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Director: Ridley Scott
U.S. Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Aaron Paul, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Indira Varma, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Emun Elliott, Golshifteh Farahani, Dar Salim, Ghassan Massoud, Hiam Abbass
Sure, people are bound to be bent out of shape about the very non-Egyptian casting of its leads, but since we’re talking about mythology and Scott is a vocal agnostic, it seems rather fitting. Beyond what we assume will be yet another memorably committed performance from Bale, and a big budget role for Aaron Paul, Scott reunites with his Alien star Sigourney Weaver for the third outing, this time as the Egyptian Queen, Tuya (let’s hope it’s a better union than 1492: Conquest of Paradise in which she starred as Queen Isabella »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Jeff Nichols
Writer: Jeff Nichols
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
Just as his filmmaker buddy David Gordon Green did before him, Jeff Nichols is now sitting on the type of project that will see him bring out his inner geek. Having mentioned in an interview that he hopes to bring out some ’80s John Carpenter, Nicholas is moving into sci-fi drama after having successfully mastered subgenres in Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and more recently, Mud.
Gist: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Release Date: Currently filming with post-production to begin later this month, Nichols could in fact spend a great deal of time in post pushing WB to date this for 2015. We’re hoping for a late in the race showing.
- Eric Lavallee
A traffic accident involving a young boy spins a web of lies, suspicion and cover-ups around three policemen in “Felony,” a tension-packed drama from Aussie helmer Matthew Saville. The script, written by lead actor Joel Edgerton, teems with moral conundrums, as straight-arrow righteousness, self-serving pragmatism and plain, old-fashioned guilt duke it out amid drug busts and family disintegration. Thanks to Saville’s tightly controlled direction and a superlative cast, the mere exchange of glances builds as much suspense as the kinetic action sequence that opens the pic. This stylish psychological thriller could gather momentum after its projected late-summer Australian and Stateside release.
The camera follows policeman Mal Toohey (Edgerton) with handheld immediacy as he chases an escaping suspect during a raid on a drug lab; he gets a bullet lodged in his protective vest and hero status for his trouble. Driving home late at night after partaking of a few »
- Ronnie Scheib
The production surrounding Scott Cooper’s Black Mass has been a bit of a doozy. The movie has been in the works for a while now, first with Barry Levinson at the helm before it hit a few roadblocks. Production shut down completely last May over a salary dispute with Johnny Depp, then started up again earlier this month with Depp firmly back in place as the lead. However, Levinson got left behind and was replaced with Cooper, who then brought on Tom Hardy for a supporting role. Now, we have word that the film finally has a release date, but has lost Hardy and replaced him with Joel Edgerton (who was cast in Hardy’s part originally). Phew! Still with us?
- James Garcia
Filming will take place in Boston starting late April. With Warners taking on the project, they've advised that they will not proceed with another Bulger film they had in development with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon attached.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Update, 12:04 Pm: By Warner Bros jumping aboard the high-profile Johnny Depp-Joel Edgerton pic Black Mass, it means the studio won’t be taking on another Whitey Bulger project in its own backyard: the one that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon had been developing for a couple of years as a starring vehicle for Damon via their Warners-based Pearl Street Films. I’m hearing that Affleck and Damon were given a day or two advance notice that the studio was putting its eggs in the Black Mass basket, but that news came just a day before the latest rewrite was turned in by Aaron Stockard, who worked with Affleck on The Town and Gone Baby Gone and who rewrote the script by Oscar nominated The Wolf Of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter. There was much enthusiasm, then radio silence, and then…Naturally there are bruised feelings that Warners »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Just weeks after star Johnny Depp was confirmed to star in Black Mass, Warner Bros. has signed on to co-finance and distribute the James 'Whitey' Bulger biopic. The studio is eyeing an October 2015 release slot.
