Safe House is one of those movies we’ve been tracking for a very long time. We wrote about it when the David Guggenheim penned thriller sold on spec, then again when it made the Black List, and all the way through casting which included Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga and others. Wednesday we got our first official glimpse at an image from the film and Universal has wasted no time, following that with the first trailer.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa (who did the buzzed about Swedish crime film Snabba Cash), Safe House tells the story of a dangerous CIA defector (Washington) who is forced to team with a rookie agent (Reynolds) when a CIA safe house is attacked. It’s scheduled for release February 10. Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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First Look: Denzel Washington in ‘Safe House’

In early February 2012, we’ll see the thriller Safe House, which marks the studio debut of Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa. The movie is based on a hot-ticket script pitch from relatively new screenwriter David Guggenheim, and was shot this year with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in the lead roles.

We’ve seen no official images or video from the film until now. The first still has been released, and a teaser poster has also arrived. Check out both in full below. Read More »

Noam Murro to Direct ‘Die Hard 5′

Update (from editor Peter Sciretta): Deadline has learned that five time DGA  nominated commercials director Noam Murro (Smart People) has been hired to direct Die Hard 5. Fox was impressed with the commercials he most recently shot for Microsoft’s Halo. Watch them here. We’ve been following Murro’s commercial career for a while now, and it was only a matter of time before he landed a big Hollywood film — and this looks to be the one. The studio has yet to officially sign Willis, but that shouldn’t be an issue. The original story, posted earlier this afternoon, follows.

Kevin Smith is one of the few outspoken, brutally honest voices in Hollywood, so when he confessed that Bruce Willis was a prima donna who wouldn’t take direction and was stuck in the mindset of the ’80s when the actors ran the show, it seemed likely that there was some truth to his claims. That could be why this news doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

Apparently, it’s not the studio that’s currently looking at directors to take on Die Hard 5, but Bruce Willis himself. He previously made it clear that he plans to do two more Die Hard films before hanging up the series for good, and now it would appear he’s making an active effort to bring that plan to fruition. To quote Smith, “[He's] what you call a fucking movie star.”

More on this after the break, including the studio’s response to the script, and an update on Willis’ casting in Stephen FrearsLay the Favorite, Take the Dog. Read More »

Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington will soon shoot Safe House, in which a CIA trainee (Reynolds) has to transport a criminal (Washington) who is under fire from other enemies. Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) is directing from a script by David Guggenheim. Now the film picked up four more actors: Brendan Gleeson, Robert Patrick, Sam Shepard and Liam Cunningham. No word on the roles for the quartet, but I hope they play the team trying to take down Denzel.

The film shoots starting next week, and has a February 10, 2012 release date. [Variety]

After the break, Ed Harris and Diane Keaton book a new film, Ari Folman’s The Congress gets one more, and a Glee cast member gets his own caper movie. Read More »

Colin Firth is edging closer to genuine leading man status, thanks in part to big awards season recognition for films like A Single Man and The King’s Speech. It’s a transformation that will take another big step if he takes the lead role in Gambit, a heist thriller remake scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen. We’ve reported on the film in the past, most recently when The Last Station director Michael Hoffman came on to direct.

Now Deadline says Colin Firth is in talks for the lead role of a cat burglar who wants to rob a billionaire. He enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the rich guy’s late wife. (Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine played the roles in the ’66 original.) Sounds like a perfectly good choice for me. As anything that puts an actor who is very versatile with dialogue into a Coen-scripted project is to be applauded.

After the break, more casting for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought A Zoo, and Safe House, which is already set to star Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Read More »

This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »

The Book of Eli

Briefly: It’s Ryan Reynolds day! There was just talk of Green Lantern sequels, Deadpool and R.I.P.D., and now there’s word that Reynolds is the ‘top choice’ to work opposite Denzel Washington in the thriller Safe House. Deadline says that Reynolds is the frontrunner in a giant pack of young actors that want the role. Shia LaBeouf, Taylor Kitsch, Chris Pine, Sam Worthington, Garrett Hedlund, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth and Jake Gyllenhaal are all said to be in contention for the part. Note that there’s no offer yet, so this is just talk for now.

Reynolds (or whoever gets the gig) would play a young CIA agent tasked with transporting a criminal (Denzel Washington) to safety. As we reported before, David Guggenheim’s story was snagged by Universal in a bidding war, and has Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa set to helm. The basic setup for the script goes as follows:

Set in South America, Safe House follows a young U.S. intelligence agent who must go on the run with a newly arrived prisoner (Denzel’s potential role) after his titular safe house comes under attack — think of a mix between Collateral and Three Days of the Condor.

The Book of Eli

Denzel Washington can make a hell of a bad guy, and he’s now negotiating a new role where he’d play the antagonist — a lethal prisoner, in fact — in a buzzed-about script called Safe House. Read More »

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