Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained

The Sleepless Night remake just got a jolt of much-needed energy. Open Road has just picked up the action-thriller and attached Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan to star. Baran bo Odar will direct from a script by Andrea Berloff.

The original French film by Frédéric Jardin was a big hit with critics, if not the box office. To give you general sense of the tone, it’s been described as “a sort of Die Hard (in a nightclub) crossed with Taken.” More on the Sleepless Night remake after the jump.  Read More »

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