16 items from 2016
The Final Six
Sony has scored the movie rights to Alexandra Monir's upcoming space thriller novel "The Final Six," a deal made even though only the book proposal and a few chapters were available - in fact the book's publishing rights are about to go up for auction.
The story imagines a present-day world under a first-of-its-kind coalition between the United Nations and the international space agencies, with a plot to send a team of six intrepid teenagers to create the first human settlement on Jupiter's moon, Europa. [Source: Variety]
Following the news about its massive success on Digital HD, Fox has released the full six-minute gag reel for the "Deadpool" film and - understandably - is definitely not safe for work.
- Garth Franklin
“Juliet, Naked” centers on Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession.
CAA and UTA set up “Juliet, Naked” and are co-repping the rights.
“I’m thrilled to extend my long collaboration with Jesse to this film, »
- Dave McNary
The director of Our Idiot Brother will direct Juliet, Naked based on the Nick Hornby novel in a project backed by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman’s fledgling producer-financier Los Angeles Media Fund (Lamf).
Tamara Jenkins and spouse Jim Taylor – Alexander Payne’s screenwriting partner on films such as Sideways and About Schmidt – wrote the screenplay with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz.
Lamf was launched in September 2014 to make films across a range of genres budgeted up to $50m.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“Workaholics” star Maribeth Monroe has joined the cast of Alexander Payne‘s “Downsizing,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau will also star in “Downsizing,” which stars Matt Damon as an Omaha man who gives in and agrees to undergo a new process that shrinks people before moving to a community of like-minded individuals. Payne (“About Schmidt”) wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor and is producing through his Ad Hominem production company along with Gran Via Productions’ Mark Johnson. Taylor and Jim Burke will executive produce. Also Read: 'Martian' Reunion: Kristen Wiig Joins Matt Damon in Alexander. »
- Linda Ge
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis this weeekend! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, April 1st, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2nd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, April 3rd, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor »
- Tom Stockman
Denis Villeneuve‘s massively intriguing, potentially disastrous Blade Runner sequel has further upped its credibility: according to Variety, the project’s added Robin Wright in a “key role” about which, of course, nothing is currently known. The Hampton Fancher-penned, Roger Deakins-photographed picture will be set decades after Ridley Scott‘s original, bringing aboard Ryan Gosling in the lead role and featuring the return of Harrison Ford‘s Rick Deckard. The rest will be revealed on January 12, 2018 — or when details start leaking from the set this July.
It’s almost a matter of time before any actor as ubiquitous as Jonah Hill gets into the directing business, so take it as a little surprise when Variety tells us he’s expected to helm his own screenplay, Mid ’90s, which reportedly concerns “a young boy coming up in Los Angeles in the mid-1990s learning life lessons with his skateboarding crew of friends. »
- Nick Newman
Back in January 2015, we reported that Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon had signed on to join Matt Damon in director Alexander Payne's Downsizing, which was ironically the second time she had boarded the project. The movie was originally set up back in 2009, but it never moved forward. Today we have a report from Deadline that Reese Witherspoon has dropped out once again due to scheduling conflicts, with Kristen Wiig set to take her place.
The story centers on Matt Damon's character, an ordinary man from Omaha who joins a growing group of people undergoing a process to get shrunk to a fraction of their own size. He then moves to one of the several communities for "small people" that are beginning to sprout up all over the world. No details were given for Kristen Wiig's role, but when Reese Witherspoon landed the role in 2009, she was believed to »
Scheduling conflicts resulted in Witherspoon’s exit, though Paramount wasted no time in filling the actress’ shoes. Now, Wiig will be rubbing shoulders with Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau in Payne’s atypical social satire, representing the director’s third collaboration with Paramount – his latest, Nebraska, debuted to critical acclaim in 2013.
Forget Bruce Dern’s troubled alcoholic, though, Downsizing centers on “an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size before moving to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.” Well, we did say it was out of the ordinary.
Behind the scenes, Payne is reuniting with long-term writing partner Jim Taylor. Over the years, the Oscar-winning duo »
- Michael Briers
Wiig is taking the place of Reese Witherspoon, who withdrew recently due to scheduling conflicts.
