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Leonardo DiCaprio will produce a Calvin & Hobbes biopic; Louis Leterrier will direct Sacha Baron Cohen in Grimsby; The Fifth Beatle lands a director; the fourth Chronicles of Narnia movie nabs a writer; the Ouija movie has found its leads; and the first image from The Equalizer has arrived.
Warner Brothers has recently acquired the rights to A Boy and His Tiger, a novel based on Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson’s life.
Dan Dollar wrote the script for the adaptation, and Leonardo DiCaprio will produce. Aside from that, however, not much is known about the project, although it is said to be on the fast track at Warner Brothers.
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The Now You See Me filmmaker will direct the spy spoof, reports Variety.
Grimsby centres around a secret agent who is forced to go on the run with his dim-witted football hooligan brother.
Paramount bought the rights to Grimsby last August.
Cohen recently exited the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic.
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French film-maker is surprise choice for British comedian's upcoming James Bond-style movie
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The Hollywood Reporter revealed in August that Cohen was planning a James Bond-style spoof about a spy forced to go on the run with his football hooligan brother. The actor has written the screenplay with Wreck It Ralph's Phil Johnston.
Leterrier, who is in negotiations, is an unlikely choice. All of Baron Cohen's starring movie roles (bar 2002's Ali G Indahouse) have been overseen by Us film-maker Larry Charles. Leterrier has been responsible for action fantasy epics such as The Incredible Hulk and the recent Clash of the Titans remake, which misfired. »
- Ben Child
The movie is set up at Paramount Pictures, and the story follows "a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan."
Cohen was attached to the Freddie Mercury biopic for a very long time, but ended up dropping out. This will be his next film project, and from the little bit of information we have on it, the movie sounds like it could end up being a lot of fun.
Via: Variety »
- Joey Paur
French director Louis Leterrier has been tearing it up Stateside, helming action-thrillers like the Jason Statham vehicle Transporters 2, the supersized superhero adventure The Incredible Hulk, and the 2010 fantasy epic Clash of the Titans. But with the action-comedy Now You See Me he caught the eye of none other than Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen. Variety reports the pair are now teaming up for an espionage comedy called Grimsby. The project centers on a British black ops agent who is forced to team up with his long lost brother--a northern English soccer hooligan--and go underground. No further details--including which part Cohen might play--are being revealed at present. Cohen and Phil Johnston successfully pitched Grimsby to Paramount Pictures last August. Since then, Cohen, who will likely produce and star, has been taking meetings with various directors to figure out who'd be right for this project, which blends high-paced action sequences with the »
Director Louis Leterrier and writer/actor Sacha Baron Cohen are two men who have made very different films and whose careers have taken very different paths, but nonetheless their individual journeys have led them both to a crossroads that is seeing them team up to do a movie together. The news comes from Variety, who reports that Leterrier has signed on to direct an action-comedy about a secret agent that Cohen and Phil Johnston sold as a pitch to Paramount last August. The film is called Grimsby, and it’s said to be about a black ops agent who is forced to go on the lam alongside his long lost brother, who happens to be a rowdy soccer hooligan from the north of England (one has to wonder which role was written for Cohen). In order to understand why this pairing could be crucial in deciding where Leterrier and Cohen’s careers go from this point forward »
- Nathan Adams
Following the success of Now You See Me this year, director Louis Leterrier is on board to direct the gestating sequel. However, we're not sure just when that film will get off the ground. But it sounds like the director of The Incredible Hulk may have another project to keep him busy until that sequel moves forward. Variety reports Leterrier has been hired to direct Grimsby, a spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen. The star of Borat and Bruno pitched the film to Paramount in August with Phil Johnston (writer of Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids) and has been looking for a director who can handle comedy and action. Other names included D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) to handle the action side of things, but Leterrier ended up winning out in the end. The story follows a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, »
- Ethan Anderton
After making his name with string of action flicks and fantasy adventures—"Transporter 2," "The Incredible Hulk" and this summer's surprise hit "Now You See Me"—Louis Leterrier is going to try something a little bit different: comedy. The director has signed on to helm Sacha Baron Cohen in the spy spoof "Grimsby." First announced last year, the project is co-written by Cohen and "Cedar Rapids" scribe Phil Johnston and centers around a Bond-like spy who is forced to go on the run with his dim soccer hooligan brother (the role Sbc would likely take). Clearly, this one will have someone skilled at explosions behind the camera, and with Cohen doing the funny stuff, it could be a potent combo. [Variety] In other director news, Italy's Nanni Moretti—a Cannes regular perhaps best known for "The Son's Room"—has lined up his next film, "Mia Madre" ("My Mother"). Details are being »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The bumbling English spy character did wonders for Mike Myers’ career (Austin Powers), and to a lesser extent Rowan Atkinson’s (Johnny English). Now, comedy actor and virtuoso prankster Sacha Baron Cohen is set to enter the world of English espionage in Grimsby, a spy comedy from Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier.
Grimsby will find the Borat actor starring as a black ops agent forced to go on the run with his long lost brother, a soccer-loving hooligan. The film will hopefully combine Cohen’s outrageous humour with impressive action set pieces, which Leterrier (who previously directed Transporter 2 and Now You See Me) can definitely pull off.
