19 items from 2017
The highly anticipated series landed with Amazon and the Weinstein Co. last fall after a competitive bidding war for the project, which has De Niro and Moore starring and Russell writing and directing.
Amazon has committed to two eight-episode seasons of the series, which will be produced by Russell, Alexandra Milchan, and Scott Lambert, who developed the project with Russell. Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and Annapurna’s Megan Ellison are executive producers.
The project is being described as a mafia crime series; details beyond that, however, are vague. The details of Shannon’s role are also currently unknown.
Production is expected to start later this year in New York.
The casting marks Shannon’s return to television after playing federal agent-turned-Al Capone soldier George Mueller on the HBO mob drama “Boardwalk Empire »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: 1821 Pictures is partnering with Warner Bros to develop action-thriller Bombshell. Based on an original concept by Terry Dougas, the screenplay will be written by Dave Matillo, the writer behind 2015 Black List script Bare Knuckle. Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis and Dougas will produce, while Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street) will exec produce. Courtney Freedman will oversee the project for Warner Bros. Bombshell is a secret government program that… »
The project marks Stone’s first time as a director in scripted television. The show, created by Voll, focuses on the detainees held in the controversial prison, and those who defend and condemn them. Alexandra Milchan will produce with Weinstein Television. Stone plans to direct all of Season 1 with Voll as showrunner.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to work with Oliver,” Weinstein Company co-chair Harvey Weinstein said. “I’m a longtime fan and he’s one of our greatest filmmakers of all time. This is explosive material that will work from all sides. Daniel Voll’s incredible resume will make this amazing collaboration between him and Oliver both newsworthy and super watchable.”
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp was opened after the September 11 attacks to interrogate and imprison suspects in the war on terror. Various »
- Joe Otterson
Oliver Stone is making his first foray into directing for scripted television with Guantanamo, a multi-season dramatic series. Weinstein Television has acquired the series and plans to shop it in upcoming weeks. Created by Daniel Voll (The Unit), who will also serve as showrunner, Guantanamo focuses on the detainees held in the world's most controversial prison, and those who defend and condemn them. Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street) will produce with Weinstein… »
Weinstein Television plans to take the series to market in the upcoming weeks.
Weinstein Television has acquired Guantanamo, a multi-season dramatic series from Oliver Stone.
This will mark three-time Academy Award winner Stone’s first time directing scripted television. Stone plans to direct the entire first season.
The show is created by Daniel Voll, who will also serve as showrunner, and focuses on the detainees held in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp was opened after the September 11 attacks to interrogate and imprison suspects in the war on terror. Human rights organisations condemn the treatment, including various forms of torture, of the 780 prisoners that have been held at Guantanamo. Forty-one prisoners remain.
The multi-perspective series will tell the story of detainees, as well as the lives of the soldiers, judges, lawyers, doctors, journalists and other civilians on the remote military base.
The show, based in part on Voll’s first-hand research »
Mister Smith Entertainment is launching “The Silence” at this year’s Cannes Film Market.
Tucci joins the previously announced Kiernan Shipka in the cast.
Produced by Robert Kulzer (“Resident Evil”), Alexandra Milchan (“Wolf of Wall Street”) and Scott Lambert (AMC’s “The Terror”) with Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz executive producing, “The Silence” is based on the best-selling novel by fantasy/horror writer Tim Lebbon (“Star Wars: Into The Void”) with a screenplay by the Van Dyke brothers, Carey and Shane (“Chernobyl Diaries”). The film follows Ally, a deaf teenager »
- John Hopewell
Exclusive: Stanley Tucci is set to star in John Leonetti's upcoming feature The Silence from Constantin Film and Emjag Productions. He'll join Kiernan Shipka, who was previously announced, in the title. David Garrett's Mister Smith Entertainment is shopping to foreign buyers this week. Project is produced by Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil), Alexandra Milchan (Wolf of Wall Street) and Scott Lambert (AMC's The Terror) with Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz, the prolific German… »
16 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Tooley is producing the project with Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert of Emjag Films. The project is one of the first from Tooley’s overall deal with eOne and also reteams him with Roberts, with whom he worked on the hit comedy We’re the Millers.
Abby McDonald wrote the script, adapting the memoir by Nicole Kear.
Kear was a senior at Yale when she learned that she had only a few years before completely losing her vision. She then set out to »
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Kiernan Shipka, who played Sally Draper in Mad Men, is set to star in horror director John Leonetti's next feature The Silence from Constantin Film and Emjag Productions. David Garrett's Mister Smith Entertainment is launching international sales on the project in Cannes next week. Project is produced by Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil), Alexandra Milchan (Wolf of Wall Street) and Scott Lambert (AMC's The Terror) with Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz, the prolific… »
Principal photography is set for June 22 in South Africa and Namibia. Raff, a co-creator of Israeli TV series Prisoners Of War and its Us incarnation Homeland, wrote the screenplay.
CAA and Wme Global packaged the film and will co-represent Us rights »
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10 May 2017 12:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The project tells of the Israeli spy agency’s effort to rescue and bring home Ethiopian Jews that »
- Borys Kit
Hot off rave reviews for directing the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Reed Morano has announced her next project. A press release revealed that the Indie Spirit Award nominee will helm an untitled drama starring Diane Lane and Jeff Bridges. The project is being developed by Bankside Films.
