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Director Antoine Fuqua will start shooting the suspense thriller Prisoners in the Connecticut cities of Derby and Shelton, with Hugh Jackman possibly in the lead, according to local reports. The script is considered a hot commodity, and was named one of the best unproduced scripts of 2009.
Connecticut’s Valley Independent Sentinel reports that Jackman will star in the film, but the casting has not been confirmed. Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg, had all previously been rumored to have been attached to the project.
Chrystie Street Casting posted a casting call for the movie on December 4.
They are looking for 750 extras… And, 3 people are wanted to play reporters in bit parts.
Casting calls for extras will likely take place in January.
Shooting will begin in February.
The film revolves around two families who live on opposite sides of a street. The lifelong friends are thrust into turmoil when their two youngest daughters go missing. »
Late last week, the Valley Independent Sentinel in Connecticut reported on casting for Antoine Fuqua's Prisoners project which is supposed to start shooting in Derby and Shelton, Connect. next February. The paper talks about casting 750 extras for the film and shooting in the city. They also mention that "local officials said they’ve been told Hugh Jackman is attached to the movie." Originally we had heard rumors about Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale being attached, but when Fuqua took over, I thought he dumped that old cast. Could Jackman be the first big actor cast in Fuqua's version? I'd be very happy if this is true. Prisoners, written by newcomer Aaron Guzikowski, is a dark tale about a man who, after his daughter and her friend are kidnapped and the cops fail to solve the crime, takes matters into his own hands, holding hostage the person he suspects committed the crime. »
- Alex Billington
In a casting call for Warner Bros. Pictures' Prisoners, the Valley Independent reports that Hugh Jacksman (X-Men, Wolverine) might have been cast in the film being directed by Antoine Fuqua. "Local officials said theyve been told Hugh Jackman is attached to the movie." We'll let you know when the news is officially announced. Aaron Guzikowski's screenplay for Prisoners is considered a hot commodity and was named one of the best unproduced scripts of 2009. Guzikowski's dark tale centers on a small-town man who, after his daughter and her friend are kidnapped and the cops fail to solve the crime, takes matters into his own hands, holding hostage the person he suspects committed the crime. He also comes into conflict with the big-city detective assigned to the case. »
Antoine Fuqua's upcoming kidnap and revenge drama Prisoners, from the hotly tipped screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski, appears to have found its location... but has it also found its star? Last night, the local Board of Aldermen carried a motion to allow Warner Bros. to cast the town of Derby in Connecticut as itself in the film and any potential sequels - not that this screenplay suggested franchise material in any way, but I suppose it's good to cover all bases. Fuqua and crew will be using the local police insignia, the town seal and 750 of the locals as extras. Mark Wahlberg has been attached to the film since before there was even a director, and I dare say he played some part in the hiring of his Shooter collaborator Fuqua. Previous stories suggested that Christian Bale and Russell Crowe were both considering the co-starring role, but the new rumour »
- Brendon Connelly
Back in September we told you that Training Day director Antoine Fuqua had his eye on Prisoners, a script about two families coping after their two youngest daughters go missing. Now Coming Soon has picked up on a piece in the local Connecticut paper Valley Independent Sentinel that says Prisoners will be filming in the Derby and Shelton area soon-- and Hugh Jackman may be starring. The piece is mostly about the city of Derby giving permission for the film to use the town's seal and location, and the Jackman thing comes from the vaguely worded sentence "Local officials said they've been told Hugh Jackman is attached to the movie." Filming starts in February, which leaves plenty of time for official casting announcements to show up. But Hugh Jackman as a protective parents tracking down a kidnapper? He's no Liam Neeson, but I can see it working. »
A Connecticut newspaper has revealed an upcoming action film will be shooting in the state next year. Valley Independent Sentinel is reporting that Antoine Fuqua's Prisoners will be filming in the Connecticut towns of Derby and Shelton. Here's an excerpt from the article.Furthermore, Mayor Anthony Staffieri asked and received assurances from the producers that Derby and its residents won't be depicted in a negative light in the film, which is described as a thriller in the vein of Mystic River, the highly-acclaimed 2003 flick directed by Clint Eastwood. Shooting starts in February in Derby and Shelton, according to Sheila O'Malley, the city's economic development director. John Starke, the movie's executive director, sent a letter to Staffieri outlining the film's plot - and promising not to make Derby or Shelton look bad. "I'm writing this letter not only to thank you for your and Mayor Lauretti's help so far, but »
Connecticut newspaper Valley Independent Sentinel is reporting that director Antoine Fuqua will start shooting the suspense thriller Prisoners in Derby and Shelton starting February. The newspaper also says that local officials are hearing that Hugh Jackman will star in the lead role, though that hasn't been confirmed. Here's a clip: John Starke, the movie's executive director, sent a letter to Staffieri outlining the film's plot... "Prisoners" is about two families who live across the street from each other, according to Starks' letter. "These lifelong friends are thrust into turmoil when their two youngest daughters go missing. The movie centers on the family.s desperation in finding their children with the help of their neighbors and local police force; »
Bruce Willis will be taking on Jigsaw next October.
