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Open Road acquires ‘A Willing Patriot’

4 June 2015 11:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has picked up Us rights to the Liam Neeson thriller from Marc Butan’s fledgling MadRiver Pictures, Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller.

Production is set for South Africa, Morrocco and Tunisia on the story of a CIA agent on the trail of a terrorist.

MadRiver Pictures will also finance A Willing Patriot and Open Road has earmarked a wide release in 2016. Sierra/Affinity handles international sales, as it will on all titles that originate at MadRiver.

Martin Zandvliet directs from a screenplay by Keller, who will produce alongside Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman and Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari.

Film 360’s Ben Forkner, Hollywood Gang’s Shannon Gaulding and MadRiver’s Ed Fee will oversee the project.

CAA packaged and arranged financing and represented MadRiver in the deal with Open Road.

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Liam Neeson’s ‘A Willing Patriot’ Acquired by Open Road FIlms

4 June 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Open Road Films announced Thursday that is has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the Liam Neeson action thriller “A Willing Patriot.” In the film, a CIA agent (Neeson) engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist who’s planning an imminent attack. Open Road previously collaborated with Neeson on the 2011 film “The Grey.” The film will be financed and produced by MadRiver Pictures, along with Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller. The announcement was made by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, and Marc Butan of MadRiver Pictures. See photos: 50 Actors Over 50 Who Are Still Conquering Hollywood Martin. »

- Joe Otterson

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News Bits: X-Men, Girl, Huntsman, Patriot, Spies

4 June 2015 10:39 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

X-Men: Apocalypse

Filmmaker Bryan Singer has posted a photo of himself on the under construction Cerebro set during filming of "X-Men: Apocalypse" in Montreal. Singer previously confirmed that the character of Caliban will appear in the film, but casting of the character has still not been confirmed. [Source: Twitter]

The Girl on the Train

Emily Blunt is in early talks for the lead role in Tate Taylor's adaptation of “The Girl on the Train” at DreamWorks Pictures. Erin Cressida Wilson adapted the script from Paula Hawkins' novel.

The story follows a lonely, alcoholic divorcee as she fantasizes during her daily commute about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. One morning, sees something shocking happen and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. [Source: The Wrap]

The Huntsman

Filming has begun on "The Huntsman," the prequel follow-up to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman," with »

- Garth Franklin

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Liam Neeson’s ‘A Willing Patriot’ Bought by Open Road for U.S.

4 June 2015 10:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Liam Neeson’s upcoming thriller “A Willing Patriot” and plans a wide release next year.

The film will be financed and produced by MadRiver Pictures, along with Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller. CAA packaged and arranged financing for the film.

Neeson will play a CIA agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist who’s planning an imminent attack. Martin Zandvliet (“Land Of Mine”) will direct from a script by Jason Keller, who will produce along with Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman, as well as Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari.

The film will shoot on location in South Africa, Morrocco and Tunisia. The project re-teams Neeson with Open Road following their 2011 collaboration on “The Grey.”

Sierra/Affinity sold multiple markets for “A Willing Patriot” at Cannes, including Eagle Pictures for Italy, Freeman »

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Open Road Acquires Liam Neeson Cannes Pic ‘A Willing Patriot’

4 June 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Open Road Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to A Willing Patriot, the Liam Neeson-starrer. Pic is financed and produced by MadRiver Pictures, along with Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller. Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg and MadRiver PicturesMarc Butan sealed the deal and CAA packaged and sold the pic. Neeson plays a CIA agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist who’s planning an imminent attack. Pic was shopped at Cannes… »

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Sierra/Affinity hails best Cannes market

18 May 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sierra/Affinity chief Nick Meyer has hailed the company’s best market ever after completing key sales on Shot Caller, A Willing Patriot and Comancheria, among others.

“We have been strategically building our company and platform in order to capitalise on these kinds of moments,” said Meyer.

Rights to thriller All I See Is You have gone to Eagle Pictures in Italy and Main Title Pictures in South Korea.

