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• Emily Blunt (Looper) is reportedly in talks to join the ever-growing ensemble cast of Disney’s Into the Woods to play the role of the Baker’s (James Corden) wife. The main cast also currently includes Meryl Streep (The Witch) and Johnny Depp (The Wolf). Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are both in talks for two prince roles. Blunt recently appeared with Colin Firth in Arthur Newman and can be seen next with Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill (out June 4). [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Bill Smitrovich (Iron Man) are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job). The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), the script was developed from Bill Granger’s There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger’s thirteen-part November Man series.
With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative (Brosnan) who finds himself pitted against his former pupil (Bracey) in a race to find a woman hiding from her past (Kurylenko) who holds the key to an international conspiracy. November Man is financed by Merced Media Partners, Envision Entertainment Corporation and PalmStar Media Capital. Executive Producers include Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
Based on a Bill Granger novel, the story follows an ex-cia agent (Pierce Brosnan) who goes up against his former protege (Luke Bracey) in a race against time to find a woman (Olga Kurylenko) who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.
Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job) is directing from a screenplay by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion). The script is based on "There Are No Spies," the seventh novel in Bill Granger's 13-book November Man series.
Producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films have announced that Olga Kurylenko (“Oblivion”) has signed up to join the cast of Pierce Brosnan’s CIA spy thriller “November Man”, along with Luke Bracey (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) and Bill Smitrovich (“Iron Man”). Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Bill Smitrovich (Iron Man) are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job). The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), the script was developed from Bill Granger’s There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger’s thirteen-part November Man series. With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative (Brosnan) who finds »
Brosnan portrays an ex-cia operative pitted against his former pupil (Bracey). The two are in a race to find a woman (Kurylenko) hiding from her past and who holds the key to an international conspiracy. Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek penned the script. [Source: Variety]
Into the Woods
Emily Blunt and Christine Baranski are in negotiations to join Rob Marshall's Broadway musical adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" for Disney Pictures. Details of Baranski's role are unknown.
The musical revolves around a childless baker and his wife (Blunt) who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) that put the spell on them. [Source: Variety]
Terry Gilliam has been cast in »
- Garth Franklin
Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan is getting ready to start filming his next movie, "November Man." Directed by Roger Donaldson ("The Bank Job"), the film also stars Olga Kurylenko ("Oblivion"), Luke Bracey ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") and Bill Smitrovich ("Iron Man," "Nero Wolfe"). The new movie is scheduled to start shooting this coming Monday, May 20th. Described as an "espionage action-thriller," it has a script from Michael Finch ("Predators") and Karl Gajdusek ("Oblivion") and is based on the seventh book of Bill Granger's November Man 13-part series. The official synopsis is as follows: November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative »
- Josh Lasser
The castings were ann0unced at Cannes on Friday — three days before the start of production in Europe — by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. The Solution is handling international rights and CAA represents the U.S. rights.
Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime announced the project at Cannes last year as part of a multipicture financing and distribution deal with the Solution Entertainment Group, with “November Man” set as the launch title and framed as a potential franchise-starter.
Brosnan portrays an ex-cia operative pitted against his former pupil, played by Bracey. The two »
- Dave McNary
Olga Kurylenko ( Oblivion ), Luke Bracey ( G.I. Joe: Retaliation ) and Bill Smitrovich ( Iron Man ) are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man , directed by Roger Donaldson ( The Bank Job ). The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch ( Predators ) and Karl Gajdusek ( Oblivion ), the script was developed from Bill Granger's "There Are No Spies," the seventh book in Granger's 13-part "November Man" series. With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative (Brosnan) who finds himself pitted against his former pupil (Bracey) in a race to find a woman hiding from her past (Kurylenko) who holds the »
Walker might make for a more baby-faced Agent 47 than his predecessor, Timothy Olyphant, who starred in 2007's "Hitman" directed by "Frontier(s)" director, Xavier Gans. Gans is being replaced this time around by commercial director Alexander Bach, although that film's writer, Skip Woods is returning for "Agent 47" along with his "A Good Day to Die Hard" writing partner Michael Finch.
That film saw Olyphant's Agent 47 on the run with a beautiful woman (Olga Kurylenko) after the assassin is framed for killing a prominent Russian politician. It wasn't very good.
It's not clear what role, if any, developer Io Interactive will play in the development process (probably none, but I thought I'd throw it out there). By all appearances, Square Enix doesn't have the kind »
- Charles Webb
The Fast and the Furious Paul Walker will replace Tymothy Olyphant (Justified) in Agent 47, Fox’s reboot of 2007s Hitman, the live action film adaptation of the hit Square Enix video game. The film comes from a script by Michael Finch and A Good Day To Die Hard‘s Skip Woods who also wrote the original and is being helmed by commercial director Aleksander Bach who will be making his big-screen directorial debut. Agent 47 follows a 2007 film that starred Olyphant as the genetically engineered elite assassin with the barcode tattooed on the back of his bald head. Therefore, Walker will shave his head and »
- Nick Martin
Twentieth Century Fox is planning a reboot of Square Enix's video game adaptation Hitman with Paul Walker taking the lead as Agent 47. Timothy Olyphant originated the role in Fox's 2007 flop Hitman, which failed to ignite a franchise.
Agent 47 comes to theaters in 2014. »
The immensely popular Hitman video game series landed its big screen debut back in 2007 with Xavier Gens’ brilliant action-thriller of the same name. There’s been talk of a sequel in the years since, but now Fox have given the go-ahead for a reboot in its place, with an eye to put Agent 47 into production this summer.
