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Exclusive: Andrew Lauren Productions has committed to finance Three To Kill, an adaptation of the novel by French author Jean-Patrick Manchette. Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to direct and Colin Firth will star. Howard Rodman will write the script and Lauren will produce with Laura Bickford. Pic is a thriller set on the coast of France. A disillusioned businessman witnesses a murder and finds himself being hunted by two relentless sociopaths. The novel was adapted by Jacques Tardi into the graphic novel West Coast Blues, and that was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2010. Manchette’s The Prone Gunman was separately turned into The Gunman, a Studio Canal Silver Pictures co-production that was directed by Pierre Morel with Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba starring. Related: Chris McQuarrie To Direct ‘Star Blazers’ From ’70s Anime Series Lauren most recently financed and co-produced The Spectacular Now, the Tim Tharp novel »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Variety reported Monday that Warner Bros. was in talks with Joe Wright to direct from the Jason Fuchs script. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the pic is certain to bring back the characters created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie about a boy who can fly and never ages.
Disney is also developing a prequel to the Peter Pan story called “Peter and the Starcatchers,” with Gary Ross on board to direct, and Sony is developing the pic “Pan,” with Channing Tatum to star and Joe Roth producing.
- Dave McNary
After cancelling the apocalypse earlier this year in Guillermo del Toro’s action extravaganza Pacific Rim, and playing a key supporting part in this month’s Thor: The Dark World, British thesp Idris Elba is gearing up for another action-oriented role. The actor just signed on to star as a U.S. operative at the center of a French terrorist attack in the thriller Bastille Day.
In the film, Elba’s character is ordered to interrogate a young American boy, who’s suspected of masterminding a terrorist attack on the Paris metro, before making him “disappear” so as to protect the reputation of the U.S. government. When subsequent attacks shock the city, the operative realizes that the boy is innocent but also crucial to finding those responsible.
- Isaac Feldberg
After seeing action this year in both Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark World, British actor Idris Elba might end up getting some awards attention for his lead role in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. However, he won't stay away from action for long since THR has word that Elba is set to star in Bastille Day, a CIA thriller written by Andrew Baldwin, a writer who has had two scripts show up on The Black List and was once writing the remake of Logan's Run for Nicolas Winding Refn. Taken director Pierre Morel was once on board to to direct, but right now the position is still open, meaning it won't be Elba's next project. Read on! For those just joining us, the original script follows a young American artist living in Paris and a washed-up CIA agent who are thrown together and tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city. »
- Ethan Anderton
The underrated Idris Elba currently features in another wasted and fleeting appearance as Heimdall in the disappointing Thor: The Dark World. After a string of supporting roles in the likes of Pacific Rim, Prometheus and the dire Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, isn’t it about time he lands a decent, meaty lead role. Well, with the upcoming awards favourite Mandala: Long Walk To Freedom, things maybe about to change for the acclaimed star of hit series’ The Wire and Luther.
Elba has signed on to star in race-against-time terrorist thriller Bastille Day for Vendome and Anonymous Content. Previously a project to be directed by Taken and District 13′s Pierre Morel, the film, written by Andrew Baldwin, is still looking for a confirmed director. Elba will play a washed-up CIA operative who is forced to head to Paris to extract a confession from a young American artist supposedly plotting a terrorist attack. »
- Craig Hunter
Luther star Idris Elba has been branching out into more films recently, with appearances in Prometheus, Thor: The Dark World, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and now he's signed on for yet another feature. According to Variety, he'll star in the thriller Bastille Day. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Pierre Morel and Baran bo Odar were previously attached to direct, but there's currently no one at the helm. What we do know is that the film centers on a washed-up CIA agent (Elba) tasked with getting rid of an American boy who's the prime suspect in an attack on the Paris metro, but turns out to be the key to saving the city. So the film has less to do with the French Revolution than high school history class led you to believe. »
- Delia Paunescu
The Paris-set terrorist thriller “Bastille Day” has landed its leading man in “Thor: The Dark World’s” Idris Elba. (He’s the dude with the giant helmet and the giant sword, in case you were wondering.) The film was announced over a year ago, with “Taken’s” Pierre Morel originally attached as director. One of many films, anyway. Morel is apparently no longer involved, and the project is now looking for a new man to call the shots behind the camera. Written by Andrew Baldwin for Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, “Bastille Day” will star Elba as “a U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy ‘disappear’ in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris metro. After several more attacks, the operative realizes the boy is »
He can be seen fleetingly in Marvel’s latest film Thor: The Dark World, but Idris Elba will now get the chance to lead a feature of his own. Variety reports that Elba is set to star in the international thriller Bastille Day for Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content. Penned by Andrew Baldwin, the story revolves around “a U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy ‘disappear’ in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris metro.” Unsurprisingly, the operative soon realizes that the boy is innocent after a string of other attacks ensue, and the two must work together to find out who is orchestrating the destruction. Taken helmer Pierre Morel was previously attached to direct but he has subsequently fallen off the project. Producers are »
- Adam Chitwood
Vendome and Anonymous Content are producing the feature, which is still in development.
Idris Elba, who is generating awards buzz with his starring turn in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is set to star in Bastille Day, Vendome and Anonymous Content’s terrorist thriller, THR has confirmed.
Written by Andrew Baldwin, Bastille tells of a young American artist living in Paris and a washed-up CIA agent who are thrown together and tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city.
Elba, who just received the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Humanitarian Award this past weekend, recently wrapped The Gunman, »
- Borys Kit
An influx of Kaiju and an army of Frost Giants obviously aren’t enough of a challenge for Idris Elba.
