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Paul Reiser ("Aliens"), Richard Kind ("Luck"), Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing") and Oliver Cooper ("Californication") also star. The project will be one of several pilots that make up Amazon's third pilot season.
Customers will watch and give feedback on it - after that it will be determined whether to pick it up to series. Other pilots it will compete with include the Whit Stillman-produced "The Cosmopolitans," Marc Forster-produced "Hand of God," the Shaun Cassidy-produced "Hysteria," and the Sarah Chalke comedy"Really."
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar as a widow who falls for Death Row prison guard Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) who was on duty for her husband's execution. The delicate situation is made even more volatile by Hank's irredeemably racist father (Peter Boyle), whose prejudice is shared by Hank's son (Heath Ledger). Sexual and racial tensions run at a feverish high in this unflinchingly acted drama, splendidly handled by future Bond director Marc Forster. »
All the way back in December, we reported that Marc Forster wouldn’t be returning to helm the sequel to World War Z, an adaptation of the Max Brooks novel of the same name. Instead, The Impossible’s Juan Antonio Bayona would be helming it, and since then it’s been rather quiet as to the direction of the project.
However, we can expect to see Brad Pitt return to our screens in the near zombie-infested future, as Locke’s Steven Knight, oscar-nominee for Dirty Pretty Things, has been brought on board by Paramount and Skydance to pen the sequel.
World War Z surprised most critics back in 2013, when it earned more than $540 million worldwide, solidifying it as one of Pitt’s most financially successful ventures yet.
Source: Variety »
- Matthew Ceo
Get it? Because the zombies in this one are runners? Ahem. Thanks to box office muscle to the tune of $500-plus million worldwide, Brad Pitt will be back fightin’ zombies to save his family and the planet in a sequel to last year’s “World War Z.” Besides Pitt returning as the former Un badass turned unflappable zombie fighter, the sequel previously swapped out director Marc Forster, who had a dickens of a time on the first film, with “The Impossible’s” J.A. Bayona. Moving forward, the studio has now tapped “Eastern Promises” writer Steven Knight to take a crack at the script. The 2013 movie was notorious for its many behind-the-scenes problems, including an entire rewritten third act that drastically changed the ending of the movie. The last we saw of Pitt’s character, he, along with the world, seemed to have the zombie plague well in hand. Apparently not »
Marc Forster’s World War Z surprised a lot of people last year by picking up some decent reviews and a big box office total, despite a publically troubled production with noteworthy departures from the source material.
As well as this good form in claustrophobia and close-quarters character study, Knight also penned the scripts for Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises and Jason Statham’s Hummingbird, which seems a promising sign for this zombie sequel.
Despite a series of production woes, extensive reshoots, and a bloated budget, last year’s summer zombie blockbuster World War Z defied the odds and managed to come back from the brink of death, earning generally favorable reviews and $540 million worldwide. Additionally, it became the highest-grossing film of Brad Pitt’s career and was quickly given the greenlight for a sequel.
The Impossible director J.A. Bayona will take the helm this time around, replacing Marc Forster, with Pitt returning as former United Nations employee turned zombie fighter Gerry Lane. Today, Variety is reporting that Academy Award-nominated writer/director Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke) has been hired to pen the screenplay.
At this point in time, we don’t know any plot details, or whether or not the film will use any material from Max Brooks’ popular novel, which served as the basis for the first film (which actually shared little »
- James Garcia
While “World War Z” is now viewed as the modern-day runaway film project and all that implies of ego—hubris, irresponsibility and whatnot—the project began with the best of intentions. Brad Pitt’s Plan B Pictures, the same company that developed and won a Best Picture Oscar for “12 Years A Slave,” wanted to try to create their own franchise. Pitt, a producer/actor with diverse taste, wanted a movie his boys could enjoy when they grew up. They hired a respected and eclectic filmmaker Marc Forster (“The Kite Runner,” “Monster’s Ball”) and talented writers—Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof—but the project went south on them regardless when they realized the tone and rhythm of an action movie is much more complicated than they realized. And while the press viewed it as a disaster in the making, the movie’s $540 million worldwide gross turned out to »
- Edward Davis
World War Z exceeded everyone’s expectations last year, both critically and commercially. Production problems saw it labelled a flop before it was even released, making it all the more surprising when it proved those people wrong and earned an impressive $540 million worldwide.