Marc Forster will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sean Conway. Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O’Reilly, Wes Chatham, Miguel Fernandez and Danny Huston star and Sc International Pictures, Link Entertainment, 2Dux2 and Wing And A Prayer Pictures produce.

The Coldest City starring Charlize Theron will open in the Us via Focus Features. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct the spy thriller from Denver and Delilah Productions, Oni Press, Sierra Pictures drama from Kurt Johnstad’s screenplay.

Universal Pictures International Productions has picked up the »

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Cannes: Buyers eye 'Willing Patriot,' 'Kaiser’s Last Kiss'

11 May 2015 3:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The stars have aligned on several late-breaking projects in Cannes as Sierra/Affinity brings a Liam Neeson spy thriller and Lotus Entertainment boards a WWII thriller with Lily James and Christopher Plummer.

Neeson is final negotiations to star in A Willing Patriot for MadRiver Pictures, which Martin Zandvliet will direct and centres on a CIA agent hunting a terrorist.

MadRiver fully finances and will produce while CAA, which packaged and arranged financing, expects to announce wide Us distribution during Cannes.

Jason Keller wrote the original script and will also produce alongside Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman and Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari.

Lotus Entertainment will commence talks with international buyers on The Kaiser’s Last Kiss from Film House Germany-owned Egoli Tossell Film starring James and Plummer.

Simon Burke adapted the screenplay from the novel by Alan Judd. The project is an Egoli Tossell Film and Ostar Enterprises production.

Judy Tossell and [link »

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Liam Neeson Back In Action For A Willing Patriot

11 May 2015 1:11 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

He may have been indicating that he was looking to throttle back on the action fare around the time of Run All Night’s release, but it appears the siren song of running and gunning is too much for Liam Neeson to ignore. He’s in negotiations to star in A Willing Patriot.Martin Zandvliet is in line to direct this one, based on Jason Keller’s script. The plot would find Neeson in familiar territory, playing a law enforcement official (in this case a CIA agent) that must outsmart and capture a terrorist who aims to carry out a devastating attack.The project was originally bubbling away in development at Warner Bros. but has since switched to indie outlet MadRiver. “Liam Neeson is one of the defining actors of our generation and audiences will love him in this role. After seeing Martin’s new film Land Of Mine, we »

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Liam Neeson Will Fight Terrorists in 'A Willing Patriot'

11 May 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in yet another cat-and-mouse action-thriller, A Willing Patriot. The actor will play an FBI agent who is trying to outwit a terrorist and capture him before he can carry out a deadly attack. No other cast members have been confirmed at this time, but with Liam Neeson on board, the supporting cast should fill up quickly.

Martin Zandvliet is directing from a screenplay by Jason Keller (Escape Plan, Machine Gun Preacher), which was originally developed at Warner Bros. before it was moved to MadRiver Entertainment, which is fully financing the movie. The project is being shopped to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, with a domestic distribution deal expected to be announced at the festival. Here's what producer Marc Butan had to say about Liam Neeson's casting in a statement.

"Liam Neeson is one of the defining actors of our generation »

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It Will Be Liam Neeson Vs. A Terrorist In 'A Willing Patriot'

11 May 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In light of Liam Neeson currently filming Martin Scorsese's "Silence," you might think that the actor would want to take a break from action films. You couldn't blame the guy after the dreadful "Taken 3," and the goofy but somewhat tolerable "Run All Night." But you would be mistaken.  Deadline reports that the actor will lead "A Willing Patriot" (I can already see the stars-and-stripes inspired poster right now). Jason Keller, whose credits include failed Oscar bait "Machine Gun Preacher," fairy tale flick "Mirror Mirror" and Arnie/Sly vehicle "Escape Plan," penned a none too taxing story which will find Neeson dusting off his special set of skills as a CIA agent who has to find a terrorist. Yep, sounds like another Mad Libs movie from Neeson. Martin Zandvliet will direct the movie, which is expected to pick up domestic distribution at Cannes, then to clutter up a couple thousand cinema. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Liam Neeson to Stop Another Terrorist Attack in ‘A Willing Patriot’

