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Oscar Isaac To Star In Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's 'A Foreigner'

23 November 2015 2:30 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is how slowly the wheels of movie development sometimes turn. Way, way back in 2011, Steve Zaillian's Film Rites snapped up the rites to David Grann's New Yorker article "A Murder Foretold." It weaved the true story of a man who, gunned down in the escalating violence in Guatemala, leaves a videotape after his death implicating the president, his wife, and other close aides in his killing. The news rocked the nation, with a special prosecutor who digs deep to find the shocking truth behind the man's murder. Compelling stuff and now the movie is finally happening. Variety reports that Oscar Isaac is in early talks to the lead the picture, now titled "A Foreigner." Chris Terrio ("Argo," "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice") has penned the script with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon ("Me And Earl And The Dying Girl") slated to direct. Nothing is official just yet, but both »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Oscar Isaac Set To Topline Real-Life Political Thriller A Foreigner

19 November 2015 1:20 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon crafted an intimate and emotional indie drama with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl earlier this year, and now the filmmaker is in line to direct Oscar Isaac in Paramount’s real-life political thriller A Foreigner.

That’s according to Variety, reporting that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens star is on the verge of joining the cast. Centering on a Guatemalan lawyer named Rodrigo Rosenberg who, in order to bring an end to a relentless cycle of corruption in his home country, orders a video of his murder to be published to the world posthumously.

Chris Terrio penned the script for A Foreigner, adapting David Grann’s eye-catching New Yorker article “A Murder Foretold” from 2011. Steve Zaillian is producing via his Film Rites banner, while Steven Rales, Garrett Basch and Mark Roybal will split producing responsibilities between them. In terms of Gomez-Rejon, the director quickly »

- Michael Briers

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Oscar Isaac Circles Lead Role in Paramount’s ‘A Foreigner’ (Exclusive)

19 November 2015 10:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar Isaac is in early talks to star in Paramount’s political thriller “A Foreigner,” sources tell Variety.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is directing with Steve Zaillian producing through his Film Rites banner along with Steven Rayles and Mark Roybal. Chris Terrio penned the script.

The film revolves around a murdered Guatemalan man who has videos of his killers distributed after his death in order to uproot the corruption that led to the death of many others, and is based David Grann’s 2011 New Yorker article “A Murder Foretold.”

Paramount has been working on getting this through the door for sometime with Matt Damon at one point being courted to direct the pic. When Gomez-Rejon dropped out of “Collateral Beauty,” Paramount quickly attached him as director and offered Isaac the lead role.

Sources say a deal is still far apart but a recent meeting »

- Justin Kroll

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Oscar Isaac To Talks For "A Foreigner"

19 November 2015 9:51 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Oscar Isaac is in early talks to star in the political thriller "A Foreigner" at Paramount Pictures and Film Rites.

Chris Terrio ("Argo," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice") penned the script about a murdered Guatemalan man who has videos of his killers distributed after his death in order to uproot the corruption that led to the death of many others. The story is an adaptation of the 2011 New Yorker article 'A Murder Foretold'.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon ("Me and Earl and the Dying Girl") is in talks to direct with Steve Zaillian, Steven Rales, Garrett Basch and Mark Roybal producing. Matt Damon was previously courted to make his directorial debut on the project.

Isaac's commitment to shoot "Star Wars: Episode VIII" next year is likely to affect the film's schedule which has yet to be set. He'll next appear on our screens in May in "X-Men: Apocalypse," and just »

- Garth Franklin

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Former BBC Execs Build Bridge Between U.S. and U.K. With Bad Wolf

6 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, the former BBC executives responsible for “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Da Vinci’s Demons,” have unleashed their new shingle, Bad Wolf, with a focus on both sides of the Pond.

Perhaps that’s only fitting, since Tranter and Gardner were at the helm of the BBC drama department in 2008, when they moved to Los Angeles to head BBC Worldwide Prods., where they produced “Da Vinci’s Demons” for Starz, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” National Geographic’s “Life Below Zero” and HBO’s “Getting On,” among many other shows.

