20 items from 2014
The Birdman actress will star in Farren Blackburn's psychological thriller, reports Variety.
The film is based on Christina Hodson's Blacklist screenplay about a woman who discovers a terrible secret about her catatonic son.
Shut In will begin shooting in Europe in 2015. »
Santa Monica-based Myriad Pictures has added boxing crime thriller Glass Chin to its Afm roster for all worldwide sales outside the U.S. House of Cards‘ Corey Stoll stars in the neo-noir Tribeca Film Festival entry as an ex-pugilist desperate to get back in the game who starts training a young fighter and gets involved in crooked dealings with a local restaurateur (Billy Crudup). Yul Vazquez (Kill the Messenger, Captain Phillips), Marin Ireland (I Am Legend, Hope Springs), and Kelly Lynch (The Jacket, Charlie’s Angels) also star. Noah Buschel (The Missing Person) wrote and directed the film which is produced by Louise Runge and Samantha Housman of Onezero Films, Susan Stover, and Sara Woodhatch. Lois J. Drabkin is exec producer. Myriad’s Audrey Delaney, Svp of Marketing & Acquisition, negotiated the deal with Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Elvis & Nixon
Cary Elwes along with Hanala and Joey Sagal penned the script about the morning of December 21st 1970 when Presley requested a meeting with Nixon for a very urgent reason - he wanted to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. [Source: Screen]
Naomi Watts has signed on to star in Farren Blackburn's drama "Shut In" for Lava Bear Films and EuropaCorp. Christina Hodson penned the 2012 Blacklist screenplay and filming begins in Europe next year.
Watts plays a woman who tries to raise her catatonic son on her own and suddenly discovers a shocking secret about him. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
• Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn are set to star in Blackbird. Theatrical director Benedict Andrews will make his feature directorial debut. David Harrower adapted the script from his play of the same name. The story catches up with two people who had a passionate affair 15 years prior; one has created a new life, while the other is seeking answers. The film will shoot in the U.K. next summer. [Deadline] • Naomi Watts, whose recent films include Birdman and St. Vincent, will star in the indie drama Shut In. Farren Blackburn is directing from a script by Christina Hodson. The film will »
- C. Molly Smith
EuropaCorp swoops on buzzed-about David Linde thriller.
The film follows a woman and her son - who suffers from shut in syndrome - as they are stalked by an evil presence at their remote home.
EuropaCorp will release the film domestically through Red and launch sales at the Afm.
Principal photography will commence next year in Europe.
Tory Metzger, president of Lava Bear, is overseeing the production of the film for EuropaCorp/Lava Bear.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Naomi Watts has signed on to star in the drama Shut In. Directed by Farren Blackburn from the 2012 Blacklist screenplay by Christina Hodson, EuropaCorp will co-produce, finance and distribute worldwide the psychological thriller from Lava Bear Films. The indie, to be shopped at Afm for international sales, will be released by EuropaCorp domestically through Red. Shut In, developed and packaged by Lava Bear, will shoot in Europe in 2015. Watts' recent movie credits include Birdman and St. Vincent. Blackburn directed the TV series The Fades, Luther and Doctor Who. Hodson also wrote The Eden Project, which was recently acquired by
- Etan Vlessing
EuropeaCorp will distribute worldwide and release the film domestically through its partnership with Relativity. EuropaCorp is launching international sales at Afm.
Watts is currently in “Birdman” and “St. Vincent” and will be seen in “Insurgent,” “Sea of Trees” and “While We’re Young.” Blackburn’s directing credits include the TV series “The Fades,” “Luther” and “Doctor Who.”
Hodson also wrote “The Eden Project,” which was recently acquired by Sony.
- Dave McNary
Naomi Watts has been set to star in EuroCorp's psychological thriller “Shut In,” which will be directed by Farren Blackburn from the Blacklist screenplay by Christina Hodson. Logline is being kept under wraps. Filming begins in Europe in 2015. Tory Metzger, President of Lava Bear, is overseeing the production of the film for EuropaCorp/Lava Bear. Also read: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts Movie ‘While We're Young’ Bought by A24 EuropaCorp will co-produce, fully finance and distribute the Lava Bear Films thriller and will release the film domestically. The company will also sell international rights at this year's Afm. Also read: Naomi Watts in Negotiations to. »
- Linda Ge
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman Unlimited and more…
With just over a month to go until its release, Marvel Studios has continued ramping up the publicity for Guardians of the Galaxy with the arrival of an extended TV spot [see here], an IMAX poster [see here], an international poster [see here], a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled ‘Definitive Anti-Hero’ [see here], and new images featuring Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Ronan (Lee Pace), Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) [see here and here]. Meanwhile, director James Gunn has confirmed that Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion is set to make »
- Gary Collinson
Harley Davidson's Project LiveWire, the company's first electric motorcycle, is set to make its official big screen debut in next summer's "Avengers: Age of Ultron". The vehicle will feature as the main vehicle of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, with video and photos from the set featuring Black Widow's stunt double showing that the new bike model is already hard at work. [Source: Movieweb]
One person who'd be more than happy to reprise his role in the "X-Men" franchise is the older Beast himself Kelsey Grammar. The "X-Men: Last Stand" actor says: "I hope to do another. I hope they find some way to come up with a new story that involves Beast in my timeline." [Source: Cbr]
- Garth Franklin
So far, each of the casting decisions for Marvel's Daredevil Netflix series have been met by a firm nod from us. Charlie Cox as the lead? Nod. Vincent D'Onofrio as the villain? Nod. The latest smart choice for the forthcoming online series is Sin City's Rosario Dawson. Nod. Nod. Nod.
