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Production is set to begin today on If I Stay for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), starring Chloë Grace Moretz (“Carrie”) as Mia and Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and The Huntsmen”) as Adam, with R.J. Cutler (“Nashville”) directing.
The film follows Mia (Moretz), who at age 16 has everything: a loving family, an adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music. Suddenly, a family drive on a snowy day changes everything. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, Mia spends one critical day contemplating her destiny, which is now more unknowable than ever. Is her soul mate’s love enough to keep her here? Tragic but ultimately hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and uplifting story about music, life and love.
- Michelle McCue
Michelle Monaghan will star in the next romantic Nicholas Spark adaptation, The Best of Me. Gambit helmer Michael Hoffman will direct the film, which follows a pair of former high school sweethearts who reunite after many years when they both return to their small North Carolina hometown. Sparks wrote the book, which was released in March 2013. He's also producing along with Ryan Kavanaugh and Denise Di Novi. Theresa Park is co-producing. J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters wrote the script. Photos: The Nicholas Sparks Playbook: His 7 Favorite Plot Tricks In July, Relativity picked up the rights to
- Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit
The story follows the lives of the four March sisters - the eldest Meg, the willful Jo (the novel's protagonist), the quiet Beth, and the young Amy.
The reader follows this quartet as they grow from childhood to womanhood. A second volume and two sequels later followed.
Source: Empire »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures will adapt the classic novel Little Women.
The studio has enlisted newcomer Olivia Milch to write the script.
Additional details on the adaptation are expected to follow.
Watch a video clip of Armstrong's Little Women below: »
Sony Pictures has set up a new adaptation of “Little Women,” bringing on Olivia Milch to pen the script.
The most recent film adaptation was Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 version, which Sony was also a part of, with a cast that included Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and a very young Christian Bale. That pic made $95 million at the worldwide box office and landed three Oscar nominations including one for Ryder in the lead actress category. Earlier versions starred Katharine Hepburn (1933) and Elizabeth Taylor (1949, pictured).
Milch, who is the daughter of David, has not had any major credits and this assignment would mark her first major studio gig.
- Justin Kroll
It is just a coincidence that the first time I saw Michael Lehmann’s Heathers (1988) was within hours of the first time I saw David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986), and I immediately made comparisons between the two films which I may have not noticed otherwise. More people are quick to compare Heathers to the work of Tim Burton, because of the associates he had on the film (producer Denise Di Novi and star Winona Ryder, to name but two) and the fact that the candy-coloured suburban setting mirrors that of Edward Scissorhands (1990). But the picket-fenced world of Blue Velvet equally does so, and preceded both films, and only Blue Velvet matches Heathers in its extremity at portraying unusual characters, and capricious changes in editing and tone.
One cannot also help but »
- Christopher Laverty
Katherine Heigl has been attacked and described as "difficult" in a new article.
In a profile for The Hollywood Reporter, the former Grey's Anatomy star was described as difficult and "not worth" working with.
One source who worked on Heigl's movie Life As We Know It suggested that the actress brought on "desperately difficult situations", whether it was insisting on casting approval, having "wardrobe issues", refusing to leave her trailer, or questioning the script.
Another insider who claimed to work on the film 27 Dresses suggested that Heigl had a "sense of entitlement" when it came to promoting the project, with "movie star demands".
Meanwhile, one person quoted in the article suggested that producers of a pilot had resisted casting Heigl despite the fact that she fit the role because "she's not worth it".
Heigl's mother Nancy, who doubles as her manager, also came under attack in the article. The source »
Smith plays a con man who becomes romantically involved with a novice (Margot Robbie). He is then thrown off his game when the former flame shows up just as he’s staging an elaborate con in Buenos Aires.
Santoro plays the magnetic and powerful owner of an international auto racing team. He seeks Robbie’s affections, and hires Smith to gain a competitive edge for his racing team.
Denise Di Novi is producing. Filming begins in October in New Orleans and Buenos Aires.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The story centers on a veteran con man (Will Smith) who takes a young woman (Margot Robbie) under his wing and teaches her the illicit trade before falling for her. Years later, they reunite in Buenos Ares as he is planning a complicated operation. Rodrigo Santoro is playing the target of this con, the owner of an international racing team who is also trying to win over Margot Robbie's character.
Relativity has picked up the in development film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "Best of Me" from Warner Bros. Pictures.
The story follows small-town high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged and having lived very different lives, they return home for a funeral and confront the past.