11 May 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in “A Willing Patriot,” which will be produced and fully financed by MadRiver Pictures, the company’s Marc Butan announced Monday. Neeson will portray a CIA agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist planning an imminent attack. He’ll risk everything, including his own life, to stop his foe and avenge his own mysterious past. Martin Zandvliet will direct from a script by Jason Keller, who will produce with Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman, and Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari. Shannon Gaulding will oversee the project for. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Liam Neeson Is A Willing Patriot In Terrorist Thriller

11 May 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Oscar nominee Liam Neeson has found an unlikely second career wind in action fare like Taken and March’s Run All Night, and though the actor claims he only has a couple of years of action movies left in him, he’s now in final negotiations for another one: terrorism-themed thriller A Willing Patriot.

Neeson will play a veteran CIA agent who is plunged in a deadly battle of wits with a sinister terrorist who is on the cusp of executing a devastating attack against the United States. Desperate to stop his opponent from carrying out the plot, the agent is willing to sacrifice anything, even his own life, for this final chance at absolution for his past sins.

Martin Zandvliet, behind the upcoming film Land of Mine, is sitting in the director’s chair on this one, working from a script by Jason Keller (Machine Gun PreacherEscape Plan »

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Liam Neeson In Final Negotiations To Star In ‘A Willing Patriot’

11 May 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in another action cat-and-mouse film called A Willing Patriot which will be directed by Martin Zandvliet (Applause). Neeson will portray a CIA agent who tries to outsmart and capture a terrorist who is planning an attack. MadRiver Pictures will fully finance and produce the film. Jason Keller, who penned the script will also produce along with Film 360's Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman and Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari… »

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Casting: Neeson, Vikander, James, Blair, Cornish

11 May 2015 6:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A Willing Patriot

Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in Martin Zandvliet's terrorist-themed thriller "A Willing Patriot" at MadRiver Pictures. Jason Keller penned the script and will produce with Marc Butan.

Neeson will portray a C.I.A. agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist planning an imminent attack. He'll risk everything, including his own life, to stop his foe and avenge his mysterious past. [Source: THR]

The Circle

Alicia Vikander ("Ex Machina") is set to star in the tech world drama-thriller "The Circle" based on Dave Eggers' 2013 novel.

The story centers on a recent college graduate (Vikander) who lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man (Tom Hanks). [Source: THR]

The Kaiser’s Last Kiss

Lily James ("Cinderella") is set to star opposite Christopher Plummer in David Leveaux's spy thriller "The Kaiser »

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Cannes: Liam Neeson in Final Talks for 'A Willing Patriot' (Exclusive)

10 May 2015 4:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in the terrorist-themed thriller A Willing Patriot. Martin Zandvliet, who directed the upcoming film Land of Mine, is on board to helm for Marc Butan's MadRiver Pictures, which is fully financing and producing the project. Neeson will portray a CIA agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist who's planning an imminent attack. He'll risk everything, including his own life, to stop his foe and avenge his mysterious past. Butan is producing alongside Jason Keller, who wrote the original script, Film 360's Guymon Casady and

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Michael Mann Lines Up Next Feature, Ferrari Story 'Go Like Hell'

15 April 2015 9:28 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It was not a fun experience watching Michael Mann's Blackhat. Not only was it a terrible film, but it was a terrible film from one of my favorite filmmakers, a filmmaker that seems to be moving closer to the lackluster output of Ridley Scott and farther away from the man that made the likes of Collateral, The Insider and Heat. So, just as my interest in Scott's The Martian isn't too high, I can't say I'm all that intrigued when it comes to Mann's next project, which Variety reports is the long-gestating "Ferrari" biopic, about Italian automotive mogul Enzo Ferrari. We first reported on this project back in May 2011 when word was 20th Century Fox would distribute Go Like Hell, a film based on A.J. Baime's "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans" with a script by Jason Keller »

- Brad Brevet

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