8 items from 2014
• Denzel Washington, about to end a run on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, is in talks to star in a remake of the 1960 western The Magnificent Seven for MGM. Washington would once again work with Antoine Fuqua, who directed his Oscar-winning performance in Training Day and the upcoming film The Equalizer. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt had previously been eyed for the project with drafts of the script written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and most recently John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Jake Perlman
For a moment, there was a bit of excitement when Deadline accidentally reported Christian Bale was going to star in James Franco's developing adaptation of The Adderall Diaries. But a picture of Christian Slater was included in the report, and it was clear that they had just made a huge mistake. And so, we're a little less excited to report that it will not be The Dark Knight and The Fighter star joining Franco in the film, but rather the once-thriving 80s icon and Nymphomaniac star taking a role in the story of author Stephen Elliot, as he tries to overcome his writer's block by taking interest in a murder trial for inspiration. Franco plays the drug-addicted writer who has been struggling to come up with a new story for two years and becomes obsesses with the trial of Hans Reiser, a computer programmer charged with killing the wife »
- Ethan Anderton
Interview with the Vampire star Christian Slater, who was last seen in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, has signed on to join James Franco and Amber Heard in Pamela Romanowsky’s adaptation of The Adderall Diaries, a memoir by Stephen Elliot. Franco plays Elliot, a writer who becomes obsessed with a sensational murder case and decides to write a book about it.
Publishers Weekly described Elliot’s memoir as follows:
As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott’s cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant’s friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser’s wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his »
- Isaac Feldberg
Another day, another eyebrow-raising Instagram, courtesy of James Franco. The 36-year-old actor posted yet another questionable pic on the photo-sharing site today, which he captioned, "Selfiemadness The adderall diaries." (For the record, Franco is expected to star in the upcoming flick, which is based on Stephen Elliot's memoir of the same name). In the shot, the Spring Breakers star appears shirtless while posing with his pants unbuttoned and his underwear exposed in a proactive manner as he appears to mimic the image posted next to his mirror. Franco is no stranger to posting racy Instagrams. Earlier this month, he shared a photo in which he pulls down his white boxer briefs, apparently on »
Story Mining & Supply Co is financing this adaptation of Kevin Powers' novel about two soldiers who head out to fight in Iraq. The older man promises to watch over the younger, teenage, soldier. [Source: Screen]
Sheldon Turner [enned the adaptation of Jeff Guinn's non-fiction book, a revisionist take on the legend of the Depression-era bank robbers. Sean Furst and Bryan Furst are producing. [Source: The Wrap]
- Garth Franklin
James Franco continues to work a mile-a-minute, and "The Adderall Diaries" is gearing up. Coming aboard the project are Amber Heard, Ed Harris, Christian Slater, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Parrack, in the movie based on Stephen Elliot's memoir about "a young man navigating the unstable terrain of truth and identity." Robert Redford is executive producing with Pamela Romanowsky behind the camera. [Variety] Kristen Wiig has joined Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson in the project formerly known as "Loomis Fargo." Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite," "Nacho Libre") directs this one that's "based on the true story of four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing almost $20 million from a Loomis Fargo armored truck. Wiig will play the workplace crush of Galifianakis, an unhappy armored car driver. Using her feminine wiles, she gets him to join her and her accomplices in their plan to rob a bank vault, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film is being co-produced by Rabbit Bandini Productions partners James Franco and Vince Jolivette, and Windowseat Films producers James Reach and Joseph McKelheer. It is being financed by Peregrine Entertainment Capital and is Executive Produced by Leo Kiely, Bill Kiely and Ryan Dorff.
Wme Global, who reps Elliot and Heard, and CAA, who reps Harris brokered the deal and are representing domestic rights. Kathy Morgan of Kathy Morgan International is handling international distribution.
- Justin Kroll
A few weeks back you may have read me talking about the entertainment package that Now TV were now offering alongside movies and sport accessible through their box or online that was £4.99 a month and gave you access to shows from HBO showing in the UK through Sky Atlantic. Unless you have been in outer space for the last month, you may have also heard a little buzz about some small show from HBO called True Detective. Well good news if you heeded my recommendations and invested in a subscription because the first episode of True Detective is now available on Now TV.
I don’t normally review single episodes of anything but I have watched the first episode of True Detective and feel like it should be mentioned, it could well be the best thing to come from television since Game of Thrones. True Detective is an eight part »
- Chris Holt
8 items from 2014
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