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Paramount has released the first image of a gaunt and seemingly defeated Liam Neeson in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie Silence and this is definitely not the tough and badass Neeson we’ve grown accustomed to in recent actioners like the Taken franchise, Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and 2015’s Run All Night as well. Not only is his role considerably meatier (we’ll get to that later), but his physical transformation is more along the lines of malnourished hobo than neck-snapping badass. Neeson lost a considerable amount of weight for his role in Silence, where he plays a Jesuit priest. The actor spoke at the Los Cabos Film Festival on Saturday and explained he had to lose 20 pounds, along with co-stars Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield. Sure, his recent batch of movies were likely physically demanding in their own right with him karate-chopping and shooting dudes left and right, but »
- Nate Saienni
Boasting a muscular slate of crossover prestige pics and high-profile suspense thrillers, Studiocanal made a big splash at the AFM, selling the world on Liam Neeson (pictured above) starrer “The Commuter” and closing most outstanding territories on its untitled James Marsh project.
A suspense thriller, “The Commuter,” which was nabbed by Lionsgate at the Afm, also pre-sold at the Santa-Monica based market to Japan (Gaga), China (Bona), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Korea (Medialog), Israel (New Guys), Spain (Tripictures), Canada (Vvs), Svensk (Nordics) and Poland (Kino Swiat), among other deals.
“Although the market elsewhere was weak, we found that we had the type of films which distributors are looking for: Either prestige movies with cast or quality entertainment movies with good production values and a clear marketing angle,” said Marsh, adding that »
- Elsa Keslassy
Today fans of Tom Cruise got some good news. Paramount Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun for the sequel to the 2012 action film, Jack Reacher. Check out all the details here.
Actor/Producer/Stunt Extraordinaire Tom Cruise is back at it again. Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, and Tom Cruise have elected to go the franchise route with Jack Reacher, the 2012 action film based on the Lee Child's book called "One Shot, which itself is part of a series of Jack Reacher novels. The new film will be titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and will be based on the 18th book in Childs' Jack Reacher series titled "Never Go Back". The new film is set to release on October 21, 2016, and will be directed by Edward Zwick. The film will be produced by Tom Cruise himself in addition to Don Granger, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Christopher McQuerrie. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media today announced that principal photography has commenced on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, starring Tom Cruise (the Mission: Impossible franchise, Edge of Tomorrow) and directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond). Production will take place in New Orleans. The film is set for release on October 21, 2016. The first film, Jack Reacher, earned $218.3 million worldwide during its theatrical release.
The new film is based on author Lee Child's 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, Never Go Back. The film is written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Equalizer), Marshall Herskovitz (Love and Other Drugs, The Last Samurai) & Zwick. The sequel reunites Tom Cruise and Edward Zwick for the first time since The Last Samurai.
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media today announced that principal photography has commenced on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, starring Tom Cruise (the Mission: Impossible franchise, Edge Of Tomorrow) and directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond).
Production will take place in New Orleans. The film is set for release on October 21, 2016.
The new film, a sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher, is based on author Lee Child’s 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, Never Go Back. The film is written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Equalizer”), Marshall Herskovitz (Love And Other Drugs, The Last Samurai) & Zwick.
Cruise is producing alongside Don Granger (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher), Skydance Media’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Eostorm), and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Valkyrie). The executive producers are Paula Wagner (War Of The Worlds, “The Others) and Herb Gains (The Judge, »
- Michelle McCue
Selling European films to Asia has long been a blind spot for international sales agents, but as the film market in the Far East continues to expand while buying power in Europe contracts, finding a home for a film in Asia is becoming increasingly attractive.
“Asia is definitely a growing market especially as European territories are becoming more and more difficult to sell even sophisticated European titles to,” says Studiocanal head of international sales Anna Marsh, who points to Italy, Spain, Greece and Russia as increasingly challenging markets. “Asia is where we are looking for growth.”
But it’s competitive. While different Asian territories are all at different stages of economic evolution, each with their own cultures and local film industries, finding a home for European film, whether arthouse or more mainstream, is not simple.
