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French film-maker is surprise choice for British comedian's upcoming James Bond-style movie
• News: Baron Cohen 'too famous' to play Freddie Mercury
• News: Baron Cohen pranks the La Baftas
The Hollywood Reporter revealed in August that Cohen was planning a James Bond-style spoof about a spy forced to go on the run with his football hooligan brother. The actor has written the screenplay with Wreck It Ralph's Phil Johnston.
Leterrier, who is in negotiations, is an unlikely choice. All of Baron Cohen's starring movie roles (bar 2002's Ali G Indahouse) have been overseen by Us film-maker Larry Charles. Leterrier has been responsible for action fantasy epics such as The Incredible Hulk and the recent Clash of the Titans remake, which misfired. »
- Ben Child
Robert Redford would be a busy man even if he wasn't 77 years old: appearing in the forthcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” in going solo Oscar-possibility “All is Lost” and lining up to star in and direct “A Walk In The Woods,” an adaptation of Bill Bryson's book about hiking the Appalachian trail alongside Nick Nolte, which he had planned to direct. Perhaps inevitably, something had to give.Deadline is now reporting that “A Walk In The Woods” has finally settled on someone else to direct, namely Larry Charles, of “Borat” and “Bruno” fame. It's somewhat hard to imagine what a script must be like if Charles, Redford and Richard Linklater (at one time) all seemed like possible directors for it, but the book—about Bryson teaming up with an old and immensely irritating high-school buddy to hike the trail—is very funny, and Charles is certainly the most »
- Ben Brock
Of course, the idea of a biopic of one of rock 'n roll's filthiest, most colorful bands of all time, Mötley Crüe, is a great one. But getting it made is a whole other story. "Dirt" has been brewing for years, and at one point was going to be helmed by Larry Charles ("Religulous," "Borat"). But a variety of factors—the acquisition of MTV Films by Paramount, Charles's desire to make an appropriately Nc-17 movie about the band, his admitted dislike for the group—kiboshed the project and nothing was really heard about it since. But it looks like it's getting cranked back up to 11 once again. "Jackass: Bad Grandpa" helmer Jeff Tremaine is now tackling the tale of Vince Neil, Nikki Six, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee. We're not even sure where to begin if you know nothing about the band, but their stories of debauchery are the stuff »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Walk in the Woods
Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine") penned the script about a middle-aged travel writer who decides to hike all 2,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail with an old High School friend. [Source: Broadway World]
The film is based on the book which Neil Strauss wrote with the band members and details how they rose from playing local clubs on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip to touring the world as global rock stars. [Source: Fox News]
Untitled Scott Rudin Project
- Garth Franklin
Curb Your Enthusiasm regular director Larry Charles has found his latest comedic project in a film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best-selling novel A Walk In The Woods. Charles, who’s best known for helming Sacha Baron Cohen’s trio Bruno, Borat and The Dictator, has terrific cast already in place with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte set to lead the film which has a script by Oscar-winner (and Star Wars: Episode VII contributor) Michael Arndt.
Shooting is targeted for March and the comedic plot centres on an ageing writer’s road-trip after deciding to hike the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Bringing along his former high school pal despite avoiding him for years.
Speaking about the project, Charles said:
Growing up in the wilds of Brooklyn, you can see why I was the natural choice to direct A Walk In The Woods. I didn’t see a tree till I was »
- Craig Hunter
The adaptation of Bill Bryson’s comic memoir A Walk In The Woods has bounced around like a problem child for a while now. Directors have either been attached (like Barry Levinson and Richard Linklater) or approached (such as Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton), but none have stuck. Earlier this year it appeared that the project’s shepherd and star, Robert Redford, would end up doing the job himself. Now, though, Borat and Bruno man Larry Charles is taking on the challenge.With a script by Michael Arndt, the story will follow an aging travel writer (Redford) who takes it upon himself to hike the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Along for the journey is a long-estranged high school friend (Nick Nolte) he’s been avoiding for years, and the two men don't exactly make for easy travelling companions.Charles is a great call to handle the film, and released a typically »
Taking a look at Larry Charles' most recent films, such as Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, it's an odd sight to see the filmaker signing up to direct veterans Nick Nolte and Robert Redford. Larry is set to direct a script written by Michael Arndt who was up until recently penning Star Wars: Episode VII. Not to be fooled by the appearance though, A Walk in the Woods is still set to be firmly planted in the realm of comedy, as much as the cast could at first fool you.
