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Though it was only announced a short while ago, David Ayer’s Fury has picked up quite a bit of traction. The WWII thriller snagged Brad Pitt for the lead role and shortly after, signed both Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman. Now, Michael Pena is in talks to join the gang.
Set in the “waning days” of WWII, the film will tell the story of a five-man tank crew. Pitt will play the leader, named Wardaddy, while the other actors will portray members of the crew. Pena is said to be playing the tank’s driver, “a butcher who always is drunk — having vowed never to go into combat sober.”
Of course, Pena and Ayer recently worked together on the excellent End of Watch, a cop drama/thriller that blew me away. It was one of my favorite films of 2012 and I’m excited to see the two teaming up again. »
- Matt Joseph
Actor confirmed for update of Sam Peckinpah's iconic film, reportedly featuring DEA agent on tail of Mexican drug baron
Will Smith is set to star in a modern-day remake of The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpah's classic tale of a gang of ageing outlaws organising one last heist in the dying days of the American old west, reports the Wrap.
A new version of Peckinpah's iconic western has been gestating in Hollywood for almost a decade. The late British director Tony Scott was at one point tipped to direct, with End of Watch's David Ayer having previously been in the hot seat. The latter's idea for a contemporary remake set in Mexico and featuring firefights between CIA agents and drug cartels appears to have survived the long pre-production process. The new take is said to follow a disgraced DEA agent who assembles a team to go after a »
- Ben Child
Fury is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman are also set to co-star.
Production is set to begin in September 2013 and Columbia plans to release Fury on November 14, 2014.
- Laura Frances
David Ayer has had no trouble picking up big, talented names for his upcoming World War II tank drama Fury, having already recruited Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman, but today he's looking to add an actor with whom he's already worked. Michael Pena, who gave a brilliant performance co-starring with Jake Gyllenhaal in Ayer's 2012 Lapd thriller End of Watch, is in in talks to join the cast of the writer/director's latest project. Set in Germany towards the end of WWII, the movie follows a five-man tank crew who work together to fight off the remaining Nazi forces. Should he sign on, Pena will play "the tank.s driver, a butcher who always is drunk -- having vowed never to go into combat sober." The trade also has details on Pitt's character, saying that he will be playing a sergeant named Wardaddy. Ayer is still in post-production on »
• In the midst of the frenzy surrounding the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine has revealed where he’ll boldly go next. EW has confirmed that Pine will appear in comedic thriller Stretch, a project that reunites the actor with Joe Carnahan, who directed one of Pine’s earliest films, 2006′s Smokin’ Aces. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) will star in the new film as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who drives around a mysterious billionaire to get rid of his debt. Details on Pine’s role have not yet been revealed. [The Wrap]
• Action-thriller The Candy Store has gained some more Oscar-winning talent. »
- Emily Rome
What is Casting Couch? It’s one stop shopping when it comes to casting news. It’s even better than shopping though, because it’s free. Today you can pay no money to find out what Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass are teaming up on, as well as what Bill Hader’s first post-SNL gig might be. It looks like David Gordon Green’s turn back toward directing more dramatic movies again is starting to stick. THR is reporting that his next project is going to be a drama called Mangelhorn that’s about an eccentric man who’s trying to come to terms with the fact that a past crime has cost him the love of his life. More than that though, Mangelhorn is a drama that’s going to be employing one of the most celebrated dramatic actors of all time, because the trade’s report also says that Al Pacino has been attached »
- Nathan Adams
Will Smith is now looking to both produce and star in a remake of The Wild Bunch, but for those of you who are having horrific flashbacks of Wild, Wild West, I have an interesting extra detail - the remake won't be set in the old west. While the original film featured actors including William Holden and Ernest Borgnine as aging outlaws who pull one last job before retirement, The Wrap says that the new film will be set in modern times and "follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune." The reimagining has been in development for some time now, with David Ayer (End of Watch) previously hired to work on a draft. Tony Scott and Brian Helgeland also worked on the project and wrote half the screenplay, but unfortunately Scott died last year. Warner Bros. »
“Cutting Edge Originals is about great stories that will depend on great music,” said Ceg topper Philip Moross. “This model was perfected by the late Robert Stigwood with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Grease,’ and we’re aiming just as high.”
It handles scoring, clearances and music supervision in a film, then recoups from soundtrack and sheet-music sales; licensing and royalties from international ticket sales and TV deals; and rights in TV commercials.
Earlier this year, Ceg raised $100 million in equity as part »
- Dave McNary
Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, and Logan Lerman are attached to star as members of a five-man U.S. tank crew, who battle a desperate unit of Nazi soldiers towards the end of World War II. If a deal is finalized, Michael Peña will play Wardaddy, the tank's driver and a brutal alcoholic who has vowed never to go into combat sober.
Michael Peña recently starred in Gangster Squad, and will lend his voice to the DreamWorks Animation comedy Turbo this summer. He also stars in American Hustle, which is currently shooting in Boston under the direction of David O. Russell. »
With his Fox pilot “The List” not making the cut of next seasons pickups, Michael Pena has quickly found his next project and is in talks to join the cast of Sony’s World War II thriller “Fury” starring Brad Pitt.
The story follows the commander of a Sherman tank and its five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines in April 1945 as Nazi Germany collapses.
Pena would play a member of the crew. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
Lensing is set to begin in September with a Nov. 14, 2014 release date set.
