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Cate Blanchett is eyeing the lead role in the upcoming 20th Century Fox thriller Cascade, with Baltasar Kormákur entering negotiations to direct. The project is a loose remake of the 2003 pseudo-documentary The Day Britain Stopped, which we first reported on back in June 2012, when Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian came on board to produce. Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman) wrote the screenplay.
The story takes place in the aftermath of an oil tanker's collision in the Persian Gulf, which escalates into an international crisis. If she signs on, Cate Blanchett will play the ship's captain, who tries to find a way to prove that she did not commit a terrorist act. Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Headhunters) was in talks to direct earlier this summer, but he is no longer involved.
Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) is in final negotiations to direct Cascade, the eco-disaster pic that Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian are producing at Fox. Loosely based on the 2003 BBC mockumentary The Day Britain Stopped, Cascade is about a global catastrophe that follows an international chain of events triggered by an oil tanker collision in the Middle East.
The Scott Free and Film Rites production is scripted by Kieran Fitzgerald and also will be produced by Film Rites’ Garrett Basch. Cate Blanchett’s name has been bandied about to lead the project, but I hear she’s not attached. Meanwhile, Kormákur most recently filmed his 2015 adventure thriller Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington in the tale of a climbing expedition struck by a snowstorm on Mount Everest. Universal releases that picture in September.
- Jen Yamato
The pic is based on BBC mockumentary “The Day Britain Stopped,” which revolves around a 2003 train strike that was first in a chain of events that ultimately led to a meltdown of the British transportation system.
This version is set after an oil tanker collision in the Persian Gulf sets off an international crisis.
Kieran Fitzgerald penned the script.
Kormakur made a name for himself with his gritty action thrillers “Contraband” and “2 Guns,” both starring Mark Wahlberg. He recently wrapped production on the adventure pic “Everest” and is developing the period action pic “Vikings” for Working Title.
He is repped by Wme.
- Justin Kroll
Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality still made him a target of persecution. The film is really more about Turing than the war, but Tyldum weaves the Enigma plot throughout the film in a way that makes it feel like a spy thriller. During my exclusive video interview with Keira Knightley, she talked about balancing fact versus fiction in the movie, what it's like being part of such an important and special film, what it was like working with Benedict Cumberbatch, if the script changed during production, her role in Baltasar Kormákur's Everest, and more. Hit the jump to watch. The Imitation Game is currently in theaters and also stars Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur has already made his way to the United States with 2 Guns and Contraband, and now he's bringing some of the history of his homeland over here for his next project. THR reports Universal Pictures has hired Kormákur to direct Vikingr, an action drama that he also co-wrote with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. Vikings are a mostly untapped resource on the big screen, though The History Channel has fared well with their TV series focusing on the native Icelandic people. While there aren't any specifics on the story, the film is said to focus on the early days of Viking life, derived from classic tales. These tales come from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which talk about these strong, almost mythical heroes and their adventures as early Nordic settlers and they struggles they endured as they established the Viking way of life. The trade says the film "offers a »
- Ethan Anderton
Viking movies have been a tough nut to crack for Hollywood. Mel Gibson has been trying for years, and Alexander Skarsgard has had one in the works for a while, but it looks like Baltasar Kormákur will beat the competition to the punch with his "Vikingr" (yes, that's how it's spelled). The filmmaker, who also co-wrote the script, has set up the movie over at Universal, and it's based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age. This is expected to be Kormákur's next gig after the upcoming "Everest." "Kill Your Darlings" director John Krokidas is drinking from the Ya cup, as he's been set to helm "Wonder." Based on the book by R.J. Palacio, it follows "a 10-year-old named Auggie Pullman, whose facial difference has »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Universal is staying in business with 2 Guns and Contraband helmer Baltasar Kormákur, who’s currently in post-production on the big-budgeted survival pic Everest for the studio. Now, Kormákur has been signed to direct a historical epic titled Vikingr for Universal.
In addition to directing, Kormákur wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. According to the official studio release, Vikingr “is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger-than-life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age. Vikingr offers a fresh look at Viking culture that is both intimate and epic.”
