Brothers (I) (2009)
"Obviously a big part of the movie is the war," producer Ryan Kavanaugh told Movieline, "but we don't really see it as a war movie, per se." Is this a clever marketing ploy on Kavanaugh's part? A sly verbal manipulation to distance it from previous box office failures? Kavanaugh admits to dabbling previously in what one might call "categorically lax" marketing tactics. "I made a movie called 3:10 to Yuma," he admits, "which we called an 'adventure thriller.'" One can only wonder what kind of semantic slight of hand Kavanaugh could apply to Brothers. Sibling conflict drama? Romantic psycho-dramedy?
In the fantasy adventure, Gyllenhaal will play Dastan, a young prince in sixth century Persia who must join forces with Tamina (Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard, Jordan Mechner and Boaz Yakin wrote the script, which is based on the many games created by Jordan Mechner.
Bruckheimer is producing, while Mike Stenson, Chad Oman and Patrick McCormick are exec producing.
Production is set to start in July.
Gyllenhaal will next appear in Jim Sheridan's Brothers with Tobey Maguire. He is repped by CAA and Management 360.
British actress Arterton is relatively new on the film scene but is already generating heat for her work in Guy Ritchie's upcoming RocknRolla and the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. She is repped by Independent Talent Group.
Plot details are being kept under lock and key, though the script is described as a dark, character-driven thriller.
Endgame's Jim Stern is also producing as is Gordonstreet Pictures' Ram Bergman.
Endgame's Wendy Japhet is exec producing while Lucas Smith is acting as co-exec producer.
Mark Ross oversees at Maguire Entertainment.
Endgame is a production and a co-financing company, with credits including Hotel Rwanda, "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" White Noise and the upcoming thriller The Brother Bloom starring Rachel Weisz and Adrien Brody. The company has a financing arrangement with Louisiana which sees a number of their pictures shoot in the state.
Tannen, repped by Features Artists Agency and Shuman Co., wrote 2006's Even Money, starring Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito.
Maguire next stars opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman in Jim Sheridan's Brothers. On the producer side, he is developing a live-action adaptation of the anime classic Robotech and is teaming up with Neal Moritz to adapt comic book Afterburn for Relativity Media.
Biel would play Sammy Joyce, a socially awkward small-town receptionist who has a nail accidentally shot into her head by a clumsy workman, eliciting wild sexual urges.
The uninsured Joyce goes on a crusade to Washington to fight for the rights of the bizarrely injured. She meets an immoral congressman (Gyllenhaal) who takes advantage of her sex drive and capitalizes on her crusade as Joyce heads into her own career in politics.
Red Wagon Entertainment (Jarhead) and Persistent Entertainment (Southland Tales) are slated to produce the project. Preproduction is set to begin in two weeks, aiming for a January start date for principal photography.
Neither star has a signed contract for the film, which is being presold by IM Global at the American Film Market. Their commitment could depend on juggling other features: Gyllenhaal recently was set to star in Doug Liman's untitled Moon project for DreamWorks and Jim Sheridan's Brothers with Tobey Maguire for Relativity Media.
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