Jeremy Renner Developing Steve McQueen Biopic for Director Ivan Zacharias
by Matt Goldberg Posted: April 28th, 2011
Jeremy Renner, who will eventually star in every major franchise in Hollywood, has formed his own production company and is in the process of developing a biopic based on “The King of Cool”, actor Steve McQueen. According to Risky Business, the biopic will be a starring vehicle for Renner with James Gray (Two Lovers) writing the script and commercial director Ivan Zacharias making his feature directing debut on the project. Gray will base his script off two books by Marshall Terrill: Portrait of an American Rebel and The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on the biopic as well as a brief refresher on Renner’s other projects.
New Poster and Images from A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY Starring Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte
by Jason Barr Posted: April 28th, 2011
We’ve been sent the one sheet and some images from the upcoming Jason Sudeikis comedy A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Written/directed by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy tells the story of a known party animal (Sudeikis) who decides to throw a classic summer orgy at his father’s Hampton residence upon learning that pops is selling the estate. Just typing the above synopsis takes me back to the countless summer nights I spent not participating in orgies in the Hamptons.
In addition to Sudeikis, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy also stars Will Forte, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, and Nick Kroll. The film premieres tomorrow night at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be released in select cities this September. Hit the jump to check out the poster, images, and a brief synopsis.
David Koepp to Rewrite Jack Ryan Reboot Starring Chris Pine
by Adam Chitwood Posted: April 28th, 2011
It looks like Paramount really is serious about getting their Jack Ryan reboot right. The studio has now brought in screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park) to rewrite the script for the franchise reboot starring Chris Pine. Originally, Steven Zaillian, who wrote the script for the Jack Ryan flick Clear and Present Danger, was brought in to rewrite, but he subsequently had a change of heart.
Lost’s Jack Bender is still on board to direct, and Deadline reports that the studio is aiming for a January start-date on the flick, after Pine finishes filming Star Trek 2. The problem with that, though, is that the Star Trek sequel still doesn’t officially have a director. J.J. Abrams is expected to return, but he’s awaiting a final script, which is still being tweaked by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Last we heard, Paramount was hoping to get Star Trek 2 rolling this fall in order to meet the June 29th, 2012 release date, but Pine moving on to the Jack Ryan reboot in January seems a bit premature. We’ll see if all goes according to plan.
Ben Kingsley to Join Sacha Baron Cohen in THE DICTATOR
by Adam Chitwood Posted: April 28th, 2011Just yesterday it was reported that a number of actresses were under consideration for a leading female role in the next Sacha Baron Cohen film The Dictator, including Kristen Wiig, Gillian Jacobs and Anna Faris. Now, it looks like Hugo Cabret costar Ben Kingsley will be reteaming with Cohen in the Borat-esque flick. Variety reports that Kingsley will play one of two Middle Eastern characters in the film, with Jason Mantzoukas (The League) in talks to play the other.
Directed by Larry Charles, The Dictator tells the “heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed,” with Cohen playing dual roles as the dictator and a goat herder. Filming is set to begin in May, which explains why casting seems to be heating up at the moment. Expect more announcements sooner rather than later for the comedy. The Dictator is slated for a May 11th, 2012 release.