Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar Isaac and Max Minghella are attached to play brothers in Memorial Day, a 1980s-set crime drama from Australian writer-director Kieran Darcy-Smith. Ted Hope and Aquarius Films’ Angie Fielder will produce the saga of the Hispanic brothers who struggle to redress the fallout from a family tragedy. The aim is to shoot in Florida next year. Darcy-Smith tells Deadline the financing will be finalized after a third key role is cast. It’s one of three projects he’s juggling as a follow-up to his debut feature Wish You Were Here, which eOne will launch in the U.S. in early 2013, aiming to capitalize on Joel Edgerton’s profile after Zero Dark Thirty and in the lead-up to the debut of The Great Gatsby. Darcy-Smith also is attached to direct Matt Cook’s 2009 Black List script By Way of Helena, which follows a Texas Ranger and his Mexican bride who investigate mysterious deaths, for Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Also on his slate is a romance, title under wraps, for the Mark Gordon Co. Darcy-Smith met Hope in 2009 at a Screen NSW workshop when Wish You Were Here was in development. Darcy-Smith has completed the screenplay of the sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began, based on the second and third of John Marsden’s novels, for producer Andrew Mason and OmniLab Media, but he won’t direct that film.