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The story follows what happened that night from the party that the young Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) attended, to the accident when the car driven by an allegedly drunk Kennedy drove off a bridge and plunged into the water - resulting in the agonizing death of his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne.
The film will also deal with what occurred prior to Ted reporting the crash to the police nine hours later. Joe Kennedy was in a wheelchair, having already suffered a debilitating stroke, but that didn't stop him from trying to protect his son that night and hopefully salvage Ted's political ambitions.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The film follows the events before and after the 1969 accident on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts after Ted Kennedy hosted a party and then accidentally drove his car off a one-lane bridge into a tidal channel. His passenger Mary Jo Kopechne drowned.
Kennedy was able to swim to safety but did not report the crash to police for another nine hours. He pled guilty seven days later to a charge of leaving the scene of the crash after causing injury and received a suspended sentence.
The ensuing scandal prevented Kennedy from launching a campaign for President until 1980. Family patriarch Joseph Kennedy, who had suffered a stroke in 1961, had called in advisers including Robert MacNamara, »
- Dave McNary
Following up Tracks, John Curran has found his next feature, and he’s finalizing his cast. Jason Clarke is being joined by Kate Mara and Ed Helms for Chappaquiddick, Deadline reports. It tells the real-life story of the fateful night senator Ted Kennedy (Clarke) lost control of his vehicle and drove it off a bridge, overturning the vehicle and trapping his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne (Mara) while he escaped. Instead of calling the police, Kennedy called upon his cousin Joe Gargan (Helms) and a friend, whom he told to go back to the scene and try to find her body. While Gargan was loyal, he also found great moral issue in the situation and eventually convinced Kennedy to call the police the next morning. The script is penned by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, and is being produced by Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes. Mara has had a lot on her plate, »
- Mike Mazzanti
There is always something of a stir when scripts make the leap from Black List recognition to actual production – but Chappaquiddick has the added sensationalism of being about one of the biggest controversies in modern times. Written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan – both making their feature-length debut – and directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil), the film focuses on the single-vehicle car accident in 1969 that resulted in the death of a young American woman, named Mary Jo Kopechne.
It was controversial, because the car also contained U.S Senator Ted Kennedy, who was found to be responsible for the crash. He had held a small party at a cottage on the island of Chappaquiddick – off the coast of Cape Cod – attended by six young women that had worked for the presidential campaign of his brother, Robert F Kennedy, who was assassinated a year earlier. Also in attendance at the gathering were Joe Gargan, »
- Sarah Myles
Kate Mara and Ed Helms are set to star in director John Curran’s “Chappaquiddick,” a fact-based indie film about a fateful scandal in the life of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, TheWrap has learned. The pair will be joining “Terminator Genisys” star Jason Clarke, who will play Ted Kennedy. Mara is set to star as Mary Jo Kopechne, the 28-year-old campaign aide to Robert Kennedy who was in Ted Kennedy’s car when it plunged off a bridge on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick island. Also Read: 'Captive' Review: Kate Mara and David Oleweyo Thriller Fails to Thrill Helms will portray Joe Gargan, »
- J. Clara Chan
Exclusive: Kate Mara and Ed Helms are joining Jason Clarke in the cast of the feature film Chappaquiddick, which will be directed by John Curran. Mara will star in the pivotal role of Mary Jo Kopechne, the 28-year-old, smart, vivacious teacher and campaign aide to Robert Kennedy who was the passenger in the car of Sen. Ted Kennedy (Clarke) when the car he was driving plunged into the water off a one-lane bridge. Kopechne became trapped in the overturned, submerged car… »
“Terminator Genisys” may not be coming back to the big screen, but the cyborg franchise is set to get an all-new mobile game release next year.
Skydance has inked a pact with game developer Plarium for the rights to develop a mobile game for iOS and Android based on the latest film in the “Terminator” franchise. The clan-based massively multiplayer online strategy game will pull from the themes, experiences and character likenesses from “Terminator Genisys” franchise — which fared poorly at the U.S. box office, leading Paramount Pictures to drop plans to release a sequel.