Tranter and Gardner launched Bad Wolf in July, with offices in Los Angeles and Wales. Tranter says the L.A. office is key to Bad Wolf’s goals. “What we are doing is ensuring we aren’t just another U.K. indie looking for some co-production money — that essentially what we are is a bridge between U. »

- Leo Barraclough

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When Is a Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Sequel Not a Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Sequel?

6 November 2015 7:37 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When it skips two books to adapt the fourth in the series with a rebooted cast, apparently. David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was meant from the beginning to be the first in a trilogy, but a mixed reception from critics and audiences along with a modestly perceived box-office haul has kept a follow-up from getting a green light. Apparently expectations were that a hard-r adult thriller running nearly three hours long should have earned more than $230 million worldwide. Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium trilogy of novels had already been adapted into Swedish films, but Fincher’s take on the first volume opened the story up to viewers unwilling/unable to read subtitles. It’s also not a bad film. Cold, dark, and brutally attractive, but not bad. The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second book in the series, but while Sony has already paid a reportedly obscene amount for a script from »

- Rob Hunter

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Lisbeth Salander Returns In Next "Girl"

5 November 2015 1:20 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures is planning to reboot its "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" franchise by starting afresh and skipping over the trilogy that made it famous.

"The Girl in the Spider's Web" will be a film adaptation of the fourth book in the Millennium series and the first famously not written by the late Stieg Larsson. David Lagercrantz penned the story in which hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt governments.

The studio reportedly sees the film and book as an opportunity to start the franchise over with Steven Knight ("Burnt") in early talks to adapt the script. Actors Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, along with director David Fincher, are Not expected back.

Scott Rudin, who produced the Fincher adaptation, is expected to return though and will produce alongside Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon.

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- Garth Franklin

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Lisbeth Salander Returns to the Big Screen; Will Alicia Vikander Play Her?

4 November 2015 4:00 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Sony plan on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" "Millennium" series gets stranger and stranger. In order to extricate themselves from the deals on the first series—with Daniel Craig reportedly demanding too much money for a scaled-back sequel, and Rooney Mara, who was Oscar-nommed for playing hacker Lisbeth Salander, reluctant to return without mentor David Fincher in the director's chair—the studio is proceeding with a movie version of the new, fourth installment in the series, "The Girl in the Spider's Web," the one not written by Stieg Larrson, reports THR. After Fincher crafted a too-costly R-rated $90-million movie that grossed just  $233 million worldwide in 2011, Sony sat on a costly draft of the sequel, "The Girl Who Played With Fire," written by A-list "Moneyball" scribe Steve Zaillian. Why let it go to waste? Maybe they are still considering an HBO or Netflix TV series for the remaining »

- Anne Thompson

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Sony moving ahead with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig won’t return

4 November 2015 1:44 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in April it was revealed that Sony was looking at ways to continue its Millennium franchise following David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and now it seems the studio has made up its mind.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Knight (Burnt) is in early talks to adapt the fourth book in the series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz. Apparently the new project is seen as an opportunity to restart the franchise, with neither Fincher nor stars Rooney Mara or Daniel Craig expected to return.

Spider’s Web could then potentially be followed by an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s second book The Girl Who Played With Fire, with Sony having already paid a mid-seven figure sum for Steven Zaillian’s script.

Are you excited about another Millennium movie, and how do you feel about Sony’s decision to relaunch the series? »

- Gary Collinson

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Lisbeth Salander's heading back to movie screens, but Rooney Mara won't return

4 November 2015 12:15 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's been a question hanging over Sony since the release of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," and it appears that the answer involves shaking everyone involved with the first film loose because there's no way they can afford to make the sequel. Instead, "The Girl In The Spider's Web" is going to allow the studio to do a hard reboot on the franchise, with Steven Knight attached to adapt the book. There's no word yet on whether Knight will also direct, but it is clear that Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are both off the series now, as is David Fincher. Truth be told, I find the entire notion of this as a major studio franchise very weird, and I'm unconvinced they've really got a series here that people want. Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal are both set to produce for the studio, and it's clear that there are »

- Drew McWeeny

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Sony To Pursue The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Follow-Up Without Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara

4 November 2015 12:01 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

At long last, Sony is ready to push ahead with a follow-up to David Fincher’s English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but neither Daniel Craig nor Lisbeth Salander herself, Rooney Mara, will be involved.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on the soft reboot, revealing the studio is primed to forgo both The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest in order to adapt the little-known fourth entry into Stieg Larsson’s beloved Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. As the first installment not to be penned by the late, great Swedish journalist-cum-writer, it’s certainly an interesting approach for Sony to take, and sources close to the nascent project have revealed that the studio has its crosshairs placed on Burnt director Steven Knight to take the reins.