Our report from earlier this month also revealed that Tom Hardy was in talks to co-star as FBI agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger who helped the gangster get rid of his competition. However, Joel Edgerton, who was initially attached to play Connolly when Barry Levinson was set to direct, has come back to take on the role. Oddly enough, Johnny Depp was also attached to the first incarnation of this project, although he dropped out in May, reportedly because he was holding out for more money. The actor re-entered negotiations in December.
Make up your mind please Johnny! Back in May 2013 it was announced Depp was no longer attached to Black Mass due to, what else, money but it looks like new backers Warner Brothers have coughed up the dough because the actor is back onboard to play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the Scott Cooper directed crime drama.
Bulger was captured in 2011 after 16 years on the run and 10 atop the FBI’s most wanted list. Joel Edgerton will co-star as childhood friend John Connolly who, as a high-ranking FBI agent, gave Bulger inside information to help him remain the king of the Boston crime scene. Bulger’s story is no stranger to the big screen as both The Departed and The Town are believed to be based on the career criminal.
- Victoria Bull
Depp had departed “Black Mass” over money last May. His attachment to the project made it one of the most prominent titles for sale last year at Berlin and Cannes. His departure also underlined the uncertainties in the world of independent financing these days.
Producers on board for “Black Mass” are Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, John Lesher through his LeGrisbi banner and Depp’s producing partner Christi Dembrowski at Infinitum Nihil. Exclusive Media, which has been going through a restructuring, is no longer involved.
Oliver said last year that he had been trying to make the Bulger movie since 2004.
The project is based on the book “Black Mass: The True Story of an »
- Dave McNary
We've got a couple of casting stories for you this morning. First up, Joel Edgerton has signed back on to play corrupt FBI Agent John Connolly in Scott Cooper's Black Mass. The film stars Johnny Depp as notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and centers on how he amassed his power with the help of his childhood friend Connolly by turning informant on rival operations, and then being warned by Connolly when the feds were closing in. Edgerton signed on almost a year ago, and remained when Depp dropped out, but eventually left the project as well. Depp signed back on three weeks ago, and there was the possibility of Tom Hardy playing the Connolly role, but now Deadline reports that the part is Edgerton's again. Production is set to begin in two months in Boston, and Warner Bros. is eyeing an October 2015 release. [Update: Deadline adds that, since WB has picked up Black Mass, it has dropped Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's planned Whitey Bulger film, which was to star Damon and be directed by Affleck and just had a new draft of the script turned in by Terrence Winter.] Hit the jump for the first »
- Matt Goldberg
Johnny Depp's latest mafia movie seems to be set to go with Warner Bros helping on the money side of things. According to a report from Deadline, Depp-as-Whitey-Bulger is moving forward in the Scott Cooper-directed film, "Black Mass." Depp previously starred in the based-on-a-true-story mafia film "Donnie Brasco" back in 1997, a movie directed by Mike Newell and also featuring Al Pacino. "Black Mass" looks to have Depp potentially star opposite Joel Edgerton as FBI agent John Connolly. At one point, this movie was in the works with Barry Levinson attached to direct, but the deal fell through. Whitey Bulger was a Boston mob boss who worked as an informant for the FBI, but used information from the government to remove his competition. He ended up on the run for a number of years before being caught in 2011 and sentenced to life in prison. Warner Bros. is co-financing the »
- HitFix Staff
The Johnny Depp-starring Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, which has been in the works, both with and without Depp, is finally taking solid shape. Warner Bros. has just signed on to co-finance the ambitious historical drama, with an eye toward releasing it in October 2015. In addition, it looks as though Joel Edgerton - and not Tom Hardy - will play the crucial second leading role in the film, that of Bulger's childhood friend John Connolly. Edgerton was involved in Black Mass at an »
- Eric Walkuski
A strong antagonist makes for the most compelling stories. Especially in the world of superpowered heroes, a villain needs to work on many different levels or the movie falls flat. Here are 10 actors who were up for the role of a hero in a movie or television series, but were ultimately cast as the villain. With the exception of two entries on this list, all of the actors auditioned and or screen-tested for their respective parts. Though they didn’t get the part they initially wanted, they got the part they deserved, and gave audiences performances to remember.
