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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.
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
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.
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- Garth Franklin
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, »
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.
- Dave McNary
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.”
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
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]
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
Based on the Jason Matthews novel and set in contemporary Russia, the story follows a female state intelligence officer drafted against her will to become a 'Sparrow,' a trained seductress in the service. She is soon assigned a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence.
The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of deception and sexual attraction. She then seeks revenge against her soulless masters, whilst helping the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
As production executive at Orion, she worked on development and production of films including “Cherry 2000,” “At Close Range,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Breathless,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “Under Fire,” “RoboCop” and “The Terminator.” She later served as a production exec at A Band Apart and Lawrence Bender Productions, and had producing credits on “Knockaround Guys” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.”
After attending Princeton, the New York native started out as a script reader and worked at Ray Stark Productions and for TriStar. Kirkham was partnered with her husband, producer Elliot Lewitt, in Kirkham-Lewitt Productions. »
- Variety Staff
Oscar- and Emmy-winning producer Scott Rudin has signed a three year first-look television deal with Fox Networks Group, TheWrap learned on Monday. The agreement with Scott Rudin Productions will see Rudin developing and producing projects for Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks, and National Geographic Channel. Those developed for Fox will be produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and those developed for FX Networks and National Geographic Channel will be produced by FX Productions. Steve Zaillian’s producing partner Garrett Basch is poised to run Rudin’s TV division, a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. He recently worked on HBO’s “Criminal Justice” starring. »
- Tony Maglio and Jeff Sneider
Bethesda has unveiled details on their E3 press conference events and confirmed that upcoming games "Fallout 4," "Doom" and "Battlecry" will be the focus of their presentation and various panels. Sadly said panels will Not be streamed, nor is there any mention of "Dishonored 2" at this point. [Source: Game Informer]
Netflix Kids Series
Netflix has two children's shows on the way and today have released first look art from two of them. The first is "Tarzan and Jane," a new spin on the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic in which a 16 year-old Tarzan returns from the African jungle to a boarding school in London. The eight-episode series sees Tarzan team with Jane to help solve environmental injustice.
There's also "Kong - King of the Apes" which is set in 2050 and features Kong as the strongest creature who is framed by a man who wants to unleash an army of gigantic robotic dinosaurs. [Source: Collider]
- Garth Franklin
Nicole Perlman wrote the initial drafts that helped Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy start its journey to the screen, and the studio has kept her around as one of the duo writing Captain Marvel. Now she’s found another, much darker science fiction project to work on at the same time, signing on to rewrite the adaptation of Wool for 20th Century Fox. Hugh Howey’s high concept novel was something of a sensation when the self-published e-book became a massive success and 20th Century Fox quickly dived in to snap up the rights. The book is set in a dystopian future where the planet’s air has become toxic and the population lives crowded in a giant underground silo. We follow several characters as they begin to learn that all is not quite how the authorities have told them.Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian are producing the adaptation, »
“Guardians of the Galaxy” scribe Nicole Perlman has been hired to rewrite the sci-fi movie “Wool” for 20th Century Fox and producers Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian, TheWrap has learned. Based on the high-concept novel by Hugh Howey, “Wool” is a futuristic tale where Earth’s air is no longer breathable and the world’s last community lives underground in a giant silo. Zaillian and Garrett Basch are producing for Film Rites, while Scott is producing via his company Scott Free. Also Read: 'Captain Marvel' Lands Female Writers Behind 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Inside Out »
- Jeff Sneider
Scott Rudin has signed a sprawling TV deal with Fox Networks Group. The three-year first-look deal, which was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, covers three separate distribution entities: Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. Sources say Garrett Basch, who most recently was partnered with Steve Zaillian with the Fox-based Film Rites production company, is in talks to run the TV division for Scott Rudin Productions. Basch will give Rudin a Los Angeles presence for the first time in years (New York-based Rudin shuttered his La offices in 2011). Basch will be based on
- Tatiana Siegel
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan, and Zack Snyder have all done what most superhero junkies could only dream of doing: direct a Batman movie. But there was one other filmmaker privileged enough to have suited up the masked manhunter for cinema, achieving almost overnight success in 2003 and a cult classic amongst Batman fans—without the “superpowers” of a million dollar budget or the tyranny of studio executives. The director: Sandy Collora. The film: Batman: Dead End.
“Behind The Mask”, a 90-minute documentary on the life and career of Sandy Collora, was shown recently at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA, telling the story of the indie filmmaker’s refusal to “sell out” to major studios and finding satisfaction in directing his own films.
- Holly Interlandi
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »
- D. Zhea
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Despite gaining plenty of critical acclaim and taking in a healthy $233 million worldwide in 2011, there hasn't been any movement lately on a sequel to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The project was based on the first of author Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy books, which were followed by The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. There has been plenty of talk over the past few years about whether or not The Girl Who Played with Fire would ever move forward, but now we have a new report from The Hollywood Reporter indicating the sequel may very well happen, although without director David Fincher.
The new interest in getting a sequel off the ground comes from the recent announcement that Knopf is publishing a new Millennium series novel entitled Spider's Web, written by David Lagercrantz. While this new entry was »
With Hollywood looking for franchises wherever it can find them, it seems mighty odd that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a highly successful novel with a film adaptation that had Rooney Mara, David Fincher, and James Friggin’ Bond attached, is not already swimming in sequels. The American version of Stieg Larsson’s novel wasn’t exactly a blockbuster, but it made $233 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. It seems like a no-brainer.
Now there’s talk from THR that a sequel could arrive soon enough, but Sony is debating the possibility of turning Larsson’s last two books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, into a single film. They may even lump in a new novel starring hacker Lisbeth Salander by David Lagercrantz called The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Larsson passed away in 2004, before the books were even »
- Brian Welk
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has not yet given up hope of a sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and is considering rounding out the trilogy by combining Stieg Larsson’s remaining two Millennium books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, into a single sequel, which would then be followed by an adaptation of the upcoming fourth book, The Girl In The Spider’s Web, penned by David Lagercrantz.
The U.S. version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo starred Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, and was eyed as the first of a trilogy of film’s based on Larsson’s books, with Fincher aiming to shoot the two sequels back to back. However, progress seemed to stall, with Rooney Mara stating on several occasions that it looked »
- Gary Collinson
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