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Production was halted after 7 to 10 days of filming, according to Deadline.
The film centres around a violent man (Willis) who returns to protect the community that formerly shunned him.
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission hopes to find funds to continue shooting within 23 weeks (via Cleveland.com).
The Wake cast are said to have returned to their homes to await the final word on the movie's fate. »
As happens to independent films from time to time, the production of John Pogue’s Wake has run out of cash and had to close down production. The film was shooting in Cleveland, one of my old stomping grounds, and it was the local paper, The Plain Dealer, that got the scoop.
If the film gets back on track and starts shooting again it will be an action thriller starring Bruce Willis as “a sociopath who battles a team of mercenaries following his brother’s funeral.” The character sound like the polar opposite kind of action man to Die Hard’s sobbing John McClane. Let it never be said that Bruno doesn’t have range.
- Brendon Connelly
A new thriller starring Bruce Willis has hit a major snag once cameras had started rolling: the production has had to close down for the time being, less than two weeks into filming.
The film is question is Wake, starring Willis and Ben Kingsley, and it's an independent film that was shooting in Cleveland, under the stewardship of director John Pogue. Piper Perabo and Ellen Burstyn are also in the cast.
However, in spite of the fact that the shoot was set to continue until mid-April, it's being reported that "funds have dried up", and production has been suspended.
A statement from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission said that it was "aware that the film 'Wake' has discontinued filming due to a lack of financing. It is our »
“Benaroya Pictures is working quickly to remedy the delay in production on the feature film ‘Wake,’ and we are optimistic we will resume principal photography in approximately 2-3 weeks,” said the company in a statement.
Benaroya’s sales company International Film Trust introduced the project to international buyers at the Berlin Film Festival. CAA is representing U.S. rights.
Willis is portraying a sociopath who returns to his childhood home on a remote island for his brother’s wake. When the island comes under siege, he must save the family that banished him from his ancestral home years ago.
It’s the second time in less than four months »
- Dave McNary
Bruce Willis‘ latest indie movie “Wake” has halted production after little more than one week due to issues with its financing, TheWrap has learned. John Pogue is directing “Wake,” which had been shooting in the dead of winter in Cleveland, Ohio when the funding dried up. Also Read: Bruce Willis to Play a Sociopath in Thriller ‘Wake’ A representative for production company Benaroya Pictures issued the following statement to TheWrap — “Benaroya Pictures is working quickly to remedy the delay in production on the feature film ‘Wake,’ and we are optimistic we will resume principal photography in approximately 2-3 weeks.” Willis has already. »
- Jeff Sneider
After about a week to 10 days into production, the Bruce Willis-starring indie Wake has shut down due to financial woes, sources tell Deadline. “It was headed in that direction for a while,” said one source with knowledge of the production issues. The thriller directed by John Pogue, which also stars Ben Kinglsey, Ellen Burstyn and Piper Perabo, is being produced by Michael Benaroya, Tobin Armbrust, David Alpert and Chris Cowles, with Frank Hildebrand listed as executive… »
One week into shooting in Cleveland, finance issues have forced Benaroya Films to temporarily halt production on the action thriller starring Bruce Willis.
Sources said the hiatus comes as producer-financier Michael Benaroya and his associates scramble to reconfigure the budget.
International Film Trust was at the Efm earlier this month shopping rights to the story of a sociopath who must defend his clan after he returns home for a family funeral on a remote island. John Pogue is the director.
“Benaroya Pictures is working quickly to remedy the delay in production on the feature film Wake, and we are optimistic we will resume principal photography in approximately 2-3 weeks,” a spokesperson said. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The story follows a type-a couple in an idyllic suburban neighborhood who discover that their new, seemingly perfect neighbors are undercover agents. Mike LeSieur wrote the script. [Source: Heat Vision]
Jason Biggs ("American Pie") will not be returning for the upcoming third season of Netflix's prison drama "Orange Is the New Black". Biggs has played series regular Larry Bloom, ex-fiance of Piper (Taylor Schilling), since the show's star.
Biggs says that while the character won't appear in season three, there’s always a possibility he can come back. The new season will premiere on Netflix this June. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
The early cancellation of Covert Affairs has found the show’s leading lady, Piper Perabo, on the hunt for new projects. Thankfully, that hunt is now over, as the actress has signed on to co-star opposite Bruce Willis in director John Pogue’s upcoming thriller, Wake.
From screenwriter Chris Borrelli, Wake revolves around the Forrester family. When they reunite back at the family’s island homestead for a relative’s wake, they are unnerved by the arrival of the dead man’s brother, Red (Willis), who’s a diagnosed sociopath that made their lives a living hell until his disappearance years later. The tides change, however, when the family comes under attack from deadly associates of the deceased. Naturally, they’re glad to have Red and his bullish, sociopathic tendencies to protect them.
The Coyote Ugly actress will play Claire Forrester, the dead man’s widow who previously had a »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Piper Perabo has been cast opposite Bruce Willis and Ben Kingsley in Wake, an indie thriller from director John Pogue. When the Forrester family reunites for a relative’s wake, they are unnerved by the arrival of the dead man’s brother, Red (Willis), a diagnosed sociopath who made their lives a living hell until he disappeared years ago. But when the family comes under siege from some deadly associates of the deceased, they’re glad to have Red on their side… »
Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (The Boxtrolls, Iron Man 3) has joined the cast of John Pogue’s (The Quiet Ones) action thriller Wake starring Bruce Willis (Die Hard film franchise), and produced by Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call), Tobin Armbrust (A Walk Among The Tombstones, Begin Again), David Alpert (upcoming American Ultra, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’) and Chris Cowles (The Numbers Station, Autobahn).
International Film Trust (Ift) is handling foreign rights to the film, which they are actively selling at the European Film Market. CAA is representing the domestic sales rights.
