17 items from 2014
• Jean-Claude Van Damme is in final talks for Kickboxer, a franchise remake of the 1989 action film that kickstarted his career. John Stockwell is directing the film, which stars Dave Bautista, Alain Moussi, and Georges St. Pierre. The story follows Kurt Sloane (Moussi), a man who travels to Thailand and learns how to kickbox in order to face his brother's killer, Tong Po (Bautista). Van Damme starred as Sloane in the original, and is eyeing an updated version of Sloane's teacher, Master Chow. If it's finalized, he will be replacing Tony Jaa who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. »
- C. Molly Smith
New York Film Critics Circle
Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" swept the New York Film Critics Circle awards announced this morning. The feature scored best film, director, and supporting actress for Patricia Arquette's role. Also nabbing acting honors were Marion Cotillard for "Two Days, One Night," Timothy Spall for "Mr. Turner" and J.K. Simmons for "Whiplash".
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" scored best screenplay, "The Babadook" won best first film, "The Immigrant" nabbed best cinematography, "Ida" won best foreign language film, "The Lego Movie" scored best animated feature, and "Citizenfour" won best documentary. [Source: Nyfcc]
Worthington plays a hired assassin sent to target a woman whom he instead bonds with and together they go on the run. Leech will play the assassin's former employer. »
- Garth Franklin
Allen Leech (Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game) has joined Jonathan Mostow’s Hunter’s Prayer, alongside Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush. Adapted from Kevin Wignall’s novel For The Dogs by Paul Leyden, Oren Moverman, John Brancato and Michael Ferris, the film tells the story of Lucas, a hired assassin (Worthington) sent to target Ella (Rush). Instead, he bonds with her and cannot carry out his assignment. Lucas is then targeted, and the pair flee across Europe. Leech will play the role of Lucas’ former employer.
- Ali Jaafar
Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush's international action-thriller The Hunter's Prayer has pre-sold in a raft of international markets, as well as snagging new castmembers Martin Compston, Amy Landecker and Verónica Echegui. Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3, U-571) is directing the film adaptation of Kevin Wignall's critically acclaimed novel, For the Dogs, with Sierra/Affinity representing international rights. Paul Leydon, Oren Moverman, John Brancato and Michael Ferris wrote the adapted script. Hunter's Prayer stars Lucas as a solitary assassin hired to kill Rush's character. But his plans go awry afer the two develop a bond, and the duo soon find
- Pamela McClintock
The picture started shooting in Yorkshire, England, and Hungary this week with Worthington (“Avatar”) and Odeya Rush (“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”) in the lead roles, respectively, as an assassin and his intended target. But the assassin finds he can’t carry out the kill. The two then find out they are both being targeted for death and are hunted down across Europe. Other recent cast additions include Martin Compston, Amy Landecker and Veronica Echegui.
Handled by Sierra/Affinity, the picture has been sold to distributors in Asia (Star), Bulgaria (Tandem), the former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Germany (Square One), Greece/India/Middle East/Turkey (Italia), Hong Kong and Taiwan (Sound Space), Iceland (Myndform), Israel (United King), Indonesia (Pt Prima), Latin America (Sun Distribution), Malaysia and Vietnam (Roarlion), South »
- Patrick Frater
• Ariana Grande, Katie Homes, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (Glee), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles) have signed on to voice The Weinstein Company's Underdogs, EW has confirmed. The film, from Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella, is being re-voiced in English by TWC with a script that has been reworked for domestic audiences. The story follows football player Jake (Morrison) and his love interest, Laura (Grande). With Laura's support, Jake beats the town bully, Ace (Hoult), in a foosball game. »
- C. Molly Smith
Rush will play Ella, a young woman who teams up with an assassin (Worthington) hired to kill her family to discover who wants them dead.
The UK-us co-production was formerly titled For the Dogs.
Hunter's Prayer will begin shooting in the UK in November. »
The actress is playing Ella, a young woman who is aided by a contract killer named Lucas (Sam Worthington) on her quest for justice, where she encounters a number of thugs and other assassins. Hailee Steinfeld and Emma Roberts were previously attached to play Ella before Odeya Rush won the starring role.
Jonathan Mostow (Surrogates) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Oren Moverman, Paul Leyden, John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris, based on the book by Kevin Wignall. Navid McIlhargey and Anthony Rhulen are producing for Film Engine, alongside Mid Summer Films' Christopher Milburn for Midsummer Films, and Full Clip's Sam Worthington, Paul Leyden, John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz. No production schedule was given at this time.
Exclusive: The Giver’s Odeya Rush has been cast in action-thriller Hunter’s Prayer as Ella, a young girl who teams up with the assassin hired to wipe out her family to find the person responsible. Jonathan Mostow is helming the U.S.-UK co-production formerly known as For The Dogs, which has Sam Worthington in place to play Lucas, the contract killer who helps Ella navigate the tangled web of hitmen and thugs on her quest for justice. Filming is gearing up to start next month in the UK.
