13 items from 2015
If you are a fan of films like Borat, The Dictator and Brüno, then chances are you are pretty excited for the latest directorial effort by Larry Charles — the Nicolas Cage-led comedy Army Of One. Now with the inclusion of some top-tier comedians, the project is looking even more promising.
The upcoming satire has just picked up a whole slew of hilarious comedians which, according to Deadline, includes the likes of Russell Brand, Rainn Wilson, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer and Denis O’Hare. The crew is set to join the already-announced Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) in the assassination comedy, which is now in production.
Army Of One was penned by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph and loosely based on a GQ article by Chris Heath. It’s inspired by the true story of Colorado handyman Gary Faulkner, who has no proper skills or prior military training, sees a vision that »
- William Fanelli
Variety is reporting Russell Brand and Rainn Wilson have joined Nicolas Cage in the Larry Charles-directed (Borat, The Dictator) comedy Army Of One, as well as Denis O'Hare (Dallas Buyers Club), Ken Marino (Bad Milo), Paul Scheer (The League) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!). Charles is directing the film from a script by Draft Day scribes Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph. Army Of One is based (although loosely) on a GQ article by Chris Heath about Colorado resident Gary »
- Jesse Giroux
After gestating for several years at Warner Bros., the Fletch reboot has been given new life again, with Relativity Media picking up the project after Warner Bros. dropped it, and Jason Sudeikis still in talks to star as the title character. The actor was being eyed for the lead role when it was set up at Warner Bros. We last reported on the reboot back in May 2011, when Warner Bros. brought on screenwriter David Mandel (The Dictator), but The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Relativity is currently seeking new writers, so it seems unlikely that David Mandel's draft will be used.
Relativity is joining forces with the Boies/Schiller Film Group to acquire all 11 Fletch novels written by Gregory McDonald. The author's first Fletch book was published in 1974, centering on a journalist named I.M. Fletcher who tries to cover his investigative reporting assignments while dealing with his two ex-wives. »
It’s all a bit satirical. Or maybe not. Look, over there, Shakespeare in a superhero cape! I’m “biast” (pro): like the director, love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It was one thing when Birdman was the scrappy little indie that could. (Never mind that it was an indie with a budget of $22 million and an A-list cast.) Then it was just a snooty pretentious film with an arty gimmick that hardly anyone had seen. But now it has been crowned as the very best movie of 2014 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. The people who are the most Hollywood that people can be have officially spoken. And what they have said is, “We hate superhero movies. We hate the fans who make superhero movies huge. But we love your money, so thanks for that. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Nicolas Cage has been cast in Osama Bin Laden hunt comedy Army of One.
Cage will play construction worked Gary Faulkner, who made several attempts to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The semi-scripted film is expected to diverge from the original narrative.
Cage was most recently seen in Dying of the Light. »
Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in Army of One, an upcoming satire from director Larry Charles (Borat, The Dictator), which is based upon the true story of a regular Joe who embarked on a hunt for the notorious Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
THR reports that the project is loosely based upon a GQ article about Gary Faulkner, “a Colorado construction worker who took it upon himself to find Bin Laden, including trying to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan numerous times.”
Army of One is set to shoot in March, with The Weinstein Company hoping to have the film ready for release later in the year.
The post Nicolas Cage to hunt Osama bin Laden in Army of One appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
The story is loosely based on a GQ magazine article about a Colorado construction worker/ex-con who attempted to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan multiple times. His goal? To find and kill Osama Bin Laden. He never succeeded though as the al-Qaeda leader was ultimately assassinated at the hands of U.S. Navy Seal Team 6 in May 2011.
Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman (Draft Day) penned the script, but Charles is expected to use the same semi-improvised techniques he used in "Bruno" and "The Dictator" which will allow Cage to deliver an unpredictable and unstable character performance.
Shooting is slated to begin at the end of March for a late 2015 release through TWC-Dimension.
