We just talked about the Black List script Ezekiel Moss, which has Philip Seymour Hoffman set to direct, and now there’s another Black List script with a high-profile talent attached to direct. Park Chan-wook, who made the original Oldboy and recently finished his English-language debut Stoker, will make Corsica 72.┬áThe script is by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who are familiar to James Bond fans as the writers behind The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall. (At least in part, as many people contribute to Bond scripts.)

Corsica 72 is based on a true story, and uses the classic old storytelling saw of two men who, while close in their youth, take dramatically different paths through life, only to come into conflict later on. Read More »

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The performance of Machete has had a good effect on Danny Trejo. He’s getting cast more often than ever right now. His latest resume addition should be Tarantula, an ‘indie biker thriller’ in which he’ll co-star with Erin Cummings. (And in this case, it’s the movie that is indie, not the bikers. Maybe an important point.)

Oley Sassone will direct (and also directed the Corman throwaway Fantastic Four, uh-oh) from a script by John Kersey. The story follows “a woman (Cummings) who breaks away from a tight-knit biker gang to start a new life but finds that escape is not so easy. Trejo plays the self-styled leader of the gang looking for the woman as well as revenge for his brother’s death.” [THR]

After the break, Jennifer Garner books a second role in two days, and many possible roles for Gemma Arterton. Read More »

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Making a small film in the US means raising money by whatever means are necessary, but other countries actually support the arts. Crazy idea, right? I’m sure there are issues with how public arts funding is doled out in the UK, but I love the fact that small films from proven talent can get some public money to help them along. The UK Film Council recently released information on what films are receiving grants from the council this year, and there are some interesting details in the list.

Some of the projects — and the ones getting the most funding — are ones we already knew about, like Joe Cornish‘s Attack the Block and Mike Leigh‘s Another Year. But in the list of funded films there are also quite a few new projects or things that we’ve only heard rumblings about. Much more detail after the break. Read More »

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