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Hollywood has never made a great movie about North Korea, and now it’s uncertain whether it ever will. It was close, though. Unlike the mediocre Rogen/Franco comedy at the center of this hurricane, Pyongyang, the planned film adaptation of cartoonist Guy Delisle’s nonfiction comic book Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, could have been a work of art. But now it’s lost to us forever.Director Gore Verbinski was helming the project, and Steve Conrad had written the screenplay. New Regency was producing it. It was to star Steve Carell as an unusual protagonist based on Delisle: an animator visiting one of North Korea’s little-discussed animation studios. What little we know about the movie suggests Verbinski and Conrad had sexed up the plot from Delisle’s original nonfiction narrative: The Wrap reported it was to be “a paranoid thriller about a Westerner’s experiences »
- Abraham Riesman
In the aftermath of Sony Pictures canceling the Christmas Day release of their new comedy The Interview yesterday, 20th Century Fox also announced that they will not be distributing an untitled project that will be set in North Korea, entitled Pyongyang, which had Gore Verbinski set to direct and Steve Carell attached to star. Director Gore Verbinski issued a statement to Deadline, where he shed new light on the events that transpired between 20th Century Fox and New Regency, which had financed the film. Take a look at his statement below.
Getting the facts straight: Yesterday, I was told by New Regency and Fox that Fox will no longer be distributing the film. Prior to that, the film was green lit and fully funded by New Regency with Fox distributing. I have been told in no uncertain words that based on the situation at Sony, Fox has now decided to not distribute the film. »
In the wake of the cancellation of next week's release of "The Interview," studios developing projects involving North Korea are having serious second thoughts about the subject.
20th Century Fox and New Regency have already made a decision and have opted not to proceed with "Pyongyang" which had Gore Verbinski set to direct and Steve Carell attached to star. Production was aiming to begin in March.
In the wake of the cancellation, Verbinski himself issued the following statement to Deadline:
"Getting the facts straight: Yesterday, I was told by New Regency and Fox that Fox will no longer be distributing the film. Prior to that, the film was green lit and fully funded by New Regency with Fox distributing.
I have been told in no uncertain words that based on the situation at Sony, Fox has now decided to not distribute the film. Without a distributor, New Regency was forced to shut the film down. »
- Garth Franklin
In light of Sony's hack scandal, New Regency is spiking its own North Korea–set project. Deadline reports that Pyongyang, which had Gore Verbinski attached as its director and Steve Carell as its star, was going to begin filming in March. Steve Conrad was working on the script, based on a graphic novel of the same name, in which a French-Canadian animator moves to North Korea, where he's accused of espionage. After Sony received terror threats tied to the release of The Interview earlier this week, Fox reportedly changed its mind about distributing Pyongyang — a move that proved to be crippling.A frustrated Verbinski told Deadline via email: Getting the facts straight:Yesterday, I was told by New Regency and Fox that Fox will no longer be distributing the film. Prior to that, the film was green lit and fully funded by New Regency with Fox distributing. I have been told »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Sony Pictures Entertainment’s situation over The Interview arguably set a worrying precedent and one that is having a knock-on effect throughout the industry. Now, as the studio opt not to proceed with the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy, we learn that thriller Pyongyang has been scrapped. Set to star Steve Carell and be directed by the versatile Gore Verbinksi, producers New Regency were reportedly pressurized by owners 20th Century Fox (itself part of News Corporation) in response to terror threats from Sony’s hackers. They abandoned the production before Sony made their announcement.
The project – named after the Korean capital – was being adapted from Guy Delisle’s graphic novel by Steve Conrad. The book documents Delisle’s experiences in the country and had the potential to be a potato so hot it would have melted butter on the other side of the room. Carell, who is building a strong »
- Steve Palace
Here's a further ramification of the fallout from the Sony hack: a new Steve Carell thriller, that was to be set in North Korea, has been abandoned.
This comes after Sony Pictures confirmed that it had cancelled the release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy The Interview, following a terror threat against those who intended to see it in cinemas. The roots of the threat, and the hack that Sony has been on the receiving end on, apparently point back to North Korea, whose authorities had objected strenuously to The Interview.
Now, giving a further victory to the hackers/cyberterrorists, the thus-far unnamed Steve Carell-headlined thriller is unlikely to go ahead. Production company New Regency had put the film together, which Gore Verbinski »
An untitled Steve Carell movie project set in North Korea has been cancelled in response to cyber attacks at Sony Pictures.
The studio has been hit by several high-profile hacks in the run-up to the release of Seth Rogen's controversial comedy The Interview, which has now been pulled following terrorist threats from a group known as 'Guardians of Peace'.
According to Deadline, New Regency has decided to scrap its latest project set in the country under the circumstances.
Verbinski is locked in a multipicture deal with New Regency, so will instead focus on other projects, including a horror called A Cure For Wellness.
North Korea has denied being involved in the massive Sony hack, but previously threatened "merciless retaliation" if the film was released.
However, several »
We might as well all pack up and go home, because at the moment the bad-guys are winning. The repercussions of Sony.s hacking are now starting to be felt around the movie industry, as New Regency has announced that work on Steve Carell.s potential new film set in North Korea had now been stopped. At the time of its cancellation, the project was being developed for Gore Verbinski to direct with Steve Carell was going to play the lead. Steve Conrad, who has previously written The Weather Man, The Pursuit Of Happyness and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, had scribed what's been described as a paranoid thriller. In fact, production had already been pencilled in for March. But the recent hacking of Sony and the consequent threats to any screening of The Interview has led New Regency to decide that there wasn.t any point in making »
The decision came after a group of hackers called the Guardians of Peace threatened to attack theaters showing “The Interview,” which centers on an assassination attempt against dictator Kim Jong-un. The country has denied involvement but praised the hackers.
