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6 items from 2007


WB & Clooney smoke out 'The Tourist'

12 October 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Continuing their love fest with George Clooney- Warner Bros has picked up the movie rights to The Tourist, an upcoming book by two time Edgar Award nominee Olen Steinhauer, for George Clooney and Grant Heslov to produce via their Smokehouse banner. The book is described as an international thriller about a spy on the run after he's suspected of a murder he did not commit. Supposedly in the vein of John LeCarre and Graham Greene, the book was picked up in early manuscript form. Smokehouse is the successor to Section 8, the company Clooney fronted with Steven Soderbergh. Films in production include the period football comedy Leatherheads for Universal, in which Clooney both stars and directs, and the upcoming White Jazz, an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel to be directed by Joe Carnahan. Smokehouse is also developing an adaptation of Beau Willimon's upcoming play Farragut North, rumored »

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Smoke House, Warners on 'Tourist' trip

12 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros. has picked up the movie rights to The Tourist, an upcoming book by two-time Edgar Award nominee Olen Steinhauer, for George Clooney and Grant Heslov to produce via their Smoke House banner.

Picked up in early manuscript form, the story is described as being a contemporary international thriller in the vein of John Le Carre and Graham Greene and follows a spy who must risk everything to reveal a conspiracy after he's suspected of a murder he didn't commit.

Sources said the deal was worth in the $350,000 range.

Sarah Schechter will oversee for Warners. Schechter and Warners' New York-based book scout Maria Campbell brought the project to Smoke House vp feature development Nina Wolarsky, who in turn brought it to Clooney and Heslov.

Smoke House is in post on the football movie Leatherheads, which Clooney is directing and Universal is distributing. The company is prepping White Jazz, an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel to be directed by Joe Carnahan, and is developing an adaptation of Beau Willimon's upcoming play Farragut North.

Steinhauer, repped by the Gernert Co., is best known for writing a five-part book series chronicling Cold War Eastern Europe. »

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Kirk? Cops? Both? Pine in demand

10 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Does Hollywood have a new It Boy?

Over sandwiches at Barney's Greengrass and over beer at Barney's Beanery, the talk is about Chris Pine, who might be the hottest new actor in town. He is in discussions to star as Captain Kirk in Paramount's "Star Trek" and in negotiations to star opposite George Clooney in Joe Carnahan's adaptation of the James Ellroy crime novel "White Jazz".

If Pine joins "Trek", which J.J. Abrams is directing, he would face off against Eric Bana, who was cast Tuesday as the film's villain, Nero. It is unknown whether Bana would play a human or a member of the alien race, like a Klingon; as per the veil of secrecy that surrounds "Trek", parts are being solicited and offered without scripts.

The take it-or-leave-it scenario is very much the modus operandi of Abrams, who worked the same way when making his ultra-mysterious film "Cloverfield".

Although not a complete unknown, Pine's biggest gig to date has been the male lead in the 2006 Lindsay Lohan movie "Just My Luck", which flopped. »

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Will the real 'Escobar' please stand up

9 October 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Fresh off the heels of Joe Carnahan announcing that he's finally secured funding on his long-gestating Pablo Escobar project, comes the news that yet another Escobar film is being prepped. Imaginatively titled Escobar - this film, to be directed by Antoine Fuqua, aspires to come out before Carnahan's Killing Pablo (based on Mard Bowden's bestseller), which despite having Javier Bardem & Christian Bale attached to star is not yet ready to roll due to Carnahan being tied up with production on White Jazz-starring George Clooney and based on the novel by James Ellroy. Variety reports that Oliver Stone will produce with J2 Pictures partners Justin Berfield and Jason Felts, and James Reach. Scribe David McKenna who wrote the powdered white tale of Blow, will rewrite then project. Production is slated to begin the in first quarter of 2008 in south America and Escobar's homeland, and Jere Hausfater will handle international sales through Essential Entertainment. »

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Whitaker on Searchlight's 'Night' watch

28 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Forest Whitaker, fresh off his best actor Academy Award win for The Last King of Scotland, is in final negotiations to reteam with Fox Searchlight for The Night Watchman.

Based on an original idea by James Ellroy, Night centers on a veteran LAPD cop (Keanu Reeves) who turns to alcohol after the death of his wife. The cop is forced to go up against his longtime mentor (Whitaker) when he is implicated in the execution of a fellow officer. David Ayer, director of Harsh Times and the writer on Training Day, will helm the project.

The film is being co-financed and co-produced by New Regency. Alexandra Milchan, Lucas Foster and Erwin Stoff are producing.

Fox Searchlight president of production Claudia Lewis, Regency president of filmed entertainment Sanford Panitch and Regency executive vp production Kara Francis will oversee the production, which is scheduled to begin May 21.

Night marks Whitaker's first project since his Oscar win. Next up for the actor is Sony Pictures' Vantage Point, the voice of Wild Thing in Warner Bros. Pictures' Where the Wild Things Are and the indie feature Winged Creatures.

Whitaker is repped by WMA and the Collective. »

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'LA Confidential' Sparks Two Sequels

2 March 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The creative team and original stars from cult movie LA Confidential are in talks to re-team for a sequel to the movie, going head-to-head with another sequel starring George Clooney. Director Joe Carnahan is also directing a follow-up to the film based on author James Ellroy's book White Jazz. According to entertainment website Tmz.com, another sequel is being planned by the film's original director Curtis Hanson. Hanson's version wouldn't rely on the plot of White Jazz and would instead pick-up where LA Confidential ended. The sequel would reunite original stars Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kim Basinger, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in LA Confidential. »

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