Bradley Cooper Replaces Mark Wahlberg in THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; Robert De Niro in Talks
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: August 1st, 2011 at 8:45 pm
David O. Russell will round up an impressive cast to star in his next feature, an adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook. The details of who this will be exactly are still murky. Mark Wahlberg was ready to make this his fourth collaboration with Russell, but a delay in production created a scheduling conflict. Deadline believes Wahlberg is dropping out because of his commitment to Broken City.
On the positive side, the report confirms Jennifer Lawrence for the female lead — she reportedly beat out Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, and Olivia Wilde for the sought-after role. In fact, it was Lawrence’s need to shoot The Hunger Games that delayed the schedule beyond Wahlberg’s availability. Bradley Cooper is resuming talks for the now-vacant role after he attached with Anne Hathaway in the early stages of development. New to the Playbook is Robert De Niro, in negotiations for a role that would the actor reunite with his Limitless co-star (and his would-be Uncharted director). There is no update on Angelina Jolie’s potential involvement with the project, so I wouldn’t count on it.
The Weinstein Company production will shoot in the fall. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Matthew Quick’s novel. ......... http://collider.com/mark-wahlberg-silver-linings-playbook-bradley-cooper-robert-de-niro/107112/
Poster for DRIVE Starring Ryan Gosling
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 1st, 2011
The poster for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive has been released. Starring Ryan Gosling, the film has been raved about since it premiered at Cannes earlier this year. Matt got the chance to see it at Comic-Con and loved it. The story centers on a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a wheelman. Oh, and there’s 80s music. Lots of 80s music. I love the design of this poster with the flashy writing and the gritty profile of Gosling. This is the first in a series of posters of this design, as Matt gave us a look at the ones he snagged at Comic-Con last month.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The stellar cast includes Gosling, Cary Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks and Oscar Issac. Drive opens September 16.
Summit Acquires Scott Derrickson’s Untitled Horror Film Starring Ethan Hawke; New Details Emerge
by Jason Barr Posted: August 1st, 2011
Last week, we let you know that Ethan Hawke had signed on to star in a low-budget, found footage horror film from director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). Although details on the film were sparse at that time, info is beginning to bleed out now that Summit Entertainment has acquired U.S. domestic rights to the pic. According to Deadline, the film will see Hawke take on the role of a journalist who moves his family from corner to corner so as to get the skinny on gruesome murders that he then adapts into books. As the story goes, Hawke and co. move into a house where an entire family was murdered, only to find said footage which lets them in on what really happened.
It’s believed that the project will cost less than $5 million to make with Paranormal Activity and Insidious‘ Jason Blum co-producing alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Automatik Entertainment. Given Blum’s track record of turning low-budget horror projects into profit, I’d say there is minimal risk at play here at least from Summit’s perspective. The studio is expected to follow the tried and true formula of releasing the pic, which Derrickson co-wrote with C. Robert Cargill, to limited theaters initially with a commitment for potential wide release to follow. ....http://collider.com/summit-entertainment-ethan-hawke-scott-derrickson/107064/
JANE EYRE Director Cary Fukunaga to Helm Universal’s Sci-Fi Drama SPACELESS
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 1st, 2011
Director Cary Fukunaga is moving from Gothic period piece to sci-fi drama (as one does). The director has closed a deal to helm the sci-fi film Spaceless for Universal. Heat Vision reports that the story centers on an assassin who awakens to find himself tumbling through space in a space suit equipped with a computer designed to keep him company until he runs out of air. The man must reflect upon how he got into the present circumstances—which includes breaking into a space station to carry out a hit—in order to solve the mystery of his death. He begins to question his reality, however, as he wonders whether he’s actually floating aimlessly through space or trapped in an artificially created environment.
Gore Verbinski is producing, and Fukunaga will rewrite the screenplay that was written on spec by Jeff Vintar. I was a big fan of Jane Eyre, so I’m intrigued to see his take on the sci-fi genre. And may I suggest a re-teaming with Michael Fassbender, please? The director also recently attached himself to write and direct the Civil War-set heist film No Blood, No Guts, No Glory........ http://collider.com/cary-fukunaga-spaceless/107058/
Reese Witherspoon to Star in Disney’s WISH LIST
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 1st, 2011
Reese Witherspoon has attached herself to Disney’s romantic comedy Wish List. The centers on a young girl who makes ten wishes at a wishing well that don’t come true because her coin gets stuck on the way down and never reaches the bottom of the well. 25 years later, the coin becomes dislodged and the girl, now an ambitious career woman who has lost her inner child, must deal with 10 childhood wishes that suddenly come true.