The project is reportedly close to its director’s heart, none-too-surprising given that he is an Icelandic native. On paper, Vikingr seems like a slightly risky venture for Universal, but Kormákur has delivered two hits in a row for the studio, »
- Isaac Feldberg
2 Guns and Contraband director Baltasar Kormákur will be treading familiar territory in an upcoming film. Universal Pictures announced today that it has picked up Vikingr, an action drama revolving around the early days of Viking life that Kormákur co-wrote and will direct. The project has been brewing for some time, and is close to Kormákur given his Icelandic heritage. The story is based on the classic tales of the legendary Icelandic Sagas, “which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.” The film will focus on Viking culture as a whole on a scale that is “both intimate and epic.” Kormákur most recently directed Everest for the studio, which is a survival drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and Robin Wright that will be released next September. No word on whether Vikingr will be his next film, »
- Adam Chitwood
He’s currently busy working on real-life exploration tale Everest for Universal, and now 2 Guns director Baltasar Kormákur has just signed a deal to direct a script he co-wrote based on Icelandic sagas called Vikingr.Yes, it looks like a typo, but we are assured that it is deliberate and he wasn’t actually planning to write “Vikings.” The story will follow the early Nordic settlers as they fight their battles and go on raids, and also look at day-to-day life during the Viking age.Kormákur worked on the script with Ólafur Egill Egilsson and may end up making the project as his next directing job once he’s finished working on the footage of Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal going mountaineering. Little else is known about the new project, besides the fact that it’ll tap into a fascination with the life of Vikings that has been »
A new action thriller based on Vikings lore is in the works, with Baltasar Kormákur attached to direct “Vikingr” for Universal Pictures. The project is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age, and will aim to offer a fresh look at the culture. Also read: This Is Not a Test: ‘Purge 3' In the Works at Universal, Blumhouse Kormákur came up with the story, and also wrote the screenplay along with Olafur Egill Egilsson. »
- Linda Ge
Kormakur wrote the story and also penned the script with Olafur Egill Egilsson.
The project is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.
Uni and Kormakur have a long running relationship going back to his breakthrough pic “Contraband,” which over-performed at the box office bringing in $91 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. Since then, he has also directed “2 Guns” for the studio as well as “Everest,” which is a co-production between Uni and Working Title.
He is repped by Wme and attorney Peter Nelson. »
- Justin Kroll
Universal Pictures is staying in the cold-weather business with Baltasar Kormákur. The studio has acquired Vikingr, a project based on the classic tales deriving from the Icelandic Sagas. Those stories document the larger-than-life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers as well as daily life in the Viking age. Everest helmer Kormákur, an Icelander, will direct the pic based on the screenplay he wrote with Olafur Egill Egilsson.
Kormákur is currently in post on Everest for Universal, Working Title and Cross Creek Pictures. That mountain climbing disaster pic has a September 2015 release date and stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal. The director, whose The Deep was shortlisted for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2012, also helmed Universal’s 2 Guns last year and 2012’s Contraband.
- The Deadline Team
The Maze Runner was released in the Us on Friday and an impressive opening of an estimated $32.5 million has resulted in 20th Century Fox announcing a 2015 release date for the sequel, The Scorch Trials.
The movie was only expected to earn quite a bit less than this, so the fact that it has exceeded expectations has clearly shown the studio that they have a hit on their hands (especially as it took $49 million overseas for a current worldwide total of $81.5 million). Reviews have also been mostly positive so far.
The Scorch Trials will be released on September 18th, 2015, under a year from now. That date means it will square off against Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest and the untitled Whitey Bulger biopic starring Johnny Depp.
The Maze Runner is the first in »
- Josh Wilding
Mr. Turner among first 12 films named in the Riff line-up.
British filmmaker Mike Leigh has been named the guest of honour at the Reykjavík International Film Festival, ahead of its 11th edition (Sept 25 - Oct 5).
More than 80 features will be screened at the festival and 12 films by new directors will compete for the Golden Puffin in the New Visions category.
