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Scott Waugh's Need for Speed won't hit theaters until March 14th of next year, but apparently DreamWorks, who backed that action feature, is pleased by what he's accomplished so far. While Waugh is in postproduction on the high-speed thriller, DreamWorks has brought him to the table for an untitled international heist project. THR reports Waugh is in negotiations for the unnamed picture that will be produced by Steve Zallian under his Film Rites banner, while DreamWorks' Garrett Basch will produce. Specifics on the plot are being kept under wraps at present, but THR has learned it is based on an original idea by Underworld: Awakening scribe John Hlavin. However, Hlavin hasn't written the screenplay for this nameless thriller. That honor went to Scott Rosenberg, who has penned such underappreciated gems as Con Air and Beautiful Girls. The story is said to center on a man who is forced to »
Scott Waugh, the director of DreamWorks' upcoming film adaptation of the "Need for Speed" video game franchise, is in negotiations to helm an untitled international heist project for the same studio.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
DreamWorks is aiming to keep director Scott Waugh in the fold.
Waugh, who is in post on video game adaptation of DreamWorks’ Need for Speed, is in negotiations to direct the company’s untitled international heist project.
Video: First 'Need for Speed' Trailer: Aaron Paul Is Out for Revenge
Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Beautiful Girls) wrote the most current draft of the script. Much of the plot is being kept under wraps, but it's said to center on a man who needs to pull off a seemingly impossible job and recruits his brother, who is described as being off the rails.
It’s based on an original idea by John Hlavin, a »
- Borys Kit
He hasn't quite knocked down Need For Speed yet, but Scott Waugh is already racking up his next project. The director is in talks to re-team with Dreamworks for their as-yet untitled "international heist project" which is being produced by Steve Zaillian.The original concept was by John Hlavin (The Shield, Underworld: Awakening) and has since been hammered into screenplay form by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, High Fidelity). The little that can currently be gleaned of the story gives us a man planning an impossible robbery, and making life even more difficult for himself by recruiting his "off the rails" brother.Before the Aaron Paul cross-country car-chase epic, Waugh had a surprise hit with the militaristic Act Of Valor. Given his proclivities we might expect plenty of action from Untitled Heist, but perhaps that set-up also allows for a previously untapped vein of comedy.It's by no means the only »
Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales and will introduce the project to buyers next week at the American Film Market.
Beckinsale would portray a mother who moves into a dilapidated country manor near an aging Eastern seaboard town. There in the attic she discovers a small locked door — and the ghost of a young girl beckoning her to open it.
The film will be exec produced by Demarest Films’ Sam Englebardt and Bill Johnson, Foresight’s Tamara Birkemoe, PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes, Merced Media’s Raj Brinder Singh and Envision’s Remington Chase and Stepan Martirosyan. »
- Dave McNary
Today's casting news: Patrick Wilson (Insidious) is set to star in Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's new film, The Man on Carrion Road. Alan Arkin (Argo), Diane Keaton (The Big Wedding), Annette Bening (The Face of Love), Amanda Seyfried (The Big Wedding), and Theo James (Underworld: Awakening) are in various stages of negotiations for The Most Wonderful Time. Victor Rasuk (Jobs) has joined the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Hit the jump for more on each project. Here's the press release for The Man on Carrion Road: Patrick Wilson Signs On To Atlas Independent And Relativity International’S The Man On Carrion Road Los Angeles, CA, October 31, 2013 – Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment, and Relativity International, the newly formed international division of Relativity Media—announced today Golden Globe® and Emmy nominee®, Patrick Wilson (Young Adult, Little Children, Angels in America), will star in The Man On Carrion Road. »
- Dave Trumbore
Johnny Depp (Dark Shadows) is filming a cameo for crime thriller London Fields, which stars Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), Billy Bob Thornton (Parkland), Theo James (Underworld: Awakening) and Jim Sturgess (One Day). An adaptation of Martin Amis' 1989 novel, the film is a directorial debut for Mathew Cullen.
The story follows a mysterious femme fatale Nicola (Heard), who sets a plan in motion to fulfil the propehcy of her own murder. A terminally ill writer (Thornton), a lowly street hustler (Sturgess) and an unhappily married banker (James) all get caught up in her plan, which unfolds in the grimy underbelly of a dystopian London.