Hailee Steinfeld and Emma Roberts previously were attached before Rush landed the role after starring in this summer’s The Giver opposite Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Rush’s credits also include The Odd Life Of Timothy Green and horror remake We Are What We Are. In next year’s Sony summer pic Goosebumps she’ll play the daughter of »
- Jen Yamato
She first came to Hollywood's attention in The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, but since then Odeya Rush has been flitting between genres, showing up most recently in novel adaptation The Giver. She’s now landed one of the lead roles in Jonathan Mostow’s action thriller Hunter’s Prayer.The film, once known as For The Dogs, sounds a little like Leon, albeit with a twist. Sam Worthington plays Lucas, an assassin who is initially assigned to take out Ella’s (Rush) family. But he develops a bond with the young woman and ends up helping her track down and punish the person who is actually responsible for the killings.Mostow took over the project from Phillip Noyce, and the script, adapted from Kevin Wignall’s novel, has been through the word processors of Paul Leyden, Oren Moverman, John Brancato and Michael Ferris. Shooting is scheduled to start next month here in the UK. »
Based on Kevin Wignall's novel, Worthington plays a solitary assassin who is hired to kill a young girl but can’t bring himself to do it. After he fails to carry out the task, both are marked for death and hunted across Europe.
Their only hope is to find out why her family were killed and bring those responsible to justice. Emma Roberts and Hailee Steinfeld were both previously linked to the project but are no longer in the frame, so casting continues for the female lead.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
We're about to lose Sam Worthington for a couple of years. Soon, he'll be headed back to Pandora for a set of Avatar sequels, losing himself in James Cameron's fanciful world of cat people and uncaring military types. But first, the guy's gonna cram some real acting roles in there, and one of them is that old standby: the hitman. Sam Worthington will be starring in Hunter's Prayer, according to Screen Daily. Formerly going by the title For The Dogs (yikes, terrible title), this action thriller should sound mighty familiar to anyone fond of scouring the direct-to-dvd bin. Worthington will play an assassin assigned to kill a beautiful young girl. Once he decides he can't go through with it (because he has a penis), the two of them go on the run and learn exactly why she's being targeted and by whom. At $25 million, this is basically the mid-budgeted »
Screen Yorkshire wouldn’t reveal the amount that it has invested, but said it was its biggest investment to date. From this year it has been able to invest in excess of £1 million ($1.7 million) per project.
The $25 million pic, which was previously known as “For the Dogs” and will be helmed by Jonathan Mostow (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”), will shoot in Northern England and Hungary from this autumn.
The fast-paced action pic focuses on Lucas (Worthington), an assassin hired to kill a young girl. When he can’t bring himself to carry out the task, both are marked for death and hunted across Europe. Their only hope is to find out why her family were wiped out, and bring those responsible to justice. »
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive: Co-pro Hunter’s Prayer marks largest investment and first Us production for fund.
The film is the first Us production to get backing from Screen Yorkshire, which would not reveal the amount invested but confirmed it to be above £1m.
Producers are [link »
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Pine would play a border patrol agent who recently lost his family. He soon goes on the run with a boy whose family was recently killed by a cartel, with both sides of the law in pursuit. [Source: Variety]
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz and Nick Kroll will lead the voice cast of the raunchy R-rated animated comedy "Sausage Party" at Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures.
Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script with Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. The story follows a sausage who falls out of his shopping cart and teams up with some new friends to embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket and return to their aisles before the Fourth of July sale. [Source: The Wrap]
- Garth Franklin
The last time Emma Roberts joined something with a canine title we got Hotel For Dogs. Hopefully For The Dogs, an action thriller that has Sam Worthington starring and Jonathan Mostow directing, will be a little heavier on the gunplay and a little lighter on the family bonding over cute pups.Writer Oren Moverman has adapted Kevin Wignall’s novel into a script that finds Worthington as a solitary assassin who agrees to help a young woman (Roberts) exact revenge on those who murdered her parents and younger brother. His guidance unleashes events that ultimately stoke her thirst for vengeance while he desperately seeks peace and absolution. We’re getting definite Leon vibes here, though it’s too early to compare the two.For The Dogs has been through a few fluctuations as it traverses development limbo: Philip Noyce was originally aboard to direct Worthington before Mostow replaced him in August last year. »
Exclusive: Emma Roberts has replaced Hailee Steinfeld as the female lead opposite Sam Worthington in the Jonathan Mostow-directed action thriller For The Dogs. The film is an adaptation of the Kevin Wignall novel. Paul Leyden originally adapted, and the most recent draft is by Oren Moverman. FilmEngine Entertainment’s Anthony Rhulen and Navid McIlhargey will produce with Worthington, John Schwarz, and Michael Schwarz via their Full Clip Productions banner, and Leyden. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales for the film and Paradigm will be handling domestic sales in what will be a buzz title in Berlin. A solitary assassin (Worthington) agrees to help a young woman (Roberts) exact revenge on those who mercilessly murdered her parents and younger brother. His guidance unleashes events that ultimately stoke her thirst for vengeance while he desperately seeks peace and absolution. Roberts, repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment, is coming off the New »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
17 items from 2014
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