The latest to join One Shot, the adaptation of Lee Child‘s thriller novel about former military cop Jack Reacher and the investigation of a strange set of sniper murders in the midwest, is David Oyelowo. Fresh from The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he’ll play a veteran homicide detective who investigates the sniper deaths.

Tom Cruise plays hero Jack Reacher, and Christopher McQuarrie scripted and will direct. [Variety]

After the break, Marisa Tomei joins Us & Them, and Nathan Lane teaches alongside Julianne Moore in an indie comedy. Read More »

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The orphaned Miramax films are finding new homes. Last week we heard that The Debt, John Madden’s film that is (partially) about a group of Mossad agents tracking a Nazi war criminal locked distribution via Focus Features. Now Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the remake of a ’70s TV chiller co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by newcomer Troy Nixey, will go out to US screens via the new company FilmDistrict.

I’m quite happy about this. We loved the footage shown last year at Comic Con, and the film has played well at some small festival appearances. It looked for a while last year like Disney was going to directly distribute the film, and while I wanted to see it hit theaters that didn’t seem like the best way to do it. But Guillermo del Toro has a good relationship with FilmDistrict’s Bob Berney thanks to Pan’s Labyrinth, so hopefully this will work out for all involved. FilmDistrict also has James Wan’s Insidious and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.

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Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

At Comic-Con, Miramax Films premiered the movie trailer for the Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a horror film remake co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro. The trailer (and additional footage) went over big in San Diego, and now MySpace has the trailer online for everyone to check out. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Briefly: When Disney shuttered Miramax last year, one of the handful of films left in limbo was Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of the 1973 TV movie of the same name. The remake was written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by newcomer Troy Nixey. It’s a good sign that Disney likes the movie enough to keep it in house and release it, and given that this is an R-rated horror film I’m not going to be too worried about the January 21 release date. THR says the film will actually carry the Miramax banner.

As EW says, the film “centers on a young girl (Bailee Madison) who is set to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in an old mansion they are renovating. She unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures that try to destroy her entire family.” Director Nixey is a former comic book artist and, based on his short Latchkey’s Lament, a promising filmmaker. I’m excited to see the trailer (at Comic Con, hopefully) and am thrilled that his movie won’t be lost in the Miramax morass.

Brothers Movie Trailer #2

Brothers

Lionsgate has released a new trailer for the family drama Brothers, which is directed by six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan (In America, In The Name of the Father), from a screenplay by David Benioff (The Kite Runner, 25th Hour), and stars Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Clifton Collins, Jr., Carey Mulligan, and Ethan Suplee.

The film tells the story of a black-sheep younger brother who cares for the wife and children of a decorated Marine who goes missing overseas, “with consequences that will shake the foundation of the entire family.” The list of names involved with this film is very impressive. The trailer has a really over-the-top, on-the-noise, voiceover, which gives the feel of a made-for-television movie, rather than an Awards hopeful. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Guy Pearce Joins Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

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Guy Pearce has joined the Miramax remake of the classic 1973 television movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, scripted by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Troy Nixey. Bailee Madison has also signed on to play his daughter. They’ll be joining Katie Holmes, who was cast a couple of months ago. Read More »

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