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Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black).
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will »
Production on Gus Van Sant’s latest epic, The Sea Of Trees, came to a close this week after a long shoot in both Japan and the U.S. To coincide with the end of principal photography, we’ve been offered at glimpse at the first official image from the completed film. Prepare thyself for dark, brooding kneeling.
This high quality version of an image leaked a few weeks earlier by EW shows a crouching, bloodied Matthew McConaughey. The shot also features co-star Ken Watanabe lurking in the background. It’s not much to go on, but judging by its synopsis, it’s hardly an action-packed pic:
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi »
- Gem Seddon
Gus Van Sant is wrapping principal photography on the drama, filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts.
McConaughey and Watanabe portray men on a journey of reflection and survival in the Aokigahara, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where a reportedly large amount of suicides occur. Watts plays McConaughey’s wife.
Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s sales, production and financing company Bloom introduced “The Sea of Trees” to buyers Cannes and by the end of the festival had sold out the world. Post-production is under way in Los Angeles.
- Dave McNary
Part of the shoot took place in Aokigahara at the foothills of Mt Fuji. Post-production work is now underway in Los Angeles.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on "The Sea of Trees", which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Mathew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Drive). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black). Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms »
- Press Release
Matthew McConaughey is going on a journey of life reflection in the first look image from his upcoming film, ‘The Sea of Trees.’ The photo was released from the drama’s production company, Bloom, which launched and introduced the movie at the Cannes Film Festival. ‘The Sea of Trees’ was directed by two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Gus Van Sant. The movie’s Black List script was penned by Chris Sparling. Ken Kao, who works at Bloom, which is also an international sales and financing company, is producing the drama. Besides this year’s Academy Award-winning actor, the drama also stars Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts. Bloom has released the [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Following his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club last year, Matthew McConaughey has the anticipated sci-fi drama Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan coming this fall (which could result in the actor getting yet another Oscar nod). And after that, another awards-worthy performance seems to be following next year with The Sea of Trees from Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant. We haven't seen footage yet, but the story follows a man who journeys into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of killing himself. Sounds pretty powerful, right? And now we have the first photo from the film which also stars Inception and The Last Samurai actor Ken Watanabe. Here's the first photo from Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees from EW: The Sea of Trees is directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Elephant) and written by Chris Sparling (Buried). In the film, »
- Ethan Anderton
Now, at some point, we’re going to have to stop referring to Matthew McConaughey’s amazing comeback, and start acknowledging the fact that this guy just does amazing work, right? How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past are a dim and distant memory. We need never again endure his Failure To Launch. For several years now, McConaughey has been answering casting calls from the likes of Soderbergh, Linklater (again, thankfully), Scorsese and Nolan, and that is a trend that continues with The Sea Of Trees – a collaboration with the legendary and Academy Award nominated director, Gus Van Sant. As the picture above suggests – it seems to be something haunting and beautiful.
Written by Chris Sparling – who wrote the brilliant and devastating Buried – The Sea Of Trees centres on Arthur (McConaughey), who treks into the dense forest at the base of Mount Fuji, known as the ‘suicide forest, »
- Sarah Myles
Japan's Aokigahara Forest is the stuff of nightmares and has been for some time. Several movies are on the way utilizing this truly frightening locale, the biggest budgeted of which is Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees, starring Matthew McConaughey.
Written by Chris Sparling Sea of Trees tells the story of a suicidal American (McConaughey) who befriends a Japanese man (Watanabe) lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji as the two search for a way out. No idea how Dread worthy this one will be, but we'll keep an eye on things for you.
In the interim check out the first look below courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
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- Steve Barton
A talented filmmaker capable of delivering unconventional indies and riveting crowdpleasers without ever sacrificing a moment of genuine emotion, Gus Van Sant has more than proven throughout the years that his projects are worth keeping a close eye on. Van Sant’s next film, Sea of Trees, is no different – especially because it stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey.
McConaughey stars alongside Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) in the low-budgeted drama, about an American man who encounters a Japanese man in Japan’s infamous Suicide Forest, where many people go to end their lives. Bonding over their shared sadness, the two set out into the forest on a journey of self-reflection.
Recently, Katie Aselton, of FX’s comedy The League, joined Sea of Trees in a supporting role. She’ll play a woman who had an affair with McConaughey’s character. Naomi Watts is already set to play McConaughey’s on-screen wife. Both »
- Isaac Feldberg
• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will »
- Jake Perlman
The story centers on Arthur (Matthew McConaughey), an American man, and a Japanese man named Takumi (Ken Watanabe) who meet in an area of Japan known as the "Suicide Forest," where many go to end their own lives. Instead of killing each other, the two men go on a journey of self-reflection through the forest together. Katie Aselton is playing a woman who had an affair with Arthur. Naomi Watts is playing Arthur's wife Joan.
