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The cameras are about to start rolling on Exam director Stuart Hazeldine’s latest, the adaptation of William Paul Young’s 2007 novel The Shack. He’s just added some new actors to the cast, including Radha Mitchell, Graham Greene and Aviv Alush.Adapted by John Fusco from Young’s book, the story follows a man (Sam Worthington) whose youngest daughter is kidnapped during a family holiday. Evidence turns up in an abandoned shack to suggest she was murdered, which stymies the case. But then, four years later, he receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him to go back to the ruined building. He accepts, against his better judgment, and what he finds there changes his life forever. As it turns out, he might be in luck twice over, as Greene is on to play Male Papa, a calm and serene representation of the deity, with Spencer playing the female take. »
As he starts work on his new film, Exam director Stuart Hazeldine is building quite the cast. With Octavia Spencer already attached to play no lesser role than God, Sam Worthington is now aboard as the lead.Adapted by John Fusco from William Paul Young’s 2007 novel, the story follows a man (Worthington) whose youngest daughter is kidnapped during a family holiday. Evidence turns up in an abandoned shack to suggest she was murdered, which stymies the case. But then, four years later, he receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him to go back to the ruined building. He accepts, against his better judgment, and what he finds there changes his life forever. Given whom Spencer is playing, we’re guessing it won’t be a false lead.Hazeldine has been busy setting up the film, which has yet to lock in a release date. As for Worthington, he »
Votiv Films and Taggart Productions have released the first trailer for the psychological thriller, Circle. Last week we brought you the first stills from the claustrophobic thriller reminiscent of Stuart Hazeldine’s Exam (2009) and or Jonathan Liebesman's The Killing Room.
The story, written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione, features 50 strangers held captive in a deadly, mysterious chamber, forced to choose the one person among them that deserves to escape with their life.
Circle is being describes as a genre-bending, real-time examination of the many ways in which we see one another and the lengths we will go to in order [Continued ...] »
According to Variety, the Academy Award-winning actress is in final talks to secure the role.
The story follows a man whose youngest daughter is abducted and possibly murdered in a shack during a family vacation.
Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack and when he arrives, his experiences change his life forever.
Octavia Spencer is in final negotiations to play God in Lionsgate's adaptation The Shack, based on William Paul Young's 2007 novel. Lionsgate acquired the novel back in 2013, which has sold 10 million copies in the U.S. and 18 million worldwide, and has been translated into 39 languages. Production is scheduled to begin this spring.
The story centers on a man named Mackenzie Allen Phillips, whose youngest daughter Missy is abducted during a family vacation. The police find evidence in a nearby shack that suggest the young girl was murdered. Four years later, Mackenzie receives a note, supposedly written by God (Octavia Spencer), asking him to come back to The Shack. Against his better judgment, he does return to the shack, where he finds something that will change his life forever.
Lionsgate’s adaptation of William P. Young bestseller The Shack has finally found its maker, with Variety reporting that The Help and Insurgent star Octavia Spencer is poised to play God. Early negotiations are underway as Spencer has yet to fully commit to the movie.
After winning the rights to the novel back in 2013, the studio hooked a director last November in the shape of Stuart Hazeldine. The main thrust of his filmmaking experience stems from screenwriting, with the Brit having penned a number of as-yet un-produced epics (Spielberg’s Gods And Kings, for one), with his underrated indie, Exam, serving as proof that he’s got the skills to direct a knockout tale.
And what a knockout The Shack could be! Young’s novel racked up international sales of around 18 million, almost guaranteeing a built-in audience keen to see the popular tome on the big screen. The story follows »
- Gem Seddon
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