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Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl are in talks to topline “Entebbe,” Working Title’s Palestinian drama about the true events surrounding Operation Entebbe and the hijacking of an Air France plane in 1976. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will portray two German hijackers.
In the summer of that year, an Air France plane with 258 passengers was hijacked by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two members of the German Revolutionary Cells. The thriller’s title comes from the hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces at Entebbe Airport in Uganda.
- Liz Calvario
Don that hat and grab your umbrella because Meryl Streep in in talks to join the sequel to Mary Poppins, Variety reports. If Streep should accept, the Oscar winner joins Emily Blunt (who plays the titular Poppins) in Mary Poppins Returns, which would reunite the two and director Rob Marshall from Into the Woods — not to mention The Devil Wears Prada for the acting duo. Set in Depression-era London and concerns Jane and Michael Banks, who are now all grown up and have suffered a personal loss when they get a visit from the titular character. There is no news on who will play either Banks, but Hamilton star Manuel Miranda has been cast as Jack, a streetlamp lighter and friend of Blunt’s Poppins who will assumedly play a pivotal role in helping her coax the family out of sadness. The script is penned by David Magee, who recently adapted Life of Pi, »
- Mike Mazzanti
If their deals close, Pike and Bruhl will play German terrorists in the movie, based on the 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane headed from Tel Aviv to Paris. A total of 248 hostages were held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, then rescued by Israeli forces.
The plane was hijacked by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two members of the German Revolutionary Cells.
- Dave McNary
Xavier Dolan’s much-anticipated first foray into English-language filmmaking, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” has commenced production in the award-winning filmmaker’s native Montreal. Dolan, who recently picked up a Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his “It’s Only the End of the World,” first announced the film back in 2014. The film will also shoot in Prague, the UK and New York.
The film features a stellar ensemble cast, including Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Ben Schnetzer, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Thandie Newton, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire, and promises to investigate some hard truths about fame, friendship and memory.
Although Nicholas Hoult was originally announced to star in the film back in February, his name does not appear on this list. Instead, another up-and-coming young actor, »
- Kate Erbland
"Goat" and "Warcraft" star Ben Schnetzer has stepped in to replace Nicholas Hoult in "Mommy" filmmaker Xavier Dolan's much-anticipated first foray into English-language features "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan" for Seville International.
Set in the early 2000s, the story centers on the tribulations of an American TV star in his late twenties (Kit Harington) and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England.
Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed, eliciting the most ill-founded assumptions, and sending Donovan in a vertical downfall. A decade later, the young actor recollects his relationship with his past idol over the course of an interview.
Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Thandie Newton, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire also star. The project has commenced production in Montreal ahead of filming in Prague, »
- Garth Franklin
With the hopeful success of Michael Fassbender jumping off buildings, Ubisoft is gearing up for an adaptation of another one of their video games titled The Division, which already stars Jake Gyllenhaal. Now, THR reports Jessica Chastain may join the Nightcrawler star in the dystopian action thriller set in New York City after a smallpox outbreak leaves the world torn. Hollywood has long-since tried to bring video games to the big screen, usually with muddled results. Star caliber of this rate is a good starting point, but who is set to helm and pen the film will be the next test to see how serious Ubisoft is to make this work. Chastain was most recently seen in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and she’s slated for six films over the next year. Gyllenhaal is also producing the film with Gerard Guillemot of Ubisoft.
In non-button-mashing news, it’s been »
- Mike Mazzanti
Aaron Sorkin gave fans the opportunity to ask him anything in his special Reddit Ama session. The “West Wing” and “Steve Jobs” writer took the time to respond to a handful of users who wanted his opinion and tips on how to become a better screenwriter and find out what he’s currently working on.
Here are 10 highlights from his “Ask Me Anything” Q&A:
What is one of the biggest mistakes rookie screenwriters make?
“One of the biggest mistakes rookie screenwriters make is not having a strong intention or obstacle. The drive shaft of a car, beautiful leather seats, a fantastic sound system, a really cool paint job but the car isn’t going to move forward if the car doesn’t have a strong intention or obstacle.”
Did he originally hope that ‘The Newsroom’ would cause a positive change in today’s major news networks?
“When I write something, »
- Liz Calvario
It would certainly appear that video game adaptations are starting to become a more credible form of filmmaking. We already know about the prestigious talent involved with the Assassin's Creed film coming out this year- names like Fassbender, Irons, Cotillard, and Kurzel adorn that production- and now The Division is getting some serious love. The adaptation, which can already tout Jake Gyllenhaal as its star, is about to reel in Zero Dark Thirty and The Help star Jessica Chastain.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, two-time Academy Award nominee Chastain is in talks to join the game-to-film adaptation. Ubisoft is currently putting an impressive package together before shopping the production to the studios- a method that paid off for them when Fox took on Assassin's Creed and Paramount snatched up a Tom Hardy-led Splinter Cell film from the video game shingle.
"The Division is set in a near future New »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Against everyone’s better judgment, Jake Gyllenhaal is returning to video game adaptations with a movie based on Tom Clancy’s The Division from Ubisoft. The erstwhile (and regrettable) Prince Of Persia is starring in and producing the film, which has wisely chosen to bring Jessica Chastain on board. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chastain is in talks to lead the film with Gyllenhaal, though if anyone involved has any sense, they’ll just focus on the Zero Dark Thirty and Huntsman: Winter’s War star.
