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Jones looks for 'Contraband'

7 December 2010 2:00 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Caleb Landry Jones is in talks to join the cast of the Universal thriller "Contraband." According to Variety, the film is a remake of the Oskar Jonasson-directed Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam."Baltasar Kormakur, who co-wrote, produced and starred in the original, is directing the remake.The cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi.Aaron Guzikowski wrote the script, which follows an ex-freight ship worker (Wahlberg), fired for smuggling, who barely makes ends meet as a security guard until his best friend persuades him to sign on for one last illegal job.Wahlberg, Kormakur, Stephen Levinson, and Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing. Production is set for January 2011 with Universal releasing it on March 16, 2012. Jones will »

- Adnan Tezer

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Foster, Ribisi deal in 'Contraband'

3 December 2010 1:48 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi are in talks to join Universal's thriller "Contraband," opposite Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale. According to Variety, the film is a remake of the Oskar Jonasson-directed Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam."Baltasar Kormakur, who co-wrote, produced and starred in the original, is directing the remake.Aaron Guzikowski wrote the script, which follows an ex-freight ship worker (Wahlberg), fired for smuggling, who barely makes ends meet as a security guard until his best friend persuades him to sign on for one last illegal job.Wahlberg, Kormakur, Stephen Levinson, and Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing. Production is set for January 2011 with Universal releasing it on March 16, 2012. Foster can be seen in the upcoming "The Mechanic" »

- Adnan Tezer

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Foster, Ribisi Smuggling "Contraband"

2 December 2010 10:17 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi are in talks to join the $30 million thriller "Contraband" for Universal Pictures reports Variety.

An English-language remake of Oskar Jonasson's Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam", the plot centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler (Mark Wahlberg) who is tempted back into illicit business by his brother-in-law after encountering financial problems.

Foster will play said brother-in-law, Ribisi's role is undisclosed. Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") is adapting the script while the original film's producer/star Baltasar Kormakur will direct the remake.

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing. Shooting kicks off in January for a release in March 2012. »

- Garth Franklin

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Ben Foster In Universal 'Contraband' Deal

1 December 2010 5:56 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Ben Foster will star alongside Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale for Universal Pictures in Contraband, the English language remake of the 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavic-Rotterdam. The film is being directed by Baltasar Kormakur, who starred in, produced and co-wrote the original. Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Kormakur. Aaron Guzikowski wrote the script, and Wahlberg plays a former smuggler trying to go straight as a night guard. When his wife’s brother (who got him the job) botches a smuggling run, his life threatened and the night guard is dragged in for one more job. Foster plays the night guard's best friend and right hand man, who helps him take on the dangerous job. Foster next stars opposite Jason Statham in the CBS Films remake The Mechanic, and he's just now shooting the Oren Moverman-directed police corruption drama Rampart in Los Angeles. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Keira Knightley to Fill Greta Garbo's Shoes in Anna Kerenina Remake

22 November 2010 6:55 AM, PST | LOVEFiLM | See recent LOVEFiLM news »

Keira Knightley is said to be stepping into the shoes of icon Greta Garbo in yet another remake of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.

Knightley is reportedly first choice to star as the 19th century Russian adulteress, previously played by acclaimed actress Garbo in 1935.

Tom Stoppard is said to be penning the remake with director Joe Wright at the helm – which will reunite the director and the actress after their Oscar-winning collaboration on 2007’s Atonement and work together on Pride and Prejudice.

At present, Knightley’s involvement is purely hearsay, but it has been confirmed by London-based studio Working Title that they have secured the rights to the film and will be working closely with Wright on forthcoming projects.

Working Title founders, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, have explained that Stoppard’s screenplay is due in the coming months.

“We’re developing a number of projects with Joe, and Anna Karenina is one of them. »

- jennifer.trevorrow@lovefilm.com (Jennifer Trevorrow)

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NBC Universal International Acquires UK Production Company Monkey Kingdom

16 November 2010 1:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: NBC Universal International has acquired independent U.K. production company Monkey Kingdom. The pact represents the first acquisition at NBCU International by the company's TV production president Michael Edelstein. It also marks the third production venture for NBCU International following the 2008 acquisition of Carnival Film & Television and the launch earlier this year of Wttv, NBCU's joint venture with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. It is part of NBCU International's expansion under president Peter Smith as NBCU looks to achieve $5 billion in non-us revenues. Under the terms of the agreement, NBCU International will acquire 100% of Monkey Kingdom as well as its library rights. Monkey Kingdom was founded in 2001 by veteran producers David Granger and Will Macdonald. The company, whose main focus is in the unscripted area, has produced such series as The Charlotte Church Show, Comedy Roasts, My Kind Of Town, Make My Day, The Passions of Girls Aloud and Newlyweds. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Universal Is Set To Smuggle "Contraband"

18 October 2010 9:05 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal Pictures is set to finance and distribute "Contraband", the English language remake of 2008 Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam" reports Deadline.

