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Jason Reitman is in desperate need of a career bump. His last two films, Labor Day and Men, Women, and Children, felt like they were made my someone who did not know why he was making them. This is shame coming from the guy who made Up in the Air, which I rewatched recently and is still vibrant and specific. Thankfully, Reitman will be stepping back into dramedy territory with I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family, based on a rather unusual Texas Monthly article. The story follows a Texas family who pull off two rather impressive bank heists. Nick Hornby (An Education, Wild) will come on to pen the screenplay. Jason's poppa Ivan Reitman will produce the film. The two have not worked together since Up in the Air, so hopefully, they can create that same magic once again with this film. Reitman is in need of some quality. »
- Mike Shutt
Somehow, the sloppily assembled, unfunny "Let's Be Cops" earned over $120 million worldwide (Wtf), and since money talks in Hollywood, that means director Luke Greenfield gets to level up. And so he shall, setting up the movie "Slingshot," which is said to be in the spirit of "E.T." and "Back To The Future." No other plot details are available just yet, but let's just hope a little more craft is put into that effort. [Deadline] Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House," "Snabba Cash") has been tapped to direct "Boston Strong." The project was once set to star Casey Affleck, who has since dropped out of the movie that "follows the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be responsible for the bombings, as well as examining the city’s reaction following the events." “The Fighter” writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script, but no word yet on when production might begin. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
How soon is too soon? 20th Century Fox is already developing Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s still-unpublished Boston Strong, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, into a feature film, and now we’re hearing that the project is close to gaining a helmer – Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is in talks to direct. It’s not all good news for the film, however, seeing as the previously attached Casey Affleck has reportedly dropped out.
Espinosa, who is currently putting the finishing touches on Soviet Union-set period thriller Child 44, has been extremely in demand since directing Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in the aforementioned 2012 action-thriller. His name has also recently come up in association with the Jo Nesbo adaptation Blood on Snow and John Grisham pic The Racketeer, though he’s not officially attached to either project.
As for Affleck, the star became attached to star and produce in October, but »
- Isaac Feldberg
Untitled Paul Robeson Biopic
"12 Years a Slave" and "Shame" director Steve McQueen is teaming with Harry Belafonte to produce a biopic about singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson. McQueen has reportedly been keen on doing the project for years but is only now able to do so.
The project is different from the biopic that Four Stars International has been developing in recent years which had David Harewood on board at one time to play Robeson. [Source: Variety]
The Hunt for El Chapo
"Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg to has been tapped to helm "The Hunt for El Chapo," the true story tale of the capture earlier this year of notorious Sinaloa cartel head Joaquin Guzman Loera (aka. El Chapo). Craig Borten is developing the script based on Patrick Keefe's New Yorker article from earlier this year.
El Chapo rose up through the ranks of the Mexican cartels in the 1970s »
- Garth Franklin
Just last month, we learned that Casey Affleck was tapped to star in Boston Strong, an adaptation of the book of the same name by by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge about the titular city's reaction to the Patriot Day bombing of the Boston Marathon and also the hunt for the two siblings wanted in connection with the bombings. However, as 20th Century Fox has picked up the script by The Fighter writing duo Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, it has been revealed that a deal with Affleck could not be reached, and he's no longer involved. However, the project does have a new director in talks to help move the project along. Read on! Variety reports Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is now in talks to tackle the real-life drama that was once planned to be a miniseries, but ended up turning into a feature film. The rights to »
- Ethan Anderton
Boston Strong has found a director and lost a star. First, the positive news: Safe House director Daniel Espinosa has entered talks to helm the 20th Century Fox drama, which follows the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013. And now, the bad news: Casey Affleck has just dropped out of the lead role, after attaching himself […]
- Angie Han
Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the scribes behind the Boston-based hero tale The Fighter and the currently shooting The Finest Hours, tell me after their newly minted CAA reps sold to Fox their feature script Boston Strong that director Daniel Espinosa plans to have his cameras filming at the Boston Marathon next April. That is the site of the infamous 2013 bombing that killed three and injured 264 others. The film will chronicle the heroic efforts of a city which rallied from an unimaginable tragedy to trap the perpetrators after a manhunt, killing one in a shootout and gravely injuring another and finding him after the city was cordoned off.
