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The drama focuses on Butler's high-flying headhunter, who is forced to reconsider his work-life balance after his son is taken seriously ill.
In a pre-Toronto Film Festival move, Gerard Butler has boarded workplace drama “The Headhunter’s Calling,” with shooting starting Oct. 26 in Toronto.
Voltage Pictures has come aboard to sell international rights and will begin selling at Toronto. CAA is handling the domestic rights.
First-time director Mark Williams will helm from Bill Dubuque’s script, which centers on a ruthless headhunter who arranges jobs for engineers. He is well on his way to achieving his longtime goal of taking over the company, when his 10-year-old son falls ill — leading to a clash of his personal and professional priorities.
- Dave McNary
Gerard Butler is trading his action-hero stripes for a dramatic turn in The Headhunter’s Calling, from first-time director Mark Williams. The Olympus Has Fallen and 300 series star will play Dane Jensen, a corporate headhunter who works at Blackrock Recruiting arranging jobs for engineers. He is well on his way to achieving his longtime work goal of taking over the company when his 10-year-old son falls ill and his personal and professional priorities clash. The Judge… »
Voltage has injected some buzz into what is shaping up to be a solid pre-sale landscape at Toronto and will introduce buyers to the Gerard Butler starrer from feature directorial debutant Mark Williams.
President and COO Jonathan Deckter and president of international sales and distribution John Fremes and their team will commence talks on The Headhunter’s Calling, about a ruthless recruiter poised to take over the company when his son’s illness sets up a clash between career ambition and his personal life. CAA represents Us rights.
Production is scheduled to commence in Toronto on October 26. The Judge screenwriter Bill Dubuque wrote the screenplay and his credits include the upcoming The Accountant and Chris Pratt vehicle The Real McCoy at Universal.
Williams produces with Butler and Alan Siegel, who collaborated with Butler on Olympus Has Fallen. Dubuque and Danielle Robinson will serve as executive producers, along with Dan Bekerman of Scythia Films.
Butler recently »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Chris Weitz ("About a Boy," "The Golden Compass") is set to direct an English-language remake of Takashi Miike's 2013 Japanese thriller "Shield of Straw" for All Nippon Entertainment Works and Nippon Television.
The story follows a team of five police officers charged with protecting an accused killer who has been marked for death by the billionaire grandfather of his latest victim.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
All Nippon Entertainment Works and Nippon Television are teaming with Chris Weitz for an English-language remake of Japanese thriller “Shield of Straw.”
Nippon TV’s Naoaki Kitajima and Depth of Field’s Weitz, Andrew Miano and Dan Balgoyen will produce. The husband-wife team of Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (“Olympus Has Fallen”) is adapting the screenplay.
The original 2013 film, directed by Takashi Miike, centered on a team of five police officers charged with protecting an accused killer who has been marked for death by the billionaire grandfather of his latest victim. The film, starring Takao Osawa and Nanako Matsushima, unspooled in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
“What struck us most about the original film was how at the core of this action thriller, there was an intense morality tale,” Weitz said. “It’s one that analyzed the gray area between the law and justice, as well as what rights »
- Dave McNary
The cast includes Maria Bello, Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), Beck Bennett, Paul Wesley (“Vampire Diaries”), Ken Marino, Ileana Douglas, Charlotte McKinney, Vanessa Ragland, Blake Cooper and Lenora Crichlow (“Being Human”).
Variety reported in May that Pollak had come on board “The Late Bloomer,” based on Ken Baker’s 2001 memoir “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body.” The book recounts E! news correspondent Baker’s experience of going through puberty for the first time at age 30 after having a pituitary tumor removed. The project was previously set up at Alcon Entertainment.
- Dave McNary
All Nippon Entertainment Works and Japanese partner Nippon TV are teaming with Chris and Paul Weitz's Depth of Field to develop and produce an English-language remake of Takashi Miike’s action thriller Shield Of Straw, which played in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen husband-and-wife scribes Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt have been tapped to adapt the screenplay. No director has been set. The original… »
The fourth episode of The Driving Dead premiered yesterday on the series' website. The series focuses on the consequences of reckless driving. Also: Blu-ray release details for Navy SEALs vs. Zombies and the Children of the Corn trilogy.