It's not yet been announced exactly who Dawson will be playing in Daredevil, or indeed, whether her role will come from Marvel canon or a new addition to Hell's Kitchen. Her official character write-up is as follows:
"Rosario Dawson will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city." So far, so vague. »
Of the shows that Marvel and Netflix are collaborating on, there’s none that I’m more excited for than Daredevil. Despite Drew Goddard being replaced as showrunner, this project still has plenty going for it. Daredevil is a very interesting character, and they’ve found an excellent cast to bring his story to the small screen. While we’re still very much in the dark as to which direction the series is heading in, I’m definitely looking forward to this one.
Today, we have more promising news coming our way, as Farren Blackburn has confirmed that he’ll helm an episode of the show. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Blackburn’s work, he’s best known for directing a couple episodes of Doctor Who (The Rings of Akhaten” and “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe”) and the final two episodes of season three of Luther. »
- Alexander Lowe
Coming hot on the heels of the news that Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) has joined the cast of Marvel’s Daredevil, British director Farren Blackburn has announced on Twitter (via BleedingCool) that he’s set to direct an episode of the Netflix miniseries. Blackburn’s previous work includes the feature film Hammer of the Gods, as well as episodes of Doctor Who, Luther, Silent Witness, The Fades and The Musketeers.
Daredevil is set to start production next month, with Charlie Cox (Stardust) playing the blind lawyer / superhero Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket) as the Kingpin. Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus) serves as showrunner and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) will direct the first episode, which he’s also written as well as executive producing the show alongside Jeph Loeb (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). The series will land on Netflix next year. »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel's Daredevil Netflix series is shaping up to be a must-see event for all comic book fans, as more talent gets added to the anticipated adventure drama. Drew Goddard was original confirmed to be showrunner on the series, writing and directing at least the pilot episode. He stepped down last month to focus his energy on The Sinister Six, with Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) stepping into take his place. Since that happened, we haven't gotten official confirmation on a director until today.
It looks like Farren Blackburn, known for helming some of the best episodes of Luther and Doctor Who, is stepping in to direct at least one episode, and possibly more. It is not known if he is taking over on the pilot episode, but it seems likely. Here is the official announcement tweet from the man himself.
Enjoying The Interceptor edit but »
With Drew Goddard busy with the movie pretty much nobody wants to see (that's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spin-off Sinister Six in case you missed the news), Marvel hired Steven S. DeKnight as Daredevil's new showrunner and are obviously on the hunt for anyway for directors to tackle various instalments of the 13-episode Netflix series. While we don't know which episode it will be, British director Farren Blackburn has confirmed that he will be working on at least one episode of the drama which stars Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio and Rosario Dawson. For those of you wondering, Blackburn directed the Doctor Who episodes, "The Rings of Akhaten" and "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe". His Luther contribution were the very impressive final two episodes of season three, and that his work on the Idris Elba led drama alone should serve as proof that he will have no problems »
David Gyasi has dropped out of starring in the 8-episode BBC drama series The Interceptor, from Tony Saint. Gyasi, who was to play the lead in the drama project, will be replaced by fellow Brit O.T. Fagbenle (Doctor Who, EastEnders), according to UK TV news site, TV Wise. O.T. (Olatunde) joins a cast that also includes Trevor Eve, Jo Joyner, and Robert Lonsdale. The Interceptor follows a state of the art law enforcement team, known as Unit, whose mission is to hunt down Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals. O.T. will play Ash, a new recruit to the Unit, whose dream is to bring down the biggest of those criminals. Trevor Eve will play Roach, a ruthless criminal and Ash’s main target; Jo Joyner will play Ash’s wife; Robert Lonsdale will be Ash’s partner and best friend. Lorraine Ashbourne, Anna Skellern, Gary Beadle and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
David Gyasi has exited the cast of BBC One's The Interceptor.
However, he has been forced to leave the series due to a leg injury, the BBC confirmed today (March 31).
Looking actor Ot Fagbenie will now replace Gyasi in the role. Filming will continue in April in London.
Kate Harwood, Head of Drama Production England, said: "We're incredibly sorry to be losing David from The Interceptor.
"He's a very talented actor and we hope to find another opportunity to work with him again in the future. In the meantime, we're delighted that Ot Fagbenle has been able to join us and look forward to welcoming him on board."
Gyasi said: "I'm very disappointed to not be able to continue filming this role, but I look forward to working with the BBC in the future. »
Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
David Gyasi has joined the cast of the new 8-episode BBC drama series The Interceptor, from Tony Saint. Gyasi will play the lead in the drama project, and will be joined by Trevor Eve, Jo Joyner, and Robert Lonsdale. The Interceptor follows a state of the art law enforcement team, known as Unit, whose mission is to hunt down Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals. David Gyasi will play Ash, a new recruit to the Unit, whose dream is to bring down the biggest of those criminals. Trevor Eve will play Roach, a ruthless criminal and Ash’s main target; Jo Joyner will play Ash’s wife; Robert Lonsdale will be Ash’s partner and best friend. Lorraine Ashbourne, Anna Skellern, Gary Beadle and Lee Boardman round out the cast. Luther helmer Farren Blackburn is attached to direct, with production scheduled to begin next month on location in London, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
White Heat actor Gyasi will play new recruit Ash, with Joyner cast as his feisty wife Lorna.
"I am simply thrilled to be working with this creative team and to be a part of this exciting new project," said series lead Gyasi.
20 items from 2014
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