19 items from 2014
Focusing on a stoner and his girlfriend, the movie tells of how their quiet lives are interrupted when his past crashes into their present, as a Government operation looks set to wipe him out. With Eisenberg and Stewart as the young couple, Thurman will take the role of a Government official, once responsible for a secret program creating ‘sleeper warriors,’ who returns to protect him like a bear with her cub.
The film will be the second feature for Nima Nourizadeh, after his 2012 high school party debut movie, Project X, and is written by Max Landis - now enjoying a great deal of momentum in his career following the success of 2012’s Chronicle, which he also scripted. He, himself, has just wrapped production on his directorial debut, Me Him Her, »
- Sarah Myles
• Charlize Theron is set to produce and potentially star in Everything Nice, an adaptation of Ellen Shanman’s novel about an ad exec who gets fired, moves back in with her widowed father, starts a flirtation with an old flame, and ends up teaching life skills to sixth-grade girls. One True Thing and Admission scribe Karen Croner is penning the script for Universal. [Deadline]
• Uma Thurman is in negotiations to join Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in the comedy American Ultra for director Nima Nourizadeh. The film follows a stoner who gets targeted by a sinister government operation. Thurman will play »
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's a look at today's latest casting news: Uma Thurman in negotiations to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra. Martin Sheen will join Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, starring Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins. Renee Zellweger is in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in Courtney Hunt's The Whole Truth. Thomas Kretschmann joins Zachary Quinto and Rupert Friend in Aleksander Bach's Hitman movie, Agent 47. Hit the jump for more on each film. First up from Heat Vision is word that Thurman is in negotiations for American Ultra, the action comedy scripted by Max Landis. The story centers on "an unmotivated stoner named Mike (Eisenberg) who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a »
- Dave Trumbore
The Hollywood Reporter reports Uma Thurman has joined American Ultra, an action-comedy from Project X director Nima Nourizadeh. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, as a stoner and his girlfriend who are put in danger when Eisenberg's character becomes the target of a government operation. Thurman will play the woman in charge of a secret government program to create sleeper agents, who comes to defend her babies, when others within the government threaten to kill them. If she brings the ferocity she seemingly brings in that Nymphomaniac clip, those sleeper cells are probably chill. »
- Jesse David Fox
The film centres around a stoner (Eisenberg) who, with his girlfriend (Stewart), becomes the target of a government agency when his past comes back to haunt him.
Thurman will take on the role of a government worker who spearheaded a secret programme to create 'sleeper warriors'. When her 'children' are targeted for erasure, she sets out to protect them.
American Ultra will begin shooting on April 14. »
According to the Hollywood Reporter, if things work out, the 43-year-old actress will play a government worker who fights back after her brainchild, the secret program to create sleep warriors, faces threat.
Meanwhile, Eisenberg and Stewart star as a couple whose boring lives are turned upside down when they become the target of a government operation.
- Amith Ostwal
It.s been over five years since David Gordon Green.s Pineapple Express smoked out theaters, and it.s high time another decent stoner action comedy made its way in front of our squinty peepers. Luckily, Lionsgate.s American Ultra will be kicking its production into action soon, and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart won.t have to feel so alone as the only cast members. Uma Thurman has entered negotiations to take one of the sub-leads of the film, making this her first starring role in a feature since 2012.s Playing for Keeps. Did you also forget that movie existed? American Ultra is the second film from British commercial and music video director Nima Nourizadeh, whose first film was the underwhelming youth culture comedy Project X. The screenplay was written by Chronicle writer Max Landis, who also has the umpteenth Frankenstein adaptation and the comedy Me Him Her »
The story follows Mike, a lazy stoner (Jesse Eisenberg), who lives a quiet life with his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart). One random night, the couples' lives change when something from Mike's past surfaces. He then finds himself in the middle of a government operation trying to take him out. Max Landis wrote the screenplay.
Max Landis' script follows an unmotivated stoner (Eisenberg) who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.