The Driving Dead: Press Release: "Springfield, Ill. (August 24, 2015) – Actor Michael Rooker returns to his starring role in The Driving Dead Series with a new webisode, “The Chase,” premiering today.
The Driving Dead Series launched in August 2014 by the Illinois Department of Transportation (Idot) to thwart dangerous driving behaviors, like drinking and driving and failure to wear a seatbelt, among the most at-risk audience – young men. According to recent Idot data, seat belt usage in Illinois reached an all-time high of more than 95 percent in 2015. This marks an increase over last year representing an estimated 377 lives saved on Illinois roads.
The web-based Driving Dead Series has amassed more than 2.4 million YouTube views with its first three episodes. »
- Tamika Jones
He’s played the president in Olympus Has Fallen (and the upcoming sequel London Has Fallen), as well as Two Face in the awesome The Dark Knight, and now it looks like Aaron Eckhart will appear in Clint Eastwood‘s Sully, the film about pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who safely landed a plane full of passengers in the middle of the Hudson river in 2009.
Tom Hanks is playing the lead as Sully, while Eckhart will play the role Jeff Skiles, first officer and co-pilot of the Airbus A320 who helped Sully land the plane after birds hit the engines forcing it to descend.
- Paul Heath
Exclusive: Two action thrillers. Both set in London. Both from Millennium Films. On the same release date. Until now. Lionsgate just moved Criminal, starring Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds, off the same release date that London Has Fallen occupied after Gramercy and Focus staked out the same weekend a couple of months ago in a bit of schedule swap of its own. The Olympus Has Fallen follow-up, which returns stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhardt and Morgan… »
After making the jump to television for the likes of Game of Thrones, Black Sails, Hannibal and Constantine, it looks like Neil Marshall has found his next big screen project, with Deadline reporting that the filmmaker has signed on to helm The Sentence.
The project, which is being financed by EuropaCorp, is described as “a futuristic revenge thriller in the vein of Death Wish“, and has been scripted by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen).
The Sentence will mark Marshall’s first feature film since 2010’s Centurion, although he has directed a segment of the upcoming anthology horror Tales of Halloween. He also remains attached to a remake of Troll Hunter, as well as The Last Voyage of Demeter and Hellfest.
- Gary Collinson
Though starting out as a feature filmmaker with the likes of "The Descent," "Doomsday" and "Centurion," director Neil Marshall has made more of a name for himself in recent years on television helming key episodes of big-budget shows like "Game of Thrones," "Black Sails" and "Hannibal".
He'll soon return to the big screen though as he's been set to direct the futuristic revenge thriller "The Sentence" for EuropaCorp. Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt ("Olympus Has Fallen") have penned the script which is described as being in the vein of "Death Wish".