“Downsizing” centers on an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size before moving to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.
Payne is co-writing the script with Jim Taylor. The duo won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Sideways” and collaborated on the scripts for “Citizen Ruth,” “Election,” “Jurassic Park III,” “About Schmidt” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”
Payne’s directing credits include “Citizen Ruth, »
- Dave McNary
Payne and Jim Taylor are co-writing the film about an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces them to a tiny fraction of their size before moving to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.
Payne and Mark Johnson will produce and filming kicks off this Spring for a late 2017 release.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Alexander Payne's Downsizing just added some more star power. Christoph Waltz will be joining Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon in the film. The plot follows an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size, allowing them to live in one of the many miniature communities that are sprouting up around the world. Hong Chau will also be joining the cast of the Paramount project. Payne co-wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor and is producing with Mark Johnson. Taylor and Jim Burke are executive producing. One of
- Mia Galuppo
Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and “Inherent Vice” actress Hong Chau have signed on to join Oscar winners Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon in Alexander Payne‘s comedy “Downsizing,” it was announced Thursday by Paramount. Payne wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor and is producing through his Ad Hominem production company along with Gran Via Productions’ Mark Johnson. Taylor and Jim Burke will executive produce. Waltz won Oscars his supporting roles in “Django Unchained” and “Inglourious Basterds.” He recently starred in the James Bond film “Spectre” and can be seen next in this summer’s “The Legend of Tarzan” alongside Margot Robbie and. »
- Jeff Sneider
Payne is co-writing with Jim Taylor, with Paramount to distribute.
“Downsizing” tells the story of an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size before moving to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.
The film is expected to bow in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Waltz recently added Bond villain to his credits, starring as the antagonist to 007 in “Spectre.” He can be seen next as the »
- Justin Kroll
Plus: Erik Lomis exits TWC, joins Annapurna; and more…
San Francisco’s Golden Gate 3D will produce the large format film Cuba (working title) in association with BBC Earth, which will support marketing and promotion. Giant Screen Films will distribute globally.
Erik Lomis has become the latest high-ranking executive to leave The Weinstein Company, where he served five years as head of domestic distribution. Lomis has joined Annapurna Pictures in an unspecified role. A spokesperson confirmed Lomis had joined Megan Ellison’s company but did not elaborate. Reports speculated Ellison is launching a distribution arm.The Orchard has acquired all North American rights from Submarine Entertainment to Michal Marczak’s documentary All These Sleepless Nights. The film from Endorfina Studio and Pulse Films earned the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award in »
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Paris — Tomas Alfredson’s “The Snowman” and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” are the first two movies which will receive backing from the Norwegian Film Institute’s new incentive scheme for international and local films and series.
The incentive scheme was launched by The Norwegian Film Institute on Jan. 1 to ramp up the number of international movies and TV shows showcasing Norway as well as boost the Norwegian film sector’s growth and encourage the training and expertise of local industry players and crews. Films must spend at least 25% of their budget in Norway in order to be eligible. Grants are handed out upon films’ completion.
Adapted from Jo Nesbø’s novel by Matthew Carnahan and Hossein Amini,”The Snowman” turns on a Norwegian homicide detective with a checkered past who hunts for a sadistic serial killer with the help of a female detective whose connection to the case is more personal than he realized. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon star in Paramount’s social satire, written by Payne with his usual collaborator Jim Taylor, about a distant future when humans can shrink themselves to 1/8 their size, thanks to Scandinavian scientists.
The film’s plot opens in Norway before moving to Payne’s beloved Nebraska in the Us. The passion project is due to shoot later this year for launch in late 2017.
As previously reported, the first project backed under the fledgling Norwegian incentive was Tomas Alfredson’s Jo Nesbo adaptation The Snowman, which received a grant worth $4.6m (Nok 40.5). Working Title Films produces the detective story which will shoot in Oslo, Bergen and Riukan.
The new scheme, aimed at luring »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
16 items from 2016
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