New Line acquired the rights to the book, which is the multi-hyphenate’s first novel.
Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will produce. Richard Brener will oversee for New Line.
The story follows an American man who gets caught up in an international incident and a female MI6 inspector is tasked with bringing him in. Henry Holt is publishing next month.
Binder most recently helmed “Black and White” starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, which was also exec produced by Atlas Entertainment. New Line has also set Binder to adapt Garth Callaghan memoir “The Napkin Notes,” which has Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea producing.
Binder’s, who is repped by Verve and Gernert Company, other past credits include “Reign Over Me” starring Adam Sandler and “The Upside of Anger
With the release imminent, we have spoke to some of the talented filmmakers and actors behind the film to find out why they got involved with the film (which was financed by star Kevin Costner) and what can audiences expect from the film:
Mike Binder, Writer-Director: “I wanted to do a piece about where we go forward in racial relations in this country. I wanted us to have a conversation.”
Octavia Spencer, Rowena: “Mike has this way of telling real-life stories and you’re getting a lesson but you don’t realize it, and you’re enjoying yourself, but it really makes you ponder or assess yourself.”
Anthony Mackie, Jeremiah: “There aren’t
Directed by Mike Binder
Starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Billy Burr, Gillian Jacobs, Anthony Mackie, Andre Holland, Mpho Koaho
Grieving widow fights for custody over his biracial granddaughter; in the midst are issues of race, class, and addiction.
Mike Binder is not afraid to deploy sensationalism for narrative purposes. One of the biggest issues many had with his prior film Reign Over Me was the usage of the 9/11 footage, and it’s irrevocable cultural and societal consequences, both on the micro and macro, as a trajectory for the fictional characters’ own narrative arcs. Binder’s Black or White uses alcoholism, drug addiction, racial prejudice, and socioeconomic divisions to shape the story of a widowed grandfather fighting for custody of his granddaughter. As one may be able to denote from the concerns surrounding his prior film, these themes are deployed in Black or White with little nuance or self-reflexivity.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety that the new members list reflects a push for “normalization” in its demographics, adding, “It’s been gratifying to see big increases in expanding color, gender, age and national origin in our membership this year.”
The AMPAS president points out, “The entire conversation of inclusiveness is at the forefront in Hollywood, in film, television, music, everything — and all of that bodes well for the future.” The Academy is in a position to help, since the membership includes a number of decision-makers, including executives, producers, directors — “men and women who have the ability to hire, elevate, mentor and nurture more people of color, gender, national origins.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically
Witherspoon and Papandrea will produce “Napkin Notes,” which New Line optioned last September. Mike Binder, whose credits include “Black or White,” “Reign Over Me” and “The Upside of Anger,” has come on to adapt the script. Toby Emmerich, Andrea Johnston and Richard Brener are overseeing for New Line.
Callaghan’s book, published by HarperCollins, details how he began writing short inspirational notes on napkins to put in his daughter Emma’s lunchbox daily to connect with his daughter. The practice took on far more significance after Callaghan was diagnosed first with kidney cancer and subsequently received four other cancer diagnoses.
“Napkin Notes” is Pacific Standard’s ninth development project. Witherspoon and Papandea formed Pacific Standard in 2012 in order to remedy
Directed by Mike Binder.
Starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jillian Estell, Anthony Mackie, and Andre Holland.
A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.
Black Or White is one of the more refreshing racially charged dramas to come out in quite some time, namely because it isn’t a biopic. Instead, it is highlighting the current age we live in, tackling issues many people in the world might not feel comfortable discussing. And what makes Black or White work, despite some flaws, is just how earnest it is with its depiction of society.
Every character in this film, from the mourning alcoholic grandfather (Kevin Costner) to the junkie deadbeat father (Andre Holland) attempting to bring his life back onto the right track, to the sassy black grandma (Octavia Spencer) fighting for custody of the mixed-race
In a perfect world, there’d be unquestioned acceptance and a blind eye turned to physical differences, but we’re a hell of a ways away from a Utopian lifestyle, and the race card has transitioned from a social rights movement into an exploitable trump card in danger of losing credibility. Black Or White is a movie about love, commitment, and consciously assessing a situation that happens to involve parties of different color,
Black or White tells the story of a grandfather (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race,
The movie, written and directed by Mike Binder (“The Upside of Anger”) and co-starring Octavia Spencer as a grandmother battling her granddaughter’s white grandfather (Costner) over custody, has a mere 31 percent approval rating from the 52 critics counted so far on Rotten Tomatoes.
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TheWrap‘s Inkoo Kang was among the majority who were not particularly fond of the project,
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