Published back in September, David Lagercrantz’s thriller »

- Michael Briers

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HBO Partners with Production Company Bad Wolf (Exclusive)

3 November 2015 4:16 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — U.S. premium cable company HBO has partnered up with Bad Wolf, the production company set up by former BBC executives Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner earlier this year.

There are two aspects to HBO’s relationship with Tranter and Gardner, who were responsible for such shows as “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Da Vinci’s Demons.”

First, the companies have agreed to a non-exclusive first-look deal. Second, they are forming a broader partnership that relates to helping foster HBO’s ties with the U.K. production community.

“The best way of describing it is we are HBO’s people in the U.K.,” Tranter told Variety in an exclusive interview that is published in the magazine today. “Our task is to ensure that HBO are across anything and everything that they might want to be in terms of writers, directors, actors and producers, not limited to Bad Wolf, bringing »

- Leo Barraclough

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Martin Scorsese Developing Leonard Bernstein Biopic

28 October 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Next year, we'll finally see Martin Scorsese's passion project "Silence," but as per usual, the ever busy director has more than a handful of irons in the fire. And Paramount Pictures is getting behind the director, signing a deal with him through 2019, that if all goes well, will see a number of long developing movies finally realized. Read More: Martin Scorsese and Jerry Lewis Talk Comedy, Filmmaking, And More THR reports that among the Paramount slate is "The Irishman," which Robert De Niro recently said will reunite him with the filmmaker next year. As you'll recall, it's a the Steve Zaillian ("Gangs Of New York," "Schindler's List," "Moneyball") penned movie, adapted from the book "I Heard You Paint Houses" by Charles Brandt, that tells the true story of Frank Sheeran, a WWII veteran who led a colorful life as a high ranking officer in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters while also. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Martin Scorsese Extends Paramount Deal to 2019

28 October 2015 8:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions has extended its overall feature deal with Paramount Pictures through 2019.

“Marty is one of our industry’s most prolific and celebrated filmmakers and he is also an integral part of the Paramount family,” said Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey. “We are looking forward to many more years and many more great films at Paramount Pictures.”

The partnership has resulted in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Shutter Island,” “Hugo” and the Rolling Stones documentary “Shine a Light.”

Paramount will release Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence,” starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, with Scorsese producing and directing. Jay Cocks and Scorsese wrote the screenplay for the film, which has not set a release date.

The studio said the deal covers development of “The Devil in the White City,” directed by Scorsese, with Leonardo DiCaprio starring and producing with Jennifer Davisson. The movie is written by Billy Ray »

- Dave McNary

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in ‘The Current War’

24 September 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch are in talks to play George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison in the Weinstein Company’s “The Current War.”

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is in talks to direct the film written by Michael Mitnick.

The movie takes place in the late 1880s and revolves around power titans Edison and Westinghouse’s battle over the supply of electricity. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.

TWC will finance and distribute the film.

Timur Bekmambetov, who was originally eyed to direct the movie, will produce alongside Film RitesSteve Zaillian and Garrett Basch.

Gyllenhaal is currently shooting Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” Cumberbatch is about to start filming Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” and Gomez-Rejon is working on “Collateral Beauty.” Gyllenhaal also has the Boston Marathon bombing pic “Stronger” on his slate. »

- Justin Kroll

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Gyllenhaal, Cumberbatch Go To "War"

24 September 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch are in talks to star in "The Current War," a new historical drama which Alfonso Gomez-Rejon ("Me and Earl and the Dying Girl") is in discussions to direct for The Weinstein Company.

Playwright-screenwriter Michael Mitnick's Black List script is set in the late 1880s and revolves around power titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse's battle over electric power transmission systems - the former supporting direct current (DC), the latter alternating current (AC).

