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J.C. Chandor’s next movie, Triple Frontier, may see two major stars leading the cast if conversations are successful and deals go through. According to Deadline, Channing Tatum (Hail, Caesar!) and Tom Hardy (Taboo) are circling the project, and Paramount has been interested in getting them on board since last month.
Triple Frontier takes place in a haven for organized crime where the borders of three countries, Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, meet. If that description doesn’t immediately grip you, the talented people behind the project should be able to get you more interested.
Chandor, who is set to helm the film, has yet to have a misfire when it comes to his previous directorial efforts. He came on the scene in 2011 with Margin Call, followed that up two years later with All is Lost and most recently helmed A Most Violent Year. The film’s screenwriter, on the other hand, »
- Justin Cook
Triple Frontier, the Mark Boal-scripted thriller, has been simmering away in development for a while now, flirting with plenty of big stars but ultimately, not really having much to show for it. If you cast your mind way back, you’ll remember that Katheryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) was set to direct, with Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Johnny Depp all close to signing on for lead roles.
Unfortunately, that fell apart and Margin Call‘s J.C. Chandor hopped on board alongside producers Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. Now, Paramount is gearing up to cast the pic and Deadline tells us tonight that they’re in talks with Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy for the film, which is set in the “notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge.”
Nothing’s been made official just yet, but the actors are certainly interested »
- Michael Briers
“Finding Dory,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and other blockbusters helped drive the domestic box office to record heights in 2016. However, it’s not like moviegoing suddenly saw a surge in popularity. Attendance was essentially flat with last year’s 1.32 billion and a far cry from the record 1.57 billion admissions from 2002. The record came from a new high-water mark in ticket prices, as well as the added cost that comes with Imax and 3D releases.
Overseas, the numbers are still being tallied, but many experts believe that a slowdown in China will lead to revenue declines.
The story of 2016, when it is written, will be a mixed one. Despite the rise of streaming services and quality television, the movie business continues to be resilient. Audiences are still turning up en masse for the new Star Wars or Avengers films, regardless of how adept “Game of Thrones »
- Brent Lang
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