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While we await the release of his adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise, British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has announced details of his next film – and his first set in the U.S. – Free Fire, which will star Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and Olivia Wilde (Her), along with Wheatley regular Michael Smiley (Kill List).
“The idea for Free Fire came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies; from The Asphalt Jungle, The Big Sleep, The Killing and The Big Combo through The Driver, Le Samourai and The French Connection, to the modern cycle of Goodfellas, Casino, Hard Boiled and Reservoir Dogs,” said Wheatley. “Free Fire will take you and stick you in the middle of the action. I want the film to have the stylish, no-nonsense feel that you get in Peckinpah’s The Getaway. It’s a modern ‘70s movie. Muscular, »
- Gary Collinson
• Megan Fox will take the female lead in Zeroville, starring opposite James Franco, who is also directing. Adapted from the novel by Steve Erickson, the story follows a film-obsessed man (Franco) who arrives in Hollywood in 1969, hoping to break in to the business just as the industry is at a major turning point. Fox will play a Hollywood starlet with an uneasy past who becomes the romantic interest and obsession of Franco’s character. Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell, Jacki Weaver, and Horatio Sanz also star. Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini is producing along with Caroline Aragon, »
- C. Molly Smith
Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley are set to star in Ben Wheatley's action movie “Free Fire,” which will be the director's first film set in the U.S., it was announced Friday. Protagonist Pictures is launching pre-sales at Afm for the movie, which has a $10 million budget. Set in Bostin in 1978, story chronicles an arms deal that goes wrong and turns into a shootout. Wilde plays Justine, a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Hammer and Evans who are selling. »
- Jeff Sneider
You may not know the name Ben Wheatley yet, but the British filmmaker has gotten quite a bit of buzz previously for his films Sightseers and Kill List. His next film will be an adaptation of High Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, but after that, he's coming to the United States for his next film. THR has word that Wheatley is set to direct a 1970s crime drama called Free Fire, and he has quite the cast assembled to star in it. The project is on sale at the American Film Market and is touting Olivia Wilde (Rush), Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and also Armie Hammer (The Social Network). The film is based on an original idea by Wheatley, and that's what we like to hear: "The idea for Free Fire came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies; from 'The Asphalt Jungle,' 'The Big Sleep, »
- Ethan Anderton
The story is set in 1978 Boston, following a woman named Justine (Olivia Wilde) who has set up a meeting between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley) and a gang lead by Luke Evans and Armie Hammer for an arms deal. When shots are fired before the deal is made, the meeting turns into a deadly game of survival.
Here's what director Ben Wheatley had to say about Free Fire in a statement.
"The idea for Free Fire came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies; from The Asphalt Jungle, The Big Sleep, The Killing and 'The Big Combo' through The Driver, Le Samourai and The French Connection, to the modern cycle of Goodfellas, Goodfellas, Hard Boiled and Reservoir Dogs. »
We’ve got a few casting announcements to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: The Wolf of Wall Street breakout Margot Robbie is looking to add another comedy to her resume, as she is in talks to join Tina Fey in The Taliban Shuffle—though this doesn’t take her contention for Suicide Squad. Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Lily James (Downton Abbey) are circling director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) adaptation Their Finest Hour and a Half. Luke Evans is set to star in Kill List director Ben Wheatley’s shootout film Free Fire, which will also include Armie Hammer, Olivia Wilde, and Cillian Murphy. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Per THR, Margot Robbie is in talks to join Tina Fey in The Taliban Shuffle. Based on Kim Barker’s wartime memoir, Fey is onboard to play a war correspondent working in Kabul, »
- Adam Chitwood
Set in Boston in 1978, Wilde plays a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Hammer and Evans who are selling them a stash of guns.
When shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues. The plan is to do a "muscular, tough and spare" 1970s-style crime movie along the lines of Sam Peckinpah's "The Getaway".