Chastain’s role hasn’t been announced yet, but she’ll presumably play the kind of person who could probably singlehandedly restore law and order to a besieged New York City. Maybe she’ll suggest to Gyllenhaal’s character that he just sit this one out at some point, or focus on taking out the same bad guys in some midtown alley so he »
- Danette Chavez
Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Ben Schnetzer, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Thandie Newton, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire lead the feature which is set in the early 2000s. Harington plays an American TV star in his late twenties who corresponds with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England.
Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed, eliciting the most ill-founded assumptions and sending Donovan into a downfall. A decade later, the young actor recollects his relationship with his past idol over the course of an interview.
- Garth Franklin
Last month, Jake Gyllenhaal signed on for an adaptation of the Ubisoft video game The Division, despite the fact that his last attempt to bring a video game to the big screen didn’t go very well. But hey, he could have better luck this time. Especially now that he’s got a very capable co-star to help […]
- Angie Han
Back in June it was announced that Ubisoft Motion Pictures has tapped Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) to produce and star in an adaptation of the hit video game Tom Clancy’s The Division, and now THR has revealed that Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak) is in talks to join him in the cast.
The Division takes place in a dystopian New York City following a smallpox pandemic, and sees the player as an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division who is searching for the origins of the outbreak whilst society descends into chaos.
Much like they did with the Michael Fassbender-headlined Assassin’s Creed and the Tom Hardy Splinter Cell project, Ubisoft is packaging The Division before taking it out to interested studios. As yet, there’s no word on a writer or director.
- Gary Collinson
One day, the quest for a decent narrative film adaptation of a popular video game might end. Today is not that day, however, and the mission continues. Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain is now in talks to join the planned adaptation of Tom Clancy’s The Division – one of Ubisoft’s bestselling titles – which is being packaged for sale by Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
The project has been on the radar for some months, with the involvement of Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal as star and producer already confirmed. The Division will also be co-produced by Ubisoft’s Gerard Guillemot, and Chastain would presumably come aboard as co-lead cast member. The story would be a great fit for the actress, too, who has built an impressive career combining heavy duty drama (Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Year), with more action-based fare (The Huntsman: Winter’s War).
Though the adaptation does »
- Sarah Myles
The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan centres a ill-fated correspondence between an American TV Star and an up-and-comer in England.
Lyse Lafontaine of Lyla Films is producing with Dolan and Nancy Grant of Sons Of Manual. Joe Iacono is the executive producer and Seville International handles international sales outside France, where Mars Films will distribute. Les Films Séville will directly distribute throughout Canada and Québec, while CAA handles Us rights.
Ifp Film Week: Project Forum organisers have selected 120 fiction and documentary projects for help from development through post-production. Titles include Requiem For A Robot, Fishbone and God »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is in talks to star opposite the previously attached Jake Gyllenhaal the cast of "The Division," the upcoming film adaptation of the Tom Clancy video game in development at Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
Set in the wake of a devastating pandemic that sweeps through New York City, basic services fail one by one and the city quickly descends into chaos.
Agents of a special branch known as 'The Division' set out to take back New York one block at a time. The game was released in March and was the biggest first-week launch ever for a new game franchise.
Gyllenhaal and Gerard Guillemot will produce. No writer or director have yet been announced. The first of Ubisoft's game-to-film adaptations, "Assassin's Creed," is slated to open December 21st. A film version of "Splinter Cell" starring Tom Hardy is also in the works.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Tom Clancy passed away nearly three years ago, but the novelist and video-game designer’s legacy is still being felt in the film world. It was announced last month that “Tom Clancy’s The Division” is being brought from console to screen with Jake Gyllenhaal attached as both star and producer, and now, per Variety, comes the news that Jessica Chastain may be joining him.
The third-person shooter was released in March to favorable reviews and strong sales, making as much as $330 million in its first week. Ubisoft, the game’s developer and publisher, also has an adaptation of its popular “Assassin’s Creed” series in the works with Michael Fassbender set to star.
Gyllenhaal previously headlined another high-profile game adaptation, »
- Michael Nordine
Gyllenhaal is producing the project with Ubisoft’s Gerard Guillemot.
Developed and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the third-person shooter is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic. The player, who is an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply “The Division,” is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division’s operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake.
Early reports had the game reaching $330 million dollars in sales in just five days, and that number has surely grown in recent weeks. Ubisoft will package the project, possibly adding one more actor to the mix before shopping it to studios. »
- Justin Kroll
Of course, you can’t judge any movie until you see the whole thing, but I don’t think anyone would blame me if video game adaptations gave me pause. The genre is littered with mediocre efforts and blockbuster flops, but Hollywood is really trying to change it around, because they know if they get it right, […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to join Jake Gyllenhaal in The Division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ adaptation of its own hit video game. Gyllenhaal is producing the project with Ubisoft’s Gerard Guillemot. The storyline is set in dystopian New York City after a smallpox pandemic. In the third-person shooter game, the player is an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division, aka The Division, and is searching for the origins of the outbreak. Ubisoft is packaging the project before taking it to studios. It’s a process that has been effective for the company, which set up Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender
- Borys Kit
Xavier Dolan’s star-studded picture “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” is the filmmaker’s first English-language directing project. Now, the highly-anticipated film has its very first poster – which includes a distinctive Easter egg.
The one-sheet is very simple and shows the names of the impressive cast, as well as introduces Adele in her acting debut. The film’s ensemble includes: Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, Thandie Newton, Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire.
“John F. Donovan” follows a young actor, 10 years after the death of an American TV star he corresponded with as a teenager, who recollects the pen-pal relationship he used to have with his past idol. The movie will explore the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business through the lives of both, then and now.
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- Liz Calvario
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