Source: TWC-Dimension »
- Garth Franklin
Loosely inspired on real events, Charles’ latest draws from the story of one Gary Faulkner, a blue-collar construction worker who took it upon himself to assassinate who many considered to be one of the most dangerous men in the world at the time. Such a journey saw Faulkner attempt to sneak into Afghanistan and Pakistan on multiple occasions, armed with only a sword to stop the al-Qaeda leader in his tracks before his ultimate demise at the hand of the Us army in May of 2011.
On paper, it’s a bonkers premise that could just work thanks to the touch of Charles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Army of One will retain the semi-improvised »
- Michael Briers
Weinstein boutique label TWC-Dimension today has snapped up North American rights to Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment’s "Army of One," a comedy based on this GQ article about Gary Faulkner, the man who went to Pakistan to find Osama Bin Laden with little more than a sword. Nicolas Cage toplines as Faulkner in this semi-scripted project from Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph ("Draft Day"). "Army of One" will be directed by Larry Charles, the funny man behind "The Dictator," "Bruno," "Borat" and many episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld"; the pic will be produced by Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast, Emile Gladstone at Emile Gladstone Productions and Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern. Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith. Bob Weinstein, who co-released "Paddington" with brother Harvey also under the Dimension label, hopes for an »
- Ryan Lattanzio
TWC-Dimension today announced the acquisition of the North American rights of Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment's Army of One, a comedy directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bruno, Seinfeld) and starring Nicolas Cage. Army of One is inspired by a GQ article written by Chris Heath. The film is a loose retelling of the article, which tells the true story of Gary Faulkner, who tried to hunt down Osama Bin Laden by himself. The semi-scripted project is written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph (Draft Day). The film will be produced by Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler at CnÉ, Emile Gladstone at Emile Gladstone Productions and Endgame Entertainment's James D. Stern. Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith will be overseeing the project for Endgame. Patrick Newall will serve as executive producer. Principal photography is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
Army of One will »
TWC-Dimension hopes to release the movie based on a GQ article in North America by the end of the year
Nicolas Cage will star as a man who attempted to hunt down Osama Bin Laden all on his own in “Army of One,” a comedy directed by “Borat” filmmaker Larry Charles and being distributed in North America by TWC-Dimension.
TWC-Dimension, a new arm of the Weinstein Company for which both Bob and Harvey Weinstein work together on films with both artistic and commercial appeal, announced the acquisition of the project from Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment on Wednesday.
- Greg Gilman
Wa wa wee wa! Nicolas Cage is starring in a comedy about Osama Bin Laden. For real.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor is joining forces with "Borat" director Larry Charles to film a satire about a regular joe who goes on the hunt for the terrorist leader. "Army of One" is based on a 2010 GQ article, which chronicled the attempts of construction worker Gary Faulkner to track down bin Laden.
"Army of One" is described as "semi-scripted," which likely means quite a bit of improv. That's clearly in Charles' wheelhouse, as he also directed "The Dictator," "Bruno," and "Religulous." As for Cage, his last film was "Left Behind" (literally). Maybe he'll have better luck with improv. »
- Kelly Woo
Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza has signed on to join the growing cast of Lionsgate's road trip comedy Dirty Grandpa, alongside Zac Efron and Robert De Niro. The plot follows an uptight young man named Jason (Zac Efron), who gets tricked into taking a road trip with his recently-widowed grandfather (Robert De Niro) right before Jason's wedding. Jason eventually discovers that his foul-mouthed grandfather is really on a mission to get laid during spring break. Aubrey Plaza is playing Lenore, a "savvy, beguiling party girl looking for fun on spring break."
Zoey Deutch and Dermot Mulroney also star in unspecified roles, although it isn't known how many characters are left to fill at this point. Dan Mazer, who made his directorial debut with I Give It a Year and co-wrote The Dictator, Bruno and Borat, is directing from a script by newcomer John Phillips. Bill Block, Jason Barrett, Barry Josephson »
13 items from 2015
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