Two separate websites (Jurassic World Movie News and Acting Auditions) have mentioned the Brit’s involvement in Jurassic World, though no official word has been released. Definitely an unexpected casting development if it turns out to be true, Elba would be a welcome presence after earning his stripes in recent big budget affairs Prometheus, Pacific Rim and Thor.
The actor’s slate is full to the brim, with current projects including Pierre Morel’s The Gunman alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation and the possibility of getting Luther onto the big screen. Yet, with Jurassic World set for a June 2015 release, there’s definitely time to squeeze this in.
Though far from the most reliable of sources, Wikipedia references Elba, but also makes »
- Emma Thrower
Exclusive: Encouraging news for midseason NBC series The Night Shift – the network has ordered three additional scripts of the medical drama. Night Shift, about the men and women who work the wee hours at San Antonio Memorial, has an 8-episode order (pilot +7) as part of that complex four-show deal between NBC and Sony TV last May that included pickups of The Blacklist (with guaranteed Monday 10 Pm slot), Welcome To The Family and The Night Shift and a renewal of Community. The Night Shift pilot tested very well, with Irish actor Eoin Macken, who plays the lead, touted as a potential breakout star. Creators Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah executive produce with Pierre Morel. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
‘Prisoners’ movie weekend box office: Best ‘serious’ (non-musical) Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal opening in years (photo: Hugh Jackman in ‘Prisoners’) The nearly two-and-a-half-hour thriller Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, will easily top the North American box office this weekend, September 20-22, 2013. Currently playing at 3,260 locations, Prisoners took in $7.01 million on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Budgeted at a reported $46 million — not including marketing and distribution expenses — the Warner Bros. release is expected to collect around $21 million by Sunday evening, as per Deadline.com. How does that compare to previous Hugh Jackman weekend debuts? Setting aside Tom Hooper’s "event musical" Les Misérables and action movies such as The Wolverine, the R-rated Prisoners may turn out to be Jackman’s strongest opening in an "adult (non-musical) film." For comparison’s sake, Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- Zac Gille
Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers, »
Exclusive: Trying to end the Toronto Film Festival with a strong Finnish (sorry for that, this festival has worn me out), Paradigm signed Peter Franzén, one of Finland’s most accomplished actors. Franzen stars in the Pierre Morel-directed spy thriller The Gunman opposite Sean Penn and Javier Bardem, and makes his feature directorial debut this month with Above Dark Waters. That pic opened September 6th in Finland. Franzen wrote the script from his semi-autobiographical 2010 novel of the same name. Franzén continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment and his co-agents continue to be Laura Munsterhjelm at Actors in Scandinavia. Franzen has been here at Toronto starring in Heart Of A Lion, in which he plays a neo-Nazi skinhead who falls hard for a woman who has a biracial son. Franzen’s next novel, With The Same Eyes, comes out this month. As for me, while I’m Catholic, I »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Le Pogam has appealed the court decision, reportedly seeking a larger compensation from EuropaCorp.
Le Pogam, who remains a minority shareholder in EuropaCorp, was fired for serious misconduct in early 2011, amid the company’s financial woes. Yet, the French court deemed EuropaCorp terminated Le Pogam without any real or serious motive.
- Elsa Keslassy
“Bastille Day” is about a young American art student living in Paris and a washed-up CIA field agent who are tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city.
See Also: Vendome to co-produce ‘Bastille Day’
He is represented by UTA and by 42 Management & Production in London. »
- Dave McNary
"The Silence" director Baran bo Odar is making noise in Hollywood, as he's been hired to direct "Bastille Day," an action-thriller being produced by Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, TheWrap has learned. Vendome is fully financing production of the film, which Anonymous Content developed with screenwriter Andrew Baldwin ("Logan's Run"). Anonymous brought "Bastille Day" to Vendome, which preemptively acquired the project in April 2012 before it became available to all buyers. Pierre Morel ("Taken") was previously attached to direct. Also read: Vendome Pictures Buys Spec Script 'The Widow' Baldwin's original story follows a young American »
- Jeff Sneider
Sean Penn is the latest aged actor getting in on the old man action film bandwagon. This is our first look at him as a hitman who wants out of the game in the upcoming new thriller The Gunman. It also stars Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, and Ray Winstone. When talking about the film, Penn wouldn't really admit that he was making an action film,
"Here's the funny thing. Calling it an 'action film' is kind of like calling Meryl Streep a sexy blonde chick. She is. But that really doesn't tell the story of what she is at all."I don't separate this in my mind from anything else I have done. It's a very human story that deals with the same things exploited in action films, like warfare."
But it sounds like it's still an action thriller. Nothing he can say is going to change that. »
- Joey Paur
Sean Penn looks a little bit like myself in this photo – sweaty. However, I’m not toting a huge machine gun.
This still has been released for the upcoming action thriller The Gunman, directed by Pierre Morel. Starring Penn as Martin Terrier, the film follows him as he peacefully works for a non-government organisation in the Congo. However, his violent past as a Special Forces soldier soon catches up to him…
The Gunman has a predicted release date of 2014.
Source: USA Today
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Godzilla: A brand new version of Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards, will be stomping into theaters on May 16, 2014, but so far, very little in the way of official imagery has been made available. With Comic-Con looming this week, tantalizing tidbits are beginning to emerge. In one piece of concept art, that appears to be the monster's horned back breaking through the waves, which gives some idea of the beast's size at full height. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston star. [Jo Blo] The Gunman: Sean Penn looks every inch an action star in the first photo released for The Gunman. Directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, From Paris with Love), who seems to specialize in showcasing 50-something men as action stars (Penn, Liam Neeson, John Travolta), the movie...
- Peter Martin
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