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Heaps of set photos are out of shooting on the John Wick sequel, Matt Damon filming scenes for the fifth Jason Bourne film, a new shot from the 1970s UK set The Conjuring 2, Emily Blunt filming The Girl on the Train, and Zoe Saldana showing off her make-up prep for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Saif Ali Khan ("Phantom") will star in a Bollywood remake of Jon Favreau's comedy "Chef". Favreau starred in the original as a professional chef who quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant and reinvents himself with a food truck. Khan will play the role in the Hindi-language remake which will have a more Indian palate to the story and food. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
A dramedy that the Duplass bros. were originally looking to add to their film canon, it’s Sundance habitual Jeffrey Blitz who would pick up with torch for a project that would also coincidentally see him reteam with his Rocket Science starlet Anna Kendrick. We’re thinking that after having his entire filmography in Spellbound (2002), Rocket Science (2007) and Lucky (2010) play out in Park City that this might be a fourth time’s a charm. Also starring Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew, filming on the Atlanta set Fox Searchlight production began last March. We’re assuming that the trimmings and cutlery on Table 19 are more than ready.
Gist: Written by the the Duplass Brothers, this is described as a singles-at-the-wedding pic, the ensemble comedy follows a group of strangers who meet at the “losers” table at a wedding. Told from their perspective, »
- Eric Lavallee
DanTram Nguyen and Taylor Friedman will lead the project for Fox Searchlight.
Stamm broke out with the Lionsgate and StudioCanal horror hit “The Last Exorcism.” He also recently helmed “13 Sins” for Jason Blum and directed several episodes of the BBC America supernatural thriller “The Intruders.”
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: 21 Laps and 3311 have teamed to make the coming-of-age comedy Henry The Second, a script by Tripper Clancy that they hope to put in production next summer. Pic will be financed by 3311, which previously teamed with Shawn Levy’s shingle on the Fox Searchlight wedding comedy Table 19. That Jeffrey Blitz-directed film is in post-production, starring Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda… »
Richie Keen is directing the pic, which follows two teachers (Cube and Day) who work in a broken-down school system and wind up in a fist fight with each other. The script was written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux.
Celaya will play Katie, a fellow teacher at the school.
She is repped by ICM Partners, Sanka Entertainment and Sloane, »
- Justin Kroll
Production is now underway on location in Atlanta, Georgia, on New Line Cinema’s comedy Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way. The film is being directed by Richie Keen (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”).
On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.
- Michelle McCue
Agatha Christie is one of those authors whose work is always being adapted in some fashion or other. And 20th Century Fox is now the home for a long-in-the-making deal to turn her book And Then There Were None into a film. The Intimidation Game’s Morten Tyldum is aboard to call the shots. And probably the stabs. The Thing’s Eric Heisserer will work on the script after he and Tyldum helped Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps company come up with a pitch that won the Christie estate over after years of the team trying to score the rights. Christie’s book sees 10 strangers lured to Soldier Island for different reasons, only to discover that they were gathered by false pretences. Turns out they’re all guilty of different crimes, but got away with the deeds, and now someone has decided to start meting out some vigilante justice by bumping them off. »
Tyldum, who was Oscar nominated for his work on The Imitation Game, is to work alongside Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps production company on the project. Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street) has been hired to adapt the 1939 story, which has sold over 100 million copies to become the best-selling mystery novel of all time.
The novel tells the story of “10 strangers who are tempted to come to Soldier Island for different reasons. They soon realize they were brought there under false pretenses and are trapped, and are being bumped off one by one for crimes we learn they committed but were never punished for. They begin to realize that the killer is one of the 10.”
The film is set »
- Scott J. Davis
20th Century Fox has acquired the movie rights to Agatha Christie’s mystery masterpiece “And Then There Were None,” the studio announced Friday. Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”) is attached to direct from a script by Eric Heisserer, while Shawn Levy will produce the film after chasing the project for years. I can’t blame Levy for his persistence. “And Then There Were None” is considered the greatest mystery novel of all time, having sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and influenced countless films since its publication in 1939. “And Then There Were None” follows 10 strangers who are invited to a. »
- Jeff Sneider
Hendricks will play a drama teacher who has a crush on Cube’s character.
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: 20th Century Fox has acquired the feature rights to Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel And Then There Were None, and the studio has set The Imitation Game‘s Morten Tyldum to direct. Eric Heisserer will adapt Christie’s 1939 novel, which has sold more than 100 million copies to establish itself as the all-time biggest-selling mystery novel. The film will be produced by 21 Laps' Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen, along with Hilary Strong and the author’s… »
Still the best-selling novelist of all time with over two billion books sold (beaten only by the Bible and Shakespeare), Dame Agatha Christie's singularly most famous mystery is set to get another film adaptation.