Cohen hasn’t been seen on the big screen since his role as Thénardier in Les Misérables. Aside from Grimsby, he is also currently developing The Lesbian, a comedy based on a true story about a Hong Kong billionaire who »
- Jordan Adler
The story follows a British black ops agent forced to go on the run with a northern English soccer hooligan who is also his long-lost brother.
Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston sold the film pitch last August, and Leterrier met with Baron Cohen and Paramount several times in order to make it his next project.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Director Louis Leterrier landed a hit with this summer’s Now You See Me, and while he’s attached to direct the follow up, he’s now boarded a second movie. According to Variety, Leterrier will direct the spy comedy Grimsby starring Sacha Baron Cohen. The story, per Variety, “follows a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan.” The article doesn’t specify if Cohen is playing the agent or the hooligan, and each role certainly has comic potential for the actor. After leaving the Freddie Mercury biopic due to creative differences with Queen, Cohen began looking for an action-oriented director to take on Grimsby, and Leterrier “aggressively” pursued the project. Although, Leterrier hasn’t left the Now You See Me sequel, it looks like Grimsby will be his next picture. »
- Matt Goldberg
Though much of it has been spent under the radar, director Louis Leterrier has so far crafted himself a pretty eclectic career. He’s done the action thing, the superhero thing, the fantasy thing, the mystery thing and now he’s moving onto the comedy thing.The director of The Transporter, Clash of the Titans, Incredible Hulk and Now You […] »
- Germain Lussier
We’ve known for a while that Sacha Baron Cohen was plotting to go where several have been before and make a spy spoof film, one that he’s been writing with Cedar Rapids / Wreck-It Ralph script man Phil Johnston. It now has a director attached, with Now You See Me’s Louis Leterrier landing the job.The script, which is now titled Grimsby (cue much head-scratching from American audiences if that name sticks), finds a British black ops agent forced to go on the lam with his long-lost brother, a football hooligan who hails from the titular town. Cue madness and – probably – fraternal bonding, though hopefully without much schmaltz as that’s not really Cohen’s trademark.According to Variety, Leterrier has been pursuing the assignment for a while now, winning the gig over the likes of I Am Number Four’s D.J. Caruso. It’ll be a chance »
Following the success of his film “Now You See Me,” Louis Leterrier is ready to enter the the world of espionage and is on board to direct Sacha Baron Cohen’s spy-action comedy “Grimsby” for Paramount.
Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston sold the film as a pitch to Paramount last August.
Story follows a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan.
Since leaving the Freddy Mercury biopic, Baron Cohen has been trying to find his next project and had amped up the search for a director for “Grimsby.” Given the action elements involved with the project, Baron Cohen had been meeting with directors like Leterrier who had more of an action-oriented background to go along with the comic elements.
Leterrier had been aggressively pursuing this project since “Now You See Me” bowed, having met »
- Justin Kroll
Now You See Me helmer Louis Leterrier will direct the Sacha Baron Cohen spy comedy Grimsby for Paramount Pictures, reports Variety . Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston wrote the film, which follows a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan. When it was first announced in August of 2012, the comedy pitch was described as a parody of the "James Bond" franchise. Leterrier was also planning a sequel to Now You See Me , but it's unclear what the status of that project is. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
Paramount Pictures has found a director for its Grimsby spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen in Now You See Me director Louis Leterrier, reports Variety. Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston wrote the screenplay for the film which tells of a British black ops agent who goes on the run with his long-lost brother, who happens to be a northern English soccer hooligan. Paramount was pitched the project in August of 2012. Baron Cohen was last seen in Les Misérables as Thénardierm and prior to that reprised his voice role as Julien in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. He's up next in Paramount's eagerly-anticipated comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Vince Vaughn, among others. »
Shopping “Saint Laurent” at the Afm, EuropaCorp’s international sales team – led by Marie-Laure Montironi — has pre-sold to Brazil (Imovision), Mexico (Cinemas Nueva Era), Switzerland (Frenetic) and Czech Republic (Hollywood).
Other Afm sales were inked for Poland, Thailand and Philippines. Pic pre-sold to Scandinavia, Portugal, Singapore and Indonesia at Cannes.
“We’re expecting to close major territories such as Germany, U.K. and Japan at Berlin where we will be unveiling the first images of the film,” said Montironi.
Penned by Bonello and Thomas Bidegain (“A Prophet,” “Rust & Bone”), “Saint Laurent” stars Gaspard Ulliel (“Hannibal Rising”), Lea Seydoux (“Blue Is The Warmest Color”), Jeremy Renier (“My Way”) and Louis Garrel (“A Castle In Italy”).
Bonello’s movie will shed light on the unique genius and neurosis »
- Elsa Keslassy
Louis Leterrier is in negotiations to direct Sacha Baron Cohen in Grimsby, Paramount's upcoming spy spoof. The studio picked up the project as an untitled pitch from Cohen and Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph) in 2012. The story concerns a James Bond-like spy who "is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan," according to the logline provided by the studio at the time. Photos: 14 Movies Featuring Big Brother Grimsby is an interesting move for Leterrier. The director, best known for The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, is firmly planted in
- Borys Kit
In Now You See Me (2013), a spectacular blend of astonishing illusions and exhilarating action from director Louis Leterrier, four talented magicians mesmerise an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Leterrier's Now You See Me, we have Three DVD copies of the film to give away, courtesy of the team at UK distributors Entertainment One. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
Leterrier's Now You See Me pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against 'The Four Horsemen' (consisting of The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Isla Fisher »
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