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Casting Net: Benjamin Walker lands lead in Nicholas Sparks' 'The Choice'

30 September 2014 4:51 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Benjamin Walker will part with his presidential past as the male lead in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Choice. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star will play Travis Parker in the story that spans a decade long love affair in a small coastal town. Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles) wrote the screenplay with no director currently attached. [Deadline] • Rosa Salazar has just joined the cast of another Ya trilogy. The Parenthood actress will play Brenda in the sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, which will once again be directed by Wes Ball and star Dylan O'Brien. »

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A Monster Calls Begins Production – Stars Liam Neeson And Sigourney Weaver

30 September 2014 3:11 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films.

The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children’s fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world.

A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release.

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones, who stars in Focus’ fall release The Theory of Everything) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, »

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Cameras Start Rolling on A Monster Calls

30 September 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The award winning book, A Monster Calls, is getting a movie adaptation with Liam Neeson set to play the aformentioned monster, and now it's one step closer to hitting the big screen as the studios have announced the start of official production.  

I really enjoyed this book, and read it in about one evening.  It's a haunting tale about love and loss, and learning how to cope with life's hard realities.  While the subject matter may seem  wrapped in a simple format, the themes are resounding.  I'm interested to see how they manage to translate that into the movie, and crossing my fingers they manage to do so successfully.  I mean, Liam Neeson is going to be a freaking mo-cap monster...how could they go wrong! 

Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and »

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Production Begins on A Monster Calls

30 September 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Focus Features has announced that production has started on A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the Patrick Ness novel that’s being directed by Juan Antonio Bayona:

“Vancouver, BC and Santa Monica, CA, September 30, 2014 – Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children’s fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world. A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release.

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to »

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'A Monster Calls' Starring Liam Neeson Begins Production

30 September 2014 11:24 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children's fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world. A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release.

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones, who stars in Focus' fall release The Theory of Everything) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith. »

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Weaver, Kebbell and Chaplin Join Bayona's 'A Monster Calls'

30 September 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

So I wasn't the biggest fan of Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible, but I love his work on The Orphanage and it's not my belief that one bad egg spoils the bunch when it comes to directors so I'm quite excited for his next feature, A Monster Calls, which just began production on its way to a October 14, 2016 release. With the news of the production start we also have word on the rest of the film's cast. Already cast were Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson, but we now learn Lewis MacDougall, who will also be seen as Nibs in Joe Wright's Pan, will play the central role of Conor, a 12-year-old who attempts to deal with his mother's (Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith. amz asin="B00D460VJ »

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"A Monster Calls" Begins Production

30 September 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Production has begun on "A Monster Calls," directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children's fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world. A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release.   "A Monster Calls" is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones, who stars in Focus' fall release The Theory of Everything) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, »

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Production Begins on A Monster Calls, Starring Liam Neeson

30 September 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Production has begun on A Monster Calls, the new film from director Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children.s fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically, Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain, and Lionsgate International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world. »

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Fantasy Drama A Monster Calls Starring Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones & Sigourney Weaver Begins Production

30 September 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] Vancouver, BC and Santa Monica, CA, September 30, 2014 – Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children’s fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world. A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release. A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama »

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A Monster Calls casting news

26 September 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Open auditions were held back in May to find the boy to play the lead role in the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed adaptation of  Patrick Ness's award-winning children’s fantasy novel 'A Monster Calls',

Newcomer Lewis MacDougall (now represented by United Agents) has been cast in the role of Conor O’Malley, a 13 year old young boy who attempts to deal with bullying at the hands of his classmates and his mother’s terminal illness by escaping into a fantastical world through the guidance of a tree monster, who visits him nightly.

This is the second time talented Lewis,who attends acting classes at The Drama Studio in Edinburgh, has landed a role in a feature film. He will also be seen as Lost Boy Nibs in the up-coming Warner Brothers film Pan.

Lewis will star alongside Felicity Jones who plays his mother, Liam Neeson as the monster, »

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Casting: Bullock, Jeong, Warburton, Kebbell

21 August 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Our Brand is Crisis

Sandra Bullock has committed to star and David Gordon Green is set to direct the political dramedy "Our Brand is Crisis" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Bullock will also exec produce with George Clooney and Grant Heslov producing.

Peter Straughan's script is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name which focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Dead Pool Comedy

Ken Jeong is set to star in Darren Grant's untitled comedy for Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and WWE Studios. Hulk Hogan and David Hasselhoff also star.

The satire follows a debt-ridden nightclub owner who sets out to win his long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill his chosen celebrity David Hasselhoff. Peter Hoare penned the script and shooting begins next month in Los Angeles. [Source: Screen]

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Patrick Warburton has signed on to reprise his »

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Script News: Ring 3D, Chaos, One, Moonfall

21 August 2014 9:18 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Ring 3D

Paramount is in talks with Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind") to pen the next draft of "The Ring 3D," the third chapter in the horror franchise. Goldsman recently did a rewrite of "Insurgent," the upcoming sequel to "Divergent". He would take over from David Loucka who penned the earlier draft of the F. Javier Gutierrez-directed sequel in which the infamous video tape strikes terror yet again.

Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Jamie Linden ("We Are Marshall," "Dear John") is set to pen the screenplay for Lionsgate's potential franchise starter "Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go" based on the 2008 Patrick Ness novel. Linden takes over from Charlie Kaufman who originally adapted the screenplay, while Robert Zemeckis remains attached to direct.

