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Back in 2011 I wrote about a film called Triple Frontier as a possible Oscar contender that year. It was from the writer/director duo Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow and it was to star Tom Hanks. Since then, the project hasn't gone away despite some trepidation from Paramount Pictures at one point involving a possible $80 million budget. However, while the film hasn't died, Bigelow and Boal have moved on to the Bowe Bergdahl story leaving a director's chair open, a chair that looks like it may have just been filled. Deadline reports J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) is in talks to direct the picture with Hanks still in the conversation as well as Will Smith. The film is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Igazu and Parana rivers converge -- making "la triple frontera" difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime. Specific story details, »
- Brad Brevet
After years of development limbo, Paramount’s action thriller “Triple Frontier” may have found new life.
The film is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge — making “la triple frontera” difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime.
The deal is not yet closed but if Chandor boards the project, the aim is for production to commence in January. A star has yet to be set for the film, but insiders say Will Smith has been eyeing the project for some time.
Though sources close to the studio and Smith say the actor is not attached, »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: I’m hearing that Margin Call and A Most Violent Year helmer Jc Chandor is in early discussions to direct Triple Frontier, that hot-button drama for Paramount Pictures that grew quiet when Zero Dark Thirty helmer Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal stepped away to focus on the movie about Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who left a base in Afghanistan and was captured and held for five years by the Taliban until he was exchanged for five high-level Taliban… »
Unless you’re talking about Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters or Toy Story 3, it’s usually not a good sign to hear of a sequel to a long retired franchise, least of all from a new, upstart director (just ask Jurassic World). This week however a director started a project that might even be an improvement on the original.
Deadline exclusively reported Joe Carnahan’s (The Grey) possible involvement in Bad Boys 3. David Guggenheim (Safe House) penned a screenplay for the sequel to Michael Bay’s 1995 and 2003 films, and the studio is hoping to move negotiations along quickly, as they plan to approach both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to return.
We talked recently about Brad Pitt‘s involvement on a new project just bought by Netflix, but their top competitor Amazon has signed another major name: Terry Gilliam. Indiewire spoke with the cult director and Monty Python alum, »
- Brian Welk
A24 has fast become one of the most interesting studios today, working with young or otherwise interesting directors on a vast array of projects, from coming-of-age tales to western thrillers to highly experimental sci-fi and more. One such film, A Most Violent Year, saw the studio team up with J.C. Chandor, and apparently the experience went so well Chandor is working with the studio again on his next project, The Liar's Ball. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Liar's Ball will be adapted by Gideon Yago ("Newsroom") from Vicky Ward's book of the same name, which centers on the history of New York's famed General Motors Building from before it was built to the present. amz asin="B00NJ38NRM" size="small"Ward's book peers into the world of commercial real estate in New York City, namely the dealings of industry titan Harry Macklowe and his battles to own and »
- Jordan Benesh
J.C. Chandor may have dropped out of making Deepwater Horizon but he has found a new project. Chandor will team with A24 Films to adapt Vicky Ward's non-fiction book The Liar's Ball. Chandor will work with writer Gideon Yago (The Newsroom, Manhattan) and executive producer Zachary Quinto, who produced and starred in Chandor.s Margin Call. Ward's book may not have seemed like the most cinematic story out... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
A24 will distribute the film and develops and produces alongside Dodson and Gerb and director Chandor. The company recently distributed Chandor’s A Most Violent Year .
Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Production, for whom A24 will distribute a slate of projects the companies are jointly developing, also produces. Separately, A24 recently announced it was developing a father-son drama with Cary Fukunaga.
The Liar’s Ball is based on Vicky Ward’s non-fiction account of the ferocious battle to control one of the crown jewels of New York real estate. Gideon Yago has just closed a deal to adapt the book and has commenced research and writing.
“When I heard »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Filmmaker J.C. Chandor not only has a solid track record thus far, but he’s a director who seems keen on mixing things up and raising his ambition for each subsequent film. His debut, Margin Call, was a talky drama that took place within the confines of a few offices. His next film, All Is Lost, had nearly zero dialogue and took place entirely at sea. To follow that up, he released the thoughtful crime drama A Most Violent Year last winter, and now he’s got his sights set on telling the history of a skyscraper. It was announced today that Chandor is teaming up with A Most Violent Year distributor A24 films to produce and possibly direct an adaptation of Vicky Ward’s book The Liar’s Ball, which recounts the full history of New York’s G.M. Building from before it was built to the present. »
- Adam Chitwood
We were all pretty disappointed when J.C. Chandor, the terrifically talented helmer behind last December’s A Most Violent Year, fell off oil rig explosion drama Deepwater Horizon, but it appears that the director may have settled on a new project. Reteaming with A24, he’s producing and has plans to direct an adaptation of Vicky Ward’s book The Liar’s Ball, about the history of New York’s famed G.M. building.
Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb, both long-time collaborators of Chandor’s, are also producing the pic, which focuses on the furious battle between industry titans over the coveted area, which faces the southeast corner of Central Park. The script, which will be written by Manhattan and The Newsroom scribe Gideon Yago, heavily features Harry Macklowe and explores his fight to own and redevelop the G.M. Building over the last two decades. Apple’s famous glass »
- Isaac Feldberg
Nothing says power and prestige like having your name inscribed on a building. One can only imagine that's a primary reason Harry Macklowe purchased the Gm Building in Manhattan, and that story will serve as the backdrop for a potential new film by J.C. Chandor. Read More: Interview: J.C. Chandor Talks 'A Most Violent Year,' Sandy Hook Influence, Violence On FIlm And More A24 has announced today that the "A Most Violent Year" director will adapt Vicky Ward's non-fiction book "The Liar's Ball." Gideon Yago ("The Newsroom," "Manhattan") will pen the script, and Zachary Quinto, who starred in "Margin Call," is among the producers on the project, which includes Chandor, who will be eyeing it to direct. Here's the book synopsis: Harry Macklowe is one of the most notorious wheelers and dealers of the real estate world, and Liar's Ball is the story of the gamblers and thieves who populate his world. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“The Liar’s Ball” focuses on Harry Macklowe and his battles to own and re-develop New York City’s G.M. Building in the 1990s and into the 2000s.
“Commercial real estate in New York City has long fascinated me, to the point where I once had a broker’s license,” Chandor said in a press release. “The story that Vicky has captured through relentless research and interviews explores the drama and the romantic nature of buildings in a city »
- Dave McNary
J.C. Chandor is teaming up with his “Margin Call” star Zachary Quinto and distributor A24 to produce a movie adaptation of Vicky Ward’s book, “The Liar’s Ball,” which Chandor is eyeing to direct. The “Most Violent Year” director will serve as producer alongside long-time producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb as well as producer-financier Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions. Quinto will executive produce. “The Newsroom” writer Gideon Yago has closed a deal to write a screenplay based on Ward’s non-fiction book, which tells the full history of New York’s famed G.M. Building from before »
- Greg Gilman
He leapt out of the director’s chair for Deepwater Horizon, but A Most Violent Year’s J.C. Chandor isn’t sitting around twiddling his thumbs. He has several projects in development, and has added another, making a deal to produce and potentially direct the adaptation of Vicky Ward’s book The Liar’s Ball.Ward’s non-fiction tome chronicles the struggles and tactics of real-estate titan Harry Macklemore, who fought to own and develop the Gm building in New York during the 1990s and early 2000s. Although he lost that fight, he would go on to run his own property empire, with the former Gm structure replaced by the glass cube of Apple’s flagship New York store.Gideon Yago is aboard to write the script and has thrown himself into research for producers including Chandor, Eva Maria Daniels and Zachary Quinto, who co-starred in and helped Chandor’s Margin Call become a reality. »
There have already been a handful of great movies about the recent economic turmoil caused in America (and around the world) by the collapse of the real estate market, however movies like Margin Call and Inside Job focus on the institutionalized side of things. The new drama 99 Homes heads away from Wall Street and right into middle America and judging by the first trailer, it's going to be a must-see when it hits theaters on September 25, 2015. Directed by Ramin Bahrani (At Any Price), 99 Homes stars Andrew Garfield as a father whose family is evicted from their home by a greedy real estate broker played by Michael Shannon. Things are looking grim for them until one day Garfield gets a job offer from Shannon. But is working for the man worth the emotional cost? That...
- Peter Hall
You'll never do anything harder than staring someone in the eye and telling the truth.