Most stories about heroic acts in tragedies are told when some time has passed, usually way more than two years. The script by the writers that Disney is now shooting, The Finest Hours, took place in 1952, when the Coast Guard made a »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Boston Marathon bombing drama has found a director and a studio, but it’s lost its star. Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has acquired Boston Strong, which is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa in talks to take the helm. Casey Affleck was previously attached to star when it was looking for a studio home, but his deal eventually fell apart. The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script, which follows the massive manhunt for the two men responsible for the tragic Boston bombing in 2013. More after the jump. News of these developments for Boston Strong comes via Variety, which adds that EOne Television was originally developing the project as a miniseries before those plans fell apart. No reason is given for Affleck’s departure, but he was certainly a draw to the film. »
- Adam Chitwood
20th Century Fox has scooped up the screenplay for the Boston Marathon drama Boston Strong, THR has confirmed. Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa is circling the film, which chronicles the aftermath of the 2013 attack that left three dead and scores wounded. The project, which was shopped to studios over the past few weeks, is based on Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s book of the same name, which was adapted on spec by The Fighter writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy. Boston native Casey Affleck, who graduated from the same high school as the two men alleged to have carried out
- Tatiana Siegel
“Boston Strong” follows the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be responsible for the bombings, as well as examining the city’s reaction following the events.
Casey Affleck had originally been attached to star in (as well as produce) the real-life drama, but his deal eventually fell apart, according to insiders.
EOne Television had also been attached to the project last April on to develop it as a miniseries, but those plans fell apart earlier this summer. »
- Justin Kroll
Celine Sciamma’s “Girlhood,” above, which opened Cannes’ Directors Fortnight in May, won the top prize, the Bronze Horse, at the Stockholm Film Festival Nov. 14. Strong American contenders, such as “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” and “Nightcrawler,” went away empty-handed at the award ceremony.
Sciamma’s suburban drama, which is being sold by Films Distribution, was awarded for “its energetic storytelling” and for filling “a gap in the stories that get told about Paris,” according to the jury’s remarks. The jury, led by Swedish director Daniel Espinosa (”Safe House”) also included helmer Debra Granik, Swedish producer Erica Wasserman and Johannes Bah Kuhnke, star of Ruben Ostlund’s “Force Majeure.”
“Girlhood” d.p. Crystel Fournier also nabbed the prize for best cinematography, shared with her camerawork for “These Are the Rules,” the Croatian drama that also took acting prizes for stars Emir Hadzihafizbegovic and Jasna Zalica, who play a couple who loses their teenage son. »
- Jon Asp
Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman will star in Lion, a drama based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian-born Australian who found his birth mother 25 years after they were separated. Patel will play the lead with Kidman as his adopted mother in the film to be directed by Garth Davis, who co-directed Top Of the Lake with Jane Campion. The Hollywood Reporter broke the casting news. Negotiations are underway with an Australian actor to play Brierley.s adopted father. Another key role is Saroo's Aussie girlfriend. Luke Davies, the screenwriter on Anton Corbijn's upcoming Life produced by See-Saw Films, has adapted Brierley.s memoir A Long Way Home. The producers are See-Saw Films. Emile Sherman and Iain Canning and Aquarius Films. Angie Fielder. The executive producers are Sunstar Entertainment's Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian. Shooting starts in India in January. The Weinstein Co. paid $US12 million for worldwide rights excluding Australasia, »
- Don Groves
Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…
Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein.
What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »
To mark the release of Danish crime thriller The Keeper of Lost Causes, we had the pleasure of speaking to the film’s leading star, Nikolaj Lie Kaas. He discussed with us his own appreciation for the aforementioned genre, and how pleased he is to currently be part of a flourishing, Danish film industry. He also tells us why he loves his craft, and about his forthcoming endeavour, the star-studded drama Child 44.
Of course The Keeper of Lost Causes is based on a Jussi Adler-Olsen novel – was it one you were familiar with before signing up to the project?
