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News Shorts: January 4th 2011

The first photo of the new cast in the Red Dawn remake, two stills from Water for Elephants, and set photos from the Vancouver shoot for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

"Ewan McGregor is rumoured to be playing Greenpeace activist and 'eco-pirate' Captain Paul Watson in the biopic "Ocean Warrior". Keith Ross Leckie and Julie Allan are writing the script…" (full details)

"Jodie Foster will join Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley in "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp's next sci-fi feature "Elysium" at Media Rights Capital. Story details are still being kept under wraps..." (full details)

"Warner Bros. Pictures has won the 2010 domestic box-office race with $1.89 billion in revenue. Paramount came in second with $1.67 billion, Fox third with $1.45 billion, Disney fourth with $1.4 billion, Sony fifth with $1.26 billion and Universal sixth with $842.2 million…" (full details)

"Brit rapper Mike Skinner (aka. The Streets) says he’s working with collaborator Ted Mayhem on a
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Rumor: Ewan McGregor Cast as Famed Eco-Pirate Paul Watson in ‘Ocean Warrior’

Rumor: Ewan McGregor Cast as Famed Eco-Pirate Paul Watson in ‘Ocean Warrior’
Late last year, Keith Ross Leckie and Julie Allan were hired to write Ocean Warrior, a biopic about 'eco-pirate' and Greenpeace activist Captain Paul Watson. Now there is a report that Ewan McGregor will play the lead role. The comments about the actor being hired reportedly come from Paul Watson himself. Trouble is, I can't find the actual posting of said comments (which follow), nor could Bleeding Cool [1]. Ecorazzi [2] reports that the comments were posted at Planet Ocean Alliance [3], but I haven't been able to turn up the real post. The making of this movie has been a project in Hollywood since 1981 when Tony Bill first bought the rights from me for Warner Brothers,” writes Watson. “The option rights have been purchased every year but now finally it looks promising, with a written script and serious pre-production work. Over the years a number of actors have requested to play my part including Sean Penn,
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Ewan McGregor To Star As Capt. Paul Watson In Biopic

In November it was reported by Variety that development was underway on an action-thriller called Ocean Warrior. The film is based on the exploits of Capt. Paul Watson, Greenpeace activist and founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Keith Ross Leckie and Julie Allan wrote the screenplay for Ocean Warrior.  It has just been announced that Ewan McGregor has been cast in the lead role.

Here is a statement from Capt. Watson from Ecorazzi

The making of this movie has been a project in Hollywood since 1981 when Tony Bill first bought the rights from me for Warner Brothers. The option rights have been purchased every year but now finally it looks promising, with a written script and serious pre-production work. Over the years a number of actors have requested to play my part including Sean Penn, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aiden Quinn, Rutger Hauer, Clive Owens etc. As of now it looks like Ewan McGregor.
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Ewan McGregor Rumored to Star in Eco-Pirate Film Ocean Warrior

The actor may have landed the role of Whale Wars star Captain Paul Wilson, who wages dangerous ocean battles against illegal whaling vessels. The film has been in development for quite some time at Warner Bros. Ocean Warrior, an action-thriller, is being scripted by Keith Ross Leckie and Julie Allan. It is based on Capt. Paul Wilson, who started out with Greenpeace and then formed the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which aggressively fights illegal fishing activities. In the Planet Ocean Alliance forum Wilson talks about the casting history as to who would play him. At this point, McGregor has not been officially announced for the role and, and upon contacting Warner Bros for confirmation, the studio offered no comment on the supposed casting. Since the film has languished for...

Inferno to sail with 'Whale Wars' biopic

Inferno Entertainment will executive produce "Ocean Warrior," a biopic about Animal Planet's reality TV series "Whale Wars" star Capt. Paul Watson. According to Variety, the film will be a co-production of See Pictures in Australia, Ted Pictures and Transfilm in Canada and Calt in France.Keith Ross Leckie and Julie Allan will write the script. "Ocean Warrior" is an action-thriller that follows Watson's early days as a member of Greenpeace and his creation of the controversial Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977 after being expelled from the organization. His group engages in ocean battles against illegal whaling ships. The reality show "Whale Wars" follows Watson and his group as they attempt to stop Japanese ships from hunting whales off the coast
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