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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
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
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.
- Garth Franklin
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
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.
“We’re developing a number of projects with Joe, and Anna Karenina is one of them. »
- email@example.com (Jennifer Trevorrow)
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
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
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
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.
- Garth Franklin
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
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.
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. »
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
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)
13. Jj Abrams (director and producer)
14. Alan F. »
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 »
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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Chief creative officer: Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios
5) Brad Pitt
Coward Robert Ford
7) Scott Rudin
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
Working Title is that rarest of beasts – a properly successful British film company
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 »
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.
- Garth Franklin
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.
- Garth Franklin
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 »
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