Thurman will play a government worker who spearheaded a secret program to create sleeper agents. Now that someone wants to kill her creation, she will fight to protect them.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Uma Thurman is in negotiations to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in American Ultra, an action comedy being directed by Nima Nourizadeh. Lionsgate is distributing. Likely Story's Anthony Bregman (Enough Said, Can a Song Save Your Life?) is producing with David Alpert and Britton Rizzio of Circle of Confusion, the company behind The Walking Dead. Story: Lionsgate Nabs Kristen Stewart-Jesse Eisenberg Comedy for $7 Million Max Landis, who wrote the hit sci-fi found-footage movie Chronicle, penned the script for Ultra, which tells of an unmotivated stoner named Mike (Eisenberg) who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in
- Borys Kit
Uma Thurman is set to join the previously-attached Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart for American Ultra , says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter . Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh is attached to direct. American Ultra , scripted by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, follows Mike, a young stoner who, alongside his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart) becomes targeted by a top secret government operation. Thurman will one of those behind the operation, which has created secret "sleeper warriors." Set to begin production next month, American Ultra is produced by Likely Story's Anthony Bregman and by Circle of Confusion's David Alpert and Britton Rizzio. PalmStar Media Capital's Kevin Frakes and Merced Media Partners' Raj Brinder Singh are serving as executive »
Jesse Eisenberg plays a stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) is upended when his past catches up with him, putting him the crosshairs of a government operation bent on wiping him out.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the comedy American Ultra for $7 million. The indie movie stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. Nima Nourizadeh, who directed the surprise hit Project X, begins shooting in New Orleans next month from a script by Max Landis. Eisenberg will play an unmotivated stoner named Mike, who lives with his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out. Photos: Inside The First Televised
- Aaron Couch
Lionsgate has paid $7 million for the U.S. distribution rights to “American Ultra,” a comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart that will enter production in April, according to two individuals with knowledge of the deal. Lionsgate bought the rights on the strength of the script, written by Max Landis, and CAA’s overall package, which includes the two stars, “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh and a handful of producers. Eisenberg will play an unwitting stoner who becomes the subject of a government operation while Stewart will play his girlfriend. Stewart has been very busy in the independent space since she. »
- Lucas Shaw
Eisenberg will portray a stoner and Stewart will play his girlfriend in a small town. His life takes an unexpected turn when his past comes back to haunt him and he becomes the target of a government operation to wipe him out.
The project was announced in November, where FilmNation launched foreign sales. CAA is repping U.S. rights.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: The appetite for scripts and partially finished films is soaring. Lionsgate is tying up a deal today to pay $7 million to pre-buy U.S. distribution rights to American Ultra, the action comedy that begins shooting in New Orleans in five weeks with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart starring for Project X director Nima Nourizadeh. In the script by Chronicle writer Max Landis, Eisenberg plays a stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is upended when his past catches up with him, putting him the crosshairs of a government operation bent on wiping him out. It’s a co-production between A Likely Story and Circle Of Confusion, with Anthony Bregman, David Alpert and Britton Rizzio producing, and Kevin Scott Frakes of Palmstar Media Capital and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media Partners exec producing. The buzz on this one has been building since Berlin, and I thought a deal might be made there. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Exclusive: The European Film Market has been a bit sparse, with things perking up with Open Road’s acquisition of Rock The Kasbah. I’ve heard that pre-buy deal amounted to a $2 million minimum guarantee, a 10% gross deal for Bill Murray and a 1200-screen release commitment. If there is going to be action in Berlin, it might well be through the sizzle reels or other pre-buys. The script stage projects being introduced in Berlin that seem most promising are the Daniel Craig-starrer The Whole Truth, the Jonathan Jakubowicz-directed Roberto Duran biopic Hands Of Stone with Edgar Ramirez playing the legend, Robert De Niro his trainer and Usher his rival Sugar Ray Leonard; the Nima Nourizadeh-directed American Ultra with Jesse Eisenberg and Stewart; the Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer Blood Mountain, about an Army ranger who must bring a terrorist to custody after his unit is wiped out in Pakistan »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in ‘Still Alice’: Family drama also to star Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin (photo: Kristen Stewart at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival) Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart have joined Julianne Moore in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s family/crippling disease drama Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova’s novel. Julianne Moore will play a psychologist, Alice Howland, who discovers she’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Kristen Stewart will be her youngest daughter, Lydia, who becomes closer to Alice as a result of her illness. If all goes as planned, production on Still Alice will kick off in early March in New York City. TheWrap broke the Kate Bosworth-Alec Baldwin-Kristen Stewart Still Alice casting story, adding that Memento Films International is selling the film at Berlin’s European Film Market. Reportedly thanks to Julianne Moore’s attachment, »
- Andre Soares
Exclusive: The life story of illusionist Harry Houdini has long fascinated Hollywood, but nobody has been able to do anything about it. Sony Pictures has Max Landis working his magic on a new draft of Houdini, the film being produced by Jimmy Miller. I’m told that is telling the story with an Hp Lovecraft influence. Landis scripted Chronicle, and his subsequent work includes Frankenstein, the Paul McGuigan-directed Fox pic that stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe; and American Ultra, the Nima Nourizadeh-directed film that stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Landis is repped by Wme and Circle Of Confusion. This gives new momentum to the pic that was originally scripted by Scott Frank, with Francis Lawrence attached until he went off to do the Hunger Games pics. Summit is also working on a Houdini project, which Dean Parisot has been circling to direct, based on the Noah Oppenheim »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
19 items from 2014
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