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- Diana Lodderhose
Following on from last week's report that "Furious 8" has been having trouble locking down a director, confusion has mostly reigned over the past day or two regarding whom might take the helm.
Scheduling conflicts rule both the third through sixth film's director Justin Lin and the seventh film's director James Wan out. Jaume Collet-Serra ("Non-Stop") is also out of the running after being approached.
It is no secret that my good friend Justin and I have been very intensely discussing the trilogy, as we have dreamed it...
Posted by Vin Diesel on Wednesday, 30 September 2015
THR says the studio is not pleased with the post and that the possibility of Diesel or Cohen at the helm is »
- Garth Franklin
With a 2017 release date already locked, Universal needs to get moving shortly on the next entry in the Fast & Furious movie saga. The last film, Fast & Furious 7, has proven to be the most successful to date, grossing a staggering $1.511bn worldwide earlier this year. It's now gobbling up cash on home formats.
However, getting Fast & Furious 8 moving is proving to be a problem, as the studio hasn't yet locked down a director.
James Wan, who helmed the last film, has committed to making Robotech for Sony and Aquaman for Warner Bros. He's also in the midst of shooting The Conjuring 2 right now. Universal did reportedly have an option in Wan's contract to make Fast & Furious 8 and Fast & Furious 9, but given the extreme difficulties »
Everything is going great for Furious 8 — America loves the franchise, the cast is committed, a script is in the works. But there's just one problem: It doesn't have a director yet! As the film approaches its April 2017 release date, that's increasingly becoming an issue. THR has the scoop on Universal's search for a filmmaker to handle the next installment of the long-running series, which reportedly included offering "life-altering" amounts of money for Furious 7's James Wan to return (he declined, apparently for health reasons), as well as reaching out to former franchise director Justin Lin (too busy with Star Trek) and Non-Stop's Jaume Collet-Serra (also busy). The studio's alleged fear now is that Vin Diesel, who has to be consulted on the decision, will simply step in to fill the position himself. Some of THR's sources deny he wants the gig, but Diesel did direct a short »
- Nate Jones
Liam Neeson is one busy fella! His latest suspense-thriller, The Commuter, will find him starring as a normal businessman who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy that affects him and his fellow commuters, according to Deadline. The role will be a departure for him, in that he won't be able to draw upon "a particular set of skills," as he did in the Taken movies that made him a worldwide action star. Since the first installment in 2008, Neeson has displayed his action chops in Clash of the Titans, The A-Team, Unknown, The Grey, Wrath of the Titans, Battleship, Non-Stop, and Run All Night, and he's also set to star in upcoming action pictures such as The Returner and A Willing Patriot. Now, not all those movies have been straightforward action movies. Joe...
- Peter Martin
Pierre Morel’s 2008 cult actioner Taken really is the gift that keeps on giving for Liam Neeson. Barely a week has passed since we brought you the news that the Northern Irish acting vet signed on to topline Ruben Fleischer’s action-comedy The Revenger, and Deadline reports that Neeson is now on the cusp of joining another genre piece in the form of The Commuter.
Remaining in the wheelhouse of one-word action titles for the time being, the actor’s latest venture is to be scripted by Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi, placing Neeson in the shoes of an unassuming businessman looking to make ends meet in New York City when, suddenly, he’s caught up in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. If you’re a fan of the star’s renaissance as a bona fide action star, you can probably guess where we’re heading with this one. »
- Michael Briers
The Northern Irish actor will play a businessman who becomes embroiled in a criminal conspiracy on his journey home
Liam Neeson will star as a businessman who finds himself caught up in a criminal conspiracy in the suspense thriller The Commuter, reports Deadline.
The new film continues the Ballymena-born actor’s run in starring roles following the box-office success of the action trilogy, Taken, which has grossed more than $900m worldwide. The Commuter, which will shoot in New York next spring, is being set up by the same team of producers who oversaw Neeson’s recent thrillers Non-Stop and Unknown.