J.C. Chandor has had one hell of a start as a writer-director. First came his film about the financial collapse, Margin Call (2011). Then All is Lost (2013), his film with Robert Redford struggling to survive a yachting misadventure. Then, late last year, came his third film, A Most Violent Year (2014), an American tale of a semi-crooked businessman making a land deal during the most violent year in the history of New York City. Next year, he's slated to release a film about the Deepwater Horizon disaster. When people bemoan the lack of original voices and serious subject matter in films, point them to J.C. Chandor and the unbroken string of subtle, interesting, and brilliantly acted movies.
- Jason Ratigan
’80s-set corporate morality tale A Most Violent Year has been earmarked as one to watch more than most. Echoing Sidney Lumet’s urban thrillers of the ’70s, it brings a fresh sensibility to the genre by casting two of American cinema’s true up and comers – Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.
Looking to the past while paving a way to the future, the talent behind the project is writer/director J.C. Chandor. Thn got the chance to sit down and talk turkey with the man himself. Expecting him to be a serious-minded sort, we were surprised to find Chandor open and talkative about his work, giving detailed insights into everything from his leading lady’s fingernails and getting tributed by Jonah Hill, to the elements that inspired the highly-intriguing end result…
Thn: The setting for the film is very specific and gives the story its title. What came first for you, »
- Steve Palace
Oscar nominee Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac: Vol. I, Kill Bill: Vol 1-2, Pulp Fiction) and Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth (ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” Fox’s “Glee”) are set to star in the comedy The Brits Are Coming, it was announced today by producers Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Jc Chandor (A Most Violent Year, All Is Lost), Robert Ogden Barnum (Margin Call, Lawless), and Will Clevinger (upcoming Life At These Speeds, Maternal Bonds).
In this broad comedy, an eccentric British con-artist couple, Harriet (Thurman) and Peter Fox, flee to Los Angeles to get away from paying a large debt to a notorious gangster after a failed poker game. With the gangster hot on their trail, the pair scheme to win back the money by executing a jewel theft operation involving Peter’s ex-wife and her new husband, Gabriel. Chenoweth will play Gabriel’s pill-popping assistant, »
- Michelle McCue
Bentonville, Arkanasas, a sleepy, tree-lined city that exudes a Norman Rockwell-esque vibe but whose citizenry is primarily made up of Walmart employees, morphed into a professional powerhouse of female filmmakers, artists and media gurus May 5-9 for the first annual Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Trevor Drinkwater and Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media and sponsored by Walmart and Coca-Cola.
Bentonville was abuzz with a parade of A-list celebrities, such as helmer Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen,” “Twilight”), Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Rosie O’Donnell, who flocked to the fest to inspire, educate and promote diversity and gender equality in film and TV, and to encourage an increase in the number of women working both in front and behind the camera.
Through a mix of musical events, film screenings (Janet Grillo’s “Jack of the Red Hearts” nabbed the jury award »
- Malina Saval
“What We Do in the Shadows,” a satirical vampire documentary from Jemaine Clement of “Flight of the Conchords” fame, sunk its teeth into $462,862 in its first week on-demand, Variety has learned exclusively.
Movie distributors frequently cite electronic sales and cable and digital rentals of their films as evidence that the home entertainment business is recovering from the collapse of the DVD market. However, data about this sector of the business is hard to come by, apart from a few public statements about the big numbers put up by films like “Margin Call” and “Arbitrage.”
With the exception of Radius-twc, the company behind the on-demand breakout “Snowpiercer” which reports on-demand revenue on a weekly basis, most Hollywood players keep those statistics private.
The Orchard, a relatively new indie label that is overseeing the home entertainment release of “What We Do in the Shadows,” would like to change that.
“It’s the right thing to do, »
- Brent Lang
Teaser clip of Herzog’s documentary about the relationship between humans and volcanoes to be screened at Cannes.
London-based Dogwoof has acquired worldwide rights to Werner Herzog’s long-gestating volcano documentary Into The Inferno. A teaser clip of the film, in pre-production, will be screened by Dogwoof to buyers as part of their Cannes Marche promo reel on May 15.
Herzog, whose documentary films include Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, will explore why, where and how human civilization is inextricably linked with volcanoes. Filmed around the world, Herzog will team up with volcanologist Professor Clive Oppenheimer to tell the story of the relationship between volcanoes, our planet and human society.
Dogwoof head of distribution Oli Harbottle negotiated the deal with André Singer and Richard Melman of Spring Films, the UK co-producer (in association with co-producers Herzog Film and Matter of Fact Media), for Dogwoof to handle the sale of all international rights, excluding Canada »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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