Aleksander Bach, a highly regarded commercials director, will be making his feature directorial debut behind the camera.
Walker will soon be seen this summer in the immensely anticipated Fast and Furious 6, which launched its first footage with a 60-second TV spot »
- Kenji Lloyd
The Scorecard Review news
Thoughts by Tsr: Well, this sure is a significant downgrade. It isn’t even that Timothy Olyphant’s Hitman was good. It’s just that Paul Walker lacks the presence of Olyphant. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter. Despite the “Hitman” franchise being one series of video games I’ve actually spent a good deal of time playing, I have no reason to be excited about this. There are very few people I could picture playing the genetically engineered assassin with a barcode on the back of his head – Jason Statham has seemed like the obvious name since day one – and Paul Walker certainly isn’t on the list. (Fun fact: at one point, Vin Diesel was going to play Agent 47 in 2007’s Hitman. »
- Shane T. Nier
When it comes to video game adaptations that have been made in Hollywood, it's easy to forget the 2007 Timothy Olyphant-starring flick "Hitman." That's likely what commercial director Aleksander Bach is hoping most people do, because his feature film — called "Agent 47" — is going to bring the "Hitman" film series back from the grave.
This new flick has a new leading man as its titular hitman: Paul Walker. Deadline has the news about the Square Enix game being brought back to the big screen, and also has the news that the movie is being based on a script written by "A Good Day To Die Hard's" Skip Woods and Michael Finch.
"Agent 47" is being touted as a new start to the "Hitman" series, ignoring the movie that came before. Considering the fact that video game adaptations are having a resurgence in Hollywood, it makes sense that someone would want to take another stab at "Hitman. »
- Terri Schwartz
According to Deadline Hollywood, Fox is looking to take another shot at the world of Hitman despite the relative weakness (box office and quality-wise) of the 2007 video game adaptation starring Timothy Olyphant. Since bad ideas hate rolling solo, the studio has decided to hire Paul Walker to shed his hair and star in the project they’re calling Agent 47. Plus, if this didn’t already sound like an ambitious step toward mediocrity, it comes from screenwriters Skip Woods and Michael Finch. Woods’ Good Day to Die Hard isn’t yet available for judgment (it hits next week), but he wrote the earlier Hitman as well as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The A-Team. Finch’s sole credit is for Predators. The cherry on top of the coffin is that they’ve hired So there may be some interesting ideas here, but the decision to cast Walker is about as bad as my Photoshop job up there. There »
- Scott Beggs
1.) When Fox's video game adaptation Hitman grossed nearly $100 million worldwide on a budget around $20 million back in 2007, you would have thought the studio would make a sequel a priority. The follow-up was discussed on-and-off for years, but never came to fruition, most likely because original star Timothy Olyphant was never keen on returning to the franchise (or shaving his head in general). He recently went as far as telling the Nerdist podcast he only did the first one so he could pay for his new house after getting blindsided by the sudden cancellation of "Deadwood." Anyway, Fox has now decided to reboot the actioner as Agent 47 with Paul Walker starring as the barcoded assassin. The script was written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Skip Woods (A Good Day to Die Hard), with commercials director Aleksander Bach making his feature debut. The move makes sense for all involved as Walker could »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Despite the fact that video game adaptations are still generally doomed to be complete abominations, the lure of established brands and potential franchises keeps bringing Hollywood back for more. Even when a first or second attempt fails, nowadays the possibility of a reboot is always just around the corner. This week Fox has announced that they will be giving the Hitman franchise another shot with a brand new film called Agent 47, which will not be a continuation of the previous installment. Instead of Timothy Olyphant playing the genetically-engineered assassin, this time around it will be Paul Walker who will shave his head. With the continued success of the Hitman video games, a reboot isn't a bad idea, but still... is this supposed to be an improvement? According to Deadline, Agent 47 will be Paul Walker's next film after Fast & Furious 6. Xavier Gens will not return to direct, which is not »
Paul Walker will replace Tymothy Olyphant in Agent 47, Fox’s reboot of 2007′s Hitman. The film was scripted by A Good Day To Die Hard‘s Skip Woods and Michael Finch, and is being helmed by commercial director Aleksander Bach.
Mr. 47 is a genetically engineered elite assassin with a barcode tattooed on the back of his head. In the original film, he is hired by a group known only as ‘The Organization’ and is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Russia and Eastern Europe.The film was not well-received by critics, but was a box office hit, grossing $100 million worldwide.
Though this reboot offers a new star and director, there might be a lot of the same language since Woods was also the screenwriter of the 2007 movie. It’s not surprising that this movie is getting a reboot. »
- Laura Frances
20th Century Fox will reboot its Hitman franchise.
Fast & Furious 6 actor Paul Walker is attached to star in the Square Enix video game adaptation, according to Deadline.
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© Square Enix
Walker will play the shaven-headed, barcode-tattooed assassin, who was previously portrayed by Timothy Olyphant.
The 2007 Hitman film was a critical flop but grossed $100 million (£63.9 million) worldwide.
Agent 47 will begin shooting in Berlin and Singapore this June.
Watch the Super Bowl Fast & Furious 6 trailer below:
Deadline has an exclusive that Fox International Productions is rebooting Hitman and Paul Walker has signed on as the bald headed lead. The film, called Agent 47, comes from a script by Skip Woods (who also did script duties for the original) and Michael Finch. Behind the camera for his first directing duties on a feature film is Aleksander Bach, who is known for his commercials for Nike, Chevorlet, and others. The original film from 2007, starring Timothy Olyphant, made over $100 million »
- Jesse Giroux
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