Regardless, things are looking up for the planned sequel as Oscar-nominated writer Steven Knight – who recently both wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Locke starring Tom Hardy – has now been hired by Paramount and Skydance to pen the World War Z sequel’s screenplay.
- Josh Wilding
Fresh off strong reviews for his experimental drama “Locke,” Steven Knight has been set to write the “World War Z” sequel for Paramount and Brad Pitt's company Plan B, an individual familiar with the zombie project told TheWrap. Paramount had no comment. Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Orphanage”) is directing the “World War Z” sequel, which will find Brad Pitt reprising his role as former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane. Directed by Marc Forster and based on the popular book by Max Brooks, “World War Z” overcame negative pre-release buzz to gross $540 million worldwide thanks to mostly positive reviews. “World War Z” was. »
- Jeff Sneider
World War Z experienced a huge uphill battle when major last minute changes were made to the film's third act based on suggestions by Damon Lindelof ("Lost"). Despite all of the film's issues behind-the-scenes it surprisingly did well at the box office, warranting a sequel. Now, Brad Pitt's Plan B is looking to solidify the sequel by bringing in an Oscar-nominated screenwriter to flesh out the script. Variety reports: "Oscar-nominated writer Steven Knight has been tapped to pen the sequel to Paramount’s sequel of “World War Z." Marc Forster won't be back to direct the sequel. That responsibility belongs to Juan Antonio Bayona, who most recently directed the 2012 tsunami film, The Impossible. World War Z - A former Un investigator is thrust into the middle of trying to stop what could be the end of the world. Worldwide destruction sends him around the globe seeking clues about what »
Plot details are unknown, but the film is expected to continue the story of Max Brooks’ popular novel.
The hiring of Knight comes weeks after it was announced that Pitt was in early talks to star in an untitled World War II romantic thriller, also written by Knight. That project does not have a distributor.
- Justin Kroll
Jeffrey Wright is in talks to play Carlton Pearson and Robert Redford is "in discussions" to star as Oral Roberts in the Jonathan Demme-helmed true story drama "Come Sunday" for Endgame Entertainment.
Formerly titled "Heretics" when it was setup with Marc Forster as helmer, the film chronicles Pearson, a renowned Oklahamoa evangelical minister who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no hell.
He loses everything and must rebuild his church and his family and find his own personal faith. Roberts, an early pioneer of TV evangelism, served as Pearson's mentor.
Filming aims to begin in Spring 2015.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Bernardo Bertolucci will head the jury of the Connect4Climate online film festival, a new competition for filmmakers which aims to address the planet’s pressing climate change issues.
The new initiative of the World Bank and the Italian Ministry of the Environment has been gathering entries, some of which are on how communities, especially low-income ones, are being affected by climate change and how they are dealing with climate challenges. It is also sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
The competition received a phenomenal 230 entries from 70 countries before its April 1 deadline.
As part of this initiative a seminar was held in January during the Palm Springs Film Festival with fifteen international directors, including Marc Forster, to discuss ways in which the film industry can raise awareness about the risks of climate change and promote actions to reduce global warming.
They endorsed the idea of establishing a »
- Nick Vivarelli
In a pre-Cannes move, veteran actor Ron Perlman has launched new production company-film fund Wing and A Prayer Pictures.
The company’s first project will be announced shortly and the company’s principals are actively looking for material and will be attending Cannes to meet with distributors and content creators.
The new company is aiming to produce and finance up to three independent films per year with “A-list talent” in dramas and “elevated” genre fare. Budgets will range from $3 million to $10 million.