The story follows Bryson, an ageing travel writer who had been living in England for 20 years, who decides he wants to reconnect with his American homeland by hiking the 2,100 mile Appalachian trail. The journey is tough and full of pitfalls, only made worse by his hiking partner Katz, a formerly forgotten and neglected high school friend and previous substance abuser. »
Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno, The Dictator) will direct Robert Redford and Nick Nolte indie comedy A Walk in the Woods which Im Global is selling to international territories at the American Film Market, reports Variety. Michael Arndt wrote the script based on the 1998 book “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail" written by Bill Bryson. The story recounts Bryson's effort to walk the Appalachian Trail with a friend, a trail that runs from Georgia to Maine. Producing A Walk in the Woods are Bill Holderman and Redford via Wildwood Entertprises as well as Chip Diggins of Route One Films. »
Larry Charles has signed on to direct A Walk in the Woods, which has Robert Redford and Nick Nolte attached to star. Richard Linklater, Chris Columbus and Barry Levinson had previously been attached to direct at different times during the project's development.
The story is adapted from Bill Bryson's book that centers on a travel writer (Robert Redford) who reconnects with an estranged friend (Nick Nolte) he's been avoiding for years, by hiking up the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Along the way, they end up squaring off with each other while meeting an assortment of colorful characters. Here's what the director had to say about the project in a statement.
"Growing up in the wilds of Brooklyn, you can see why I was the natural choice to direct A Walk in the Woods. I didnt see a tree till I was 27. I've pitched a lot of projects, but I've never pitched a tent. »
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine has signed on to direct the Mötley Crüe biopic entitled Dirt. The project is an adaptation of the band's 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band. Here's what the director had to say about the book and how long he has wanted to make this adaptation.
"I've been careful to make this a natural progression. I've been offered a lot of scripts but Dirt is something I pursued with everything I had. I've wanted to make this going back to 2001, when we were just planning the first Jackass movie and I found out that David Gale at MTV Films had just optioned the book.
First of all, I had no idea how to make Jackass into a movie, but I said to him, let me direct that movie, too. He said, yeah, of course! He was being sarcastic, »
Larry Charles has signed on today to direct Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best selling memoir A Walk In The Woods. The film will tell the story of an aging travel writer who decides to hike the 2000 mile Appalachian trail, accompanied by an old friend whom he doesn’t quite get along with. What begins as a regular buddy movie becomes something deeper, and the trail slowly comes to represent how they see each other.
The ever-humourous Larry Charles had this to say on the whole affair:
Growing up in the wilds of Brooklyn, you can see why I was the natural choice to direct A Walk In The Woods… I didn’t »
- Rob Batchelor
Though writer Michael Arndt may not be scripting Star Wars: Episode VII anymore, that doesn't mean he doesn't still have work coming to the big screen. In fact, Deadline reports director Larry Charles will bring Arndt's script A Walk in the Woods to life, and Robert Redford and Nick Nolte are slated to star. Those names might make you think that Charles is looking to get into the dramatic game, but the film is actually a road trip comedy following Bryson, an aging travel writer an Iowa native who has been living in England for 20 years, as he aims to reconnect with America by hiking the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail. But his connection with the homeland isn't smooth as he learns some hard lessons about being a woodsman, falling into plenty of mishaps and problems, many hilarious conundrums. Along the way he encounters a group of terrible Boy Scouts and a »
- Ethan Anderton
Im Global is selling international territories at the American Film Market. The project had been for sale at Cannes.
Redford and Bill Holderman are producing through their Wildwood Entertprises banner with Route One Films’ Chip Diggins. Route One is financing through its partnership with Union Investment Partners in South Korea. Exec producers are Route One’s Jay Stern and Russell Levine and Kim Young-Don of Union Investment Partners.