Scheduled to shoot in Boston this October, the film centers on a narcissistic virtuoso violinist (Bridges) who is forced to move back in with his estranged wife (Lane) after he’s diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. “As they attempt to learn how to live with each other again, he experiences a profound change in his behavior which compels him to learn to connect with the music and the people that surround him in astonishing and unexpected ways,” the press release summarizes. The project, penned by Stuart Blumberg (“The Kids Are All Right”), will be presented to buyers at Cannes later this month.
“The project has brought together some of Hollywood’s most exciting talent to tell an intensely moving story in a unique, refreshing, and dynamic way,” said Bankside Films’ Stephen Kelliher. “We could not be more excited to be working with such a prestigious team and to be working with our co-producers Emjag Productions to bring this very special story to the world.”
Lane added, “This is a wonderful story. I’m thrilled to have Reed behind the camera as our director and appreciate her keen eye and talent thanks to her previous work as a cinematographer.”
Morano is an acclaimed cinematographer whose credits include “Beyoncé: Lemonade” and “Frozen River.” She was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her cinematography in “Meadowland,” her 2015 directorial debut starring Olivia Wilde. Morano is currently filming “I Think We’re Alone Now,” a post-apocalyptic movie toplined by Elle Fanning. She’s also signed on to direct the Ellen Page-starrer “Lioness,” a drama about a Lance Corporal Leslie Martz, the Marine who led the first Female Engagement Team in Afghanistan.
- Laura Berger
Previously titled “Operation Resort,” the film will be written and directed by “Tyrant” executive producer Gideon Raff. Bron Studios, which backed “Fences,” is fully financing the movie. Alexandra Milchan is on board to produce “Red Sea Diving Resort,” which begins shooting this summer.
Raff had originally sold the pitch to Fox Searchlight, but recently put it back on the market, with Bron Studios now coming on to finance.
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The film is based on the 1981 rescue of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan. The story picks up in 1977, when Israel’s Mossad spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak-and-dagger activities. It was ordered by then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin to rescue thousands of Jewish men and »
- Justin Kroll
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Fox Searchlight has bought the rights to “The Spy With No Name,” an ebook written by Jeff Maysh and published by Amazon Kindle Single, Deadline reports. Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert of Emjag Productions will produce alongside “Argo” executive producer David Klawans.
The true story centers on Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent who stole the identity of a Dutch man whose mother had given him up for adoption. The Communist spy pretended to be Johanna van Haarlem’s long lost son for 11 years before being caught.
- Graham Winfrey
Exclusive: Fox Searchlight has acquired the rights to The Spy With No Name, a Jeff Maysh eBook published under the Amazon Kindle Single label. Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert will produce alongside Argo‘s David Klawans. The book tells the true story of Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent whose stolen identity broke the heart of an innocent woman who thought she'd found her long-lost son. When Johanna van Haarlem finally tracked down the son she was… »
As speculation continues to swirl regarding his future with that iconic shield – incidentally, his Civil War co-star Robert Downey Jr. just sealed a deal to headline The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle for Stephen Gaghan – Chris Evans has officially climbed aboard Red Sea Diving Resort.
First reported by Deadline, the Captain America actor has agreed terms to spearhead Gideon Raff’s period pic as Ari Kidron, a “charming Israeli agent who assembles a ragtag team to help with the exodus on the ground.” No further casting details were disclosed, though it’s understood Kidron’s admirable efforts to bring home Ethiopian Jews from Sudan circa 1981 spawned a grueling mission that took place over the course of multiple years. Bron Studios has pledged financial support to Red Sea Diving Resort, with Gideon Raff on board to direct from his own script. Elsewhere, Alexandra Milchan has signed on to produce the period pic. »
- Michael Briers
20 March 2017 12:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Alexandra Milchan is producing with Raff, with Bron Media putting up the financing.
The project tells of the Israeli spy agency’s effort to rescue and bring home Ethiopian Jews that were trapped in Sudan in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Evans will play Ari Kidron, an agent who puts together a team that took over a deserted resort in Sudan as they began their multiyear mission.
The actor, who is repped by CAA »
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Chris Evans is set to star in Red Sea Diving Resort, the Gideon Raff-directed drama that will be financed by Bron Studios. The drama revolves around the rescue and transport of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1981. Raff wrote the script and Alexandra Milchan is producing. Evans will play Ari Kidron, a charming Israeli agent who assembles a ragtag team to help with the exodus on the ground. Evans will next be seen starring in the Marc Webb-directed Gifted for Fox… »
Raff had originally sold the pitch to Fox Searchlight but recently put it back on the market, with Bron Studios now coming on to finance.
The film is based on the 1981 rescue of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. The story picks up in 1977, when Israel’s Mossad spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak-and-dagger activities. It was ordered by then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin to rescue thousands of Ethiopian Jews in Sudan and deliver them to the Jewish state. No stranger to action in enemy countries, the agency established a covert forward »
- Justin Kroll
19 items from 2017
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