Set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts, the story follows the only boy »

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New Screenwriter For Chaos Walking

20 August 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

News about Lionsgate's Young Adult adaptation Chaos Walking is currently arriving in annual instalments. In mid-2012 we learned that Charlie Kaufman was writing the screenplay, and last September came word that Robert Zemeckis was aboard to direct. This year's update is that Kaufman's work has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been deemed not quite the ticket for a would-be franchise (we can only imagine what the writer of Adaptation and Synecdoche, New York did with the material). The latest scribe to take a crack at Patrick Ness' novel will be Jamie Linden.Ness’ trilogy – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, The Ask And The Answer and Monsters Of Men – finds humankind in a dystopian future, colonising a distant planet after the Earth has been ruined. When an infection called the Noise strikes, all thoughts become audible and chaos follows.A corrupt autocrat takes the chance to seize control of the human settlements »

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Sigourney Weaver to Play Your Disappointed Grandma in ‘A Monster Calls’

20 August 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If you’re going to have someone on your side to protect you from bad guys and guide you through life’s trials and tribulations, there is probably nobody better than Sigourney Weaver to get the job done. But although she’s one of the most badass action stars in film history, she’s leaving the niceties to Liam Neeson this time around. Weaver has signed on to the cast of the children’s fantasy flick A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the brilliant 2011 novel from Patrick Ness that will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) and feature Neeson as the title creature. The actress is taking on something a little more frosty in the film, playing grandmother to 13-year-old protagonist Conor, whose life is especially complicated with a double whammy of brutal bullying from classmates at school and his mother’s (Felicity Jones) prognosis of terminal cancer. The »

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Sigourney Weaver Joins Liam Neeson in A Monster Calls

20 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Sigourney Weaver has joined Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones in a fantasy film called A Monster Calls, which is based on Patrick Ness’ award-winning children's novel. 

The film is being directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible), and the story follows "a young boy who attempts to deal with bullying at the hands of his classmates, and his mother's terminal illness, by escaping into a fantastical world through the guidance of a tree monster."

Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother, Jones is playing the boys mother, and Neeson is playing the monster. I really like the concept of the story, and the cast they've brought together to bring it to life so far is fantastic. The movie is set to be released in October 2016.

Source: THR »

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Jamie Linden to Write Lionsgate’s ‘Chaos Walking’ (Exclusive)

20 August 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jamie Linden will write the screenplay of Lionsgate’s franchise starter “Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go.”

Robert Zemeckis has been attached to direct for the past year. Charlie Kaufman originally adapted the screenplay from Patrick Ness’ novel of the same name.

Producers are Doug Davison, Allison Shearmur along with Zemeckis and Jack Rapke through their Imagemovers banner.

Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go,” published in 2008 as the first book in a trilogy, is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts.

The book is centered on the only boy in a town of men, who discovers something awful hidden from him and is forced to flee with only his dog. With the townspeople in pursuit, the duo then stumbles upon a strange and silent girl and set off on a white-knuckle journey in which the boy »

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A Monster Calls Toby Kebbell

20 August 2014 11:16 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

On tap for you today is the latest bit of casting news for Juan Antonio Bayona's next film, A Monster Calls, which is already loaded up with star power. Read on to find out to whom the titular monster has just placed a call!

Per Variety, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Fantastic Four star Toby Kebbell is in negotiations to join Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, and Liam Neeson in the film, a feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children's fantasy novel.

Look for it in Us theatres via River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features on October 14, 2016. It will be distributed by Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world.

Produced by Belen Atienza (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage), A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about a »

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Toby Kebbell Joins 'A Monster Calls'

20 August 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Toby Kebbell is quite in-demand as of late. With a major role in Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, and his work as "Dr. Doom" in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, he's well on his way to becoming a household name. The Hollywood Reporter is now sharing news that the actor is in talks to join A Monster Calls.

The film, which all ready includes the talents of Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, and Sigourney Weaver, is a dark fantastical tale. It centers on a young boy, coping with bullying and a father that's never there, who escapes into a fantastical world at night with the help of a monstrous, talking tree outside of his window (voiced by Neeson).

Kebbell would be playing the boy's father. 

Juan Antonio Bayona is directing A Monster Calls, which is based on the book by Patrick Ness

Source: THR »

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'A Monster Calls' Toby Kebbell & Sigourney Weaver to Fantasy Cast

20 August 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Earlier this year, Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones joined the cast of A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the children's fantasy novel by Patrick Ness from director Juan Antonio Bayona. Now THR pegs two more cast members with Sigourney Weaver and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Toby Kebbell joining the story about a young boy dealing with his mother's debilitating illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales. Neeson is playing the titular monsters who befriends the boy and tells him stories, but the two new cast members will be playing human characters. Weaver will be playing the young boy's no-nonsense grandmother while Kebbell will play his father, who has a history of not being there for the boy. And now we know that Jones will be playing the boy's mother. This sounds like a great fantasy with a strong emotional core, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Toby Kebbell Boards A Monster Calls

20 August 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

You may not know Toby Kebbell, but the actor’s star has been rising steadily over the past ten years. This past summer, he took on the mo-cap role of antagonist Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – but prior to that, the British thesp had earned raves for his parts in Dead Man’s Shoes, Control and RocknRolla. And rest assured, if you currently can’t picture his face, just wait. He’ll play Doctor Doom in Josh Trank’s anticipated Fantastic Four reboot, and now we’ve learned that Kebbell is also climbing on board the dark fantasy A Monster Calls.

Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) is directing the adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children’s book, which was in turn based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd. Bayona, whose past credits also include bone-chilling ghost story The Orphanage, has been putting together »

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