Eric Heisserer ("The Thing," "Final Destination 5") has been hired to pen the script for the new version which Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Hilary Strong will produce. The new one which reportedly boasts a "take that got the Christie estate excited."
The story follows ten strangers who are invited to an isolated island for a dinner party at the behest of a mysterious host. It's soon revealed they have been cut off from the mainland, and one of the »
- Garth Franklin
Ice Cube and Charlie Day will star in New Line’s comedy “Fist Fight,” which TV director Richie Keen (“Shameless," “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) is to direct, from a script penned by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser which centers on a pair of high school teachers who challenge each other to a fight after one suspects the other of trying to get him fired. Cube and Day will play the teachers. Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell round out the starring cast for the film, which Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are producing with Billy Rosenberg and Max Greenfield. Production kicks off this month. Cube's been busy lining up acting projects for himself. In addition »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan may still be recovering from last year’s serious car crash which resulted in the death of his friend James McNair and left him with several injuries, but it looks like he’s ready to return to film. The Wrap reports that Morgan is in talks to join Ice Cube (21 Jump Street) and Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) in New Line’s upcoming comedy Fist Fight. The role will be Morgan’s first since the June 2014 accident.
Fist Fight will tell the story of an amiable teacher, played by Day, who is challenged to a fist fight by a stronger co-worker, played by Cube. Richie Keen (Maron) will direct a cast that also includes Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) as the school’s principal and Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) as a guidance counselor. Evan Susser and Van Robichaux have penned the script, while Shawn Levy, »
- Justin Cook
One of the big surprises at last night's 67th Primetime Emmy Awards was the return of Tracy Morgan, who presented the last award of the night. He received a standing ovation from the crowd for his surprise appearance, which came more than a year after he suffered severe injuries from a car accident last summer. Today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that the actor is in talks to join his first movie since the accident, New Line Cinema's Fist Fight.
We first reported on First Fight back in June, when Ice Cube and Charlie Day signed on to star. The plot has been compared to the 1987 cult classic comedy Three O'Clock High, where a new kid challenges a nerd to a fight after school gets out at 3 o'clock. Fist Fight takes that premise and switches it up with two adult teachers.
Charlie Day is playing an introverted »
Tracy Morgan is returning to acting 14 months after the tragic car accident that left his friend and comedian, James McNair, dead.
The film follows two teachers (Cube and Day) who work in a broken-down school system and wind up in a fist fight with each other. The script was written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. Morgan will play a coach at the high school.
- Justin Kroll
Fresh off an emotional appearance at the Emmy Awards where he received a standing ovation, Tracy Morgan is in negotiations to join Ice Cube and Charlie Day in New Line’s comedy “Fist Fight,” TheWrap has learned. “Fist Fight” will be Morgan’s first movie since he was seriously injured in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in June 2014, when a Walmart truck struck a limo carrying the comedian and several others. Richie Keen is directing “Fist Fight” from a script by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. Shawn Levy is producing with Max Greenfield and John Rickard, while Day is executive. »
- Jeff Sneider
Sanderson’s trilogy of Ya novels “The Reckoners” was recently set up at 20th Century Fox through Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps banner. “The Reckoners” taps into the current obsession with superheroes by positioning superpowered individuals as humanity’s oppressors in a post-apocalyptic landscape, with a group of rebel humans known as the Reckoners fighting back against them. The first book in the series, “Steelheart,” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Young Adult Bestseller list.
Sanderson is repped by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency and Matt Sugarman at Weintraub, Tobin, Chediak, Coleman, »
- Mannie Holmes
Bryan Cranston and James Franco recently worked together on the upcoming drama In Dubious Battle (which was also directed by The Interview star), and Variety is reporting that Cranston and Franco are set to reteam for a comedy titled Why Him? John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) will direct from a script he's co-writing with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy (21 Laps) and Ben Stiller (Red Hour Films) are... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has signed on to join James Franco in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him? We first reported on the project back in February, when James Franco signed on to star for producers Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller. Production is scheduled to begin this coming February in Los Angeles.
The story centers on a father (Bryan Cranston) from the Midwest who decides to travel with his family to visit their daughter at college over the holiday season. The dad gets quite a surprise when he meets her new tech billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). A bitter rivalry ensues between the father and his daughter's boyfriend that quickly spirals out of control.
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