No I hadn’t read anything by him before this, I came in to this by accident. But as I became connected to the project I read his books. Though there’s nothing wrong having your own image of how to portray someone, and when I saw the script there »
- Stefan Pape
Wme has signed The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman, the agency said in a wide announcement. The Stockholm-bred thesp crossed over stateside as the street-tough Detective Holder on AMC’s cop show and starred in MGM and Sony’s RoboCop reboot earlier this year. The Killing was revived for a fourth season on Netflix this month. Kinnaman, previously with CAA, stars opposite Liam Neeson in WB’s 2015 crime actioner Run All Night and has Summit/Lionsgate’s Child 44 with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace opening in April. The fast-ascending actor first broke out in his native Sweden thanks to roles in the Johan Falk film series and Daniel Espinosa’s Snabba Cash (Easy Money) trilogy. He also appeared in Espinosa’s English-language crime pic Safe House, Lola Versus, and David Fincher’s The Girl With THe Dragon Tattoo. Kinnaman continues to be repped by manager Shelley Browning at Magnolia and attorney Hansen Jacobson. »
- Jen Yamato
The Killing star Joel Kinnaman has landed at Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He was most recently at CAA and at UTA before that. The Swedish actor already has a full film slate ahead of him as the fourth and final season of his police serial, formerly at AMC, wraps up on Netflix. Next spring he'll appear in both Warner Bros.' crime drama Run All Night, starring opposite Liam Neeson, and Summit/Lionsgate's Soviet-era thriller Child 44, starring opposite Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. The latter film reunites him with director Daniel Espinosa, who made him a star
- Rebecca Sun
Reader reports, audience reviews… meh. Sure you can keep tabs on that “coverage,” but posting about that stuff specifically can be hurtful or irresponsible to a film if the “reviews” are early and especially if they’re negative (hell, on the Internet they’re pretty easy to fabricate in either direction too). Finding out “early buzz” on a movie through test screenings isn’t hard if you’re looking for it. So that said, we’d been hearing a few whispers about “Child 44” and perhaps today’s news jibes with it. It's got a strong pedigree around it: it's directed by Daniel Espinosa ("Easy Money" and "Safe House") and it stars Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Jason Clarke of “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” Paddy Considine and Dev Patel one of the stars of “Slumdog Millionaire.” That’s a pretty fantastic cast in anyone’s book, »
- Edward Davis
London — Entertainment One is well-placed to retain its position as the U.K.’s top independent distributor after a strong first half of the year, and a muscular slate for the remaining months. But, as Alex Hamilton, managing director, eOne Films U.K., tells Variety, the company has aspirations to be considered on a par with the Hollywood majors.
EOne has been the top indie in the U.K. for three of the past four years, and last year finished ahead of two studios, Sony and Paramount, with its box office totaling more than £100 million ($171 million) for the first time.
- Leo Barraclough
Summit announced last night Child 44, the new film from Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel, will hit theaters on April 17, 2015. Hope you weren't counting on it being a major Oscar contender. Mark Neveldine (Crank) has revealed his new film, The Vatican Tapes will hit theaters on February 27, 2015. Starring Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson and Olivia Dudley the horror film follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by Dudley, an ordinary girl who begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close to her, causing serious injury and death. The local priest, Father Lozano (Pena), examines Holmes and believes she is possessed, but when Vicar Imani (Hounsou) and Cardinal Bruun (Andersson) are called from the Vatican to exorcise the demon, it proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined. »
- Brad Brevet
“We can compete with some of the studios,” says MD of eOne UK, which is aiming to release around 35 films per year.
eOne UK is aiming to release around 35 films per year going forward as it looks to cement its position as one of the top five distributors in the UK.
Upcoming films on the slate include The Rover (August 15), A Walk Amongst the Tombstones (September 19), The Homesman (October), Mr Turner (October 31), Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey? (November), Foxcatcher (January 9) and The Water Diviner (January).
Also on the impressive roster are Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg (July 22, 2016), J.A Bayona’s A Monster Calls, Denis Villeneuve’s A Story Of Your Life, Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky, Jay Roach’s Trumbo, Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt, John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine, Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, court-room drama The Whole Truth and franchise sequel Insurgent.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
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