Katie Aselton, the female star of FX's comedy The League, is joining Gus Van Sant's drama Sea of Trees. Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe are starring in the indie, which tells of an American man (McConaughey) and a Japanese man (Watanabe) who meet in Japan's infamous "Suicide Forest," where people go to commit suicide. But instead of killing themselves, the duo embark on a reflective journey through the forest together. Asleton will play a woman who has an affair with McConaughey's character. Naomi Watts is already cast as McConaughey’s wife in the Chris Sparling-written project. Trees is the first
- Borys Kit, Tatiana Siegel
“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing (or in a couple of titles below have been shooting since July). This August we’ve got a good number of projects that will start surfacing as early as next year’s Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Fests. With Dakota Johnson having been just announced, we’ve got Luca Guadagnino’s long awaited (remake) A Bigger Splash, getting ready for a poolside shoot. Gus Van Sant comes out of the woodworks to move into the woods for Sea of Trees. Sundance alumni Rick Alverson is wrapping up Entertainment, Reed Morano is set to make her directorial debut this mid-August with Meadowland, while Douchebag, Like Crazy, Breathe In‘s Drake Doremus is stationed in Japan for a weighty cast and futuristic tale in Equals. Here are some »
- Eric Lavallee
After launching his career from underground with Buried, and faltering slightly with the supernatural Red Lights, director Rodrigo Cortés is heading into young adult territory. The Wrap reports Lionsgate has picked up the rights to I Know What You Did Last Summer author Lois Duncan's thriller Down a Dark Hall, adapted by Buried writer Chris Sparling. However, unlike the studio's successful run with The Hunger Games and their sister company Summit Entertainment's Divergent and Twilight franchises, this young adult novel comes from 1974. Funnily enough, author Stephenie Meyer will be producing the film. For those not familiar with the book, here's the official synopsis: Kit Gordy sees Blackwood Hall towering over black iron gates, and she can't help thinking, This place is evil. The imposing mansion sends a shiver of fear through her. But Kit settles into a routine, trying to ignore the rumors that the highly exclusive boarding school is haunted. »
- Ethan Anderton
Although Joaquin Phoenix was originally rumoured to be joining Gus Vant Sant’s new film Sea Of Trees, it’s man of the moment Matthew McConaughey who’ll be teaming up with the Good Will Hunting and Milk director and now we can confirm that filming has just begun.
He joins Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe on the highly rated script by Chris Sparling (Buried), that’ll film in the States and in Japan. McConaughey plays the role of Arthur Brennan who treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees. This mysterious forest can be found at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji and it’s where they’ll go to consider everything in their existence, from life to death. Whilst there, Brennan meets Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way and the two men begin their own journey to find themselves and to survive. »
- Dan Bullock
The story follows a new female student at a boarding school who must confront the powerful headmistress and her supernatural powers.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
Lionsgate has acquired the suspense thriller Down a Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortes (Buried) to direct. The young adult novel by Lois Duncan centers on Kit, a new student at Blackwood Boarding School: "It is the opportunity of a lifetime, but Kit quickly realizes something strange is happening behind its walls as she confronts the darkly seductive powers of Blackwood’s headmistress and comes face to face with the supernatural powers that could make her great or destroy her." Michael Goldbach (Daydream Nation) adapted the first draft---Chris Sparling (Buried) has joined the team for additional writing. Stephenie Meyer, Meghan Hibbett, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen will produce Down a Dark Hall. Check out the press release for more details after the break. Lionsgate Acquires Young Adult Suspense Thriller Down A Dark Hall From Fickle Fish And Temple Hill Entertainment Rodrigo CORTÉS Attached To Direct Film Based On »
- Brendan Bettinger
Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has begun principal photography on Sea Of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight of Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water For Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, »
- Michelle McCue
"The McConaissance" continues as Gus Van Sant’s new project Sea of Trees starts shooting today. As you may have guessed, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as well as Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Penned by Chris Sparling, the story follows a man who enters the “Suicidal Forest” at Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who is having second thoughts about his own suicide, the two “begin a journey of reflection and survival.” This sounds exactly like the kind of film I feel Van Sant should be doing and it makes me glad that 50 Shades of Grey dalliance ended for him when it did. Hit the jump for the full press release on Sea of Trees starting up. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and Japan with no release date set as-of-yet. Here’s the press release: Bloom, »
- Evan Dickson
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