“Sir Ben is a truly one of a kind talent, with a unique subtlety to his work. He brings characters to life and charges them with emotion and power at just the right moments. He’s a tremendous addition to this cast, I can’t wait to see what he does with Kole, this film’s powerful antagonist, »
- Michelle McCue
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Eva Green and Asa Butterfield in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. The film is slated to open March 4th 2016.
Burton will direct from a script by Jane Goldman, who adapted the Ransom Rigg novel about a teenager who finds himself on an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. [Source: Variety]
Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankole and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of "Oppenheimer Strategies" at The Solution Entertainment Group.
Joseph Cedar directs the story of a man whose life changes dramatically after he befriends a young politician who becomes an influential world leader. Filming begins on Sunday in New York and Israel. »
- Garth Franklin
Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of Wake opposite Bruce Willis. John Pogue directs the action thriller about a sociopath with no fear (Willis), who returns to his childhood home on a remote island for his brother’s wake. When the island comes under siege, he must save the very family that banished him from his ancestral home years ago. Michael Benaroya, Tobin Armbrust, David Alpert and Chris Cowles are producing. International Film Trust is handling international sales in Berlin at the European Film Market. CAA is representing domestic rights. …
Arclight Films has acquired worldwide rights to Frank And Lola, starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. Writer-director Matthew Ross’s romantic thriller also stars Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette and Emmanuelle Devos. The film was produced by Parts & Labor, The Supply Company and Lola Pictures. Preferred Content and Killer Films are executive producers. The film was fully financed and »
- Ali Jaafar
Michael Benaroya, Tobin Armbrust, David Alpert and Chris Cowles produce the story of a sociopath who returns to the homestead for a funeral and must save his family when the remote island comes under siege.
Kingsley will play the villain Kole, while Willis is the hero of the piece.
Chris Borrelli wrote the screenplay to Wake with revisions by Pogue. Production is set for later this month in Cleveland.
CAA represents Us rights. »
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Get ready stateside filmgoers, because the “phoners” (aka “crazies”) are coming to the Us. Stephen King fans know that the master of macabre doesn’t like using cell phones. His 2006 novel, Cell, is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong by pressing portable phones to our ears and keeping them close at hand in our pockets, and its unflinching subject matter contains flocks of murderous lunatics that would be right at home in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, George A. Romero’s The Crazies, or Simon Clark’s Blood Crazy.
We knew this unique King novel was getting the adaptation treatment, with King co-writing the screenplay and John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles, but we’re now one big step closer to seeing it on the silver screen, as Clarius Entertainment has acquired the Us rights to the movie.
Slated to hit theaters this year, »
- Derek Anderson
Director: Michael Wenning
Producers: Rashidi Hendrix, Daniel Ziskind
Cast: Amr Waked
Five international thieves meet in Berlin to steal the most valuable stamp in the world.
Director: Gerard Barrett
Cast: Dakota Fanning
Based on Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir.
Sales: Mister Smith Entertainment (international); Wme (U.S.)
Director: Steven C. Miller
Cast: Bruce Willis
Thriller involving super-weapons and conspiracies.
Sales: Highland Film Group
Elvis & Nixon
Director: Liza Johnson
The morning when President Nixon met Elvis Presley in 1970.
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey
The story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corp. mining scandal.
Sales: Sierra/Affinity (international); CAA (domestic)
- Variety Staff
Back towards the end of the summer of 2013, you may remember Bruce Willis saying that he was bored with starring in action movies again. It's happened before for the actor, and we though this might mean some more thoughtful, substantial performances from the actor. Instead, he's just churning out more of the same action thrillers we've seen time and time again, and now he's just signed on for two more. Deadline reports Willis is set to star in Extraction where he plays a former CIA operative, and a press release reveals the Die Hard franchise star will also lead Wake, from John Pogue, the director of The Quiet Ones. With Extraction, Willis no longer works for the CIA, and he just hasn't been the same since his wife was murdered (we've all been there, right?). Meanwhile, his son is set to follow in his footsteps as a young CIA operative, »
- Ethan Anderton
Where's Liam Neeson when you need him? Bruce Willis has joined the upcoming thriller "Extraction," but this time around, he's the one who needs saving. Willis will play a retired Secret Service man who's hard at work developing a secret weapon with his CIA operative son when he's kidnapped by terrorists - Willis, that is. When the government won't step in to help, his son goes rogue to rescues his pops himself.
"Extraction," which will begin filming in February, will be directed by Steven C. Miller, who recently directed the Santa-centric horror flick "Silent Night" in 2012. The real question is just how much screen time Willis will have in the film.
Willis already has a few more projects lined up, like John Pogue's "Wake" and an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Bandits." No matter what Sylvester Stallone has to stay about Bruce's work ethic, you can't deny the guy stays busy! »
- Jenni Miller
In a pre-Berlin Film Festival deal, Bruce Willis has joined the thriller “Extraction,” set to start shooting next month in Alabama.
Highland Film Group will launch international sales in Berlin. Producers are Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films’ Randall Emmett and George Furla along with Adam Goldworm through Aperture. Tim Sullivan, Brandon Grimes and Gus Furla are co-producers.
Stephen C. Miller is directing from a script by Umair Aleem. Willis plays a former CIA operative working with his son on the development of a lethal weapon when his father is kidnapped by a terrorist group.
Efo, Ingenious and Odyssey Releasing Media are funding the film, which will be released in the U.S. by Lionsgate/Grindstone.
Willis was also attached last week to another action movie for sale in Berlin: “Wake,” with John Pogue directing from a script by Chris Borrelli. Producers are Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures, Tobin Armbrust, David Alpert and Chris Cowles. »
- Dave McNary
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