Wheatley is writing and will direct the project which aims to begin shooting in the Spring. Andy Starke will produce and StudioCanal has already nabbed the U. »
- Garth Franklin
Few directors in the British film industry have shot to fame quite like Ben Wheatley. Having completed his directorial debut Down Terrace in a mere nine days, the idiosyncratic filmmaker continued his streak a year later with Kill List, followed by 2012’s jet-black comedy Sightseers, before releasing last year’s visceral A Field In England.
Now, for his latest feature film, Free Fire, Wheatley is upping the ante and bringing his eclectic style of filmmaking across the pond. In doing so, the director has also rounded up an impressive cast for the ‘70s-inspired crime drama, including Luke Evans, Olivia Wilde, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer and Michael Smiley — who has collaborated with Wheatley on three separate occasions.
Steeped in the rich lore of past hard-boiled movies, Wheatley spoke briefly about his inspiration for Free Fire.
“The idea for Free Fire came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies; from The Asphalt Jungle, »
- Michael Briers
Ben Wheatley has previous cautioned himself against talking too much about his future projects, but one he is happily discussing is shootout actioner Free Fire which now has Luke ‘Bard the Bowman’ Evans aboard. Hey, that guy knows how to shoot straight.Free Fire is another period piece to follow A Field In England, although set in the much-more-recent times of Boston in 1978. The story, which Wheatley is pitching as a muscular crime flick in the spirit of Melville, Hawks, Scorsese and Walter Hill, charts the fallout from a gun-running hook-up orchestrated by Olivia Wilde in a deserted warehouse. Take two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley), a criminal enterprise led by Armie Hammer and Evans, a bunch of guns, some itchy trigger fingers, Wheatley’s skills behind the camera and to Empire’s mind, you have all the ingredients for a crackerjack action movie.“The idea for Free Fire »
One of the U.K.’s most interesting filmmakers is coming to our shores. Ben Wheatley is getting a cast together for Free Fire, a ’70s-inspired action shootout that will be his first-ever film set in the U.S. So far, he’s off to a great start. Olivia Wilde, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer are all […]
- Angie Han
"I just think he's so interesting and unique and I don't know anyone who makes movies like he does," Elisabeth Moss, who stars in Ben Wheatley's upcoming "High Rise," recently told us about the director, and we totally agree. Prolific and constantly shifting gears, it's always exciting to see what the filmmaker is cooking up, and this next bit of news is no different. Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, and Michael Smiley will star in Wheatley's "Free Fire." The film, which the director also wrote, is inspired by action movies he loves—"The Asphalt Jungle," "The Big Sleep," "The Killing," "The Big Combo, "The Driver," "Le Samourai," "The French Connection," "Goodfellas," "Casino," "Hard Boiled," "Reservoir Dogs," "The Getaway"—and is set in Boston 1978, following "Justine, a woman who has brokered a meeting in a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The cast of the $10 million budget film, Wheatley’s first set in the U.S., will also feature Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “The Lone Ranger” and next year’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”), Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “Batman Begins”), Olivia Wilde (“Her,” “Rush”) and Wheatley regular Michael Smiley (“Kill List,” “Black Sea”) in a story about an arms deal that goes spectacularly wrong.
Andy Starke will produce for Starke and Wheatley’s Rook Films, whose recent production of Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, with Film4 on board as one of the financiers. Casting is by Shaheen Baig. Production is scheduled for spring 2015.
Studiocanal, which has a long history with Wheatley, has acquired rights for the U. »
- Leo Barraclough
Rising U.K. director Ben Wheatley will be heading to the U.S. for the first time with his next movie, 1970s crime drama Free Fire, which has lined up Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Luke Evans as cast members. Wheatley regular Michael Smiley will also star. Evans also features in Wheatley’s upcoming film High-Rise, currently in post-production. Free Fire, which is being launched for pre-sales at Afm by Protagonist Pictures, is set in 1978 in Boston. Wilde is set to play a woman who brokers a meeting between two men – Murphy and Smiley
- Alex Ritman
Ben Wheatley is to write and direct action film Free Fire, which is being launched for pre-sales at Afm (Nov 5-12) by Protagonist Pictures.
