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Briefly: Announced a few months ago, The Outsider, a Yakuza film starring Tom Hardy and directed by Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Ichi the Killer, Audition), just got a shot of financial adrenaline. The movie now has significant funding from Worldview Entertainment, likely thanks to the fact that such a film starring Hardy is a guaranteed distribution sale.

The Outside will shoot early next year in Japan, and will feature Hardy as “a former G.I. in post-WWII Japan who joins a Yakuza crime family.” The script is by Andrew Baldwin¬†(the Logan’s Run remake) based on a story concept from John Linson (Sons of Anarchy). After making The Outsider, Hardy will dive into the Elton John biopic Rocketman, after which hopefully he’ll have to do promotional rounds for the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road. We also have his one-man movie, Locke, to look forward to. [Variety]

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Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading — some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011.¬†Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. Finally, as Leonard reminds us each time, “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.”

Regardless, we can always rely on the Black List to stir up conversation among both industry insiders and outside spectators alike, so without further ado, hit the jump for the complete 2011 list.

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Producer Joel Silver has been developing a remake of the 1976 movie Logan’s Run for years. Carl Erik Rinsch was set to direct it last year, with Bryan Singer and James McTeigue attached before him. Then, in a surprise move, Bronson and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn was hired to make Logan’s Run. He brought with him Drive star Ryan Gosling to play a cop in a hedonistic future society who goes on the run when his state-mandated day of death comes around.

Now there is a new writer on the film: Andrew Baldwin, who hit the 2008 Black List with The West is Dead and wrote the still-unproduced Red Asphalt for Lionsgate, will write a new draft of the script. Read More »

Timur Bekmambetov on Red Asphalt?

Timur Bekmambetov

Since Wanted 2 fell into development heck a couple months back, Wanted/Night Watch helmer Timur Bekmambetov has been searching for his next project. Last week we reported that William Morris was going out to various studios with a big screen adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel Casebook of Victor Frankenstein with Bekmambetov attached to direct.

The Los Angeles Times has learned of another project the filmmaker is eyeing: Red Asphalt, an “edgy 3-D thriller” pitch which was quietly acquired by Lionsgate last year.

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