The forthcoming game from Plarium is separate from “Terminator Genisys: Guardian,” a third-person shooter game published by Glu Mobile in 2015.
“Mobile games have incredible potential to expand »
- Todd Spangler
Breaking Bad alum Jonathan Banks and Rob Morgan have rounded out the cast of Mudbound, joining Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige in the Dee Rees-directed period drama based on the Hillary Jordan novel. Virgil Williams penned the adaptation, Macro and Zeal Media are producing and shooting is underway in New Orleans. The story is set in the wake of World War II, where the fates of two very different families collide while… »
New parents get potentially deadly new neighbors in The Ones Below, the feature film directorial debut of David Farr (AMC’s The Night Manager, Hanna). With The Ones Below coming out in theaters and on VOD today, we recently caught up with Farr, who discussed working with David Morrissey (The Governor on The Walking Dead), the inspiration behind his new film, and much more.
David, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, and congratulations on your fantastic new film, The Ones Below. How did you come up with the idea for your latest movie? Is this is a story that you’ve been thinking about for a long time?
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: Soul singer Mary J. Blige has joined the cast of Dee Rees’ Mudbound alongside Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund and Carey Mulligan. The project, which starts filming soon in New Orleans, follows two men returning home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi. Once there, they struggle to deal with racism and adjust to postwar life. Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Carl Effenson… »
Exclusive: Carey Mulligan will star in the drama from director Dees Rees.
Good Universe has introduced the sub-$15m drama to international buyers here with Cassian Elwes and Wme Global jointly representing Us rights.
Director Dee Rees and a lead cast of Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell are preparing for a May 27 start in New Orleans on the story of two returning soldiers in post-war America who experience racism in rural Mississippi.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Four masked assailants brandishing semi-automatic weapons charged up the steps of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes last month. A savage gunfight erupted, shattering the peace in the seaside resort. As police officers ducked for cover, Swat teams escorted terrified civilians to safety, guiding them over the bodies of people apparently struck down by bullets.
This was just a test, but the elaborately staged display highlights how seriously French officials and Cannes Film Festival organizers are taking security in the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels in March and in Paris last November.
It also underscores feelings of uncertainty about safety that will inevitably spill into the world’s most glamorous film festival. Woody Allen, director of the opening-night film, “Café Society,” concedes that he’s anxious. “Oh, listen, I worry about that when I go to the supermarket or I get the newspaper,” he tells Variety. “I’m the world’s biggest worry-wart. »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Murtada here. Within the next two years, there will be three movies about The Kennedys. They seem to be as fascinating to filmmakers as the British Royal family. Even less famous members of the family are now subjects of movies.
Diana (2013) was both a car crash and framed its story by a notorious car crash. Now it's time for the Kennedys' own notorious car crash. Announced this week is Chappaquiddick with Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy. The film tell the story of 1969 tragic car accident that involved Ted and took the life of teacher and political campaigner Mary Jo Kopechne. How Ted handled the aftermath - leaving the scene, waiting hours to report it - led of course to the end of any presidential aspirations he might have had. The film will be directed by John Curran, who previously directed The Painted Veil (2006) and Tracks (2013).
The very busy Emma Stone »
- Murtada Elfadl
After driving off a bridge, Kennedy left the scene of the accident, leaving the 28 year-old Kopechne to drown. Kennedy didn.t report the accident for nine hours..
.Jason Clarke is the perfect choice to take on the complexities of this role,. said producer Mark Ciardi..
.He has unwavering passion and commitment to this project. We.re equally pleased to bring on John Curran to direct. John.s body of work speaks for itself, »
- Staff Writer
(Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Apex Entertainment is in talks with Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Everest, upcoming HHhH) to star as Ted Kennedy in the movie “Chappaquiddick” and with John Curran (The Painted Veil, Tracks) to direct. Apex Entertainment’s Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes are producing. Dmg’s Chris Cowles and Chris Fenton are executive producing. Apex is financing the film.
Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan wrote the screenplay which was featured on the 2015 Black List. They also serve as executive producers. The biographical drama takes place the eve of the moon landing when Senator Ted Kennedy becomes entangled in a tragic car accident that results in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Over the course of the next seven days, the Senator struggles to decide between following his own moral compass or using his power and influence to protect the family legacy.
“Jason Clarke is the perfect choice »
- Michelle McCue
The film is based on the true story of the events leading up to the tragic car accident that took the life of Mary Jo Kopechne when Senator Ted Kennedy was at the wheel in the summer of 1969. After driving off a bridge, the young Kennedy panicked and left the scene of the accident, leaving the 28 year-old Kopechne to drown. Kennedy went home but didn’t report the accident for nine hours. The accident took place on the eve of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
After the accident and over the course of the next week, Kennedy struggled between following his own moral compass or using his power and influence to save his Presidential aspirations and protect the Kennedy family legacy and name. »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Final negotiations are underway for John Curran (The Painted Veil) to direct the high-profile indie film Chappaquiddick with Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Everest) to star as the embattled Sen. Ted Kennedy. Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey) was previously attached to direct but departed due to scheduling issues with the Netflix pilot Gypsy. She is directing the first two episodes of that. Chappaquiddick will now go before the cameras in late summer. <a href="https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/mary-jo-kopechne-yearbook-jpg.jpg" target="_blank"… »
Curran To Helm "Chappaquiddick" Project "The Painted Veil" helmer John Curran is in final negotiations to direct the high-profile indie drama "Chappaquiddick" starring Jason Clarke as embattled Senator Ted Kennedy.
The story deals with the infamous car accident in 1969 when, after driving off a bridge, the young Ted Kennedy panicked and left the scene of the accident - leaving his 28 year-old passenger Mary Jo Kopechne to drown.
After the accident and over the course of the next week, Kennedy struggled between following his own moral compass or using his power and influence to save his Presidential aspirations and protect the Kennedy family legacy.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson was previously attached to direct but had to pull out due to scheduling issues with Netflix's "Gypsy". Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan wrote the screenplay while Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes will produce.
"Chappaquiddick" will begin filming late Summer.
- Garth Franklin
Emilia Clarke, Mother of Dragons, Dasher of Rumors. The Game of Thrones actor has just come out very plainly to say she will not be returning as Sarah Connor in Paramount's Terminator franchise. We don't blame her. Speaking with ComingSoon.net: “No,” Clarke put it succinctly when we asked if she might again play Sarah Connor in future Terminator sequels. “Can I say that? It’s okay. No. Uh-uh. But I have some very different roles coming up.” I'm a huge fan of the Terminator films, I even have a "No Fate" tattoo. So it might be safe to say I'd go easy on a sequel/reboot of the series which also included Clarke, Doctor Who's Matt Smith, and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'll even ignore the fact the cast included Jason Clarke and Jai Courtney, two actors who are so barely visible on screen they might as well be specters. »
- Jill Pantozzi
Murtada here. Carey Mulligan is continuing her quest to collaborate with the most interesting directors. After Luhrmann, the Coens, McQueen, Refn and Vinterberg, it’s time for Dee Rees (Pariah, HBO’s Bessie). The two are planning to work on an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2009 novel Mudbound. Rees will write and direct, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund and Straight Outta Compton’s standout Jason Mitchell will co-star.
Despite what Mulligan claimed her agent told her after watching Suffragette (2015); 'Darling, you're lovely in it, but blue jeans film next”, it’s another period piece. Although this time it’s set post WWII in Jim Crow’s South. Mulligan will play a city bred woman who is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta cotton farm, and her entanglements with two soldiers returning home from the war - one of them is white and her brother-in-law, and the other is black, »
- Murtada Elfadl
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