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Last year was a busy one for Benedict Cumberbatch with roles in The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, 12 Years a Slave, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But the "Sherlock" star is slowing down a little bit with fewer projects in his immediate future like The Imitation Game and a voice in The Penguins of Madagascar. Now one more project has been added to his future slate as ScreenDaily has learned that he will star in an adaptation of The Yellow Birds, the novel by Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers. However, when you hear the story, it doesn't sound like Cumberbatch is in the lead. The book follows 21-year old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy who cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home »
- Ethan Anderton
Some great films have been made about the horrific Iraq War, from The Hurt Locker to Stop-Loss, though not every movie to explore the human face of the conflict has met with success. Green Zone and Body of Lies stand as the two most prominent examples of films which failed to add anything to the national discussion of American foreign policy in the war-torn nation. It’s too early to tell whether The Yellow Birds, an adaptation of the 2012 National Book Award finalist by Kevin Powers, will fall into the former category or the latter. However, early signs are highly promising.
This week, Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Poulter and Tye Sheridan signed on to star in the film. Poulter is set to play a 21-year-old who meets a young recruit (Sheridan) in boot camp and, at the prompting of the boy’s mother, agrees to watch his back when they are deployed to Iraq. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The screenplay is based on the book by Kevin Powers, a machine-gunner with the Us Army, and has been adapted by David Lowery who also directs. Lowery has previously given us the incredible Ain’T Them Bodies Saints that starred Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
The Yellow Birds tells the story of two younger soldiers, who are looked after by an older sergeant when they’re deployed to Iraq. The director is keen to point out this won’t really be a war film, as such, but just as importantly the real-life story of the people actually involved, he had this to say:
“I never had any interest in making a war film »
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Glen Mazzara ("The Walking Dead") is set to write Damien, a sequel to the original 1976 horror classic The Omen and not a sequel to the 2006 sh*t show of a remake. The story will center on Damien Thorn, now an adult and haunted by his past, Damien is faced with a series of macabre events and must finally face his true destiny: he is the Antichrist. Oh, the catch, this is being written for Lifetime. Yeah. Lifetime. THR Open Road Films has acquired Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawlers centering on the story of a driven young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) who finds a home in the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles. Rene Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed also star in the film. Terry Gilliam is reportedly trying to resurrect The Man Who Killed Don Quixote as he and Spanish producer Adrian Guerra are attempting to cast the »
- Brad Brevet
Hiring just one buzzed-about actor is good enough for most directors. But Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ David Lowery is aiming for three for his latest, hiring Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Poulter and Tye Sheridan to star in The Yellow Birds.Lowery has written the script himself, adapting Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers’ novel. The book focuses on two soldiers, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy, who meet and become friends in boot camp while preparing to head off for combat in Iraq. Bartle promise’s Murphy’s mother that he’ll bring him home safely, but they discover that keeping such oaths is difficult in a place where death lurks all around.Lowery heard about the book from Story Mining & Supply Company bosses Jeffrey Sharp and Evan Hayes, who bought the rights and began to develop the script.“I never had any interest in making a war film until »
The Sherlock star will star as a sergeant who takes two young soldiers — played by Will Poulter and Tye Sheridan — under his wing. The story focuses on 21-year-old Private Bartle and the teenaged Private Murphy, who meet at boot camp and are deployed to Iraq. Some of the story is autobiographical; Powers served as an Army machine gunner in Iraq after enlisting at the age of 17.
Story Mining and Supply Co. acquired the rights to the novel and developed the script, »
- Amber Ray
Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to star in the upcoming war drama The Yellow Birds, it has been reported.
The movie will focus on two young soldiers who meet in a boot camp on the eve of their deployment and face the atrocities of war together.
News of the upcoming project was unveiled at this year's Cannes Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Story Mining & Supply Co is financing this adaptation of Kevin Powers' novel about two soldiers who head out to fight in Iraq. The older man promises to watch over the younger, teenage, soldier. [Source: Screen]
Sheldon Turner [enned the adaptation of Jeff Guinn's non-fiction book, a revisionist take on the legend of the Depression-era bank robbers. Sean Furst and Bryan Furst are producing. [Source: The Wrap]
- Garth Franklin
Of the many, many projects "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery has been linked to in the past year or so — "The Old Man And The Gun," with Robert Redford slated to star and produce; writing and directing former David Fincher project "Torso"; producing Alex Ross Perry's upcoming "Listen Up Philip"; writing and directing the sci-fi "Two" with Casey Affleck set to star; writing and directing Disney's "Pete's Dragon" — one you may have forgotten about is "The Yellow Birds." Lowery got attached to the gig last fall during Tiff, and not much has been heard since, but now it has some fresh movement. Benedict Cumberbatch, Tye Sheridan, and Will Poulter are now attached to star in the movie, which is still putting together financing. Based on the National Book Award Finalist novel by Kevin Powers, the story follows two soldiers, a man and teenager, who head to fight in the Iraq war. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton’s Cinelou Films has expanded its financing deal with Shenghua Entertainment to include a further five films and has greenlit The Yellow Birds to star Benedict Cumberbatch.
