by Matt Goldberg Posted: February 10th, 2011The European Film Market is going down right now so that means we’re in for some heavy acquisition news over the next few days. The latest pick-up comes from Summit Entertainment who have acquired the distribution rights to The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) and Emma Watson. Stephen Chbosky will write and direct the adaptation of his own 1999 novel of the same name. Chbosky also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Rent.
Per the fact sheet, Wallflower “is a coming of age story about 15-year-old Charlie (Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs.”
by Matt Goldberg Posted: February 10th, 2011Jason Statham is reportedly circling the thriller Echelon. The project will mark the directing debut of stunt coordinator Simon Crane. As you may recall, Crane was originally set to direct the adaptation of Kane & Lynch, but dropped off the project. According to Deadline, the film is based off novel Firewall and would have Statham playing “Nick Stone, an SAS soldier who finds himself caught between the Russian Mafia and western secret agents trying to get their hands on the Echelon computer program.” Presumably the role requires lots of punching, kicking, shooting, and growling in a menacing-yet-charming brogue. Firewall is the 3rd book in a 13-book series by former SAS soldier Andy McNab, so if the movie is successful, Statham could be looking at a potential franchise.
by Matt Goldberg Posted: February 10th, 2011
Last week, we reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in talks to join The Dark Knight Rises. Comic Book Movie is now reporting the rumor that he’ll play Alberto Falcone, son of crime boss Carmine Falcone (played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins). Alberto would be returning to Gotham to take control of the criminal underworld after his father’s absence. In the comics, Alberto was also the “Holiday Killer” and committed murders on various holidays (it wasn’t the most creative name). It’s important to stress that this is a rumor and while CBM has reported solid stories in the past, the fact that they allow fan-submitted rumors means their true-to-false ratio tends to dip towards false. We’re all anxious to know who Gordon-Levitt will play, but we’ll need to be patient. In the meantime, we should just be happy that yet another talented actor is in the flick.
The Dark Knight Rises is due out July 20, 2012. The film also stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, and Morgan Freeman. Hit the jump for more about Falcone.