projects about the tragic events in April 2013 in pre-production, is being produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark under their Bluegrass Films company alongside Wahlberg. And with Wahlberg attached as producer, he has now had his name linked to the film, which would be his fourth collaboration with Berg after Lone Survivor and upcoming Mile 22 and Deepwater Horizon.
This film will focus on the story of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis, the role which Wahlberg is linked. Matt Charman, who had written Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film Bridge of Spies, is penning the screenplay.
- Scott J. Davis
Back in April, HBO announced a new cast for Season 2 of The Leftovers, with the setting shifting from Mapleton, New York to a small town Texas known as Miracle. Just one month after the first trailer debuted, which showed rapture survivors from allover the country flocking to this small town, the cable network has released a second trailer that gives us more insight into this miraculous town, while introducing us to a few of its residents, primarily, the Parker family, played by Kevin Carroll, Regina King, Jovan Adepo and Darius McCrary
More than three years ago, 2% of the world's population inexplicably vanished. 140 million people, gone in an instant. No country, no state, no city was spared, except for one small town in Eastern Texas. Population: 9261. Departures: Zero. Season 1 stars Carrie Coon, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley and Christopher Eccleston are returning for The Leftovers Season 2, along with new cast members Kevin Carroll, »
Collateral Beauty: Will Smith will star opposite Rooney Mara in Collateral Beauty. The drama revolves around an advertising executive who goes into an emotional nosedive after suffering a peronal tragedy, and the efforts by his fellow workers to raise his spirits. Smith replaces Hugh Jackman, who exited the lead role last month. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) will direct, based on a script by Allan Loeb (Rock of Ages). [Deadline] Patriots' Day: Peter Berg is in final negotiations to direct Patriots' Day, one of several competing projects that aim to tell the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. This version is based on an account by Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis; Mark Wahlberg is said to be "circling" the...
- Peter Martin
Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg collaborated on a surprisingly enjoyable and well-made war movie in the form of 2013’s “Lone Survivor.” That movie wasn’t “Paths of Glory” by any means, but it had an unpretentious, simple charm – not to be confused with simplistic. “Lone Survivor” was a hit for Berg and Wahlberg, and their continued bromance will next be on display with “Deepwater Horizon.” The pair also have an action movie in the works called “Mile 22” with Wahlberg and Ufc fighter Ronda Rousey. Next, the “Ted 2” star will take his Berg-bro back to the beantown homeland for the upcoming “Patriot’s Day,” the next entry in the seemingly ever-expanding roster of films based around the tragic events of the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013. Read More: David Gordon Green To Direct Boston Marathon Bombing Drama 'Stronger' Marking the first-ever collaboration between CBS Films and "60 Minutes," “Patriot »
- Nicholas Laskin
The Battleship director is in final negotiations to bring Patriots’ Day to the screen, one of three films in development about the 2013 tragedy
Related: Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to take lead role in Boston Marathon bombing drama
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- Benjamin Lee
While it looked like Lionsgate might be pulling ahead in the rush to make a film about the April 2013 bomb attack on the Boston Marathon with news of Jake Gyllenhaal mulling the lead, CBS Films is countering by closing in on a deal for Peter Berg to direct Patriots’ Day.According to Variety, he’s in final negotiations to make the film, which would be another real-life tale after Lone Survivor and the upcoming Deepwater Horizon. And, assuming the actor/producer actually makes a deal himself, it would also mark Berg’s third film in a row with Mark Wahlberg, who has been trying to help get the movie made for a while, but might have to duck out of a lead role if scheduling becomes an issue.Patriots’ Day is based on the account of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis, with the producers securing his life rights and setting »
Director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg may be reuniting for their third film together after Lone Survivor and the upcoming Deepwater Horizon. In keeping with the true tales of perseverance, Variety reports that Berg is close to a deal that would have him direct the Boston Marathon bombing story Patriots' Day. Patriots' Day will represent the first feature film collaboration for... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
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Ronda Rousey, who crushed Bethe Correia this past weekend in just 34 seconds at Ufc 190, has sold the rights to her autobiography, My Fight/Your Fight – and will both produce and star in the feature film adaptation. The property was picked up by Paramount Pictures, so this is likely to be a big deal.
While she was clearly born to play the role, it’s a big step up from smaller appearances in The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and the Entourage movie. While she also has the upcoming Mile 22 film with director Peter Berg, and The Athena Project further down the road, this will be the first time Rousey is front and centre in a film. Albeit a film about her life, a poor performance could tank the movie. It also remains to be seen how interested the public is in seeing Rousey’s back story, »
- Jay Anderson
Such was the resonating impact of the tragic Boston bombings of 2013, that Hollywood currently has a trio of films in the works based on the real-life event. Alongside the Jake Gyllenhaal-led Stronger is the slightly troubled Boston Strong – which has since lost Casey Affleck and Daniel Espinosa – and finally, there’s Patriot’s Day.
Earlier this year, we brought you the news that Ted 2 star Mark Wahlberg is all but confirmed to topline the drama as Commissioner Ed Davis, and now Variety has the skinny on a potential reunion with his Lone Survivor director, Peter Berg. In development at CBS Films, it’s understood that Berg is in final negotiations to helm the pic, which would certainly set the wheels in motion compared to the flailing Boston Strong.
Bridge of Spies scribe Matt Charman is penning the screenplay for Patriot’s Day, which is being constructed in tandem with 60 Minutes, »
- Michael Briers
There’s no shortage of movies in development about the Boston Marathon bombing that happened back in 2013, and one of the several projects in the mix just landed a director. CBS Films is in final talks with Lone Survivor helmer Peter Berg to direct Patriots’ Day, which recounts the terrorist attack on the 9/11 remembrance […]
The post Peter Berg to Direct ‘Patriots’ Day’ Boston Marathon Bombing Drama appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
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