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Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is busy in Cannes at the moment, but it has acquired rights to Anand Giridharadas post-9/11 book, "True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas." Tom Hardy is attached to star, and Kathryn Bigelow will direct. "True American" turns on the true story of Bangladesh Air Force officer Raisuddin Bhuiyan, an immigrant whose dreams of American life are upended when, just after 9/11, a revenge-seeking Us citizens shoots and nearly kills him in Dallas. Ww Norton & Company published the book earlier this May. Hardy can currently be seen in his one-man "Locke," a brilliant feat of experimental filmmaking, and coming down the pike this year will be Fox Searchlight's "The Drop" and Summit's "Child 44." The "Max Max" reboot, in which he plays the titular road warrior, is in post, while his role as Elton John in "Rocketman" is just beginning. Bigelow last directed "Zero Dark Thirty," the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Annapurna Pictures has acquired the film rights to Anand Giridharadas' book "True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas".
Tom Hardy is attached to star and "Zero Dark Thirty" helmer Kathryn Bigelow is on board to direct the film which follows the true story of Bangladesh Air Force pilot Raisuddin Bhuiyan. Bhuiyan dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology.
However, days after 9/11, an avowed 'American terrorist' named Mark Stroman seeks revenge by walking into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work, and shoots him.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
While there hasn't been word one on Kathryn Bigelow's re-teaming with her The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal on Triple Frontier in quite some time, it was officially announced tonight the Zero Dark Thirty has a new project brewing for Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and Tom Hardy is set to star. The film is an adaptation of Anand Giridharadas' non-fiction book "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas", which tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren't so lucky, dying at once. amz asin="B00FQUDOQQ" size="small"The book follows these two men as »
- Brad Brevet
The 8 x 60-minute drama, titled Taboo, will be produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker for BBC1 and Sonar Entertainment, which is distributing the series outside the UK.
Set in 1813, the story follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.
Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.
The shoot is scheduled to take place in the UK from January 2015.
Taboo was created »
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Tom Hardy seems to have found his new creative partner in writer/director Steven Knight. The duo is currently gearing up to release Locke at the end of the month and Hardy will also have a role on the second season of Knight’s BBC show, Peaky Blinders. Hoping to continue their working relationship, the actor has now signed on for another project from Knight. This time it’s a drama series titled Taboo, which is being produced by Ridley Scott.
Penned by Knight, the show will be set in 1813 and tell the story of “James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, »
- Matt Joseph
Tom Hardy is in talks to play both Kray twins in a new biopic of the notorious British mobsters, reports Screen Daily.
Described as a thriller, the film will be written and directed by La Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland. It is expected to shoot in the UK later this year.
Hardy has experience with the crime biopic, having made his name with a tour de force performance as the ultra-violent prisoner Charles Bronson in Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 film Bronson. In 2015, the actor is also set to star as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman.
The Krays were feared yet iconic participants in the swinging sixties as owners of a West End nightclub, Esmeralda's Barn. They mixed with figures such as Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, »
- Ben Child
Working Title is the new home of a thriller about the Kray twins, written by Oscar-winning writer Brian Helgeland (La Confidential), who will also direct.
Tom Hardy is in talks to star as both brothers in Legend (working title), which will chart the tortured and unique relationship between gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, the identical twin brothers infamous for their criminal exploits in London during the 1950s and 1960s.
According to sources close to the British actor, the project is one of several The Dark Knight Rises star is considering. Currently in development, the production is aiming to shoot in the UK later this year.
Working Title, whose recent features include Rush, About Time and Berlin title The Two Faces of January, is developing and producing the project.
The script takes in associates, rivals - such »
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With Tom Hardy poised to play Elton John in a biopic called Rocketman, the singer is already back in the big screen spotlight, but he's also looking to bring music to life on film in a story that doesn't focus on himself. THR has word that John and his Rocket Pictures banner have just picked up the rights to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, one of the most revered Broadway productions from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. John hopes to turn the long-running, insanely popular musical into a contemporary animated family feature film with both Webber and Rice executive producing. Read on! Rice previously worked with Elton John on some of the music for The Lion King, which won more than a few awards. Rocket Pictures will have Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish producing the story about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. The »
- Ethan Anderton
The singer is planning to adapt the play into an animated feature-length musical.
Shaw said: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived.
Elton John’s Rocket Pictures has acquired feature rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s global stage phenomenon ”Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and is embarking on an animated family film in association with The Really Useful Group, the company announced Wednesday. Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish will produce the film with The Really Useful Group, while John will executive produce with Webber and Rice. Also Read: Tom Hardy to Play Elton John in ‘Rocketman’; Focus to Distribute in U.S. “’Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived. »
- Jeff Sneider
Created by Webber and Rice in 1968, the show has become one of the most-produced musicals of all time and has earned more than $600 million at the box office. It was presented in London’s West End in 1973 and opened in an expanded version in the U.S. in 1976, going on to play 747 performances on Broadway. Donny Osmond starred in a 1999 filmed version of the musical.
- Justin Kroll
Rocket plans to make an animated family feature in association with Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived,” said Shaw.
The Really Useful Group managing director Barney Wragg said: “Developing Joseph as a new feature film marks the beginning of a new stage in the Really Useful Group’s plans to co-produce and fund new films, television »
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