“I am »
- Dave McNary
Seeking to create “a haven for the artists that I love and admire”, the actor has launched production company and film fund Wing And A Prayer Pictures and will attend Cannes to introduce the venture.
Perlman has teamed up with financiers Josh and Randy Crook. The plan is to produce and finance up to three dramas and elevated genre titles a year with A-list talent in the $3-10m range.
Wilkins and Kritzer will serve as co-heads of production for Wing And A Prayer, while Cohen will act as advisory partner to source material, package projects and negotiate the film deals.
“I am looking to create a haven for the artists »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Actor Ron Perlman is starting his own production company and film fund called Wing and a Prayer Pictures, it was announced Thursday. The “Hellboy” and “Sons of Anarchy” star's company will finance and produce up to three independent pictures per year, focusing on dramas and elevated genre films with budgets between $3 million and $10 million. Also read: Amazon Studios Greenlights Pilots from Whit Stillman, Marc Forster, Ron Perlman Josh and Randy Crook will serve as Perlman's partners in the endeavor, and Jay Cohen of Gersh and Brian Wilkins and Erik Kritzer of Link Entertainment will come on board in management positions. »
- Matthew Bramlett
Screen Daily is reporting that Liam Neeson is boarding the big screen adaptation of A Monster Calls. The spooky fantasy drama will be based on the book by the same name, which was written by Patrick Ness, and will be directed by J. A. Bayona. The novel tells the story of a boy, haunted by the tree that lives outside of his house- as the tree comes to life every night in the form of a monster that tells him scary stories. The unlikely bond that forms between them gives the story a unique twist, as the monster's dark tales soon become a way of helping the boy cope with some of life's harsh truths.
Neeson will voice the monster, in a production that also includes the producer of Pan's Labyrinth, The Impossible (Lo Imposible), and The Orphanage (El Orfonato). Bayona seems to be drawn to these dark coming-of-age tales, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
By Robert Welkos Billionaire: Arnon Milchan Net Worth: $4.7 billion (Forbes); $4.2 billion (CelebrityNetWorth) Hollywood Connections: Producer began his Hollywood career in 1977 after being introduced to producer Elliot Kastner (“Harper”). Set up New Regency Productions in 1991. Has worked with directors like Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski and Sergio Leone. Company partnered with Warner Bros. and then 20th Century Fox. One of the producers of this year’s Oscar winning picture “12 Years a Slave.” Films Of Note: “Pretty Woman,” “JFK,” “Fight Club,” “Heat,” “L.A. Confidential,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Noah.” Films In The Works: “Birdman.” Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu. Cast: Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis. IMDb logline: “A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.” “The Revenant.” González Iñárritu to direct Leonard DiCaprio in »
- Robert W. Welkos
Amazon Studios is steadily announcing its new production lineup, with several new series and pilots greenlit over the past few weeks. Of interest to our readers, the studio has greenlit Hand of God, a one-hour drama pilot from Executive Producers Marc Forster, Ben Watkins, Ron Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King. The show centers on "the powerful Judge Pernell Harris (Ron Perlman), a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on 'visions' and 'messages' »
- Jai Tiggett
Exclusive: Gersh has signed Ron Perlman and his production company. After Hellboy and Sons Of Anarchy, Perlman is building the next chapter of his career. He’s not letting any moss grow under him since completing his superb turn as Sons biker club leader Clay Morrow. Perlman has optioned several screenplays, he is currently starring in and exec producing Hand Of God, a pilot for Amazon that Marc Forster is directing, and he has made a deal to co-write with Michael Largo the memoir Easy Street—The Hard Way that will be published by Perseus Books Group imprint Da Capo Press. I had the honor of being asked by Kurt Sutter to moderate the Sons panel that closed San Diego Comic-Con, and found Perlman to be so subdued and fatalistic about his character’s future on the show, almost seeming ashamed of what his character had done. Feeling he was »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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