Depp is currently in the UK for Rob Marshall's Disney musical Into the Woods and David Koepp's Mortdecai. He can next be seen in Wally Pfister's Transcendence, along with Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany. London Fields »
Top cameo-based scoopage from The Hollywood Reporter today. According to the trade magazine, Johnny Depp has found a space in his schedule to pop up in London Fields in a role that may or may not involve the kind of heavy prosthetics that took a certain cop comedy by storm.Depp is in the UK for Rob Marshall's Disney musical Into the Woods and David Koepp's Mortdecai, and word is that he already shot his scenes in the Martin Amis adaptation. The production got rolling in September with first-timer Mathew Cullen calling the shots and a cast including Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Sturgess, Underworld: Awakening's Theo James and Amber Heard.Heard plays femme fatale Nicola, possessed of unusual beauty and hypnotic magnetism. Mysterious and clairvoyant, she sets a plan in motion to fulfil the prophecy of her own murder.Caught up in Nicola’s plan are terminally »
La Notte (Criterion Collection) I just posted my review of Criterion's new release of Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte, and as a fan of his work I can tell you this may be my favorite film of his. Perhaps that's only because it's the first of his movies I've watched a second time and not having seen L'Eclisse or The Passenger there are still likely candidates to rise in the ranks. I would like to say this is his most accessible film I've seen, even though it comes with an extraordinarily slow pace. I'm sure others would argue Blow-Up may be more accessible, but I almost suspect the more thrilling aspects of that feature may be lost on a crowd more interested in CG explosions and men in tights. Either way, this story of a married couple and their deteriorating relationship is one that gets better and better as the minutes tick by. »
- Brad Brevet
We're going to have to wait a couple of extra weeks before the premiere of Almost Human - with Fox pushing the date back from Monday November 4th to a two-night double-bill on Sunday November 17th and Monday November 18th - but to make up for it, the network has released a new trailer for the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi series, which you can watch right here....
Described as "an action-packed police procedural set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids", Almost Human stars Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness), Michael Healy (Underworld: Awakening), Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), Mackenzie Crook (The Office), Michael Irby (The Unit) and Minka Kelly (Lee Daniels' The Butler). »
- Gary Collinson
For the second week in a row, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is dominating the competition on Movie Power Rankings. With the departure of Charlie Hunnam from the upcoming big screen adaptation of E.L. James' steamy S&M story, Universal is on the lookout for some new blood. Among the many names reportedly being considered to play Christian Grey is "True Blood's" Alexander Skarsgard. Other rumors have Jamie Dornan ("Once Upon a Time"), Theo James ("Underworld: Awakening"), and Christian Cooke (2013's "Romeo and Juliet") trying on the infamous necktie. Whoever is cast, the studio had better hurry up and decide -- summer 2014 is not that far away. As for the »
- Dave Lewis
Is the field narrowing for Charlie Hunnam's replacement on "Fifty Shades of Grey"? According to EW, Universal employees are being told a decision is coming within a few weeks (though why this is being announced company wide seems a bit odd), which makes sense if the studio wants to reassure everyone the film won't face delays. And yet another name has joined the fray of contenders. According to Just Jared, Scott Eastwood—son of Clint, and rising actor who will be seen next year in "Fury" with Brad Pitt—is reportedly "one of five actors being considered” for the part of Christian Grey. So does that mean one of the recently rumored names—Alexander Skarsgård, Jamie Dornen ("The Fall"), Theo James ("Divergent," "Underworld: Awakening"), Christian Cooke (the most recent "Romeo And Juliet"), Francois Arnaud ("The Borgias")—is now out of the running? Maybe? Whoever gets chosen, there will howls »
- Kevin Jagernauth
More like "Fifty Shades Of Rumors," amirite? After Charlie Hunnam's surprise exit from the whips 'n cuffs blockbuster, there has been as much speculation about the actor's departure, as there has been chatter about who will take his place. And now another name has joined the fray. JustJared are saying that Francois Arnaud — aka Cesare Borgia on "The Borgias" — is in the mix to play Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades Of Grey." He now joins Alexander Skarsgard, Jamie Dornen ("The Fall"), Theo James ("Divergent," "Underworld: Awakening") and Christian Cooke (the most recent "Romeo And Juliet") as possibilities for the part. But as you might guess, no formal offers have been made, though he's reportedly been "approached." So, feel free to speculate below as Universal continues to race against the clock to start production on schedule next month, and get this into theaters for August 1, 2014. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With Saturday's departure of Charlie Hunnam from the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie, Universal is looking for a new leading man. According to The Hollywood Reporter, one of the names being considered is Alexander Skarsgard of "True Blood." Skarsgard isn't the only name apparently on the list however. Other potential candidates include Jamie Dornan ("Once Upon a Time"), Theo James ("Underworld: Awakening"), and Christian Cooke (2013's "Romeo and Juliet"). While not specifically mentioned in the article, many out there would still like to see Matthew Bomer take the role. An online petition requesting Bomer (and Alexis Bledel) currently has more than 88,000 »
- HitFix Staff
In the continuing saga of “Fifty Shades of Grey” working its way to theaters, there’s more news on the comings and goings on that production. As we reported yesterday, Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) has dropped out because of “scheduling issues”- though my gut tells me it had more to do with the script.