The $10m budget film - Wheatley’s first set in the Us - will star Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Cillian Murphy (Inception), Olivia Wilde (Rush) and Wheatley regular Michael Smiley (Kill List), in a story about an arms deal which goes spectacularly wrong.
Production is scheduled for spring 2015 with the script likely to be among the hottest properties at the upcoming Afm.
StudioCanal has acquired rights for the UK. Domestic rights are repped by Wme.
The story is set in Boston in 1978. Wilde plays Justine, a woman who »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Translating movies and television for international markets can be a tricky business, as we discovered last year when we assembled this collection of 20 titles that got lost in translation.
But if you want to descend to a whole new level of weirdness, you need to look beyond the official channels. Whether it's a pirated disc being hawked in the street or a bona fide copy resold in unofficial packaging, these are products where the normal quality standards simply do not apply.
Below we've rounded up 11 of the world's most bizarre bootleg DVD covers, featuring dodgy Photoshopping, garbled Babelfish-style synopses, and entire actors being accidentally dropped in from other movies or TV shows.
God, True Detective was a great show. Remember that episode where Rust and Marty go to Vegas and live it up in faux-Paris before narrowly escaping an exploding building on the back of a phoenix?
“Twin Peaks” book will reveal what happened over the past 25 years Co-creator Mark Frost is behind "The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks,” which will offer a deeper look into the original series. It’s due out in late 2015. Frost said in a statement: “This has long been a dream project of mine that will bring a whole other aspect of the world of Twin Peaks to life, for old fans and new. I couldn’t be more thrilled.” "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” beat most new shows last night in the demo In fact, only four shows beat the 48-year-old rerun in demo numbers. “Game of Thrones” confirms it’ll break its “no flashbacks” rule next season David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced the news this week in Spain: "Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, »
- Norman Weiss
Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant are tuning up a project together. The pair are in negotiations/talks to join as an yet untitled film directed by Stephen Frears regarding awful American opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins who "had legions of fans who filled her concerts, but it was never clear whether they genuinely enjoyed her piercing screeches — or were just going along for a laugh." Streep will play Jenkins, with Grant as her manager. [Baz Bamigboye] A project that has been in the works for a few years and once had Armie Hammer attached, "2:22" is moving ahead with Teresa Palmer. Paul Currie will direct and has drafted a script based on an original concept by Todd Stein and Nathan Parker ("Moon"), about "a woman who gets involved with a guy who is drawn by a bizarre pattern of events to Central Station every day at 2:22pm and discovers this is »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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, »
Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers are inseparable—especially due to the fact that their firstborn child will be born in just a few weeks! The pregnant Bird Bakery owner posed with her husband on the set of Mine and shared a picture via Instagram Wednesday. "Military prom pose. #tippytoes," she wrote. Chambers also revealed that she's eight and a half months pregnant! The mom-to-be recently shared a photo of her "precious husband and his crew cut" while on location in Corralejo, Fuerteventura. Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro wrote the script and are directing the psychological thriller. Hammer, who is also an executive producer, plays a soldier who gets stranded in the desert after a »
Today's Mppa ratings bulletin has at least one interesting title, that being William Monahan's Mojave, which stars Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund and is still not only without a release date, but without a distributor. At least now it has an R-rating, but not that's not likely going to help sell it. Next is Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, which won't be hitting theaters until August 14, 2015, but at least we can now confirm it has PG-13 rating. Ron Howard's In The Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, will be hitting theaters March 2015 and it too has a PG-13 rating, just as does the upcoming Left Behind feature starring Nicolas Cage, arriving in theaters this October 3. The complete bulletin is listed directly below, including a rating for Cymbeline, which stars Ethan Hawke and Milla Jovovich and recently played the Venice »
- Brad Brevet
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