With three films as the Asgardian trickster Loki under his belt, it’s hard to imagine Tom Hiddleston as any other character in the Marvel universe. However, before donning the golden horns, the actor originally auditioned for…
- Eli Reyes
Warner Bros. has announced release dates for a bunch of their upcoming films! Let's start with the big one (in my opinion): P.T. Anderson's Inherent Vice. His adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel will hit theaters on December 12th, 2014. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon and Jena Malone, and will open against Ridley Scott's Exodus with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, and the live-action adaptation Paddington starring Colin »
- Jesse Giroux
Director: Gavin O’Connor
U.S. Distributor: Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company
Jane Got a Gun may have lost some feathers (players) along the way and would have broke into our top 25 if a certain female filmmaker had remained on board, but we’re down all the same for this gunslinger revenge flick. Gavin O’Connor’s sixth feature film (Tumbleweeds remains his best work to date) is the ultimate test for the filmmaker who has had in his hands in several genres.
Gist: A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.
Release Date: An August 29th date has been pegged, »
- Eric Lavallee
The biopic tells the story of Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulge of The Winter Hill Gang.
Hardy is linked to the role of FBI Agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger's who reveals inside information, according to Deadline.
Bulger topped the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List before disappearing for a decade. He was arrested in California in 2011.
One of the most recent troubled productions in Hollywood, it looks like Black Mass is finally going into production this summer.
Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) had long been rumoured to be involved in the film, with Barry Levinson (Rain Man) set to direct and Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) set to co-star. But after years of production issues, which saw both Levinson and Edgerton leave the project, it looks like finally the film will roll under the direction of Scott Cooper, acclaimed director of Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, which is in cinemas now.
Depp is confirmed for the film to star as Whitey Bulger, one the FBI's most-wanted men and leader of The Winter Hill Gang, who was involved in racketeering and murder. In a strange turn of events, Bulger was also an FBI informant. But after being told by his childhood friend turned FBI agent John Connelly, »
- Gary Collinson
An adaptation of the Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob has been in the works for some time now, always intending to have Johnny Depp play the centerpiece role of mob boss Whitey Bulger (the character that Jack Nicholson played in The Departed was loosely based on Bulger, just so you know). Barry Levinson was initially going to be in the director’s chair, with Depp having Joel Edgerton as his main co-star. That never came to pass though, with some reports indicating that Depp wanted more money than was being offered. He officially dropped out at one point, but now that the film has a new director in Scott Cooper, it seems that Depp is back in for this. At this moment at least, Black Mass is a go. This time around, »
- Joey Magidson
After a number of problems in pre-production (Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson dropping out, Johnny Depp exiting over pay), the fact-based organised crime pic Black Mass is now moving ahead with Out Of The Furnace’s Scott Cooper at the helm and Johnny Depp officially all signed up and back onboard. The film, based on the 2001 non-fiction novel ’Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob’ by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill, is being joint produced by Cross Creek and Exclusive Media.
Black Mass will chart the rise infamous hoodlum Whitey Bulger from low-level street thug to FBI’s most wanted after the Boston-based kingpin was allowed to continue his ruthless reign of crime despite playing snitch for the law. However, he disappeared for over a decade after being linked to racketeering, money laundering, extortion and murder during his time as an informant. »
- Craig Hunter
Just last month we learned Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper was in talks to take over Universal's gangster film Black Mass, the story of Boston crime kingpin Whitey Bulger. Previously, Johnny Depp and director Barry Levinson were going to bring the project to the big screen, but they both fell away from the project. But when Cooper got involved with the film, Depp circled back to the project and Deadline has confirmed that he's closed a deal to lead the film. But this time, instead of Joel Edgerton taking the pivotal supporting role of John Connolly, the FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger, a different name has emerged. Read on! Right now Tom Hardy is in early talks to play the FBI agent who now sits in prison for tipping Bulger that he was about to be indicted, helping him elude the law for »
- Ethan Anderton
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