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It may be a low-budget affair, but the $15 million film Bus 657 is attracting quite a cast. Deadline is reporting that, aside from all ready nabbing Robert De Niro, the cast will now also include Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns). The film, which is set to start filming next month, will center on a heist and the subsequent hostage situation that ensues after it.
Morgan plays a desperate man with a sick daughter and seemingly no way to pay for her necessary treatment. When a greedy co-worker played by Dave Bautista (Guardians of The Galaxy) suggests that they rob a casino as a way to get the necessary cash, it sets a dangerous plan in motion that eventually includes the two men capturing a bus full of innocent people. De Niro plays the casino owner, and Bosworth is his estranged daughter. Last, but not least, Gina Carano »
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• Twilight: Eclipse star Xavier Samuel has been cast as Adam/The Monster in a new contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein. Danny Huston (Magic City) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Vegas) will star as modern-day Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein, a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists living in Los Angeles who create the creature. Bernard Rose (Candyman) has adapted Shelley’s work for the picture he is directing. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
Exclusive: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, Dave Bautista, and Gina Carano are joining the Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films production of Bus 657, the ensemble heist pic that Robert De Niro already has boarded. This is the latest pic that is part of E/F/O’s overall deal with Grindhouse/Lionsgate, which will distribute the $15M-budgeted Bus 657 along with Hannibal Classics. Stephen Sepher and Max Adams wrote the action thriller that Scott Mann (The Tournament) will direct. Principal photography is set to begin October 13 in Mobile, Al.
The pic, formerly titled Bus 757, centers on a father (Morgan) without the means to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a greedy co-worker (Bautista) to rob a casino and the two hijack a bus full of hostages and things go awry. De Niro will play Frank “The Pope”, owner of the casino, and Bosworth plays his estranged daughter. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Vic Bateman, an international sales agent in the U.K. whose career in film spanned more than 40 years, has died. He was 72.
Over the years Bateman handled major films such as “The Deer Hunter,” “The Elephant Man,” “A Passage to India,” “All of Me,” “Highlander,” “The Hitcher,” “Death on the Nile,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Last Emperor” and “The Big Easy.”
He began in the contract administration department of British Lion in 1961, developing detailed knowledge of the commercial, financial and legal terms governing distribution arrangements on a global basis. In the early 1970s Bateman was promoted to the international sales division of what was by then Emi Films.
He co-founded United Media Film Sales in 1989 and was instrumental in the financing and worldwide sales of “The Krays” and then set up Victor Films and launched with “Split Second,” starring Rutger Hauer. Bateman handled sales on titles including “Death Machine, »
- Variety Staff
London – Victor Bateman, co-founder and vice chairman of British sales company Av Pictures and a familiar face on the international movie sales circuit for over 40 years, known to festival regulars as Vic, has died. He was 72. Tributes to the man with the signature growl and ready laugh whose international sales distribution résumé boasted deals for The Deer Hunter, The Elephant Man and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, flooded in Thursday. Bateman was known for his love of genre and championing breakthrough talent such as Stephen Norrington (Blade), Scott Mann (The Tournament) and Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers). Beginning
- Stuart Kemp
Tributes have been paid to Victor ‘Vic’ Bateman, the co-founder and vice chairman of London-based sales company Av Pictures, has died. He was 72.
Bateman’s career in film spanned more than 40 years. He began in the contract administration department of British Lion in 1961, where he developed detailed knowledge of the commercial, financial and legal terms governing distribution arrangements on a global basis. In the early 1970’s Vic was promoted to the international sales division of what was by then Emi Films.
Over the years, Bateman achieved notable sales successes and established his reputation with film buyers worldwide, handling major films such as The Deer Hunter, The Elephant Man, A Passage to India, All of Me, Highlander, The Hitcher, Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express, The Last Emperor and [link »
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• Robert De Niro is set for Bus 757, a thriller about a card dealer aiming to rob a bank by taking a group of bus travelers hostage and using them as collateral. De Niro’s character is the owner of the casino in question. Scott Mann (The Tournament) will direct. His upcoming projects include the boxing drama Hands of Stone, staring Edgar Ramirez, and the cop thriller Candy Store, with Keira Knightley and Omar Sy. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Robert De Niro’s next movie project sees him making a welcome return to the type of role he occupied in his heyday. Bus 757 has the mumbling, brooding one playing The Pope – not the beloved Pontiff (though there’s arguably a resemblance) but a dodgy casino owner with a holy nickname who becomes caught up in an audacious plot to both raid a bank and hijack a bus.
The story sounds like a frantic blend of Heat and Speed, though with a budget of $15 million the emphasis is likely to be less on explosions and more on character. The heavyweight screen veteran is to the first casting to be confirmed and is sure to attract some exciting talent to the table. Written by Stephen Sepher (4 Minutes) and directed by Scott Mann (The Tournament), the movie will shoot in September in Baton Rouge. The producers are Efof, who are also »
- Steve Palace
Exclusive: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has set Robert De Niro to star in Bus 757, a Stephen Sepher-scripted action thriller that Scott Mann (The Tournament) will direct. The film, which shoots in September in Baton Rouge, will be distributed by Grindstone/Lionsgate Films with Hannibal Classics’ Richard Rionda Del Castro and Patricia Eberle handling international sales. Efof principals Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing and financing, and international financing on the $15 million film is being provided by Hannibal Classics and Michael Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital. Related: Cannes: Directors To Watch Bus 757 centers on a casino card dealer who puts together a crew to simultaneously rob a bank and hijack a bus full of hostages to use as collateral. De Niro will play “The Pope”, a casino owner with illegitimate business practices whose assets are the targets of the heist. Now that he’s in place, casting will begin in earnest. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Exclusive: Metrodome International to officially launch at Cannes, with former Av staff
UK distributor Metrodome is to launch a new sales arm, which will incorporate the library and some staff from UK sales outfit Av Pictures, which will cease to actively acquire after an 11-year run in the industry.
Metrodome International will officially launch at Cannes next month, with former Av staff
Caroline Couret-Delègue is joining as head of sales and acquisitions and Jane Carolan will join as distribution manager.
Both will report in to Metrodome Distribution managing director Jezz Vernon who will take up the position of MD at the new agency in addition to his current role.
Av MD Chris Hainsworth and director of acquisitions and production Lee Brazier will manage the partnership on behalf of Av and its producer clients, and will focus on the nascent development slate of Cinescope Entertainment, Av’s sister production company.
Av chairman Angad Paul will retain a stake »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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