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Monahan has written the scripts for two upcoming Paramount projects — “The Gambler,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Lange with Rupert Wyatt directing; and “Desperado,” based on the book “Cocaine Cowboys,” with Wahlberg starring and Peter Berg directing.
Monahan made his directorial debut on “London Boulevard” and is in post production on “Mojave,” which he directed from his own script and stars Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac. “Mojave” is a co-production between Henceforth Pictures and Atlas Entertainment.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Writer-director William Monahan has signed a two-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. His company, Henceforth Pictures, has a number of projects already in development, including several Monahan originals. The deal comes as the Monahan-scripted reboot of The Gambler is in production at Paramount with Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Lange starring and Rupert Wyatt directing. Monahan also adapted the book Cocaine Cowboys into Desperado, a film that will re-team Lone Survivor helmer Peter Berg with Wahlberg and which Paramount will put into production in the fall. Monahan separately has turned in a scripted adaptation of John Le Carre’s most recent novel, A Delicate Truth, to BBC Films. He has numerous other projects in the pipeline, including Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, as well as an adaption of Sympathy For Lady Vengeance that will star Charlize Theron, with Monahan producing with Theron and Megan Ellison. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Director: William Monahan
Writer: William Monahan
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
While screenwriter William Monahan’s directorial debut, London Boulevard (2010) suffered from a surprising amount of cliché, we’re excited to see what he’s concocted with his sophomore feature, which sounds like it has all the makings of a delicious noir and with a catchy cast to boot.
Gist: The brilliant, near-suicidal artist, Thomas (Garrett) who attempts to escape his privileged existence into the desert only to encounter a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter—Jack (Isaac). Their first encounter at a campfire sets up a nonstop, violent duel of physical and intellectual equals.
Release Date: In its search for a distributor, we’re expecting a festival premiere, though perhaps somewhere in the fall.
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- Nicholas Bell
Los Angeles, Jan 30: Actress Anna Friel, who has an eight-year-old daughter Gracie, says that she would love to have more children.
The 37-year-old hopes that she will be able to expand her family, reports contactmusic.com.
"I would one day eventually love another child if I am blessed that way. I hope I will be," InStyle magazine quoted Friel as saying.
The "Heavy Water War" star is currently dating actor Rhys Ifans.
- Smith Cox
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