The extension doubles Cinelou’s war chest to $100m, to be split over 10 films. The arrangement with Shenghua for the first five films was structured in Berlin.
The Yellow Birds project stems from Cinelou’s partnership with Story Mining & Supply Co, which is financing. The Solution Entertainment Group will handle foreign sales in Cannes.
The project is based on Kevin Powers’ novel about two soldiers who head out to fight in Iraq. The older man promises to watch over the younger, teenage, soldier.
Chairman of Story Mining & Supply Co Jim Kohlberg is the executive producer. [link »
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The story centers around two soldiers, a 21-year-old played by Cumberbatch and a teenager played by Sheridan, who meet in boot camp on the eve of their deployment in Iraq. The older soldier, bound by a promise to the teen’s mother, takes the younger soldier under his wing during their deployment.
Story Mining’s CEO-president Jeffrey Sharp (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and president of production Evan Hayes (“Everest”) acquired the rights to the Kevin Powers novel and developed the script. They will produce the film along with Solomon and Canton; Jim Kohlberg will executive produce.
David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) will direct the film from his own script.
- Dave McNary
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tye Sheridan, and Will Poulter will star in The Yellow Birds, an adaptation of the Kevin Powers novel being directed by Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery. The film, which is being unveiled in Cannes, is the second project for Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon's Cinelou Films, which is financing with Story Mining & Supply Co. With a script by Lowery, Birds centers around two soldiers, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year old Private Murphy, who meet in boot camp. Bartle made a promise to Murphy’s mother to guide him home safely and takes
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The Ain't Them Bodies Saints director was hired last year as a co-writer on the film.
The remake of the 1977 animation-live action hybrid is not expected to be a musical, reports The Wrap.
It is unclear whether Lowery will tackle the project before or after his adaptation of Kevin Powers novel The Yellow Birds.
The director previously worked with a young cast on 2009's St Nick, which centred around a group of runaway children surviving in the wild.
Watch a trailer for Ain't Them Bodies Saints below: »
News Simon Brew 7 Apr 2014 - 06:25
Add another one to the pile of remakes making their way through the Hollywood system. Disney has been rumoured to be considering a new take on the live action/animation hybrid Pete's Dragon for a while now. The 1977 original, whilst fun, isn't generally regarded as a flat out Disney classic. But dragons are big business again now, and as such, it looks as if Pete's Dragon is being dusted down.
What's more, The Wrap is now reporting that an unusual choice of director is being lined up. David Lowery's most recent film was the crime thriller Ain't Them Bodies Saints, and he's also linked with The Yellow Birds, an adaptation of Kevin Powers' book about an army machine gunner in Iraq. »
Lowery and Toby Halbrooks were hired a while back to write the script, but he wasn't planning on directing at the time.
The original follows an orphan fleeing his abusive adoptive parents and finding a friend in the form of an animated dragon.
The new film reinvents the core of the original and won't feature musical numbers this time around.
Lowery is also committed to an adaptation of Kevin Powers' acclaimed novel "The Yellow Birds" which is now expected to go into production after this.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The original Pete's Dragon, which debuted in 1977, was a live-action/animated hybrid that followed a young boy and his pet dragon, as they run away to escape his abusive adoptive parents. This new version, written by David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks, will reinvent the core of the original, removing all of the musical elements.
David Lowery made his feature debut with 2009's St. Nick, about a group of runaway children who learn to fend for themselves in the wild. Last year, his indie Ain't Them Bodies Saints debuted at Sundance before it was picked up by IFC Films and released in August. The filmmaker also produced Listen Up Philip, which debuted at Sundance this year and stars Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter and Elisabeth Moss. »
Over a year ago, we learned that Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery was heading into drastically different territory by scripting a remake of the live-action and animated hybrid Pete's Dragon for Disney along with his writing partner Toby Halbrooks. Now The Wrap reports Lowery has also entered talks to direct the film as well. The original film followed an orphan boy who ventures into the fishing village of Passamaquoddy with his invisible dragon Elliott. Though several accidents get blamed on Pete by those who don't believe in this dragon, when Elliott makes a daring rescue, everyone begins to believe. Read on! Lowery's script is a reimagining of the film that won't have any musical elements like the original film that featured Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons and Sean Marshall. But as of now, it's not clear if this will be Lowery's next project since he's also working »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: Us-based Story Mining & Supply Co (SMS) is teaming with director Pang Ho Cheung and Subi Liang’s Making Film Productions to develop and produce an adaptation of Zhang Youyou memoir Polaroid Stories.
Zhang’s forthcoming book follows a young woman who deals with her insecurities surrounding sex and relationships by taking a job assisting a famous photographer, who is capturing intimate pictures of couples on Polaroid film.
The team plan to develop the project with a Us screenwriter for translation into Chinese.
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia is in talks to join the project as co-producer and financier under its recently-announced strategic alliance with SMS.
Making Film Productions also produced Pang’s Aberdeen, one of two opening films at the Hong Kong International Film Festival tonight »
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