by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 20th, 2011 at 8:09 pm
David O. Russell is attached to several hundred projects, but by all accounts, his follow-up to The Fighter will be an adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook. Russell tapped frequent collaborator Mark Wahlberg to star as a delusional former high school history teacher: “Believing that he’s only been away for a few months instead of the four years he just spent in a mental institution, the teacher sets about wooing back his ex-wife.” Angelina Jolie is reportedly in talks, presumably to play the ex-wife. Russell tested several young actresses — including Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, and Olivia Wilde — for a coveted role. According to Deadline, Jennifer Lawrence bested the lot to become the frontrunner to star opposite Wahlberg as “an eccentric neighbor with problems of her own.”
Production on Silver Linings is slated for the fall, which gives Lawrence time to wrap The Hunger Games. I’m going to see every movie starring Lawrence and every movie Russell directs in the near future. If they do team up, I’ll have enough ticket money to see it twice!
Read the synopsis of the Matthew Quick source novel after the jump. http://collider.com/jennifer-lawrence-the-silver-linings-playbook/103782/
New Images for IMMORTALS, THE RAVEN, SHARK NIGHT 3D, and HAYWIRE
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 20th, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Relativity has released a ton of new images from the films that will appear at Comic-Con 2011. There’s Immortals, the stylized ancient Greek epic led by Henry Cavill, the man who will be Superman. There’s The Raven, a thriller starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe. There’s Shark Night 3D, in which a shark feasts on college students. And finally, there’s Haywire, the spy thriller Steven Soderbergh built around MMA fighter Gina Carano.
Hit the jump for all the images, plus official synopses, full cast lists, and release dates.
IMMORTALSNovember 11, 2011
DIRECTOR: Tarsem Singh (The Fall, The Cell)
WRITERS: Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides
CAST: Henry Cavill- THESEUS (Superman: Man of Steel)
Stephen Dorff- STAVROS (Somewhere)
Isabel Lucas- ATHENA (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Freida Pinto- PHAEDRA (Slumdog Millionaire)
Luke Evans- ZEUS (The Raven, The Three Muskateers)
Kellan Lutz- POSEIDON (Twilight series)
John Hurt- OLD ZEUS (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2)
Mickey Rourke- KING HYPERION (The Wrestler)
PRODUCERS: Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Tucker Tooley, Tommy Turtle, Jeff G. Waxman
Visionary director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) transports us in this epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and visually spectacular 3D action adventure. As a power-hungry king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.
The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army rampage across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission.
As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge his mother, who was killed in one of Hyperion’s brutal raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final, desperate battle for the future of humanity. Immortals is produced by Gianni Nunnari (300), Mark Canton (300) and Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter).
THE RAVENMarch 9, 2012
DIRECTOR: James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin)
WRITERS: Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare
CAST: John Cusack- EDGAR ALLAN POE (Being John Malkovich, 2012)
Luke Evans- INSPECTOR EMMIT FIELDS (Immortals, The Three Musketeers)
Alice Eve- EMILY (Men In Black III)
Brendan Gleeson- COLONEL HAMILTON (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1)
Oliver Jackson-Cohen- CANTRELL (Faster)
PRODUCERS: Mark D Evans, Trevor Macy, and Aaron Ryder
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jesus Martinez
In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster).
When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper—part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story.
Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late.
Hilary Swank to Produce and Star in Comic Adaptation SHRAPNEL
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 20th, 2011 at 5:20 pm
Hilary Swank is attached to produce and star in Shrapnel, an adaptation of the Radical comic of the same name. Variety hears Swank has long sought a “strong action vehicle,” and finally found it in this story of a former military officer who leads a revolt on Venus in the year 2250. (Sidebar: never get involved in a land war on Venus.) Radical Pictures has signed Toby Wagstaff to adapt the graphic novel trilogy written by Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman. The property was recently turned into an iPhone game, and will soon be a multiplayer game courtesy of Zombie Studios. Several “top directors” are reportedly circling the film adaptation, though Variety mentions no names.
Hit the jump for quotes from the producers (including Swank) and the official comic synopsis.http://collider.com/hilary-swank-shrapnel/103732/
First Look at Emile Hirsch in THE DARKEST HOUR
by Jason Barr Posted: July 20th, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Summit Entertainment has released the first image of Emile Hirsch in director Chris Gorak’s (art director on Fight Club) alien invasion pic The Darkest Hour. Starring Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman, and Max Minghella, the film centers on five people who become stranded in Moscow (notice the beautiful architecture in the background) following a crippling alien attack.
Check out the image after the jump. The Darkest Hour opens later this year on December 23rd and will be part of Summit’s Hall H pane which runs from 11:15 – 12:15 on Thursday, July 21st. Make your way back here tomorrow for Matt and Adam’s roundup of the panel and for all of our continuing Comic-Con coverage. http://collider.com/emile-hirsch-image-darkest-hour/103642/
HAYWIREJanuary 20, 2012
DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh
WRITER: Lem Dobbs
CAST: Gina Carano
PRODUCERS: Gregory Jacobs
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Michael Polaire, Tucker Tooley
This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts.
Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.
Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious—and dangerous—trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.