Eight of the sixteen fiction novels Sparks has published so far, have hit the screen. The seven that have yet to be adapted include "The Rescue," "A Bend in the Road," "The Guardian," The Wedding," "True Believer," "At First Sight" and "The Choice".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Relativity has acquired from Warner Bros The Best of Me, a fully developed package that includes the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, and script by J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters. Michael Hoffman, who is rewriting the script with Fetters, is set to direct. It puts Relativity back in business with Sparks, whose Safe Haven was released in February and grossed over $96 million worldwide. Relativity also adapted the Sparks novel Dear John, which grossed over $114 million worldwide. Hoffman, who helmed The Last Station and The Emperor’s Club, has been working on the project since not long after Warner Bros acquired it for a sum in the vicinity of $2 million against $5 million, which at the time was the going rate for a Sparks novel. Sparks’ frequent collaborator Denise Dinovi s producing with the author and his producing partner Theresa Park. Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh joins them as producer. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Untitled Marvel Project
"The Dark Knight" and "Olympus Has Fallen" actor Aaron Eckhart says that Marvel has been in touch with him and he and the studio "would like to do something together sometime". Cue fanboy rumors. [Source: Nuke the Fridge]
In the Heart of the Sea
Frank Dillane ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince") is in negotiations and Ben Whishaw ("Skyfall") is being sought to join the cast of Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea" at Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow.
The story is an adaptation of Nathanile Philbrick's novel, which follows the Essex, a whaling ship that was attacked by a giant sperm whale and sank in 1820, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days. Dillane would play an insubordinate crewman and cousin of Ben Walker's character. [Source: The Wrap]
- Garth Franklin
The story follows a veteran conman, who takes a young attractive woman under his wing. Things get complicated when they develop a romantic relationship.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were previously in talks to join, but exited due to scheduling conflicts. Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart were later rumored for the lead roles, but that casting fell apart as well.
No official offer has been given but sources close to the project say she is the choice for the female lead.
Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who helmed “Crazy, Stupid, Love” for the studio, the story follows an inexperienced female con artist who teams up with a more seasoned male one. Denise Dinovi will produce.
After almost two years of trying to find the right actors, Warners may be able to finally breathe easy now that the film is moving toward production. The original idea was »
- Justin Kroll
Moretz had been in talks to star but a deal was never set in stone while the film was at Summit. When the film went into turnaround, she fell off but was re approached with a new deal after MGM came on board.
Rj Cutler will remain on as director. Lionsgate will still distribute with MGM co-producing the project.
The move makes sense for MGM given that the studio has already built a relationship with Moretz »
- Justin Kroll
Chloe Grace Moretz may star in If I Stay for MGM as the actress is apparently in final negotiations to board the project after the film had been put into turnaround early 2013, reports Variety. Moretz was in talks for the project while under Summit and was again approached after MGM boarded. Whether Rj Cutler, who was in negotiations to helm, will resume duties on If I Stay is still unknown. The film produced by Dinovi Pictures' Denise Dinovi and Alison Greenspan is based on the 2009 novel by Gayle Forman and tells of the relationship between a classical musician and her indie rock-star boyfriend. »
Al Pacino stars as an aging rock icon who discovers he has an adult son after reading a never-opened letter sent to him by John Lennon. Jennifer Garner will play the musician's daughter-in-law, with Michael Caine portraying his longtime friend and manager. Bobby Cannavale and Annette Bening also star.
Dan Fogelman is making his directorial debut from his own original screenplay, with Denise Di Novi, Jessie Nelson, and Nimitt Mankad producing. Shooting is scheduled to begin in late June or early July in Los Angeles.
Michael Caine stars in this summer's Now You See Me, and he is also shooting Eliza Graves and Interstellar later this year. Jennifer Garner is currently shooting Draft Day, and will next be seen in Dallas Buyers Club and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, »
The cast for Imagine, written and to be directed by Dan Fogelman, has been bolstered by the arrival of Jennifer Garner and Michael Caine to star alongside Al Pacino. The movie details the story of an aging 1970s musician (Pacino) still living fast -- thanks to drugs, sex and a much-younger girlfriend -- who gives it all up to reconnect with the son he never knew and try and make music he wants. Annette Bening and Bobby Cannavale also star in the film to be produced by Denise Dinovi (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and Nimitt Mankad (Today's Special). Imagine is being touted to buyers
- Stuart Kemp
Denise Dinovi, Jessie Nelson and Nimitt Mankand are producing. Project had been set up at Warner Bros. but will be independently financed by Inimitable Pictures’ Nimitt Mankad and Shivani Rawat through a film fund backed by Manoj Bhargava, the founder of 5 Hour Energy.
Script by Fogelman centers on a rocker (played by Pacino) who decides to change his life after discovering a letter written to him by John Lennon — prompting him to track down his biological son, whom he’s never met. Fogelman, whose writing credits include “Tangled,” “Crazy Stupid Love” and “My Mother’s Curse,” will make his directorial debut on “Imagine. »
- Dave McNary
Michael Caine and Jennifer Garner are all set to board "Imagine," scripted by Fogelman, who makes his directorial debut on the project. Pacino plays a rocker who decides to change his life after finding a letter written to him by John Lennon. This inspires him to track down his son who he has never met. Caine is in as Pacino’s longtime manager while Garner joins as his dauther-in-law. Filming starts June to July, in Los Angeles. Producing the film are Denise Dinovi, Jessie Nelson and Nimitt Mank. Fogelman's scripting credits include "Crazy Stupid Love," ”Tangled" and “My Mother’s Curse." »
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