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- Ben Child
Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, who worked with Neeson on both Unknown and Non-Stop, are again set to produce the film, which will see Neeson play “a businessman on his daily commute home, who unwittingly gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy. It threatens not only his life but the lives of those around him.”
Shooting on the film is set to begin next Spring, but no release date has been set.
Amongst Neeson’s newest projects is his latest collaboration with director Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New York) on Silence, the Seventeenth century-set drama which co-stars Andrew Garfield (99 Homes) and Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and is set for release in 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Liam Neeson has signed on to star in a new action-thriller entitled The Commuter, according to a report from Deadline. The project doesn't have a director in place yet, but production is scheduled to begin in New York sometime this coming spring. StudioCanal is providing the financing, with The Picture Company producing.
The story, written by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi, follows a businessman (Liam Neeson) who unwillingly gets embroiled in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. This sinister plot not only endangers his life, but also the lives of several other commuters around him. We first reported on The Commuter way back in 2010, when Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind) signed on to direct, but that was the last we heard about the project.
Neeson will star as a businessman who gets stuck in the midst of a criminal conspiracy on his journey home.
Meanwhile, Neeson's movie franchise Taken is being turned into a TV series by NBC and will serve as a prequel to the films.
The actor won't be involved in the project, though. »
Exclusive: Liam Neeson has scheduled his next vehicle. He’ll star in The Commuter, a suspense-thriller written by Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi. Studiocanal is financing, and The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce with StudioCanal. They all worked with Neeson on the thrillers Non-Stop and Unknown. In The Commuter, which will shoot in New York in the spring, Neeson will play a businessman on his daily commute home who unwittingly gets caught… »
In case you haven't been paying attention for the last decade or so, Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson has re-invented himself as an action-hero. And he’s pretty damn good at it, too. In fact, the Irish thespian is so prevalent in these roles that he’s signed up to star in yet another, and by the sounds of its ridiculously awesome title it's already intriguing. That’s because it’s called The Revenger. Variety reports that Universal Pictures has acquired The Revenger. However, rather than simply seeing Liam Neeson going around shooting up bad guys, ala Taken, Non-Stop, and Run All Night, this time it looks like he's decided to add a bit of mirth into the mix, too, and make fun of himself in the process. Even though The Revenger’s plot details and logline are currently being kept under »
We have now, apparently, reached the stage of Liam Neeson’s action career where he’s ready to take spoofing it to the next natural stage – an entire action comedy on the big screen. All right, so we don’t know for sure that it will be exactly that, but The Revenger sounds like it could be.Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer has come aboard to direct the film for Universal, based on Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s script. Little is known about the screenplay besides the name, but given that it comes from the men behind the first two Night At The Museum films, Hell Baby and Balls Of Fury, expect silliness. Neeson has shown he’s more than willing to be funny in the past, most famously still in Extras, but also in the likes of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Lego Movie and Non-Stop. Fleischer, »
The development of a live-action adaptation of Akira is a story that has quite a few twists and turns, but is pretty simple to summarize: no one has been able to crack it. Warner Bros. and Appian Way have tried with a few different creative teams, most recently with director Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) set to make […]
The post Rumor: ‘Akira’ Developing as a Trilogy, Christopher Nolan May Be Involved appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
2015 is Julianne Moore’s year. Earlier this year, the actress took home the Academy Award for her moving portrayal of a middle-aged woman reeling from a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice.
Is there another Oscar in Moore's immediate future? Up next, the actress stars as a terminally-ill police officer inFreeheld whose quest to pass her pension benefits on to her same-sex partner became a hot point in recent Lgbt activism. Based on a true story, Freeheld is making its work premiere at Tiff this week before opening in theatres on October 9.
The role is just the latest is Moore’s crown of vivid and complex characters. As an actress who has appeared in nearly every genre – from horror (Carrie) and comedy (Evolution) to action (Jurassic Park: The Lost World) and drama (The Hours) – Moore excels at nearly everything she does, lending prestige and credibility to the films she picks. »
- Rachel West
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