The story centers on a security guard and former smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by his wife's brother who botches a run and finds his life threatened. The new version will shift the route to somewhere in North America.

Mark Wahlberg is set to star as the guard and Kate Beckinsale is in negotiations to play the female lead. Universal originally planned to finance the film but balked at the $40 million budget, forcing Relativity Media to step in. When the filmmakers brought the budget back down to $30 million and Relativity opted out, Universal jumped back in.

Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") is adapting the script while the original film's producer/star Baltasar Kormakur will direct the remake (Oskar Jonasson helmed the original). Kormakur, Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, »

- Garth Franklin

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Universal To Make 'Contraband' Run With Mark Wahlberg And Kate Beckinsale

18 October 2010 8:45 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Universal has reemerged as the financier of Contraband, the English language remake of the 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavic-Rotterdam. Mark Wahlberg is set to star, Kate Beckinsale is negotiating, and Baltasar Kormakur is set to direct. Kormakur starred in, produced and co-wrote the original. Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Wahlberg (who's next out in The Fighter), Stephen Levinson and Kormakur. Verve-repped Aaron Guzikowski is writing the script. Oskar Jonasson directed the original, in which Kormakur played a former smuggler trying to go straight as a night guard. When his wife’s brother (who got him the job) botches a smuggling run, his life threatened and the protagonist is dragged in for one more job. Wme, which reps the stars and Kormakur, set up the remake at Working Title. Bevan and Fellner's deal is at Universal, and the studio originally intended to finance the film, then »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Working Title Build "The Snowman"

15 October 2010 8:19 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Working Title Films has picked up the film rights to Jo Nesbo's "The Snowman", the seventh novel in his detective Harry Hole book series reports Deadline.

Set in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, the story follows Hole's investigating a woman's disappearance and the trademark of a possible serial killer that has been left behind - a disturbing looking snowman with the victim's scarf wrapped around its neck.

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. Various attempts have been made before to adapt the property, but the author has declined in the past. »

- Garth Franklin

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Working Title Films to Adapt Harry Hole Detective Novel The Snowman

14 October 2010 2:07 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Jo Nesbo’s hit series of detective novels following the exploits of the fictional Harry Hole will be making its way to the big screen. The latest book in the series, titled The Snowman, will be adapted into a film according to a new report by Deadline, as Working Title Films has bought the screen rights. The series has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and the seventh book in the series sits atop the UK bestseller lists. The author talked about how he has turned down a number of offers in the past but feels this is the right time and team to handle his material. So hit the jump to find out what the novel is all about and why I think Nesbo was smart to pick Working Title Films.

Below is the description of The Snowman by Deadline.

“The book is set on Oslo and is the latest »

- Bill Graham

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The Snowman Gets Built at Working Title

14 October 2010 12:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Snowman to be adapted at Working Title Working Title has picked up the screen rights to The Snowman, the seventh book in the popular Harry Hole novel series by Jo Nesbo, according to Deadline New York.

Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce the movie, although it doesn't seem that a screenwriter has been hired to adapt the novel as of yet.

The story is set in Oslo, Norway and centers on detective Harry Hole. In this particular novel, a woman goes missing. Her scarf is wrapped around a creepy snowman that was built near the point where she was last seen, which leads Hole to believe it was the work of a serial killer. Nesbo, whose Harry Hole series has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, had previously turned down numerous film offers in the past. Here's an excerpt from the author's statement:

"I'm very excited and a little worried. »

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Working Title Cracks Harry Hole Mystery Series With 'The Snowman' Deal

14 October 2010 11:53 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Working Title Films has landed screen rights to The Snowman, the Jo Nesbo novel that is the latest in a bestselling detective series that has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. The book is currently at the top of the UK bestseller lists and will be published by Knopf in the Us next spring. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce, and the author and Niclas Salomonsson will be executive producers. The author, who has turned down numerous film offers for the book, was repped in the deal by Sylvie Rabineau and Salomonsson. The book is set on Oslo and is the latest in a mystery series revolving around detective Harry Hole. A woman is missing and her pink scarf turns up as an accessory that has been wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman that someone has built nearby. As the detective investigates, it appears it might be the work of a serial killer. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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James Cameron is the most powerful person working in film

27 September 2010 11:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Guardian has listed the top 100 most powerful people working in film today, and topping that poll is non-surprisingly one Avatar director, James Cameron, who beat off the likes of Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan to claim the top spot.

Spielberg made the number two spot, DiCaprio number three, while Pixar and Disney supremo (and original Toy Story director) James Lasseter made the number four spot, with Brad Pitt rounding out the top five. Inception helmer Nolan made number six on the list while Angelina Jolie was the highest placed woman at number 18.

See the full list here.

