Robert Rodriguez To Direct ‘Escape From New York’
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Rodriguez is getting the gig to direct Escape From New York, the remake of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 film that’s set up at 20th Century Fox. The studio won a bidding battle for rights to the reboot in early 2015, with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman's The Picture Company set to produce. Neil Cross (Luther) is penning the script.
The original was released by Avco Embassy, and the rights were owned by Studiocanal. Carpenter will be an executive producer… Read
Ciarán Foy To Direct Broad Green’s Horror Offering ‘Eli’
Ciarán Foy (Sinister 2) has been set to direct Broad Green Pictures' psychological horror film Eli about a young boy who undergoes treatment for a rare disease in a secluded clinic which turns into a haunted prison with no way out based on rewrite David Chirchirillo's 2015 Black List script. The project, which is planned for a summer start, is being produced by Trevor Macy via his Intrepid Pictures’ banner (Oculus) from a script re-written by Ian Goldberg and Richard… Read
Maika Monroe & Jeremy Allen White To Star In ‘Shotgun’ Helmed By Hannah Marks & Joey Power
EXCLUSIVE: Maika Monroe and Jeremy Allen White have been set to star in Shotgun, a romantic drama/offbeat comedy indie film that was written and will be directed by Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency co-star Hannah Marks and Joey Power in their feature directorial debuts. Yale Productions’ Jordan Yale Levine will produce with Jordan Beckerman, Michael J. Rothstein, Ash Christian and WYSJ Media’s Sean Glover. WYSJ’s Wei Wang is executive producer.
The pic centers on… Read
Greg Kinnear Attached To Star in Ken Kwapis’ ‘Piano Lessons’
EXCLUSIVE: It’s a beautiful story inspired by true events in the life of one of its filmmakers. Greg Kinnear is attached to star in Piano Lessons, about a husband whose marriage is on the rocks so goes to great lengths without his wife’s knowledge to demonstrate how much he loves her. The project, being produced by Todd Garner and Jon Shestack, will be directed by Ken Kwapis. There are three strong female roles in this one.
Kinnear would play a lawyer who after 20 years… Read
‘Silence’ Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto Teams With ‘La La Land’ Producer For Directorial Debut ‘Bastard’
Rodrigo Prieto, the esteemed cinematographer who has worked on films such as Martin Scorcese's Silence and Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, is set to make his directorial debut with revenge thriller Bastard. La La Land's Jordan Horowitz is set to produce via his Original Headquarters banner while Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff are exec producing.
Topic, First Look Media's entertainment studio, is financing and the company's Adam Pincus and Annie Marter are both… Read
‘Room’s Lenny Abrahamson Lights Up FBI Siege Tale ‘Burning Rainbow Farm’
EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content, Element Pictures and Film4 have optioned the Dean Kuipers book Burning Rainbow Farm, and will develop it as a directing vehicle for Room helmer Lenny Abrahamson. Playwright Cory Finley, who made his directing debut with the Sundance pic Thoroughbred, will write the script. It is the true story of two marijuana advocates who were gunned down by the FBI after a five-day standoff. Anonymous Content's Adam Shulman and Mad Dog Films' Alix Madigan… Read
Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts & Zachary Quinto To Star In New Matthew Newton Pic ‘Who We Are Now’
EXCLUSIVE: Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto have been set to star in Who We Are Now, the follow-up movie for writer-director Matthew Newton after his SXSW-winning pic From Nowhere. The new pic, which reunites Newton with his From Nowhere star Nicholson, has just started shooting in New York.
The drama centers on convicted felon Beth (Nicholson), who forms an unlikely alliance with a young public defense lawyer Jess (Roberts), who does everything she can… Read
‘Madre’ Filmmaker Aaron Burns Inks With UTA & Kaplan/Perrone
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Aaron Burns, on the heels of the SXSW world premiere of his horror film Madre, which was picked up by Netflix, has signed with UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. The pic, produced by Nicolás López and Miguel Asensio Llamas, will be available to stream at the end of this year.
Starring Daniela Ramírez, Cristobal Tapia Montt, Matías Bassi and Aida Jabolin, the psychological thriller is about motherhood and the difficult circumstances that force… Read
Netflix Eyeing BBC Supernatural Thriller ‘Requiem’; Emerging Brit Helmer Mahalia Belo To Direct
Netflix is looking to board the BBC psychological thriller Requiem with up-and-coming Brit helmer Mahalia Belo set to direct.
The six-episode, hourlong series focuses on the story of a young woman who, in the wake of her mother's death, sets out to learn the truth about herself, even to the point of unraveling her own identity. It's a subtle tale of the supernatural that plays on uncertainty, mystery and ambiguity.
Belo will direct all six episodes. New Pictures' Willow… Read
Universal Wins ‘The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle’ With Robert Downey Jr As The Critter Whisperer
Universal Pictures won an auction for The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle, with Robert Downey Jr playing the title character and Stephen Gaghan directing and rewriting a Tom Shepherd script based on the 1920s children's books by Hugh Lofting. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce for their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films, alongside Susan Downey from Team Downey.
Several studios chased this one hard. I’d heard 20th Century Fox — which made the 1967 Rex Harrison film and the redo… Read
Ross Katz Set To Direct Nick Blaemire’s Musical ‘A Little More Alive’ For Big Screen
EXCLUSIVE: Ross Katz, the producer behind Lost in Translation and Taking Chance, is set to direct a film adaptation of Nick Blaemire's modern musical A Little More Alive.
Blaemire, who wrote the music and lyrics for Broadway musical Glory Days and appeared as an actor in shows such as The Big C and The Good Wife, wrote the book, music and lyrics for the stage production of A Little More Alive. He also writes the screenplay for the feature.
Tony Award winner Hunter Arnold… Read
Universal Lands Daniel Kunka ‘Space Race’ Spec; ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg To Helm
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures made a preemptive buy on Daniel Kunka’s spec script Space Race, with 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg attached to direct. Dylan Clark will produce, and this marks his first major solo acquisition after partner Scott Stuber’s departure to head feature film at Netflix. Kunka and Trachtenberg teamed on Crime Of The Century, which is in development at Universal with Chris Morgan producing. Trachtenberg will produce with Clark, who produced… Read