No, it won’t be in the same movie. But Variety is reporting that Summit Entertainment has settled on October 22 as the release date for Red, its espionage thriller based on the DC/WildStorm comic by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.
Saw VII, the latest in Lionsgate’s torture-porn series, is scheduled for release on the same day. The 'Saw' franchise has become a regular staple of late Octobers, but Red might draw a wider audiences; along with Willis, the film stars Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Mary Louise-Parker.
The film revolves around a former black-ops CIA agent who has quietly retired, until the day a high-tech assassin shows up to kill him. With his loved ones in danger, the old school spy must reassemble his old team, and figure out who is coming after him. Red is directed by Robert Schwentke. »
Summit Entertainment has announced a release date for the comic book adaptation Red. The espionage thriller starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren will hit theaters on October 22nd 2010, up against Saw VII and Antoine Fuqua's crime thriller Prisoners. Warren Ellis’ Wildstorm comic book three-issue mini-series told the story of a former black-ops CIA agent who is forced out of retirement when a high-tech assassin shows up to kill him. The official comic description from Wildstorm reads: As a C.I.A. operative, Paul Moses's unique talent for killing took him around the world, from one hotspot to another, carrying out the deadly orders of his superiors. And when he retired, he wanted to put his bloody past behind him. But when a new administration takes over the White House, the powers that be decide that Moses knows too much, forcing him back into the game against the agency that trained him. »
- Peter Sciretta
Each year, Hollywood executives name the best screenplays of the year that have yet to be made. In previous years, their list has catapulted dozens of scripts into production and screenwriters out of oblivion. Some of this year’s crop have moved into production; others are stuck in development hell. See what you think.
It’s called the Black List — film executives' favorite scripts written in, or somehow uniquely associated with, this year but not be released in theaters during this calendar year.
In previous years, the list has catapulted dozens of scripts into production and screenwriters out of oblivion. Diablo Cody's Juno, Nancy Oliver's Lars And The Real Girl, Scott Neustader's and Michael Weber's 500 Days Of Summer, are just some of the scripts that were made after appearing on the list.
Ninety-seven screenplays appear on the just-released version, according to Deadline Hollywood. Here are the Top »
Since 2004, Universal Pictures executive Franklin Leonard has been compiling The Black List. As its website states, The Black List is "an annual list of Hollywood's most liked unproduced screenplays published on the second Friday of December each year." All of the scripts are in some stage of development and two of the top ten scripts are already in production.
Entertainment Weekly got the exclusive on the top 10 (well, really, 11 because there was a tie) and Nikki Finke has posted additional details for the entire list.
You can download the whole list in Pdf from the official website.
Here's an excerpt of some of the top choices (thanks EW!):
1. The Muppet Man
By Christopher Weekes
- Christina Warren
2009 list and top five has already delivered better results than the 2007 list. Mark Romanek and Antoine Fuqua are respectively attached to The Voices (#3) and Prisoners (#4), while David Fincher is currently helming The Social Network (#2) and Miguel Arteta is on production with Cedar Rapids (#5) are currently in production. There are tons of comments to make on the list but something worth a mention is that Sarah Polley is one of three actors (Zach Braff and Rashida Jones) who have their screenplays on the list. - You know you're having a really great Friday is your name is Christopher Weekes. Weekes who wrote and directed 2008's Bitter &Twisted (a Tribeca Film Festival selection) is on top of this year's Black List -- his The Muppet Man, a biopic on Jim Henson, leads a field that includes several project currently in production. Franklin Leonard's extremely popular concoction is as he reminds us »
Since 2004, Franklin Leonard — now an exec at Universal — has compiled a list of the “most liked” scripts in Hollywood. What started as a means to find good reading material for the Christmas holiday has become an annual tradition in December. Players from various Hollywood businesses (this year the number of people grew to 311) select their top 10 favorite scripts and the votes shake out into “The Black List.”
These elite scripts typically get noticed by agencies and studios around town and wind up on the screen or the Academy category for “Best Original/Adapted Screenplay.” In an industry where unoriginality means financial blockbuster, “The Black List” is a reminder that talented screenwriters still exist.
The number one script (out of 97) with 47 mentions is newcomer Christopher Weekes’ The Muppet Man, a biopic about late puppeteer Jim Henson. The Jim Henson Company has purchased the rights and is producing.