New Regency is 20% owned by News Corp., parent of 20th Century Fox. The studio had indicated to New Regency that it would not release the project.
New Regency announced the project in October with plans for director Gore Verbinski to start shooting in March. The untitled film was the first in a multiyear deal between Verbinski’s Blind Wink and New Regency.
News was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
In the wake of the hacker threats surrounding the release of Sony's The Interview, unrelated film projects are feeling the impact. The recently announced collaboration between director Gore Verbinski and actor Steve Carell has been cancelled by New Regency. While still in the development stages, the thriller was scripted by Steve Conrad and was set within North Korea. Rather than risk anything similar to the situation with The Interview, development has been halted. There does not seem to »
- Alex Maidy
The trailer shows Vaughn and the guys trying to close a deal of a lifetime, but they are unable to when their trip hits a few snags.
Unfinished Business will open in Us theaters on March 6, 2015. It is yet to have a UK release set. »
20th Century Fox has released brand new Red And Green Band trailers for the highly anticipated comedy, Unfinished Business, starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, James Marsden, Nick Frost, Dave Franco, and Sienna Miller.
The film follows a hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) who travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
Unfinished Business will make business at the theaters on March 6, 2015.
Have a look at the posters and trailers below.
Source: Yahoo! Movies, iGN »
- Kellvin Chavez
Here’s the decidedly Nsfw redband trailer for the international comedy starring Vince Vaughn. A relentless businessman with his own company, he heads to Germany with his only two employees (Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco) to clinch a make-or-break deal. Complications arise. Sienna Miller and James Marsden also star in Unfinished Business, from director Ken Scott — who helmed Vaughn in last year’s Delivery Man — and scribe Steve Conrad. Fox opens it wide March 6.
- The Deadline Team
Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski will be teaming up with Steve Carrell for a paranoid thriller that has yet to be titled. The script will be written Steve Conrad, who also wrote The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Pursuit Of Happyness.
There are no details on what the story will entail, but it's definitely an interesting team-up of talent. Carell has shown a wide range of talent when it comes to acting, and it will be interesting to see what kind of role his plays in this paranoid thriller.
According to Variety, after Verbinski is finished with this project he will shoot two projects back-to-back for New Regency. One is a horror film called A Cure For Wellness, which was written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) and an action-comedy that is tentatively Passengers that was also written by Conrad.
Carell will be seen next in the intense drama Foxcatcher. »
- Joey Paur
Steve Carell is often referred to as the nicest guy in Hollywood. Even in his more obnoxious and acerbic roles, he still has this undercurrent of sweetness that just makes you want to go out for coffee with the guy. Since it must get tiring being that nice, Carell has begun to take on much nastier, darker roles, beginning with a critically acclaimed turn in Foxcatcher. He now continues to expand his repertoire by signing on to a new, as-yet-untitled thriller to be directed by Gore Verbinski.
According Variety, Carell and Verbinski have just inked a deal to begin shooting a “paranoid thriller” sometime in March. There are no further details right now, except that the script is being written by Secret Life of Walter Mitty scribe Steve Conrad – a good or a bad deal, depending on your feelings about that particular slice of schmaltz.
Although Verbinski has not been terribly dependable recently, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Deadline is reporting that Steve Carell and director Gore Verbinski are teaming up for what is being described as a "paranoid thriller" at New Regency. The film will be the first in a three year deal Verbinski has signed with Regency.
Filming is expected to begin in March of 2015.
Source: Deadline »
- Philip Sticco
The untitled movie will kick off a multi-year deal between Verbinski and New Regency.
Verbinski is best known for his work on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films and The Lone Ranger.
Back in April, Gore Verbinski signed a multiyear deal between New Regency and his Blind Wink Productions, and the first three movies from that deal have been announced. Deadline is reporting first Verbinski will direct an untitled paranoid thriller from a script by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The Weather Man), and it will star Steve Carell. Production on it will begin in March of next year, and then the director will shoot his next two films back-to-back. One is a horror »
- Jesse Giroux
Planned for a March 2015 shoot, Steve Carrell and Gore Verbinski are teaming up for a paranoia-fuelled thriller. Although primarily known for his comedic roles, Carrell is receiving a lot of buzz around his dramatic role in Foxcatcher, and not just for his prosthetic nose. Carell first came to our attention as the smug news anchor in Bruce Almighty, before really hitting it big with roles in Anchorman and The 40 Year-old Virgin, as well as starring in the Us version of The Office.
Verbinski on the other hand, has had a versatile career that has taken in huge Hollywood blockbuster franchises in the form of Pirates Of The Caribbean, slapstick farce in Mousehunt, and horror in the remake of The Ring. Although not much else is known about this upcoming project, it will be scripted by Steve Conrad, the man who wrote this year’s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Later this year, we'll see Steve Carell get serious with Foxcatcher, a role that will likely land him at least an Oscar nomination when the time comes. And while he also has the dumb family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (arriving this week) too, it sounds like he won't be sticking in that territory all the time. Deadline reports Carell will star in an untitled paranoid thriller at New Regency with Pirates of Caribbean franchise director Gore Verbinski at the helm working from a script by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Pursuit of Happyness writer Steve Conrad. Sounds like a good team. So what's the movie about? Well, unfortunately there aren't any plot details available, but the film is described as a paranoid thriller. This will actually be the first film in a series of different films that Verbinski has set up at New Regency. »
- Ethan Anderton
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