Deadline reports that the film was initially conceived for a male lead, and now screenwriter Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire) is tailoring the script for Witherspoon. Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray (Secretariat) are producing. The story sounds like a mix between Bedtime Stories and Enchanted, and with the right director I think it has the potential to be a cute, entertaining family flick. The actress will next be seen in McG’s romantic comedy This Means War, and recently signed on to produce and possibly star in DreamWorks’ Who Invited Her?...... http://collider.com/reese-witherspoon-wish-list-disney/107047/
The Silver Linings Playbook May Have Lost Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper Replacing Him?published: 2011-08-01 21:39:10 Author: Eric Eisenberg
Back in December, a report came out saying that Bradley Cooper was in talks to star in The Silver Linings Playbook, a film that director David O. Russell had expressed interest in. At the time, however, Russell was also attached to direct the Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and it seemed as though the videogame adaptation was his first priority. Then the news came that Russell was off of Uncharted and was instead focusing his time towards Playbook, quickly signing Mark Wahlberg to star. Now it seems that Wahlberg is unable to do the film, so Cooper is back in the game.
Deadline has learned that Bradley Cooper has reentered talks to star in The Silver Linings Playbook. An adaptation of the novel by Matthew Quick, the Hangover star would play Pat Peoples, a former teacher who has been locked in a mental asylum for four years. Upon his release, he is sent to live with his mother and tries to reconnect with his ex-wife, but has his life complicated by his next door neighbor (Jennifer Lawrence), who has plenty of problems of her own. The article also brings back news that Russell has approached Robert De Niro about a part in the film (it says he is now in talks), though it doesn't say what role the actor would play. De Niro was previously cast in Uncharted before Russell left the project and his script was replaced.
As for why Wahlberg was forced to leave the project, word is that Lawrence's Hunger Games shooting schedule pushed back the start date for The Silver Linings Playbook, which caused a conflict. Sources tell the site that Wahlberg will be using the time to make Broken City with director Allen Hughes instead. In the film, Wahlberg will play a cop-turned-PI who begins working on an investigation of the city's mayor. According to Deadline, Russell Crowe has been offered the antagonist role in the film, though there's no word if he's accepted.
As much as I like the sound of this project, I do wonder if the lack of Wahlberg will affect Russell's desire to make the movie. The director has been rather flaky as of late - before leaving Uncharted he also bailed on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - and obviously likes working with Wahlberg a lot. That said, he wouldn't have signed Lawrence if he wasn't ready for the scheduling shift, so perhaps he's here to stay. http://www.cinemablend.com/new/The-Silver-Linings-Playbook-May-Have-Lost-Mark-Wahlberg-Bradley-Cooper-Replacing-Him-26003.html
Summit Picks Up Distribution Rights For Ethan Hawke-Starring Found Footage Filmpublished: 2011-08-01 16:39:43 Author: Eric Eisenberg
I miss Ethan Hawke. The actor has a large number of fantastic titles on his resume, including Training Day, Before Sunset, and Gattaca, but his last great title, Before The Devil Knows Your Dead, came out back in 2007 and Daybreakers and Brooklyn’s Finest weren’t exactly his finest work. It’s possible what he needs to do is just change it up a bit, and perhaps a micro-budget horror film could do the trick.
Deadline reports that Summit Entertainment has picked up the rights to an untitled found footage movie that is set to be directed by Exorcism of Emily Rose filmmaker Scott Derrickson with Hawke in the starring role. Jason Blum, who is known for backing the Paranormal Activity movies has signed on as a producer and while it hasn't been confirmed, it's expected that the budget will be under $5 million. Shooting is scheduled to begin in September.
For those that are tired of the found footage subgenre, it seems that they are mixing it up a bit. Hawke will play a journalist who takes his family around the country writing books about gruesome murders. Stopping at a house where a murder took place, Hawke discovers a tape that "unveils horrifying clues beyond what caused the original tragedy."
Okay, so maybe it sounds a bit too much like Kalifornia meets The Ring, but it still might be interesting. Before reading the plot synopsis, I was actually kind of hoping that the movie be in the style of Paranormal Activity and have Hawke playing himself, but I suppose that could be a little too much. http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Summit-Picks-Up-Distribution-Rights-For-Ethan-Hawke-Starring-Found-Footage-Film-26000.html