5 items from 2015
Lake Bell, Benjamin Bratt, Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Jon Bernthal (“Fury”), Emory Cohen (“The Place Beyond the Pines”), Juan Pablo Raba (“Narcos”), Evan Jones (“8 Mile”) and Jeffrey Donovan (“Sicario”) have signed on to join Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Ric Roman Waugh’s thriller “Shot Caller,” it was announced Wednesday by Bold Films. Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) stars as a newly released prison gangster who is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California. Waugh (“Snitch”) is directing from his own script, and production will start May 26 in. »
- Jeff Sneider
When Guy East and Nigel Sinclair launched their new company, White Horse Pictures, just one year ago ahead of the Cannes Film Festival, it was a more modest iteration of the successful partnership they ran for years at Exclusive Media. That international sales and financing company, which they founded, was behind such hits as “Snitch,” “The Woman in Black” and “End of Watch” but also the money-losing “Rush.” Now working as producers rather than financiers, Sinclair sat down exclusively with TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman at the Studio Canal offices overlooking the port at the festival to look ahead at an upcoming. »
- Sharon Waxman
Usually found wandering the castle hallways and landscapes of Westeros for Game Of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is making one of his regular movie stops, making a deal to star in the new crime thriller Shot Caller. And yes, while we often use that term to describe the director, this time it’s just the title of the film, which finds Coster-Waldau as a gangster freshly released from the slammer who is “encouraged” (read: ordered) to pull off a major, violent crime with a rival gang on the streets of Southern California.There is, however a director attached, with Snitch’s Ric Roman Waugh, who is busy rounding up the rest of the cast with an eye to start shooting in New Mexico at the end of next month. Bold Films is behind this one, with Relativity Studios agreeing to take on distribution for the finished product. Coster-Waldau is at work »
A Summer movie preview feature has gone up at USA Today including a bunch of first look photos from all sorts of movies scheduled to open over the next few months including "Southpaw," "Fantastic Four," "Inside Out," "Pixels," "Entourage," "Spy," "Magic Mike Xxl," "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation," "Masterminds," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Ricki and the Flash" and many more. Click here for the full gallery.
Luckiest Girl Alive
Lions gate has scored the movie rights to Jessica Knoll's debut novel "Luckiest Girl Alive”. The story follows a 28-year-old New Yorker who appears to have a perfect life until a dark trauma from her past resurfaces. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard company. [Source: Variety]
Anonymous Content has picked up rights to Mary Kubica's debut novel "The Good Girl". The story depicts the kidnapping of a judge’s daughter gone really wrong. »
- Garth Franklin
Bold’s Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes will produce with Waugh and Participant Media’s Jonathan King, who developed the project. Bold’s Gary Michael Walters will exec produce with Participant topper Jeff Skoll.
“Shot Caller” follows a newly released prison gangster who’s forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang in Southern California.
Waugh, who broke into the business as a stuntman, wrote and directed “Snitch” and “Felon.” He went undercover as a volunteer parole agent in California to research prison gangs for his “Shot Caller” script.
“No one knew I was a filmmaker,” said Waugh. “They just saw me as a rookie cop, so nothing was censored. What I quickly learned »
- Dave McNary
5 items from 2015
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