The project is adapted by Michael Arndt from Bill Bryson’s 1998 book “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail,” which recounts his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine, with a friend.
- Dave McNary
Expectations of the Robert Redford vehicle A Walk In the Woods should be shifting with news that the director of the Sacha Baron Cohen prank-fueled comedies Borat and Bruno has signed on to helm, replacing Redford. Deadline reports Larry Charles will helm the road trip comedy that co-stars Redford and Nick Nolte as two estranged friends whose bond is put to its limit on an ill-advised hiking trip. Regarding his hiring, Charles joked with the outlet: "Growing up in the wilds of Brooklyn, you can see why I was the natural choice to direct A Walk In The Woods. I didn.t see a tree till I was 27. I.ve pitched a lot of projects, but I.ve never pitched a tent. But A Walk In The Woods is not merely about a hike. It is an epic, intense, absurd journey through our collective past, present and future. A journey »
The adaptation of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods has seen Richard Linklater and Robert Redford lined up to take the director's chair, but it now looks as if Larry Charles (Borat) will have the honor. Charles is a bit of an odd choice, not just based on his resume which includes the Sacha Baron Cohen-fronted trio of oddball character films and episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but also because the Brooklyn native is not exactly the image that springs to mind when conceptualizing a trek down the Appalachian Trail. Long in development, A Walk in the Woods stars Redford and Nick Nolte as two high school friends who meet up later in life to tackle the Appalachian Trail, catching each other up on their respective lives while making observations about the world around them during the journey. Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) penned the script. The »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: Borat and Bruno helmer Larry Charles is set to direct the film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best-selling memoir A Walk In The Woods, with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte starring. The script was written by Little Miss Sunshine‘s Michael Arndt, and it is aiming for a March start. Wildwood Enterprises’ Redford and Bill Holderman are producing with Route One Films’ Chip Diggins. The film is a road-trip comedy about an aging travel writer who decides to hike the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail, accompanied by a long-estranged high school buddy he’s been avoiding for years. Along the way, the duo face off with each other, nature and an eccentric assortment of characters only to discover that some roads are better left untraveled. “Growing up in the wilds of Brooklyn, you can see why I was the natural choice to direct A Walk In The Woods,” Charles said. “I »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
“True Blood” creator Alan Ball was attached to direct last month with the shoot taking place in Los Angeles. The true crime saga, based on Rodney Sheldon’s book, surrounds the founding and expansion of the Chippendales nightclub by Paul Snider, Bruce Nahin and Somen Banerjee — who eventually pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire and was found dead in his jail cell in 1994.
Permut and Sentinel are currently casting the leads on “Chippendales.”
“There is a real opportunity for us in the independently financed space for mid-budget films,” Permut said.
The companies have opened Santa Monica offices together. Permut »
- Dave McNary
Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers, »
Kanye West, HBO sitcom star? It almost happened. Long before the notorious moment he grabbed the microphone from Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards or celebrated the birth of his daughter with reality-tv scion Kim Kardashian the hip-hop icon headlined a comedy pilot from Curb Your Enthusiasm executive producer Larry Charles.
The sitcom was shot in 2007 but quickly fell by the wayside after an executive shuffle at HBO. Later that year, West's mother, Donda, died, and the superstar departed on a global concert tour, leaving the TV project behind. It was all a distant memory until this summer, when clips from the pilot started popping up — first on YouTube, and then at a comedy show in Brooklyn, where a bootleg copy of the entire episode was screened.
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- Michael Schneider
"1600 Penn" star Josh Gad has been tapped to star opposite Crystal in the comedy pilot, Deadline reports. The comedy, based on a Swedish format of the same name, centers on a young, hip comic on the rise (Gad), who is forced to work with an aging superstar comedian (Crystal) on a late-night comedy sketch show -- though both hate it, and each other.
Zap2It caught up with Crystal in mid-June, where he shared his thoughts on his potential return to TV after nearly 30 years. "When I saw it I thought, 'I could really like doing this,'" he said. "I'm going to play myself; it's a chance to do live sketches, it's a chance to act, it's a chance to improvise. And when we land the other actor -- who's going to be a really good, strong name as well, »
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