The second script is »
- Jeff Leins
The Black List of 2009 continues with the screenplays that received the most votes from 300+ Hollywood professionals. Miss the first part of The Black List? It's right here.
“A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people.”
Overture. Team Todd producing.
“After serving five years in prison after a botched heist, a mastermind bank robber is forced by a tenacious FBI agent to entrap his former protege who has embarked on a multi-million-dollar bank-robbing spree.”
Warner Brothers. Silver Pictures producing.
“A suburban ‘neighborhood watch’ group, actually a front for dads to get some male bonding time away from the family, uncovers a plot bent on destroying the world.”
Fox. 21 Laps Entertainment producing.
“Two overachieving high school seniors realize »
- Patrick Sauriol
The Black List has landed in industry stockings.
Franklin Leonard, now an executive at Universal, released the 2009 edition of his compendium of the "most liked" screenplays of this past year Friday morning. Leonard's annual survey of industry friends and contacts began five years ago and typically arrives in e-mail boxes just before the holidays (it began because he wanted some good scripts to read over vacation.)
At the top is Christopher Weekes' "The Muppet Man," about Muppet creator Jim Henson, which the Henson Co. is producing. Repped by Wme and Circle of Confusion, Weekes is still relatively new to the writing game.
Second is veteran Aaron Sorkin's screenplay for "The Social Network," the Facebook origin story that David Fincher has been filming for an October release from Columbia. Another Wme client, Sorkin has high-profile scripts for Columbia's "Moneyball" and DreamWorks' "The Trial of the Chicago 7" in development.
Third is »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Since 2004, Franklin Leonard releases The Black List every December. It’s a list of best read scripts that’s complied from the suggestions of agents assistants, managers, film executives, and whoever else he gets to contribute. While last year had 260 people contribute, this year’s had 97 scripts from 311 contributors. Most of the scripts on the list are in some stage of development in the studio system, and it’s been said that a high listing can help move your project forward. What I’m trying to say is, the list is very important in Hollywood and many people try extremely hard to land in the top ten.
So now that you’re curious, hit the jump to check out the top ten on the 2009 Black List:
Of course big thanks to Entertainment Weekly for posting the list. If you can, hit the link to show some appreciation. And for more on The Black List, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Last December, we introduced you to Franklin Leonard and The Black List, the list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Since then, Leonard has been named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 35 executives under 35 working in Hollywood and his list has gained even more prominence. This year's list consists of 97 scripts with 311 people contributing to the ranking -- up from 260 in 2008. The top 10 (actually, 11, thanks to a tie in 10th place) is filled with mostly up-and-comers, with the exception of Aaron Sorkin and David Scarpa. All of the scripts are in some stage of development around Hollywood, »
- Nicole Sperling
Warner Bros. has debuted their 2010 picture preview giving us our first look at select films out of the 23 features they have set for the new year. I have added new images from the likes of The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington, Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson, our first look at Sex and the City 2, Kevin Smith's currently untitled new comedy with Tracey Morgan and Bruce Willis, Jonah Hex, Ben Affleck's The Town, and, of course, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
All the cast, director and synopsis information is listed over the course of the next few pages as well as all the release dates for 23 upcoming films. Gallery links have been added for all films and remember, the links open in a new browser window so just close the new window to return to this article and continue the preview.
The Book Of Eli January 15 Photo: Warner Bros. »
- Brad Brevet
A couple of months ago we got wind of the news that Terminator Salvation and Avatar star, Sam Worthington, was going to be replacing Tom Cruise in the spy thriller, The Tourist. That’s the male lead sorted out, but what about the female lead? Well, up until this point it was Charlize Theron who was set to play the role, but today we learn - by way of THR’s Risky Biz Blog - that she’s officially stepped away from the project, and word is that Brad Pitt’s even prettier half, a.k.a. Angelina Jolie, is in talks to step in and take her place.
A remake of the 2005 French-language thriller, “Anthony Zimmer“, The Tourist centers on “an American tourist who, on behalf of Interpol, goes undercover to entrap a former lover who’s a suspected global criminal.” If Jolie actually signs on for the role, »
- Ross Miller
Working Title Films has started to move forward with the Mark Wahlberg-fronted remake of the Icelandic thriller “Reykjavik-Rotterdam”, about a former smuggler and freight-ship operator who is pulled back in for one last job by an old friend. No director has been announced for the project, though Aaron Guzikowski (”Prisoners”) has been announced as writer. Wahlberg is attached to produce alongside Stephen Levinson of Leverage, and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, with Liza Chasin and Evan Hayes onboard as executive producers. No other information about the project, including a title or release date, has been released yet. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for more on this project. By Costa [...] »
- Costa Koutsoutis
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