Peter Bart: ‘French Connection’ Anniversary Reminds Industry Of ’70s Devil-May-Care Filmmaking Approach
"In retrospect, I was wrong to shoot it that way, but there was no other way to get it done." That's how director Billy Friedkin last week summed up his famously hair-raising chase scene in the Oscar-winning 1971 film The French Connection. Friedkin was speaking before a rapt audience at the Directors Guild that had gathered for the 45th anniversary of his storied thriller, and he was candid about the challenge of shooting action scenes in the pre-CGI era. Given budget… Read
Elisabeth Shue Joins Eli Roth’s ‘Death Wish’
EXCLUSIVE: Elisabeth Shue has been cast opposite Bruce Willis in Death Wish, the Eli Roth-directed remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson film for Paramount and MGM. She joins Mike Epps, Dean Norris and Vincent D'Onofrio in the film, which is shooting in Chicago and Montreal.
Shue will play the wife of Paul Kersey (Willis), whose life is destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. Frustrated that the bad guys were not brought to justice for the nefarious act… Read
NYC Film Office Launches Effort To Boost Women Filmmakers
The New York City film office has launched what it's calling a "groundbreaking series of initiatives targeting the under-representation of women in film and television." The film office said that this is the "first time ever" that a municipal agency has launched such a program. Part of the program, however, asks women writers to work for free.
The five-part program includes a $5 million fund that will provide grants to support film and theatre projects by and about women… Read
Jill Kelley & The Scandal That Toppled CIA Chief David Petraeus In TV Series Talks
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Ron Senkowski and Michael De Luca have acquired Collateral Damage: Petraeus, Power, Politics and the Abuse of Privacy, a memoir written by Jill Kelley. They will package a limited TV series that will detail the circumstances behind the downfall of CIA director David Petraeus, the 4-star general who led the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan before taking the top CIA post and who was considered one of the great military minds of his era. Kelley, the… Read
Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriter Winners Unveiled
Four solo scribes and one writing team have been named winners of the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The fellows will receive $35,000 prizes each to be bestowed November 3 at a ceremony and live-read at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The five winning scripts where whittled down from 6,915 screenplays submitted this year and then 12 that made the shortlist.
Here are this year’s winners:
Michele Atkins, "Talking About the Sky"… Read
China’s Fundamental Films Takes 28% Stake In EuropaCorp
Chinese production and distribution outfit Fundamental Films has acquired a 27.9% stake in Luc Besson's EuropaCorp for $67 million (€60M), the company said Thursday.
This makes the Shanghai-based Fundamental the second-biggest shareholder of the French mini-major, with Besson's holding company Front Line remaining the majority shareholder with a 31.58% stake, down from 43.8%.
The deal, which is aimed at boosting EuropaCorp's global footprint, builds upon the output deal… Read
Felicity Jones-Nicholas Hoult Vehicle ‘Collide’ Back On Track For Winter 2017
The Felicity Jones-Nicholas Hoult action auto movie Collide, which was extricated from Relativity Media during its bankruptcy crisis and rescued by Open Road Films, will now begin its journey as a theatrical wide release on February 3. The IM Global pic was originally scheduled to open August 19, but was then moved to an unset date.
Formerly known as Autobahn, Collide is from British helmer Eran Creevy and follows an American couple, Casey (Hoult) and Juliette (Jones)… Read
CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’Plays Up No Apology By ‘Birth Of A Nation’ Director Nate Parker
Nate Parker, the embattled star-director-writer-producer of the Nat Turner slave-uprising drama The Birth of a Nation, appears on 60 Minutes in his first major network interview after Deadline revealed that a 17-year-old gang rape allegation would become a major issue for a film that seemed a prohibitive favorite for a Best Picture nomination going into the fall. Just as when Deadline first interviewed Parker in person, there was awkwardness in the idea that he had to… Read
‘Nerdland’ Acquired By Samuel Goldwyn Films For December Bow
Samuel Goldwyn Film has acquired North American rights to Nerdland, the Chris Prynoski-helmed animated movie featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd, Hannibal Buress, Reid Scott, Mike Judge, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Laraine Newman and Paul Scheer. The first feature film from animation house Titmouse bowed this year at Tribeca Film Festival and is next up screening at Beyond Fest. Goldwyn plans a December theatrical release.
The pic follows two slacker best… Read
Fox 2000 Buying Hitchcockian Thriller Novel ‘The Woman In The Window’
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 is closing a deal for screen rights to The Woman In The Window, a hot new novel that was written by A.J. Finn (a pseudonym for a book editor at a major publishing house, I hear). The deal happened just as an auction for the book rights is underway. The novel has elements of The Girl On The Train and Hitchcock’s Rear Window and has a strong role for an actress.
Anna Fox lives alone in the New York City brownstone that once housed her happy family. She… Read
‘True Memoirs Of An International Assassin’ Trailer: Kevin James Wrote The Book On Faux Killer
Kevin James has come full circle from mall cop to ruthless mercenary killer. Well, not really. Here’s a trailer for Netflix’s original movie True Memoirs of an International Assassin, in which the Kevin Can Wait plays Samuel Larson, a mild-mannered would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire after his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. When the book becomes a huge success, he digs the attention. But then suddenly our… Read
Johnny Depp To Star in ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ At Fox
UPDATE: Studio has announced that Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena and Judi Dench will join the picture in supporting roles. Studio’s release is included under Deadline’s original scoop on Johnny Depp.
EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp is in talks to star for director Kenneth Branagh in the Murder On The Orient Express remake. This comes after Angelina Jolie stepped out. The pic is moving fast: Depp will star with Branagh, who’ll play detective Hercule Poirot in a… Read