1. James Cameron (director)

2. Steven Spielberg (director)

3. Leonardo DiCaprio (actor)

4. John Lasseter (director)

5. Brad Pitt (actor and producer)

6. Christopher Nolan (director)

7. Scott Rudin (producer)

8. Quentin Tarantino (director)

9. George Clooney (actor and director)

10. Ed Vaizey (UK government minister)

11. Johnny Depp (actor and producer)

12. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (producers)

13. Jj Abrams (director and producer)

14. Alan F. »

- Paul

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James Cameron Named Most Powerful Person in Film

27 September 2010 2:28 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

James Cameron beat Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan in the list by the Guardian newspaper, which named him the most influential man in the movie world thanks to "Titanic" and "Avatar," the two highest grossing films of all time. Regarding Spielberg, who landed in second place, was named an "undisputed giant of cinema" but noted critics had said he had created "amusement park movies" over classic American cinema. The list also highlighted the importance of Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney in its top 10. "Star Trek" director Jj Abrams was placed at 13 for his importance in "nerd culture", while Ridley Scott - who made number 15 - was said to have his "glory days behind him." Angelina Jolie was the highest ranked woman in the list at number 18. Most powerful people in film (see full list here): 1. James Cameron (director) 2. Steven Spielberg (director) 3. Leonardo DiCaprio (actor) 4. John Lasseter »

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The Guardian ranks “Film Power 100″

24 September 2010 10:42 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Topping the list: James Cameron Steven Spielberg Leonardo DiCaprio John Lasseter Brad Pitt Christopher Nolan Scott Rudin Quentin Tarantino George Clooney Ed Vaizey Johnny Depp Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner »

- Ryan Adams

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Film Power 100: the full list

24 September 2010 9:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

You just want the raw facts? Without any fancy interactivity? You've come to the right place

• Datablog: download the full list as a spreadsheet

1) James Cameron

Director: Avatar, Titanic

2) Steven Spielberg

Director: Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Et: The Extra Terrestrial

Producer: Letters From Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers

3) Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor: Inception, Shutter Island, Titanic

4) John Lasseter

Director: Toy Story, Toy Story 2

Chief creative officer: Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

5) Brad Pitt

Actor: Inglourious Basterds, The Assassination of Jesse James by the

Coward Robert Ford

Producer: Kick-Ass, A Mighty Heart, The Departed

6) Christopher Nolan

Director: Inception, The Dark Knight

7) Scott Rudin

Producer: No Country for Old Men, The Queen, The Truman Show

8) Quentin Tarantino

Director: Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction

9) George Clooney

Actor: Michael Clayton, Ocean's Eleven

Director: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night, and Good Luck

10) Ed Vaizey

Politician: Minister for culture, communications and creative »

- Peter Bradshaw, Mark Kermode

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Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner | No 12 | Film Power 100

24 September 2010 1:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Working Title is that rarest of beasts – a properly successful British film company

Producers: Pride & Prejudice, United 93, Love Actually; co-chairmen of Working Title

There is never a shortage of voices calling time on the British film industry (and the climate has been doomier than ever since the axing of the Film Council). But amid the gloom is Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's Working Title, that rarest of beasts – a properly successful British film company. The most successful, in fact, making confident movies that do Hollywood-style business.

Working Title is the unifying factor of some of the best-loved British films of the past two decades: Four Weddings, Billy Elliot, Bridget Jones, Atonement. Stephen Frears has called Fellner, 50, and Bevan, 52, the most powerful people in British film. Ever. Peter Morgan described them as "fantastic navigators of the system". Bevan started Working Title in 1984 with Sarah Radclyffe (who later left the »

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Beckinsale Found Smuggling "Contraband"

20 September 2010 8:42 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Kate Beckinsale will star opposite Mark Wahlberg in "Contraband" for Working Title Films says Latino Review.

An English-language remake of Oskar Jonasson's Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam", the plot centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems.

Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") is adapting the script while the original film's producer/star Baltasar Kormakur will direct the remake. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing. »

- Garth Franklin

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Anderson, West Join "Johnny English Reborn"

14 September 2010 4:43 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike and Daniel Kaluuya have all joined the cast of the upcoming comedy sequel "Johnny English Reborn" for Universal Pictures and Working Title Films says The Hollywood Reporter.

Rowan Atkinson returns as bumbling secret agent Johnny English who tries to stop a plot by a group of international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier.

Oliver Parker directs from a script by Hamish McColl and William Davies. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produce and a three-month shoot kicks off this week in the U.K. and Hong Kong. »

- Garth Franklin

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Johnny English Reborn starts principal photography

13 September 2010 4:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Universal Pictures and Working Title Films today announced that prinicpal photography has kicked off on Johnny English Reborn, a sequel to the 2003 original that starred Rowan Atkinson as the bumbling British spy. Atkinson returns, this time around with Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike and Daniel Kaluuya.

Directed by Oliver Parker (Dorian Gray, St Trinian’s) and written by Hamish McColl (Mr Bean’s Holiday) and William Davies (How to Train Your Dragon, Flushed Away) the film is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with Chris Clark (The Guard, Johnny English).

We have somejuicy bits and pieces from the official press release announcing the start of production below.

In his latest adventure, the most unlikely intelligence officer in Her Majesty’s Secret Service must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos.

In the years since MI7’s »

- Paul

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