In the wake of that news, and possibly confirming my suspicion, a new writer has been brought on to polish up the script. Patrick Marber, whose credits include sexually-charged dramas such as “Closer” and “Notes on A Scandal,” is the man handling the rewrite. He has an established working relationship with “Fifty Shades” director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, as they worked together on a short called “Love You More.”
The Hollywood Reporter claims the current list of candidates to replace Hunnam includes Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Theo James (Underworld: Awakening), Christian Cooke (Magic City), and Jamie Dornan (UK series, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Fifty Shades Of Grey starts filming next month, and with Charlie Hunnam exiting the project over the weekend, the search is on for a new Christian Grey. Sources have told THR that Universal is interested in Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Battleship) and Jamie Dornan (The Fall, Once Upon a Time), and the studio is also revisiting their shortlist from when they were originally casting for the part, and the list of contenders includes Theo James (Underworld: Awakening, Divergent) and Christian »
- Jesse Giroux
I keep forgetting to post something every time Amazon has some deals running, but I remembered today as they are offering some solid deals on some horror franchises that may pique your interest. Chief among this week's selection are the complete Resident Evil, Mimic and Underworld collections on Blu-ray along with fractured portions of other horror franchises such as Scream and Scary Movie. The Scream, Saw and Mimic trilogies are also available on sale on DVD along with the DVD collection of the Leprechaun franchise. Considering it's Halloween and the discounts are pretty solid where you can get each Resident Evil movie for essentially $8.29 or each Underworld movie for $8.16 they may be worth considering depending on your at home taste in movie watching. Neither are cinematic classics, but both make for decent, at-home diversions. The complete list is available below. Blu-ray Mimic: Three-Film Set - $11.99 The Resident Evil Collection - $41.49 Includes Resident Evil, »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Following Hostages, which premiered on Monday, CBS and Jerry Bruckheimer are teaming for another serialized drama project. The network has bought Oasis, which will be written by Underworld: Awakening scribe John Hlavin. It revolves around the inhabitants of a new self-sustaining perfect community who discover there may be danger and mystery to the greater purpose of this Oasis. Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner bros. TV are producing, with Hlavin, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive producing and KristieAnne Reed co-executive producing. This is the third sale for Bruckheimer TV this season, along with drama Home, written by Aron Eli Coleite, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox, and Sheri Elwood-written comedy Bagel Nation at ABC, which, like Oasis, has a script commitment. In TV, Hlavin previously wrote a Wyatt Earp Western for Fox. He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Karl Austen. Related: Jerry Bruckheimer Tapped For American »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Apparently not everyone made it to the 2013 Emmy Awards. Kate Beckinsale, for example, was busy attending to some press events in 1963! We're not sure why the Underworld: Awakening star stepped out looking like a character from Hairspray but the comparison is uncanny. Either some kind of time machine is at play or the British beauty is promoting the wrong film! It would be one thing if this look was limited to a pencil skirt and vintage-style cropped top, but it's way beyond that. Kate is wearing old movie-star pumps in a old-school palette and to top it all off, her hair is in a total beehive! It's as if someone passed her a fake memo declaring that the swinging '60s were back in a big »
Director Ralph Ziman’s “Kite”, the live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga/anime of the same name, has just wrapped up production in South Africa. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson along with Callan McAuliffe, with “Underworld: Awakening’s” India Eisley playing the female lead, Sawa. In the movie, as in the comics and anime, Sawa is a young teenage girl in a dystopian city seeking to avenge her father’s killers with the help of his ex-partner, played by Samuel L. Jackson. McAuliffe (“I am Number Four”) will play Oburi, the young boy who befriends and falls for Sawa. Which is complicated, since Sawa is also a teenage hitman. Or, er, hitwoman. Hitgirl. One of those. Hopefully that’s the extent of the movie’s faithfulness to the source material, which can be a tad, er, gratuitous at times. In an interview with the Aussie McAuliffe, Aussie newspaper The »
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