CRAZY HEART Director Scott Cooper Attached to Helm Remake of Argentina’s CARANCHO
by Brendan Bettinger Posted:November 15th, 2010Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) is attached to direct a remake of the Argentine thriller Carancho from a script by Aaron Stockard (The Town). Imagine Entertainment is readying their pitch with producer Roy Lee (How to Train Your Dragon) to shop out the rights out to studios this week.
The original thriller (loosely translated Vulture) centers on “an ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney (Ricardo Darin) who straddles the line between helping unfortunate accident victims and exploiting them by skimming the proceeds for his employer.” Carancho has been earning positive notices — as evidenced by the Fantastic Fest awards bestowed on director Pablo Trapero and star Martina Gusman — thus meriting its designation as Argentina’s official Oscar submission for 2010. Hit the jump for the official synopsis and trailer.
In Argentina, more than 8,000 people a year die in road accidents. All of these car wrecks bring the possibility of big insurance payouts, which attracts a certain type of ruthless amoral lawyer. Sosa—played by Ricardo Dar’n who starred in Juan José Campanella’s Academy Award winning film THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES—is one of this special breed. He hovers around car wrecks, funerals, and emergency rooms like a vulture who catches the scent of a dying animal.
During his nightly search for clients, Sosa meets Lujan (Martina Gusman), a young emergency room doctor who rides shotgun in an ambulance. After repeatedly running into each other— Sosa always seems to be waiting at the wrecks—they become romantically involved. The pairing of a dubious ambulance chaser and a young nurse with some serious personal problems makes for a dangerous and volatile love affair. [Fantastic Fest]
According to Deadline, Carancho is due for U.S. release early next year thanks to Strand Releasing.
A remake of Argentina’s 2009 submission to the Best Foreign Language category, The Secret in Their Eyes, is likewise in the works following its glorious win at last year’s Academy Awards. So congratulations, Argentina — your cinema will soon be ours! One film at a time…
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: November 15th, 2010
Gerard Butler is in talks for the lead role in Relativity Media’s adaptation of the sci-fi comic book Afterburn. Variety reports Antoine Fuqua (Shooter) is in negotiations to direct. Paul Ens and Scott Chitwood penned the script, working from a first draft by Matt Johnson (Torque). Tobey Maguire is producing along with Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious), Toby Jaffe (Life or Something Like It), and Jenno Topping (Catch and Release).
The comic is set in the near future, when “a massive solar flare strikes the dayside of the Earth, utterly destroying the Eastern Hemisphere.” Butler will presumably play Jake, who earns his keep retrieving treasured objects (i.e. The Mona Lisa) from the quarantine zone with his team of “recovery experts.” Hit the jump for the official synopsis.
In the near future, a massive solar flare strikes the dayside of the Earth, utterly destroying the Eastern Hemisphere. Europe, Africa, Asia, India and Russia are turned into wastelands. What life remains becomes mutated from radiation and fallout. This is the backdrop for Red 5 Comics’ adventure series, AFTERBURN.
Beneath the ash, death and tragedy, treasures both modern and ancient lay unclaimed. Enter Jake and his team of “recovery experts”. For the right price, they are willing to enter the quarantine zone to retrieve items for rich Western clients. The Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone, the Crown Jewels — no job is too big or small. Along the way, they must face rival treasure hunters, rogue armies, pirate gangs, and hostile mutants. But as the saying goes — amid chaos, there’s profit. [Red 5 Comics]
by Adam Chitwood Posted: November 15th, 2010
One of the most coveted roles in Hollywood has just been filled. Last week we told you that Carey Mulligan was the frontrunner to star in Director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and now he’s made it official. In a statement to Deadline, Luhrmann wrote, “I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: ‘Hello, Daisy Buchanan.’” Mulligan was on a long list of candidates who were considered for the role that included her Never Let Me Go co-star Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, and Rebecca Hall.
Joining Mulligan will most likely be Leonardo Dicaprio as Gatsby himself, and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Luhrmann is known to workshop his films well before they go into production and Gatsby was no exception. Dicaprio and Maguire had been joined by a few of the actresses shortlisted for the role of Daisy, including Mulligan, in recent weeks. It’s not known how soon the film will go into production, however, as Luhrmann said there are still a few elements that need to be resolved before he decides that this is his next film. The Moulin Rouge! director is currently deciding between Gatsby and an unknown musical said to be set in New York. Either one sounds like fantastic territory for the Australian director.
by Adam Chitwood Posted: November 15th, 2010
The oft delayed production of the third entry in the popular Men in Black franchise is about to begin filming, but the shooting schedule has just taken an unusual turn. Production on the film is set to begin tomorrow, but the cast and crew will take a two-month hiatus when they wrap for the holidays. The LA Times reports that the plan for the 3D film is to shoot through Christmas week, and then shut down production until mid-February. The project seemed to be rolling right along, with copious amounts of casting news/rumors in the past few weeks, but it appears that there are a few problems behind the scenes.
Apparently screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me if You Can) is being brought in to work on a new draft of the script, previously written by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder). Specifically, scenes surrounding the time-travel aspect of the film involving a young Agent Kay being played by Josh Brolin, are said to have some issues. For much more on the hiatus, hit the jump.
Of course, producers involved with the film refute that there are script issues, and state that instead they’ve scheduled a hiatus to take advantage of New York tax incentives and to film scenes in warmer weather. Walter Parkes claims that they must begin filming before 2010 ends to benefit from the tax incentives, and picking up in February allows them to film some needed scenes in the warmer spring climate.
Apparently, Director Barry Sonnenfeld will shoot the majority of the present day scenes in the next month, while Nathanson punches up the problematic 1969-set scenes. When they pick back up in February, with the script issues hopefully resolved, they will move onto the scenes involving the past.
All this is a bit surprising, as earlier this year Brolin told Steve that the story Sonnenfeld and everyone behind the film had in mind was exactly what convinced him to agree to do the project. This may mean that there are simply logistical issues with the time-travel element in the movie. Nevertheless, I guess it’s good that they’re taking the time to rectify what they see as shortcomings with the film.
The plot reportedly involves the villain, played by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, traveling back in time to assassinate Agent Kay, which sets off a chain of events the ends in the destruction of the world. Brolin will be playing the younger Kay, and Tommy Lee Jones is also involved with the film in some capacity. Men in Black II wasn’t a terrible flick, but I felt it lacked a good deal of the magic and spunk from the first film. Let’s hope the third entry is as entertaining as the cast suggests. Men in Black III will be released in 3D on May 25th 2012.