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6 items from 2016


'The Help' producer wraps survival drama 'Walking Out' starring Matt Bomer

2 February 2016 1:35 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Matt Bomer, Bill Pullman, Josh Wiggins star in Walking Out; Salt boards international sales.

Production has wrapped in Montana on father-son survival drama Walking Out, starring Matt Bomer (Magic Mike Xxl), Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Josh Wiggins (Max).

Written and directed by Alex and Andrew Smith, who teamed on Ryan Gosling sports drama The Slaughter Rule (2002) and Winter In The Blood (2010), in Walking Out Wiggins plays a city teen who travels to Montana to go hunting with his estranged father only for the strained trip to become a battle for survival when they encounter a grizzly bear.

Producers are Brunson Green of Harbinger Pictures and Laura Ivey of Co-Op Entertainment, with cooperation from the State of Montana’s Big Sky Film Grant. The Salt Company is handling international sales and will introduce the project at the upcoming Efm.

Director of photography is Todd McMullen (The Leftovers, Friday Night Lights), editor is Michael Taylor (Elvis & Nixon »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With Bond Writers, Liam Neeson is Jaume Collet-Serra’s ‘The Commuter,’ and More

1 February 2016 12:41 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We’re still all awaiting Nicolas Winding Refn’s highly anticipated female-centric horror thriller The Neon Demon with bated breath, but he’s already gearing up for his next movie, which will reportedly have an Asian setting, and feature action and thriller elements. Details are skim, but it’s also been reported that Refn will be teaming up with the primary screenwriters of the last five James Bond films – Neal Purvis and Robert wade. Who knows? Maybe this could just be the ramp-up to an announcement that this will be the next Bond film, or it could be his long-rumored The Avenging Silence.

After last year’s frenetic Run All Night, star Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra are already reuniting for another movie – their fourth collaboration. Collet-Serra will begin work on The Commuter, an action thriller following a businessman who becomes tangled in a criminal conspiracy on his daily commute, »

- Michael Snydel

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‘Trumbo’ Writer John McNamara Honored by Writers Guild

26 January 2016 10:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America West has named screenwriter John McNamara the recipient of its Paul Selvin Award for his screenplay for “Trumbo.”

Based on the biography by Bruce Cook, the film chronicles the life of Blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, exploring issues of political freedom, censorship and civil liberties.

McNamara, who is also a producer on “Trumbo,” will be recognized at the Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony on Feb. 13, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. He recently received a WGA Adapted Screenplay nomination for his script.

“The Paul Selvin Award honors ‘that member whose work best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere,’” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “Though we’ve given it since 1989, it might as well have been purpose-built for John McNamara’s ‘Trumbo.’ In shining light on a dark corner of our history, »

- Dave McNary

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Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost In The Shell Movie Hops From Disney To Paramount, 2017 Release Date Still Intact

26 January 2016 7:56 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Despite reports to the contrary, Rupert Sanders’ live-action Ghost in the Shell movie remains on course for its March 2017 bow, but rather than Disney helping to shepherd the long-awaited manga adaptation to the big screen, Variety writes that Paramount has now picked up the project and will co-finance.

Indeed, Sanders’ sci-fi picture isn’t the only feature to be affected by the new distribution deal, with fellow adaptation The Girl on the Train also set to be released through Paramount, which also keeps hold of its original release date of October 7, 2016.

Thrusting Under the Skin star Scarlett Johansson into the lead role as Motoko Kusanag – squad leader of the elite Public Security Section 9 – Ghost in the Shell brings the fictional metropolis of Niihama to life in all of its neon-drenched glory. Last we reported, Maleficent star Sam Riley had emerged as an early frontrunner to nab the coveted role of the film’s chief villain, »

- Michael Briers

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New Dates For "Ghost," "Girl," "Dogs"

26 January 2016 5:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paramount Pictures has taken over as distributor and co-financer on both Dreamworks' "Ghost in the Shell" and "The Girl on the Train". Disney was previously attached to distribute.

Rupert Sanders helms 'Ghost', an adaptation of the popular Japanese franchise starring Scarlett Johansson as the member of a covert ops unit attempting to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.

Tate Taylor directs 'Girl', an adaptation of the runaway bestseller about a depressed woman who witnesses something horrific on her regular commute. Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Lisa Kudrow and Luke Evans star.

The films were set for a March 31st 2017 and an October 7th 2016 release date respectively. Despite the switch, those dates remain set.

In other scheduling news, Universal has set a January 27th 2017 release date for Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media's "A Dog’s Purpose" starring Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton and Britt Robertson.

An adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron's 2010 novel, »

- Garth Franklin

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The Girl On The Train Adds Laura Prepon

7 January 2016 5:09 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Deadline is reporting tonight that Laura Prepon has been added to the cast of the currently shooting adaptation, The Girl On The Train. Based on Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel of the same name, the film has Tate Taylor behind the camera and Emily Blunt leading the charge in front as Rachel Wilson.

For those unfamiliar with the source material, Wilson is the story’s protagonist and Deadline describes her as a “drunken divorcee who daydreams about the perfect NYC life of seemingly perfect couple Scott and Megan on her daily commute as she passes their house.” Trouble brews, however, when Megan goes missing and Rachel finds herself caught up in the mystery.

As for Prepon, she’ll step into the shoes of Cathy, the landlord and college friend of Rachel. Rounding out the supporting cast are Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Edgar Ramirez and Justin Theroux. Not a bad collection of talent, »

- Josh Wilding

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