Other strands include Open Seas, featuring a variety of recent prize-winning films; green movies, comprising documentaries on environmental matters, in strand titled A Different Tomorrow; Icelandic short films; and a variety of docs.
Ahead of releasing the full line-up, an initial 12 titles have been teased out. As well as Mr. Turner, these include: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Life of Crime, Daniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, is now playing on VOD and in theaters. The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around. The story features Hawkes and Bey kidnapping the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins) only to find out he doesn’t actually want her back. The film also stars Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte. Life of Crime is loaded with juicy characters and great dialogue, and it’s definitely worth checking out. For more on the movie, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with John Hawkes. He talked about making Life of Crime, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Jake Gyllenhaal won’t be going into the ring alone for his upcoming boxing drama Southpaw, as last week, Naomie Harris and Beau Knapp both joined the Antoine Fuqua-directed film, which was penned by Sons of Anarchy writer creator Kurt Sutter.
Southpaw centers on a troubled fighter with dreams of becoming a welterweight champion, whose personal life crumbles even as his career soars. Harris will play Angela, a social worker who works with Gyllenhaal’s character and his daughter. With roles as Moneypenny in Skyfall and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom under her belt, Harris’ star is rising fast with no signs of slowing down. That Harris has boarded the project likely means that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, previously in talks for the same role, has dropped out of talks.
For his part, Knapp, who had a major role in The Signal earlier this year, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Elizabeth Debicki will play a doctor who is linked to the cases of two girls who mysteriously disappear in the wilds of Tasmania 15 years apart and fights to clear her name in The Kettering Incident.
Matt Le Nevez has been cast as a detective who becomes a manipulative and dangerous antagonist to her character. in the eight hour series which starts shooting in Tasmania next month.
Foxtel commissioned the drama, the first collaboration between writer/producer Vicki Madden.s Sweet Potato Films and Porchlight Films.
Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania are investors in the $15 million production and BBC Worldwide has international sales rights.
- Don Groves
Circa 1988, the Paris-based company created by Jean Labadie is a company of many hats. The French Distribution and International Sales Co. Bac Films is an indie outfitter that counts Frédéric Jardin’s Sleepless Night, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader, Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet’s The Strange Colour Of Your Body’s Tears and the sublime Michel Franco’s After Lucia (2012 Cannes) as their recent slate. Head of Sales Gilles Sousa will be once again repping Baltasar Kormákur’s latest (they worked with him on The Deep).
Croisette 2014 Offerings:
Bac Films populate three sections this year. They’ve got Thomas Cailley’s Love at First Fight (aka Fighters) in the Directors’ Fortnight (see pic above), Un Certain Regard selected Philippe Lacôte’s Run and Pablo Fendrik’s El Ardor (starring Gael Garcia Bernal) gets Special Screening status. We’ve been highly anticipating the Gael Garcia Bernal starrer – he »
- Eric Lavallee
Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley has taken on iconic characters in adaptations of Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina. She's gone from witty damsel in distress to merciless pirate in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. But next up she'll take on a docudrama that is sure to exhilarate and chill us. The Daily Mail has learned that Keira Knightley is the latest performer to sign on to the in-production Everest. She joins a cast that includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington, and Naoko Mori. Knightley is set to play the wife of Gyllenhaal's character. Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and Universal reteam off of the action-comedy 2 Guns for Everest, a drama that will chronicle the true and traumatic story of the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster. There two different mountain expeditions attempted to reach the world famous peak. But problematic planning, bad conditions, »
Baltasar Kormákur's "Everest" seems to have been in production forever at this point, and the cast keeps growing. Already featuring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Thomas Wright, Sam Worthington and Robin Wright, the film has now added Keira Knightley to its ranks. The movie will tell the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. The 3D movie drops on September 18, 2015. [Daily Mail] Dakota Fanning will star in the Charlize Theron produced adaptation of "Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness." The memoir by Susannah Cahalan "follows a young woman’s terrifying descent into insanity." No writers or directors »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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