The casting marks a reteaming of Pena and Ayer, who recently worked together on the Open Road cop drama “End of Watch.” Sources say Ayer wanted »
- Justin Kroll
Michael Pena is in negotiations to reteam with End of Watch director David Ayer for the filmmaker’s latest project, Fury. The World War II tank thriller from Sony Pictures and Qed International stars Brad Pitt and co-stars Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman. The story, set in the waning days of the second Great War, revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank named Fury that runs across a desperate German division. Story: Brad Pitt Starrer 'Fury' to Hit Theaters in November 2014 Ayer wrote the script and is directing, Pena will play the tank’s driver, a butcher who always is
- Borys Kit
Michael Pena appears set to re-team with his End of Watch director David Ayer. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Pena will star in the World War II action project Fury opposite Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman. Set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945, Fury follows the battle-hardened Wardaddy, who commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Pena, who will soon provide a voice in DreamWorks Animation's Turbo , will play Fury 's alcoholic tank driver. Qed is producing the film with John Lesher.s Le Grisbi Productions and Ethan Smith. Alex Ott is co-producing the feature »
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- AJ Marechal
Los Angeles, CA (May 10th, 2013) – Following their successful collaboration on 2 Guns and Lone Survivor, Foresight Unlimited, Envision Entertainment and Emmett/Furla Films are joining forces to produce the surreal thriller Hotel 33, starring Oscar®-winning actor Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), it was announced today by Foresight CEO Mark Damon and Emmett/Furla’s Randall Emmett.
Foresight Unlimited will handle international sales for Hotel 33, which will be produced by Randall Emmett and George Furla, and executive produced by Envision Entertainment’s Remington Chase, Stepan Martirosyan and Vitaly Grigoriants, and Foresight’s Mark Damon. Malek Akkad is also an executive producer on the film.
Newcomer Kellie Madison wrote the script and will direct Hotel 33 which will start production in September 2013.
The film is based on the presumed event surrounding »
- Andy Greene
Exclusive: Laurie Collyer will next direct an adaptation of Erica Jong‘s iconic Fear Of Flying. This was the erotic publishing phenomenon a la Fifty Shades Of Grey, selling over 27 million copies worldwide to become one of the top 50 bestselling novels in publishing history. Donald Kushner (Tron Legacy, Monster), Leigh Ann Burton and Piers Ashworth have set up the project to produce for Blu-Sky Media, along with Mark Damon and Remington Chase (Lone Survivor, End Of Watch) via his Envision Entertainment. Nostradamus scribe Piers Ashworth wrote the script, and producers plan to begin production later this year, shooting throughout Europe. Nice to see the groundbreaking book is still viable as it gets an international re-release marking its 40th year on bookshelves. Fear Of Flying tells the story of Isadora Wing, who combats her failing marriage by taking an existential sexual odyssey across Europe. She searches for the “zipless fuck”, which »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Jake Gyllenhaal donated $5,000 to a mental healthcare charity supporting military veterans. The 'End of Watch' actor generously opened up his cheque book at the Headstrong Project's Words of War event - which raised money for comprehensive psychological help for troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan - at the Iac building in New York City last night (08.05.13). The 32-year-old star was one of the speakers booked for the event and followed up his address by getting the auction proceedings underway. However, after the first few minutes of the sale - which was being held to raise funds for mental health care - went by without a bid, the Oscar-nominated actor stepped up with a $5,000 donation to »
This story first appeared in the May 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Nigel Sinclair and Guy East both made so much money during the early 2000s that neither really needs to work. Yet this year, the duo celebrates the fifth anniversary of Exclusive Media, an independent production, financing and sales company on a winning run thanks to such hits as George Clooney's The Ides of March, End of Watch, Snitch and The Woman in Black, a low-budget Daniel Radcliffe horror movie that grossed a whopping $127 million worldwide in 2012. Sinclair, 59, a Scotland-born entertainment attorney,
- Pamela McClintock
Logan Lerman might be known for the forgettable “Percy Jackson” films (a sequel arrives this summer), but he almost scored the coveted lead in “The Amazing Spider-Man” a few years ago and he impressed with his acting chops in “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.” Casting directors and filmmakers have noticed. He’s getting called up into the big leagues and will join Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf in the WWII tank thriller “Fury” that “End of Watch” filmmaker David Ayer is writing and directing for Sony Pictures. The movie is already set for a Fall 2014 release and it’s an interesting one because it will be Ayer’s first non police-centered movie. Let’s hope unlike the almost great “End Of Watch,” the visual material doesn’t stand in the way of a good story and strong dynamic. [Deadline] Now that Neil Labute is seemingly back on track after some »
- Edward Davis
One of the greatest things about movies can be helping understand history. Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf and Brad Pitt are here to help make the end of World War II a little clearer in the movie Fury. It's about five soldiers in a tank fighting desperate German soldiers as the Nazi regime was crumbling, their tank is named "Fury." David Ayer, the writer-director of the Jake Gyllenhaal movie End of Watch, wrote the screenplay and will helm for Qed and Sony Pictures.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
End Of Watch director David Ayer, who’s currently shooting action-thriller Ten (formally Breacher) with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington, is already lining up the cast of his next project, Fury. Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf have previously been announced to play two of the five soldiers leading a mission involving the American Sherman tank of the title, into battle during the latter stages of World War II.
We now have word that Percy Jackson and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower rising star Logan Lerman has landed the role of the youngest and most inexperienced member of the crew who all become the mop up members to rid the remaining Nazis in 1945 Germany. As ever, we’ll keep you posted as the rest of the cast comes together.
- Craig Hunter
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