Marc Helwig will produce. No word on when production is slated to begin, or how his commitment to this will impact his ability to work on various TV shows.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Fresh off of work on portmanteau project Tales Of Halloween, Neil Marshall has set up a new solo effort. He’ll direct The Sentence, which is being described as a futuristic revenge thriller.The concept, which emerged back when Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp agreed to finance the film, is being pitched as a blend of Death Wish and The Purge. Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrina Benedikt have cranked out a script set in a world where an eye for an eye is the law and the family of someone killed has 24 hours to take revenge. In the movie’s case, the story starts when a father kills a criminal to protect his son during a home invasion, only to be confronted by the man’s dangerous comrades when they take their chance for legal retribution. It sounds like something Marshall can excel at, harking back to the siege mentality of Dog Soldiers. »
Morgan Freeman has signed up to star in Focus Features' “Down to a Sunless Sea,” an action movie scripted by David Gleeson, whose plot is being kept under wraps for now, except for comparisons being made to “Air Force One.” Also now details on what role exactly Freeman will play. The film will be produced by Freeman’s own Revelations production house. Upcoming for Freeman include a sequel to the Antoine Fuqua-directed White House actioner, "Olympus Has Fallen," titled "London Has Fallen;" he's also teamed up with HBO for a miniseries based on the life of Bass Reeves; he will star alongside Michael Caine and Alan Arkin in »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Clichéd, obvious, and tired. We’ve seen this story so many times before, but rarely with such a lack of appreciation for just how unheroic its “hero” is. I’m “biast” (pro): love Jake Gyllenhaal
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Jake Gyllenhaal is, as always, impressively dedicated to his craft (see also: Nightcrawler): he brings a light-heavyweight champion boxer to plausible life, whittling away his body fat, hunching over even outside the ring like he’s always anticipating a punch, and slurring his words like a man who has been pummeled in the head too many times. It’s a shame that all that diligence is in aid of a story that is as precisely clichéd, obvious, and tired as the name of his character. Dubbing his protagonist “Billy Hope” is the least of the metaphor sledgehammers screenwriter »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Chicago – The epitome of an idea that far outweighs its execution, “Pixels” is a bittersweet blunder that had all of the elements to be geeky great but ends up being cheesy mediocre. I could literally feel its potential for 105 minutes, but the $88 million film ultimately fails to realize it.
At the heart of the issue is miscasting and specifically Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. Even though he and his production company let me down in the critically panned “The Hot Chick,” “50 First Dates,” “The Longest Yard,” “The Benchwarmers,” “Click,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and on and on, I honestly always give Sandler a chance even though his humor almost never works for me.
Despite my love for Pac-man, I was disappointed going into “Pixels” to see Sandler in such a lead role with his production company attached and his pals making bank with him. Still, I »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Submit Your Script for The Black List Fall Screenwriters Mini-Labs ScreenCraft has begun to accept script submissions for the 2015 edition of its annual Action/Thriller Screenplay Contest. Scripts must be feature length, but no longer than 140 pages in length. First and second place winners will each receive a cash prize ($1500 for first place, $500 for second place), as well as a phone consultation with a top literary manager in Hollywood. Top 10 finalists will have their scripts submitted to ScreenCraft's industry network of agents, managers, producers and studio executives. The first place winner will receive the added bonus of a separate professional phone consultation with "Die Hard" screenwriter Steven E. de Souza, who also sits on this year's contest jury. Other jury members include Tanner Mobley, a creative executive at Nu Image ("Olympus Has Fallen," "The Expendables"); producer Adi Shankar »
- Shipra Harbola Gupta
My Left Fist: Fuqua’s Sports Drama a Familiar, Emotionally Charged Comeback
After another recent dalliance in action genre schlock, director Antoine Fuqua returns with the type of cinema he does best—gritty, explosively violent dramatics carried on the weight of strong central characters portrayed persuasively by notable performers. Though this condensed, streamlined character study eschews typical grandiose third act fireworks, and a refreshing lack of a rushed romantic entanglement, its protagonist’s challenges often feel easily overcome. This enhances the narrative’s predictability and familiarity, even though it’s emotionally potent and well-written. Television scribe Kurt Sutter of “The Shield” and “Sons of Anarchy” proves to be as equally adept in his stellar concoction of provocative central characters. However, a handful of supporting figurers played by notable actors are barely introduced, as if they’re promised tangents that would’ve been returned to in longer form narrative.
Boxer Billy »
- Nicholas Bell
Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our (semi) regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including: Masterminds, Creed, London Has Fallen, The Transporter Refueled, Precinct Seven Five, Marshland, Goosebumps, the new Comic-Con trailer for The Man From Uncle, Trainwreck, Kung-Fu Panda 3, The Night Crew and the “final” trailer for Fantastic Four…
Masterminds tells the hilarious true story of David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) a half-brained driver at an armoured car company who is led astray by his flirtatious work crush Kelly (Kristen Wiig). Kelly and her buddy Steve (Owen Wilson) convince David to do an inside job, and to everyone’s surprise he manages to pull off one of the biggest bank heists in Us History! With Steve conspicuously flashing the cash and the FBI closing in on them the plan starts to go south, »
- Phil Wheat
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