In this take, Westinghouse (Gyllenhaal) is the leading man with Edison (Cumberbatch) as the rival in the famed 'War of Currents' which went beyond commercial competition into an all-out propoganda war.

Gomez-Rejon will reportedly make this his next film after directing the Will Smith-led "Collateral Beauty" in the Fall. Timur Bekmambetov, Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch will produce.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Jennifer Lawrence Eyes 'Red Sparrow' with 'Hunger Games' Director

14 September 2015 11:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After Lionsgate's lucrative Hunger Games franchise ends this fall with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, actress Jennifer Lawrence may re-unite with director Francis Lawrence on a new project for 20th Century Fox, entitled Red Sparrow. Francis Lawrence became attached to direct earlier this summer, but now Deadline reports that Jennifer Lawrence is now being eyed to star. There was talk that Jennifer Lawrence was being eyed earlier this summer, when Francis Lawrence came aboard, but she might not be officially attached for some time.

Justin Haythe (Snitch, The Lone Ranger) has come aboard to rewrite the adapted script, which was originally written by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle, The International). based on the novel by Jason Matthews. The story is set in modern-day Russia, following Dominika Egorova, a spy forced into becoming a "sparrow," who is trained to seduce rival agents. Her first assignment is a CIA operative tasked with handling Russian intelligence, »

- MovieWeb

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Austin Film Festival to Honor ‘L.A. Confidential’ Screenwriter Brian Helgeland

2 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Austin Film Festival has selected Brian Helgeland as recipient of its Distinguished Screenwriter Award, to be presented Oct. 31.

Helgeland won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “L.A. Confidential” and was nominated for “Mystic River.” He directed and wrote “Legend,” “42,” “A Knight’s Tale” and “Payback” and wrote “Man on Fire,” “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “Conspiracy Theory,” “Green Zone” and “Blood Work.”

Helgeland has also won awards from the Writers Guild of America, as well as the Pen Center Literary Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the USC Scripter Award. Universal launches “Legend,” starring Tom Hardy, on Oct. 2.

Previous Distinguished Screenwriter Award recipients include James L. Brooks, Lawrence Kasdan, Callie Khouri, Frank Pierson, Harold Ramis, Caroline Thompson and Steven Zaillian.

The festival, which launches Oct. 29, will also present a reading of Norman Lear’s un-produced teleplay “Guess Who Died?” The writing team, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, »

- Dave McNary

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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist Who Wrote ‘Awakenings,’ Dies at 82

30 August 2015 9:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oliver Sacks, the British neurologist who wrote the book that inspired the 1990 Robin Williams-Robert De Niro movie “Awakenings,” died of cancer Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 82.

Sacks had a gift for explaining complicated scientific concepts related to his study of brain functions to general readers. “Awakenings,” his first non-fiction book to achieve popular success, revolves around a group of patients in the Bronx whose lives are changed by a cutting-edge treatment for a rare form encephalitis, aka “sleeping sickness.”

The film adaptation directed by Penny Marshall earned Oscar nominations for best picture, for lead actor for De Niro and for adapted screenplay for Steve Zaillian.

Sacks’ book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat,” a collection of stories about his clinic practice, was adapted as an opera in the U.K. by composer Michael Nyman in 1986.

“The Last Hippie,” an essay »

- Variety Staff

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News Bits: Stonewall, Castro, Dumplin, Dark

21 July 2015 10:51 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


Roadside Attractions has announced a September 25th release date for Roland Emmerich's Lgbt rights drama "Stonewall" which deals with the 1969 Stonewall riots. Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman star in the film

Irvine plays a young man living in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, who befriends a group of street kids. As he his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, rage begins to build and with the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born. [Source: Roadside Attractions]

Castro's Daughter

Mexican filmmaker Luis Mandoki ("When a Man Loves a Woman") is set to direct the historical drama "Castro's Daughter" which John Martinez O'Felan and Joe Lamy are producing. Bobby Moresco and Nilo Cruz penned the script.

The story revolves around Alina Fernandez, Fidel Castro's love child with a wealthy socialite who co-financed Castro's »

- Garth Franklin

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